Updated 1st September 2020

The key points from the Spirit in Sport guidelines and mitigation plan are set out below.


Check you feel well

Everyone should self-assess for COVID-19 symptoms before taking part in any Spirit in Sport activity. If you are symptomatic or living in a household with possible or actual COVID-19 infection you must not participate or attend, and you should not leave your household. Symptoms of COVID-19 currently recognised include any of the following:

    • A high temperature
    • A new, continuous cough
    • A loss of, or change to, their sense of smell or taste


Routine and Travel

Coaches and participants will be asked to arrive changed and shower at home. Showers and changing rooms will not be available for use on site.

Coaches and participants must be mindful of their environments prior to participating in a Spirit in Sport activity, in how these places/activities respect rules and regulations for the safety of everyone taking part at Spirit in Sport and any subsequent activity. 

Coaches, participants, and parents/carers should follow best practice for travel including minimising car sharing and use of public transport. Walk or cycle if possible. (People from a household or support bubble can travel together in a vehicle). Prior to arrival, everyone must be aware of vehicle entry and exit points and parking and cycle storage arrangements for venues to ensure social distancing can be maintained.


Site, Equipment and Activity Design

Spirit in Sport will make sure the site, equipment and activity design is compliant with current Government legislation and guidance related to COVID-19. We will complete a droplet transmission risk assessment before running each activity and will lower the frequency of activities that cannot be done without contact, depending on the most recent advice/guidelines available. 

Equipment will be available in a way that reduced the need to be shared between participants where possible. 

We will run competitive activities with groups limited to a maximum of 30 people, including coaches. This may include competitive match play, with social distancing in place before and after the match, and in any breaks in play, for adults who are actively involved in the activity. Children will not be required to socially distance before, during or after activities; 

Participants and coaches should sanitise hands before and after a session as well as scheduled breaks throughout a session. Hand sanitiser will always be available for use at Spirit in Sport activities, and children will be asked to receive sanitiser on sign in before entering Games Areas and immediately after team talks at the end of sessions before leaving Games Areas; 

Scheduled breaks, equipment, and refreshment storage will be spaced out to allow for social distancing to be maintained.

Spectator groups will be restricted to six person gathering limits and spread out. 

Activities will keep ball handling to a minimum with most contact via a boot and the ball.

Toilets will be available for our on site activities and will display signs and posters to build awareness of good hygiene practises. Hand sanitiser will be available on entry where possible. Toilet visits will be limited to one person at a time, leaving adequate time between visitors to avoid near contact on entrance/exit. Where possible a number of toilet facilities will be available. Toilets will be cleaned before and after activities and will be well ventilated throughout. The availability of toilets at off-site activities will be dependent on the venue and are not guaranteed. Participants/parents will be responsible for taking note of availability of toilets before arriving.  


Behaviour and Good Practice 

Water bottles or other refreshment containers, should in no circumstances be shared. Participants are advised to bring their own water bottles, in a clearly labelled or highly distinguishable container. Spirit in Sport will have a small number of sealed unopened water bottles available in case any child does not have access to water.

Please minimise photography and filming and refrain from posting any images or videos taken during an activity or on site on social media, without Spirit in Sport’s prior permission. 

Hand shakes, high-fives, huddles, and face-to-face confrontation during activities should be avoided. Celebrations (e.g. for goal scoring) should be kept minimal and humble. Coaches and participants must refrain from spitting.

Participants should avoid shouting or raising their voices when facing each other during, before and after games (and at all times should refrain from swearing or use of inappropriate language).

Participants should ensure sports clothing is loose and covers skin where it is reasonable and practical, to minimise contact of equipment and skin (and skin with skin).

Participants of indoor activities who are over 16 years old should wear a face covering when not actively participating beyond more than a short break (i.e. 3 minutes).

Participants or spectators must not use any equipment which has not been prepared for the specific activity. 


Coach and Participant Contact

Coaches will be encouraged to stay 2m from children and avoid contact as much as possible to participants during and before and after sessions. 


Where possible, coaches should only handle equipment during activities. 

Treatment of injuries are permitted by first aid trained coaches wearing face coverings.


Coaches must thoroughly clean their hands with soap water or hand sanitiser at the earliest opportunity regardless of level of contact.


Coaches must avoid touching mouths, eyes, and noses. 


Coaches will keep a record of all participants who they come into physical contact with for track and trace purposes. 

Spirit in Sport will keep a record of attendees to the site or sessions, including contact details, to support NHS Test and Trace processes, for 21 days after the activity. Parents will still be asked to confirm consent to this, but refusal to do so may limit the child’s ability to participate in activities.