As sport and physical activity returns, there's additional support that your workforce and people taking part will need, to ensure an inclusive and accessible return to play.
There's a need for a greater understanding of mental health issues within the workforce, particularly when working with people whose mental health may have been more affected by coronavirus.
This could include people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, people who are LGBT+, those who are recovering from the virus, and people who were previously shielding, or who have found this period particularly difficult. Free mental health awareness training for the workforce is available from Mind through UK Coaching.
We’re also seeing that many people struggled to become or stay active during periods of restrictions, and heard from them that they felt coming out of lockdown will make it harder to be active, and that they're more concerned about being active now social distancing is no longer mandatory.
Reopening facilities has provided additional opportunities to get active, but that might not be enough right now to overcome the barriers that people face.
Activity Alliance and Mind have both published guidance that set out considerations for how you can support and reassure your workforce, and those taking part, to help reduce anxieties about returning to your facilities and activities. They include tips on your communications, training and policies to help ensure that everyone has a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment to get active in.
CIMPSA has published further information on indoor training and group exercise in England, that includes guidance on supporting disabled people to be active where they may require physical support.
UK Coaching's resource also provides a detailed and timely look at what great coaching looks like through the eyes of the participant and how they're feeling, highlighting the importance of understanding and responding to a person's motivations, needs and anxieties to enhance their experience.
Club Matters have a range of resources to support clubs and organisations consider the ways they can reopen, including reopening toolkits, understanding people and their mental wellbeing and considering effective communications. There are also a range of case studies which explore creating inclusive and safe environments.
The UK Coaching Duty to Care Toolkit will equip coaches with knowledge and skills around inclusion, diversity, mental health, wellbeing and safeguarding to provide great experiences to others, as well as support to begin to better look after themselves. Duty to Care is our collective responsibility to put the safety, wellbeing and welfare of all those involved in sport and physical activity at the heart of the individual’s experience.