The Safe Return to Sport and Physical Activity

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Below we have collated advice and best practice for facility operators, clubs and coaches to support them in the safe return to sport when restrictions are lifted.

Follow the signposting links below for guidance. For further information for the sector, including funding advice and training, please visit our sector support page.

If you’re in Lincolnshire and would like to contact us for specific support or advice please email

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

For more information about funding available to support clubs, including Sport England’s Return to Playing fund, visit our Funding page.

Government Guidance

England is now is a national lockdown. For all current government guidance please click here.



Guidance for providers of outdoor facilities on the phased return of sport and recreation in England

Guidance for personal trainers and coaches on the phased return of sport and recreation in England

Guidance for people who work in grassroots sport and gym and leisure facilities

Return to Recreational Team Sport framework

Sport England – Return to Play Guidance

The published resources will help plan for a safe return and support the sector to keep staff, volunteers, members and participants informed of their responsibilities around social distancing and hygiene, and will work alongside both existing and forthcoming government guidance. Visit Page

Hygiene Guidance from Sport England

Sport England have gathered together the latest government advice on how we can help stop the spread of coronavirus, including measures such as social distancing and best practice for cleaning equipment.  The page includes free hygiene messaging and resources such as stickers and posters which can be downloaded for printing. Visit Page

Club Matters

Resources to support sports clubs and organisation to prepare for return to play. Visit Page

UK Coaching

Advice for coaches Visit Page

UK Active’s Fit Together Campaign Toolkit and Assets

UK Active’s Fit Together Campaign supports the reopening of fitness and leisure facilities by providing operators with the practical resources for a safe and successful return. Visit Page 

UK Active’s Operational Guidance

Access a range of documents giving advice on the safe reopening of facilities, including ‘ A framework to the re-opening of gym, leisure centre and wider fitness industry during social distancing. Visit Page

Mental Health Support

Mind, supported by Sport England have created a mental health guide to support the return of sport & physical activity. Download the document here.

Inclusive Guidelines

Reopening Activity: An inclusive Response

Activity Alliance has published Reopening Activity: An inclusive response, in consultation with partners across sport, leisure and disability equality. The report provides guidance to providers to help them make their facilities as inclusive as possible going forward.

Activity Alliance have also published a new engagement Factsheet – Supporting disabled people from low income households to be active – view the factsheet

Guidance for leisure operators to support the return of blind and partially sighted people

In preparation for the reopening of leisure and sport facilities, the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), British Blind Sport (BBS), Metro Blind Sport and Visionary have been working together to provide practical guidance to support the return of blind and partially sighted people to physical activity. Visit Page

Advice and Guidance from Sport National Governing Bodies

A number of National Governing Bodies have advice aimed at sport specific clubs and coaches regarding the issues faced in the current Covid-19 pandemic, and phased return of sport.  A number have online resources and training to support clubs during this time. We’ve listed some below, but for more information from other NGBs visit our A – Z of Sports pages, and follow the links through to the appropriate sports Governing Body page.

Swim England

British Cycling 

Badminton England

Basketball England

Bowls England

England Hockey

England Netball

England and Wales Cricket Board

LTA Tennis for Britain

Lincolnshire FA Corona virus advice for Grassroots Football Clubs

Volleyball England

England Athletics