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Coronavirus: prepare and adapt for the future

Planning for the future, whatever it brings, is crucial to be able to stay afloat - during the coronavirus crisis and once it's passed.

Here we've provided evidence on how people's habits are changing during the restrictions on movement, and ways you can develop your skills to prepare for what comes next.

Understanding the effect on activity levels

How are people reacting to restrictions on movement and social distancing?

Provider: Sport England

What it includes: Research on how people’s physical activity behaviours and motivations are being affected by the coronavirus crisis.

Who it’s for: All physical activity organisations and individuals.

More information: We’ve commissioned Savanta ComRes to conduct weekly research into the nation's physical activity habits and motivations during the time of social distancing and restrictions on movement. Each week we'll publish and interpret the results to help give you an insight into how the public is thinking, feeling and moving.

See the data

People exercise outside, socially distancing, by a river

Develop your skills

Adapting to life online

Provider: Department for Education

What it includes: Digital and numeracy courses to build skills in an increasingly online world of employment.

Who it’s for: All sport and physical activity organisations and individuals.

More information: This skills toolkit is made up of free online courses, tools and resources to help you improve digital and numeracy skills. It was produced with some of the country’s leading educational experts and employers to make up a collection of high-quality resources to suit a range of interests and skill levels.

DfE skills toolkit

Learning about open data

Provider: OpenActive

What it includes: Six e-learning modules that can help organisations learn about what open data is and the impact it can have.

Who it’s for: Organisations that deliver physical activity sessions.

More information: OpenActive is a community-led initiative supported by us, with the ambition to help people across England to get active using open data. These e-learning modules will introduce you to what open data is, its business benefits, how to publish data online and give examples of how it can be used by others to help you gain value back.


Developing your online presence

Providers: Google, YouTube and Facebook

What it includes: Advice on how to develop new digital skills across a range of social media platforms, including Google, Facebook and Instagram.

Who it’s for: All sport and physical activity organisations and individuals.

More information: Social media can provide a great way to grow an sustain an organisation. These guides from the Google Digital GarageYouTube Creator Academy and Facebook Business Hub (including Instagram), give advice on developing new digital skills, setting up a YouTube channel, examples of best practice and tips on digital marketing to help you prepare for what comes next.

Using innovation to change delivery methods

Providers: Design Council

What it includes: Toolkits to walk you through the design process and help you to quickly adapt and innovate your services 

Who it’s for: Sport and physical activity organisations exploring innovation.

More information: Design Council’s Framework for Innovation can help you transform the way you develop and deliver services and offers. At its heart, is the principle of working in collaboration and prototyping and testing new ideas before they launch, giving you the skills you need to co-design with your users and partners. The framework guides you through each stage of implementing a new idea, from discovering and defining to developing and delivering.

Design Council's Framework for Innovation

Getting ready for re-start

Preparing to re-open gym and leisure facilities

Provider: ukactive

What it includes: Advice and operational guidance that any activity provider needs to consider when re-opening and operating, initially under social distancing restrictions.

Who it's for: Anyone re-opening a fitness, gym or leisure facility. 

More information: ukactive has worked with leisure providers to develop a framework for the re-opening of gyms and the fitness industry. There's a lot of useful guidance for anyone to use when they are looking to re-open a facility in our sector. They're also hosting a series of webinars to help guide preparations so that the physical activity sector is ready to reopen as soon as the government permits.

ukactive's framework

Keeping children and young people active, in and out of school

Provider: Youth Sport Trust (YST) and Association for Physical Education (afPE)

What it includes: A support document from afPE allowing for risk assessment, management and maximising opportunity, as well as free resources from the YST about keeping children of all ages active.

Who it’s for: People responsible for the activity levels of children and young people.

More information: National children’s charity the Youth Sport Trust has put together free resources aimed at parents, carers and teachers, designed to give them ideas about how to get or keep children active during school closures. There are tailored resources for both primary and secondary aged children. While the afPE has produced a support document for the PE, school sport and physical activity workforce to help them assess risk, manage it and maximise opportunities for physical activity as schools and facilities do re-open.

Local authorities and service providers

Capacity to assist with discussions on protecting leisure contracts and local facilities

Provider: Sport England

What it includes: Support to provide some capacity to local authorities and leisure providers to assist with discussions to protect leisure contracts and vital local facilities.

Who it’s for: Local authorities and leisure providers.

More information: We’ve heard from local authorities and leisure providers the need for additional support and we wish to proactively offer specialist consultancy support to help. We're endeavouring to assist authorities and their service delivery partners to work through the current challenges. To do this, we've put together documents detailing the context of the support we can offer, what we can offer, and an example of how we've assisted national sports centres.

We've also pulled together advice and guidance that can be of use now, to help your projects or organisation cope with the immediate impact of coronavirus.

Tools to help now

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