Return to play

It’s great news that lockdown is easing allowing a lot more clubs and groups to return to play. Although there’s a lot for sport and physical activity providers to consider as lockdown restrictions evolve. It’s worth checking out the government’s current guidance on reopening outdoor sports facilities; keeping facilities and equipment clean; keeping staff and customers safe; what to do about restaurants, changing rooms and car parks; plus sport-specific guidance.

Current Government Guidance

Sport England have some great guidance on a range of topics to help you plan for the return to play. From inclusion and accessibility advice, to legal support. It’s definitely worth having a look at their website. They also share their latest research on people’s thoughts on returning to sport.

WorkOut with Sport England

It is also worth checking out your local authority’s guidance as local authorities may have different guidelines and guidance in place.

Stevenage
Hertsmere
Broxbourne
Welwyn & Hatfield
North Herts
East Herts
Watford

St Albans
Three Rivers

Dacorum

Activity Finder

Our Activity Finder is the perfect tool to use when looking for a new sport, or physical activity opportunity to take part in. Users can set filters according to location, activity type, whether its free or paid for, and day. Your search will bring back a variety of results along with contact details for how to get involved.

WorkOut with the Activity Finder

Get Back Into – #GBIT

In 2018, partners across Hertfordshire ran a year-long campaign called Year of Physical Activity (YOPA) supporting people to be more active. One of the themed months titled Get Back Into Month, was a fantastic success. There were activity sessions running all across Hertfordshire to help people reacquaint themselves with sports and physical activity; to take part, volunteer or coach.

During the past weeks many people have reconnected with being active whilst under current restrictions to maintain physical and mental wellbeing. Others have offered to utilise their time and skills to volunteer and support their communities which is fantastic.

We are keen for individuals, organisations and clubs to consider how they might plan to continue to be active in the sport and physical activity community once we return to normality. Below we have listed a few possible opportunities that you might be interested in:

Individual

  • Continue to be active: work out in your home with online videos or visit your local parkrun
  • Join a club: check out what clubs are near by to put your new skills in to practice or return to sports you’ve missed playing
  • Try a new sport: it might be great time to try something entirely new, you can always bring a friend for support
  • Volunteer: remember you can support your grassroots sports clubs by volunteering

Clubs

  • Host an open day to welcome more people to your club and teams
  • Consider creating a new offer for people you may not engage with currently: older adults, inclusive or female audiences