What new government restrictions mean for exercise and grassroots sport

By Charlotte Pedley on November 5th, 2020 - comments

New  government restrictions come into force today to tackle Covid 19. Below is a summary of what this means, and what is permitted, in terms of physical activity.

We’re also signposting to support and funding available to help clubs at this challenging time. Lincolnshire sports clubs needing advice or guidance can contact us on workforce@activelincolnshire.com

The Guidelines

  • Indoor facilities including gyms, leisure centres, pools, tennis and basketball courts, fitness and dance studios and climbing walls must close until 2 December.
  • People can go outdoors to be active as many times as they like, either on their own, with their household or support bubble, or on their own with one person from another household while keeping two metres apart.
  • Children who are under school age if they’re with a parent/carer, or people dependent on round-the-clock care, do not count towards the limit of two people from different households meeting outside.
  • Public places such as parks, the countryside, beaches and public gardens can stay open, as can outdoor playgrounds.
  • All organised community outdoor sport is not permitted, and facilities including basketball and tennis courts, outdoor gyms and skateparks must close.
  • All children’s grassroots sport outside of school – both indoor and outdoor – must stop, but schools and nurseries will stay open and activity will be permitted within these settings during school hours, with playgrounds staying open.

Read full government guidelines are the restrictions here.

Read Sport England’s FAQ about what the restrictions mean for the physical activity and 1-2-1 coaching here

Funding & Support

Sport England Return to Play Funding

Sport England have launched a new £16.5 million fund to give additional help to the sport and physical activity sector during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. The Return to Play Fund will support groups, clubs and organisations who’ve been impacted by restrictions brought in to tackle the disease. The funding is split into three parts.

  • Return to Play Small Grants – This fund will make awards of between £300 and £10,000, from a total pot of £10m, to help sport and activity groups, clubs and organisations respond to the immediate challenges of returning to play in a coronavirus-safe way. This could include contributing to covering the costs incurred by having to deliver activity in smaller groups than normal, or having the correct hygiene and safety equipment. In response to the current England-wide lockdown restrictions, this fund will also make a contribution of up to £2,000 towards the running costs of organisations supporting the most deprived communities.
  • Return to Play Community Asset Fund – This fund will make awards of between £10,001 and £50,000 from a pot of £5m to help local sports clubs and organisations adapt and open important places and spaces to help their local community return to play safely.
  • Active Together Fund This crowdfunding initiative will help sports clubs and organisations set up their own campaigns to help sustain them through the crisis.

Find out more

Lincolnshire Return to Play

Active Lincolnshire are working closely with Sport England to ensure we are best placed to support the sector moving forward. We have made a significant amount of staff time available to support clubs in the county to continue to offer a fantastic service to the people of Lincolnshire.

Key areas of work within Lincolnshire’s Return to Play are:

  • Disseminate club support investment
  • Offer advice and support to all clubs and associations on Sport England return to play guidelines
  • Free local, regional and national webinars
  • Review of  ‘new normal’ delivery plans and/or risk assessments
  • Club remobilisation promotion

For more information or to discuss your club’s requirements please contact Alex Mulligan on 07903 266 223 or email alex.mulligan@activelincolnshire.com