The Physical Return

The Physical Return

It's time for the Physical Return

It’s been a long time, but it’s time for The Physical Return. Some of you have already begun and many of you are tentatively putting plans in place.


There’s so much advice out there so we’ve tried to bring it together in one place so you can easily find what you need.


We’ve also created a Physical Return checklist to help you think about what you need to consider before getting going.


Government Guidance

Sport councils

Northern Ireland


Intro to a Framework for a Return to Sport – includes a link to the Taking the First step support tool, which contains a range of helpful checklists for different types of organisations.


A Framework for a Return to Sport


Youth Group Guidance



National Youth Agency Guidance – The National Youth Agency (NYA) as the Professional Statutory and Regulatory Body for youth work in England has, in consultation with Public Health England and the Health and Safety Executive, developed youth sector specific advice and guidance. 

The guidance will support local providers, leaders, volunteers and young people to remain safe when engaging in youth sector activities. It is intended to guide the youth sector in opening up services for young people at the right pace and time.



Guiding Framework to support gradual phased renewal of youth work services

Framework created by the National Youth Work Recovery Group. Youth Scotland has been working with Scottish Government, Public Health Scotland, YouthLink Scotland and other sector partners to help produce specific, practical guidance on a gradual and phased resumption of youth work services.

Youth Scotland Covid-19 guidance




British blind sport – to support the return of blind and partially sighted people.


Activity Alliance – Making sure that your plan for reopening is inclusive.


Scottish Disability Sport Phase 3 Return to Sport and Recreation Guidance Paper


Other support tools

UKactive has a range of different resources for different countries and A framework for the re-opening of gym, leisure centre and wider fitness industry during social distancing


CIMPSA has a guide for reopening facilities


Health and Safety Executive guidance on working safely during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak


Youth Sports Trust: The safe return of school sport – a framework and planning tool




UK Coaching has just launched the Duty of to Care Toolkit and Digital Badge

The Sport and Recreation Alliance have pulled together all the NGB guidance in to one handy place and are continuing to pull together guidance from various agencies as they receive it. Check it out here


London Sport also has a good digest




You can find a list of NGB guidance here


Northern Ireland

NICVA Coronavirus Hub contains a number of helpful links and documents.



Good practice examples for a phased return to sport – a list of NGB links


WCVA Guidance for reopening community centres



Return to activity with confidence


The Physical Return checklist

We have developed a series of digital tools exclusive to Sported members to support you as you return to physical activity and sport. 

Here’s a list of things you should be thinking about now.

Make the most of our ready to use social media graphics, guides and merchandise to confidently get your participants back into activity.