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This page was last updated on 19 July.

Throughout the government's roadmap to recovery and the progressive steps, there's been a lot of information to consider with the return to play across the sport and physical activity sector.

This information was regularly updated based on the latest insight, guidance and advice as we moved through the steps of the roadmap - which provided a challenge in keeping on top of what the latest position is.

Even though we're now in Step 4 and almost all legal restrictions have now been removed, we created this guidance hub to collate information, making it easier for you to find the information for a variety of sports and activities, as NGBs and activity providers still need to maintain Covid-specific guidance for participants on how to participate safely in their sport.

This guidance should be reviewed and updated as necessary, to ensure providers and participants are clear on the current advice and best practice, but it doesn't need to be reviewed by government.

For things not covered by the guidance referred to here, our return to play section contains all our support - including our frequently asked questions about what the government restrictions mean for sport and physical activity.

If there's any other information you think would be useful on this page, please email our return to play team.

What's permitted and when?

What's possible has changed over time, as we've progressed along the steps of the government's roadmap.

Now we're in Step 4, here's a summary of what it means for sport and physical activity:

  • There are no set restrictions on how many people can take part in sport and physical activity, indoors and outdoors
  • All forms of activities can take place without set restrictions. We advise you to refer to your national governing body’s (NGB’s) guidance where relevant
  • All sports facilities can open, including ancillary facilities. There are no indoor capacity limits, however, venues may put in place some restrictions and guidance for enclosed areas
  • Organised sport participation events such as (but not limited to) races, rides and organised walks can take place outdoors with no capacity caps for participants or spectators 
  • Government guidance for sport and physical activity provides advice on how to reduce transmission when you're exercising.

For more detailed information, you can visit our FAQs page.

See the government guidance

Read our FAQs

How guidance was produced

In previous steps of the roadmap, all organised sports providers, including national governing bodies (NGBs) and event organisers, published their own guidance that was in line with what was contained in the government's guidance, on how to participate safely.

Below, we've summarised how this guidance was produced.

  • Risk assessment

    The guidance produced by providers of organised sport was done so following a risk assessment for the sport at grassroots level, which was conducted in line with Health and Safety Executive guidance and assessed the transmission risk within the activity.

    This risk assessment was used to create an action plan for safe participation, which set out the transmission risk of the activity, demonstrated its mitigations, laid out how it planned to operate and any adaptation required.

    Providers of organised sport will update their guidance, when needed, to reflect relevant changes to measures.

    The government's grassroots sports guidance for safe provision has further information about the considerations organised sport providers had to make in producing their guidance.

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  • Review process

    The review process for return to play guidance differed between sports.

    NGBs of team sports and contact combat sports were required to submit their action plans to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport for review, and received approval from Public Health England as required.

    This additional review was due either to the number of participants interacting with each other in team sports, or the close contact nature of the sport.

    All other sports guidance didn't need to go through this review process. However, all guidance from NGBs and providers of organised sports was still been created following detailed risk assessments and was based on the latest government advice, to ensure sport and activity returns safely.

    For team sports and contact combat sports, permission for a return to sport and activity could take place if the NGB guidance had been approved by the government.

    A list of the government approved team sports and contact combat sports can be found in Appendix 3 of the guidance for safe provision.

    Organisers of sports and activities largely undertaken by individuals - such as walking, running (including parkrun), tennis or golf - aren't listed in Appendix 3 as their plans didn't have to be formally approved by the government, but their activities were still permitted to return.

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Published NGB and sports provider guidance

Now we're in Step 4 of the governments roadmap, NGBs and activity providers still need to maintain Covid-specific guidance for participants on how to participate safely in their sport.

This guidance should be reviewed and updated as necessary, to ensure providers and participants are clear on the current advice and best practice, but it doesn't need to be reviewed by government.

Listed below are links to the latest return to play guidance that we're aware has been published by NGBs and organised sports providers.

We haven't reviewed this guidance, but collated published guidance into a hub to make it easier for people to access.

If you're an NGB or organised sports provider and feel your guidance should be included here, please complete this form and we'll be in touch.


Organisation’s guidance


Amateur boxing

England Boxing

American football

British American Football


Angling Trust


Archery GB

Artistic swimming Swim England


England Athletics



Badminton England

Contact form


Basketball England

Beach volleyball Volleyball England


Royal Yachting Association


Boccia England

Bowls (crown green)

British Crown Green Bowling Association


Bowls (flat green)

Bowls England


Bowls (indoor)

English Indoor Bowling Association



SportCheer England


England and Wales Cricket Board



British Cycling

Diving Swim England


British Dodgeball

Dragon boat racing British Dragon Boat Racing


British Fencing

Contact form


The Football Association



Goalball UK


England Golf

Group exercise

Exercise Move Dance UK


British Gymnastics




England Hockey


British Kendo Association


Ice hockey

England Ice Hockey Association

Ice skating

British Ice Skating


British Kendo Association


Ju jitsu and Jiu jitsu

British Ju-Jitsu



British Judo


British Kendo Association


World Association of Kickboxing Organisations GB


British Kitesports Association

Korfball England Korfball
Krav Maga Krav Maga Round Table


England Lacrosse

Leisure centres


Life saving

The Royal Life Saving Society UK



British Orienteering


British Weightlifting



Tennis and Rackets Association

Real tennis

Tennis and Rackets Association

Roller sport British Roller Sports Federation


British Rowing

Rugby union England Rugby


England Athletics


Running (parkrun)



Running (road racing)

Run Britain



Royal Yachting Association

Sambo British Sombo Federation
Sitting volleyball Volleyball England


Skateboard GB



Snowsport England


Baseball Softball UK


England Squash


Surfing England

Swimming Swim England

Table Tennis

Table Tennis England

Tenpin bowling

British Tenpin Bowling Association

Touch rugby

England Touch


British Gymnastics


British Triathlon

Ultimate UK Ultimate
Volleyball Volleyball England

Walking (group walks)

Ramblers GB

Walking (parkrun)



Water polo Swim England


British Weightlifting



Royal Yachting Association

Wrestling British Wrestling  


*Multiple organisations were involved in the creation of this contact combat sport action plan.

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