Next steps for grassroots sport and activity

Posted: Fri, 29 May 2020 11:24

Next steps for grassroots sport and activity

The reopening of some outdoor sports facilities in recent weeks has paved the way for many other clubs and organisations to start detailed planning and preparation for a wider reopening of sport and physical activity.

As the government continues to plan and prepare for the further loosening of restrictions, we want to do everything possible to help community sport return safely and responsibly.

We're liaising with government to help their work in devising guidance and support for the sector and are preparing resources to help clubs and organisations to get ready.

We know many sports and activities are already planning in great detail and we'd like to gather views on what resources would be the most helpful and valuable.

Our aim is to produce a suite of tools, which will continue to be updated as further guidance is provided by the government and public health authorities – including simple checklists, expert hygiene advice and links to best practice.

To help us in this work, we're asking for feedback and ideas from the sector, so please fill in the below form by 5pm on Friday 29 May, so we can ensure all views are fed into the government's planning.

Why we must get this right

We're emerging from lockdown as a nation of people who understand better than ever before the benefits that sport and activity can have on our mental and physical wellbeing,

Thanks to the government placing exercise at the heart of its priorities throughout lockdown, national values are being reformed around activity.

Exercise has been redefined as a necessity, rather than a recreational choice or luxury, and most adults are now telling us they think being active is more important than before and are using it to stay physically and mentally healthy.

In order to gain maximum benefit from this momentum, we need to ensure the next phase of the reopening is well coordinated and is not just focused on getting something back up and running, but is genuinely inclusive.

Our insight tells us that, in the midst of coping with our changing circumstances, many people are doing more activity and experiencing different activities than usual, but alongside this many others are doing less.

We can already see older people, women, people on low incomes, living in urban areas or living alone, are finding it harder to be active during the outbreak.

Working together, we have an opportunity to reframe grassroots and community sport and activity as something genuinely for everyone and to support those involved with delivery to get it right from the off.

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