Recent announcement of reopening of gyms, leisure centres and grassroots sports clubs from Department of Digital Culture Media and Sport – The Government has outlined the measures that will allow outdoor pools to reopen from 11 July and indoor gyms, swimming pools and sports facilities to reopen from 25 July, ensuring millions of people can get back into more sport and fitness activities. Recreational team sports will be permitted to begin returning outdoors from 11 July.
The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is, without doubt, changing the world around us.
MSP is committed to helping the physical activity and sport sector here in the Liverpool City Region both react and adapt to the changes.
Our aim will be to:
• help you to adapt where you can
• support you where adapting isn’t an option
• identify opportunities in the short and long term.
• help shape how the future of the sector looks
We’ll be looking at what support we can signpost both organisations and individuals in the sector to via this page, which will be updated as things evolve.
Join the Movement is a campaign from Sport England, funded by The National Lottery, giving people the advice and tools they need to stay physically active while the country deals with the coronavirus outbreak.
As the situation evolves and restrictions gradually ease it’s hoped that the campaign will evolve to encourage people to keep up good activity habits formed during lockdown. So, the sport and physical activity sector is being encouraged to get behind the movement.
To ‘share the movement’ visit www.sportengland.org/jointhemovement#get_involved
‘Fit Together’ is UK Active’s industry-wide campaign to lead the reopening of fitness and leisure facilities by providing operators with the practical resources for a safe and successful return.
You can read their framework document here.
Plus, register to download the campaign toolkit here.
The toolkit contains helpful assets to help plan and communicate re-opening when the time is right, like the poster shown below.
Return to play is the term gaining traction in the sport and physical activity sector to refer to the re-starting planning and phased re-opening planning that sport and physical providers will need to go through to get going again in the ‘new normal’. When and how facilities and sessions can re-start is guided by the government, but there is much that can be done ahead of time to prepare.
Sport England has launched this dedicated page to support providers: www.sportengland.org/how-we-can-help/coronavirus/return-play
As more opportunities to be active resume, new guidance has been released to help providers to enable welcoming and more accessible environments. Activity Alliance has published Reopening Activity: An inclusive response, in consultation with partners across sport, leisure and disability equality. The national charity wants providers to consider the guidance as part of their ongoing commitment to disabled people’s inclusion.
The guide to support providers is available to download here:www.sportengland.org/how-we-can-help/coronavirus/return-play
This is a difficult time for everyone and it’s important to take time to look after yourself. Keeping up a physical activity habit yourself will help hugely, but these links may just be useful too.
Guidance for personal trainers and coaches on the phased return of sport and recreation in England from the government. Details here