Please Note: This guidance is based on the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport guidance for the public on the phased return of outdoor sport and recreation in England.
Useful Guidance Documents
GOV.UK: Guidance for the public on the phased return of outdoor sport and recreation
GOV.UK: Return to recreational team sport framework
Sport England: COVID 19 Support Kit
Following recent government guidance that from Monday 14 September that you must not meet with people from other households socially in groups of more than 6, I just wanted to confirm our current guidance for LSESU Sports Clubs. The current government guidance states:
"You can play team sport in any number if this is formally organised by a sports club or similar organisation and sports-governing body guidance has been issued. You should only be playing team sports where the relevant governing body has published guidance on how to do so safely. Team sports that do not have approved guidance should not be played if you cannot socially distance from people you do not live with. Instead, people should train together and take part in activities in groups of no more than 6 people (outdoors). When playing sports informally with people you don’t live with, you must limit the size of your group to 6."(GOV.UK)
The government have released the list of team-sports this statement refers to, and for LSESU Clubs this relates to;
- Rock Climbing
- Rugby Union
- Ultimate Frisbee
If you are not one of the listed LSESU clubs above:
- All your activity must be socially distanced with a maximum 6 participants (in line with new guidance from 14 September).
- Any activity you are planning as an LSESU Club, please ensure you submit a risk assessment to the SU via the event form on our committee hubs activities page here.
- It is entirely based on what the SU approves following receipt of risk assessments. All activity you are planning to organise as a LSESU Club, please ensure the SU are aware.
Social distancing should be followed between people from different households wherever possible. This means a distance of 2m between people from different households, or 1m plus mitigations (such as face coverings or avoiding face-to-face contact) where 2m is not possible.
Social distancing in play: All sports must adhere to social distancing throughout warm-ups and avoid equipment sharing. Each sport should introduce ‘COVID-19 adaptations’ to lower the frequency of activities that cannot be done whilst socially distanced. Avoid unnecessary breaking of social distancing such as pre-game handshakes, huddles, face-to-face confrontation with opponents and officials, and scoring celebrations.
Social distancing during breaks and post-game: All participants must remain socially distanced during breaks in play with spaced areas for equipment and refreshment storage for each individual including officials and substitutes. Water bottles or other refreshment containers, should in no circumstances be shared. After activity participants must maintain government mandated social distancing for social interaction. This includes in any available clubhouse facilities or other venue participants congregate in afterwards.
- Transmission: According to current evidence, COVID-19 is primarily transmitted between people through respiratory droplets and contact with contaminated surfaces – usually those that are frequently touched. If possible, hand sanitise at intervals if you touch communal surfaces.
- Changing rooms: Indoor facilities, apart from toilets and through-ways should be kept closed.
- Sharing equipment: Where possible limit sharing of equipment, for example you should use your own tennis racquet, golf club or basketball, but if you do, practise strict hand hygiene. If you are sharing equipment, including balls, you should wash your hands thoroughly before and after use.
- Kit: Participants should take their kit home to wash it themselves.
- Travel to training: Participants are encouraged to follow best practice for travel including minimising use of public transport and limiting car sharing. Walk or cycle if you can.
- Arrival at venues: Clubs should strictly limit the time spent congregating before activity begins. Meet-up times should reflect this. This includes arriving changed and ready to begin warm up.
- Adherence to measures: Approved Club Risk Assessments and this guidance should be shared with all members of the club to ensure a commitment for all involved to adhere to COVID-19 adaptations.
- Shouting: There is an additional risk of infection in close proximity situations where people are shouting or conversing loudly. If possible, players should therefore avoid shouting or raising their voices when facing each other during, before and after games.
- Spectators: Supporters, parents, and other spectators remain socially distanced whilst attending events. Spectator groups must be restricted to discrete six person gathering limits and spread out, in line with wider government guidance.
- Hygiene: Participants will be encouraged to refrain from spitting or rinsing out their mouths on or around the playing area.
- Injury treatment: Injuries during play should still be treated as participant wellbeing is utmost. The best way to protect yourself and others is through rigorous cleaning, personal hygiene and regular hand hygiene. An increased frequency of cleaning and disinfection of all surfaces and equipment, using standard household cleaning and disinfection products, is recommended. Face coverings are also advisable when undertaking treatment. After contact with an injured participant, clean your hands thoroughly at the earliest opportunity.
- Symptoms: If you are symptomatic or living in a household with someone else who has a possible or confirmed COVID-19 infection you should remain at home and you should not have visitors to your household. All participants must undergo a self-assessment for any COVID-19 symptoms. No-one should leave home to participate in sport or officiate if they, or someone they live with, has any of the following: A high temperature, A new, continuous cough and A loss of, or change to, their sense of smell or taste. Should an individual have demonstrated any such symptoms, they must follow NHS and PHE guidance on self-isolation.
LSESU Clubs can only return to sporting activity when they have;
- 1.Submitted an annual Risk Assessment with appropriate measures to ensure you are COVID secure and in line with government guidelines. Please update old versions and submit here.
- Guidance from Sport England: “Creating a risk assessment for clubs and organisations”
- Use Sport England’s “Reopening Toolkit for Clubs” to ensure you have covered all areas.
- Please also refer to current government guidance (useful links at top of this document).
- 2.Assign a COVID Officer on your committee who is the main point of contact for your COVID-19 plans. Please email their name, email address and student ID to email@example.com.
- 3. Send a link to your Sport’s Return to Play Guidance to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- E.G. Football’s (FA) Return to Play government approved guidance here.
- 4. Track and Trace: LSESU Clubs should support test and trace by collecting information on participants at training sessions and club activities. These records must be kept for 21 days. The SU will be providing further guidance on this but please see some useful guidance on the Track and Trace Tab.
Once you’ve completed all of these steps, please email email@example.com
Please Note: Our biggest priority is to keep all students safe. Club activities will be reviewed on a case by case basis by SU Staff in line with current LSE and government guidelines. Please be patient whilst the Sport team reviews these and prepare to be flexible if situations change. We will get back to you as soon as possible. Many thanks for your continued patience and understanding.