Return To Play Good Practice & Safeguarding

As the nation comes out of its third lockdown, from Monday 29 March, outdoor sports reopen, organised adult sports return and travel outside your local area is allowed.

Match play and training outdoors can resume but it is extremely important that leagues, clubs, teams, players, volunteers, parents, carers, and facility providers continue to strictly follow both the UK Government’s latest guidance on COVID-19 and respective bespoke guidance documents from Rounders England Return to Play.

Return To Play Rounders Framework & Guidance (published 9.04.2021 for 12.04.2021)

Covid-19 Officer Job Description (updated 24.03.2021)

COVID-19 Symptoms Flowchart

Covid-19 Risk Assessment  (updated 24.03.2021)


Umpire Guidance

Rounders Attendance Registration Template


DCMS Guidance

Sport England – Return of Outdoor Activities

Sport England – FAQ’s

UK Coaching – #Return2Coach – The Reopening Roadmap: A dedicated landing page packed with topical resources to help facilitate coaches’ return to coaching. The Toolkit contains expert tips that will help coaches to navigate and adapt to the changed coaching landscape.


As the nation comes out of its third lockdown and all pupils return to school on Monday 8 March, the government have issued a full Operational Guidance document which explains the actions school leaders should take to minimise the risk of
transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19) in their school.

Of particular interest you should refer to Page 58 that outlines…

Where you are considering team sports you should only consider those sports whose national governing bodies have developed guidance under the principles of the government’s guidance on team sport and been approved by the government i.e. sports on the list available at grassroots sports guidance for safe provision including team sport, contact combat sport and organised sport events. Competition between different schools should not take place until wider grassroots sport for under 18’s is permitted.

Sport England – Duties of Care
NSPCC Child Protection In Sport Unit (CPSU) – Safeguarding In Sport
Ann Craft Trust (ACT) – COVID-19 Advice
NSPCC Learning – Protecting Children from Online Abuse
ChildLine – Information for Children about Coronavirus
Anna Freud Centre – Supporting Young People’s Mental Health during Disruption
CIMSPA – Coronavirus CIMSPA Briefings

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