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

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

Government Guidance

For the latest government guidance for grassroots sports and physical activity click here

Sport England – Return to Play Guidance

A range of guidance and resources to support grassroots sport and physical activity providers, including information on how to support and encourage people to return to activity . 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

Cimspa ReOpen Guidance

Guidance for Sport and Physical Activity Sector facility reopening Visit Page

Club Matters

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

UK Coaching

UK Coaching – Return to Coaching reopening roadmap – advice and resources to support coaches 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