Return To Play Good Practice & Safeguarding

The Roadmap is on track and planned Step 3 easements will go ahead on Monday 17 May.

Main changes in this issue of the Return To Play framework…

Spectators: Spectators are allowed but must adhere to social gathering limits either in groups of six or two households and social distancing.

Travel: All participants and other attendees should follow best practice for travel, including minimising use of public transport. Participants should walk or cycle if possible. People from a household or support bubble can travel together in a vehicle.

Car sharing and the use of mini buses is now permitted.

Limits: Gathering limits will increase indoors and outdoors.

Indoors: Organised adult sport and exercise classes can resume indoors

NOTE: Step 4 is due to take place no earlier than Monday 21 June. Further detail on Step 4 will be set out at the end of this month.

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.

Rounders Action Plan & Guidance (published 13.05.2021 for 17.05.2021)

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.

Resuscitation Council UKA series of resources to support healthcare professionals and the general public during COVID-19.

CPSU An animation to help anyone involved in delivering sport or activities to children and young people.


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.


Here is a specific link to content related to wraparound provision and extra curricular activity

Each school (visiting and hosting) will need to have a risk assessment in place. For the final match, it would be down to the organiser of the event to produce the risk assessment.

Where possible, the integrity of the bubbles should be maintained for extracurricular activity. Ultimately, the school’s policy and systems of control are to be followed.

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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