CEO Colin Hutchison (photo by Bobby Gavin)
scottishathletics has welcomed changes to the Covid-19 restrictions which remove the travel ban for meeting people outdoors and ‘informal exercise’.
However, we are extremely disappointed that these changes do not yet allow people to travel outside their local government authority area for training with our clubs and sessions with jogscotland groups.
And, while we continue to be in regular dialogue with sportscotland about the Scottish Government rulings, chief executive Colin Hutchison has today publicly urged for an urgent re-think on the current restrictions.
Here’s what the changes announced by the First Minister (on Tuesday 13 April) mean for athletes, coaches, clubs:
*All ages can travel across local authority boundaries for informal exercise (running etc) but NOT to organised training sessions from Friday (April 16)
*Travel restrictions to England and Wales are expected to be lifted for all ages from Monday 26 April
*Other guidance on group sizes and social distancing remains as previously (see link above)
Here’s the statement from Colin Hutchison, backed by our Chair, Ian Beattie, and our Board:
‘scottishathletics welcome the updates from the First Minister and Scottish Government on Tuesday 13 April.
‘Whilst the early changes to legislation enabling travel between local authority areas is welcomed, scottishathletics is extremely disappointed that organised sport has not been included in the exemptions for travel between areas.
‘The physical health, mental health and wellbeing benefits of sport and physical activity are well publicised but thousands of our members continue to be unable to attend their club or group training sessions due to the travel restrictions in place.
‘Whilst appreciating that the early changes made are primarily to allow family and friends to meet, scottishathletics feel that an opportunity has been missed to enable more people to resume participation in organised sport in safe, controlled environments.
‘The Scottish Government has now published the updated protection levels framework and once further information has been provided on the implications for sport, from Level 0 to Level 4.
‘We will of course communicate this to all clubs, groups, coaches and leaders in due course.’
Very disappointing news. People allowed to travel all over Scotland to meet friends or family, but can’t travel outside their local authority area to take part in organised training? Makes no sense, particularly when mental health benefits of group training are considered. https://t.co/iZnP7iKwrQ
— Ian Beattie (@ianbeattie1) April 14, 2021