But our insight also shows people may be lacking in confidence after a prolonged break from their usual activities, so we’ve collated a set of resources to help the sector encourage people and ease them in slowly.
Alongside the top tips, we've got a comprehensive set of frequently asked questions, updated legal guidance, a refreshed clubs toolkit and a set of case studies from organisations about how they’ve planned for this return to play.
“Today is a vital milestone as many people can get back to the sports and activities they have missed so much,” said Tim Hollingsworth, our chief executive.
“It also signals a big step on the nation’s road to recovery as the nation starts to move out of the winter restrictions. The fact organised sport is one of the first things to reopen underlines its importance to our health and wellbeing and we hope many people feel the confidence to get back out there and enjoy it this week.
“I have been so impressed by the resilience and adaptability of sport providers over the past year since the pandemic began.
“We’ve all worked together to get to this point and now we must focus on rebuilding activity levels and making sure we do all we can so that everyone can benefit from the joy that being active brings.”
Golf courses, tennis courts, outdoor pools and outdoor gyms are just some of the facilities allowed to reopen today, while organised sport can also begin – allowing leagues that had to be paused late last year to recommence.
But with as many as 30% of people admitting their ability to perform daily activities, such as taking the stairs or carrying shopping, has declined since the pandemic began, we know activity levels will take time to recover to their pre-coronavirus levels.