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Covid-19: Return to group training for all ages

Thursday 11th March 2021

Covid-19 page on this website with series of documents

Following the announcement from the First Minister on Tuesday 9 March, scottishathletics has this afternoon received updated guidance for sport and physical activity from sportscotland.

We have now updated our Covid Framework and Covid Guidance for athletics and running.

Following the link above and check the documents dated 11/03/21 for further detail.

We’re pleased to say these moves bring about a return to group training from Friday – up to 30 athletes and coaches at U12 age group; 12-17 year-olds – groups of 15; and adults – groups of 15.

The Level 4 refers to all areas of Scotland currently with exception of a number of island communities who are now Level 3 (except Skye which is Level 4).

The key changes are summarised below:

From Friday 12 March:

Age 11 and under (Level 4)

  • Children aged 11 and under can take part in outdoor organised athletics training and/or group exercise within their usual club or facility environment.
  • An outdoor sporting ‘field of play bubble’ for children aged 11 and under can consist of up to 30 people, including coaches and officials, at any one time.
  • Children are not required to physically distance. Coaches and officials should maintain physical distancing where possible.
  • Where there are multiple bubbles operating at the same venue risk assessments must be completed to ensure there can be no mixing of participants before, during or after the activity.

Age 12+ (Level 4)

  • Those aged 12+ and over can take part in organised athletics training and/or group exercise within their usual club or facility environment.
  • Group sizes of up to 15 people, including coaches and officials, are permitted at any one time.
  • Physical distancing should be maintained at all times.
  • Where there are multiple bubbles operating at the same venue risk assessments must be completed to ensure there can be no mixing of participants before, during or after the activity.

Travel

  • Children aged 17 years or under may travel into or out of a Level 4 area for organised athletics activity if that is where their club or activity normally takes place.
  • Adults (18+) should only travel locally (within their local authority area) to take part in organised sport or physical activity.
  • For informal exercise, people of all ages should only travel up to 5 miles from their local authority boundary.
  • Coaches and Jog leaders can travel across local authority boundaries to coach/lead. However, please remember to minimise travel where possible.

Thank you for your patience whilst we have waited for the national update and prepared our amended documents.

If you have any questions in relation to the guidance please e-mail development@scottishathletics.org.uk.

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