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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.

Sport/activity

Organisation’s guidance

Contact

Amateur boxing

England Boxing

enquiries@englandboxing.org

American football

British American Football

covid-19@britishamericanfootball.org

Angling

Angling Trust

admin@anglingtrust.net

Archery

Archery GB

enquiries@archerygb.org

Artistic swimming Swim England clubguidance@swimming.org

Athletics

England Athletics

 

Badminton

Badminton England

Contact form

Basketball

Basketball England

support@basketballengland.co.uk

Beach volleyball Volleyball England info@volleyballengland.org

Boating

Royal Yachting Association

sport.development@rya.org.uk

Boccia

Boccia England

info@bocciaengland.org.uk

Bowls (crown green)

British Crown Green Bowling Association

 

Bowls (flat green)

Bowls England

 

Bowls (indoor)

English Indoor Bowling Association

 

Cheerleading

SportCheer England

sportcheerengland@gmail.com

Cricket

England and Wales Cricket Board

 

Cycling

British Cycling

info@britishcycling.org.uk

Diving Swim England clubguidance@swimming.org

Dodgeball

British Dodgeball

hello@britishdodgeball.com

Dragon boat racing British Dragon Boat Racing info@thebda.org.uk

Fencing

British Fencing

Contact form

Football

The Football Association

 

Goalball

Goalball UK

covid@goalballuk.com

Golf

England Golf

info@englandgolf.org

Group exercise

Exercise Move Dance UK

info@emduk.org

Gymnastics

British Gymnastics

customerservice@british-gymnastics.org

Gyms

ukactive

membership@ukactive.org.uk

Hockey

England Hockey

clubs@englandhockey.co.uk

Iaido

British Kendo Association

 

Ice hockey

England Ice Hockey Association

enquiries@eiha.co.uk

Ice skating

British Ice Skating

info@iceskating.org.uk

Jodo

British Kendo Association

 

Ju jitsu and Jiu jitsu

British Ju-Jitsu

 

Judo

British Judo

joyce.heron@britishjudo.org.uk

Kendo

British Kendo Association

notes@britishkendoassociation.com

Kickboxing*

World Association of Kickboxing Organisations GB

safeguarding@wakogb.com

Kitesports

British Kitesports Association

hq@britishkitesports.org

Korfball England Korfball office@englandkorfball.co.uk
Krav Maga Krav Maga Round Table info@kmrt.co.uk

Lacrosse

England Lacrosse

covid@englandlacrosse.co.uk

Leisure centres

ukactive

membership@ukactive.org.uk

Life saving

The Royal Life Saving Society UK

 

Orienteering

British Orienteering

info@britishorienteering.org.uk

Powerlifting

British Weightlifting

 

Rackets

Tennis and Rackets Association

office@tennisandrackets.com

Real tennis

Tennis and Rackets Association

office@tennisandrackets.com

Roller sport British Roller Sports Federation brsf@btinternet.com

Rowing

British Rowing

clubsupport@britishrowing.org

Rugby union England Rugby clubsupport@rfu.com

Running

England Athletics

 

Running (parkrun)

parkrun

 

Running (road racing)

Run Britain

 

Sailing

Royal Yachting Association

sport.development@rya.org.uk

Sambo British Sombo Federation Colin.carrott@britishsombofederation.com
Sitting volleyball Volleyball England info@volleyballengland.org

Skateboarding

Skateboard GB

 

Snowsports

Snowsport England

info@snowsportengland.org.uk

Softball

Baseball Softball UK

returntoplay@bsuk.com

Squash

England Squash

enquiries@englandsquash.com

Surfing

Surfing England

info@surfingengland.org

Swimming Swim England clubguidance@swimming.org

Table Tennis

Table Tennis England

help@tabletennisengland.co.uk

Tenpin bowling

British Tenpin Bowling Association

admin@btba.org.uk

Touch rugby

England Touch

returntoplay@englandtouch.org.uk

Trampolining

British Gymnastics

customerservice@british-gymnastics.org

Triathlon

British Triathlon

events@britishtriathlon.org

Ultimate UK Ultimate admin@ukultimate.com
Volleyball Volleyball England info@volleyballengland.org

Walking (group walks)

Ramblers GB

volunteersupport@ramblers.zendesk.com

Walking (parkrun)

parkrun

 

Water polo Swim England clubguidance@swimming.org

Weightlifting

British Weightlifting

 

Windsurfing

Royal Yachting Association

sport.development@rya.org.uk

Wrestling British Wrestling  

 

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

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