Date: 28 May 2020

The AMCA have a board meeting scheduled for the 6th June, it will be during this meeting that the resumption of AMCA activities will be discussed, it is still the intention of the board to commence activity from the 4th July if allowed by Government guidelines that are in place at that time.

The Government has the following guidance on this, there are extracts from each article.

(1) Guidance for the public on the phased return of outdoor sport and recreation in England

You can only exercise alone, with members of your household, or with 1 other person from outside your household while keeping 2 metres apart at all times.

For example, this means that you cannot have 5 people from 1 household plus 1 person from outside the household playing sport together. But you can have 2 people, from 2 different households, as long as they are staying a minimum of 2 metres apart.

(2) Guidance for personal trainers and coaches on the phased return of sport and recreation in England

If you are a personal trainer/coach you can now work with clients outdoors, providing you are alone and only meeting with 1 person from outside of your household, outdoors, and you are staying a minimum of 2 metres apart.

You can meet with different clients in a single day as long as it is only via one-to-one sessions and you are maintaining social distancing.

You should also enforce strong hygiene measures. This might be cleaning any equipment rigorously in line with wider guidance on hygiene, for example by using antibacterial spray and washing hands thoroughly before and after use.

(3) Guidance for providers of outdoor facilities on the phased return of sport and recreation in England

Any facilities associated with outdoor sports and physical activities are permitted to reopen from Wednesday 13 May 2020, if those responsible for them feel ready to do so and if they can do so safely.

This includes basketball and tennis courts, playing spaces like golf courses (public and private) and playing fields and water sports. However outdoor gyms, playgrounds and outdoor swimming pools will remain closed.

Each venue, including council-owned sports facilities, should make their own decisions about when their facilities are ready.

Managing large groups

The government is clear that sports participation should be restricted to participants exercising by themselves, or with members from their same household, or a minimum of two metres apart from one member of another household, observing social distancing guidelines. Venues are advised to display signs to this effect.

The police have been given powers to enforce these measures.

(4) Elite sport return to training guidance: Stage One

(5) Elite sport return to training guidance: Stage Two

There have been a recent number of announcements made about the return to sport happening following the Government guidance in relation to phase 2 of the return of elite sport. An extract below taken from the guideline states the criteria for an elite athlete.

For the purposes of this guidance the definition of an ‘elite athlete’ means a person who is:

an inpidual who derives a living from competing in a sport

a senior representative nominated by a relevant sporting body

a member of the senior training squad for a relevant sporting body, or

aged 16 or above and on an elite development pathway.