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Coronavirus

This is no ordinary time, and we're all facing huge challenges. We're committed to being as supportive as we can to the sport and physical activity sector, and doing all we can to help people stay active in this new normal.

We've opened three funds focusing on a safe return to play and narrowing the inequalities gap in sport and physical activity. Find out more and see if the funds can help you.

Return to Play Fund

We know this is a hugely challenging time for the sport and physical activity sector as the country deals with the outbreak of coronavirus (Covid-19).

Our two immediate priorities over this period are:

  • Supporting the sector: action to ensure it comes through this period in as strong a position as possible
  • Keeping the nation moving: doing everything we can to encourage people to stay active, wherever possible, which we think is now more important than ever.

Click on the links further down this page to find out more about this, including our funding support and Join the Movement campaign.

Latest government guidance

The government's roadmap for the easing of lockdown restrictions is made up of four steps, with Step 3 – which began on 17 May – now in force.

This means that:

  • Indoors: Gatherings of either six people (the ‘rule of six’) or two households can take place. Organised indoor adult and children sport and physical activity can return (including exercises classes) subject to sport-specific guidance. For organised indoor sport and physical activity, there’s no limit on group numbers so long as people adhere to capacity restrictions on indoor facilities. The maximum occupancy of each indoor facility should be limited by providing a minimum of 100 sq ft per person.
  • Outdoors: Up to 30 people can meet outdoors. Organised outdoor sport and physical activity can take place in any numbers, subject to sport-specific guidance.

Full information on the current rules, a definition of organised outdoor sport and physical activity, and what the next steps in the government's roadmap mean for sport and activity, are on our frequently asked questions page below.

You can also find out about the exemptions for elite sport, as well as information about travel, hospitality, spectators and changing rooms.

Your questions answered

Read the government's guidance

Return to play

We've compiled advice and guidance on how the sport and physical activity sector can prepare for a safe return to play.

Our support includes the current government guidance, research on what will help people return to play, plus advice for clubs, the professional workforce, volunteers and more.

See the guidance

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Join the Movement

Our Join the Movement campaign is all about inspiring people to keep active during this time, pulling together trusted resources to help people do just that.

It's encouraging people to share their own ideas on social media.

Join the Movement

Activity levels research

We know how and if people are getting active during this time will of course change.

We're working with Savanta ComRes to understand the true picture throughout this period, and how people view getting and keeping active.

Read the latest findings

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Funding, flexibility and innovation

A £270 million package of government and National Lottery funding has been developed to help the sector through this crisis, including a Return to Play Fund.

We've also introduced flexibility in managing our existing support to individuals and organisations, are supporting innovators working on solutions to inequalities in activity levels worsened by coronavirus and are managing the government's £600m Sport Survival Package.

Find out more

What happens next?

We've worked with the government to help explain its lockdown restrictions, and how they impact sport and physical activity.

You can also find out how to contribute to the consultation about how we implement our new strategy, Uniting the Movement.

Learn more about what's next

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