Guidance for Outdoor Sport and Physical Activity Providers


1 June Update

New Government Guidance from Monday 1 Junes means that groups of six can exercise together outside, providing that people from different households observe social distancing by keeping two metres apart.

This means that people can get together in small groups to take part in physical activity, such as walking or cycling. It also allows people to take part in fitness or conditioning sessions with friends or team mates and allows people who might  need someone with them when they have a 1-2-1 session to access activity, for example someone who might need a carer.

All of this must be done safely and responsibly, and if someone is planning to exercise or take part in some activity in a small group, they should familiarise themself with all the government guidance around social distancing and hygiene, in particular.

This is in addition to the prior loosening of restrictions that allowed many facilities associated with outdoor sports and physical activities to reopen.

For sport-specific guidance around when people might be able to return to training, they should check in with the relevant organisations and governing bodies for advice they may be providing (see below for some links)

Reopening of outdoors facilities

From Wed 13 May, facilities associated with outdoor sports and physical activities can reopen, if those responsible for them feel ready to do so and if they can do so safely. Facilities that can open include basketball and tennis courts, playing spaces like golf courses (public and private), playing fields and watersports.

But outdoor gyms, playgrounds and outdoor swimming pools will remain closed.

Each venue, including council-owned sports facilities, should make their own decisions about when their facilities are ready. Facilities must follow the social distancing guidance, and other restrictions in place.

Follow this link for full Government Guidance for Providers of outdoor facilities on the phased return of sport and recreation

There is also information for coaches and Personal Trainers:

Government Guidance for personal trainers and coaches on the phased return of sport and recreation.

Advice for personal trainers and coaches from UK Coaching.

Follow the links below for further guidance

General Sector Guidance from Sport England.

Sport Specific

TennisAdvice from the LTA for courts, coaches and players

CricketAdvice from the ECB for clubs and individual players

BasketballAdvice from Basketball England

GolfAdvice for Golf Clubs from Golf England

Grassroots Football Advice from the FA

CaneoingAdvice from British Canoeing

Find a full list of advice from NGB on London Sports website here.