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Covid 19 Toolkit

You will find a variety of resources below which will help your Club prepare for Returning to the Pool.

Swim England

Swim England has called on its members, clubs, coaches, teachers, swim schools, swimmers and facility operators to back its #OpenOurPools campaign. Follow the link to see how you can help support it.

Opening support

Swim England published guidance on 1 Jun as lockdown restrictions are eased. Five of the Returning to Pool guidance documents were then released on 15 Jun which include robust recommendations for operators, casual swimmers, lane swimming, family-fun sessions, club activity, teachers and those attending swimming lessons. These are 'living' documents and the latest published versions are shown below:


Swim England published  responses to Frequently Asked Questions that the 'Returning to the Pool' guidance and documents have generated.

Swim England will be introducing COVID-19 Lead training for officers who will be taking a lead on this area within clubs. Details are yet to be released but will be published on receipt. Following this training Swim England South West will run a forum for leads as an opportunity to talk and share ideas between clubs. 

Any personal or fitness trainer is being reminded to register with a council first if they want to use open spaces for training sessions and include a Covid-19 risk assessment explaining how social distancing will be maintained.

View Swim England / Institute of Swimming Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance for Virtual Teaching and Coaching and Land Training Guidance Under New Social Distancing Measures June 2020.

View Swim England COVID-19 Club Support Toolkit

Swim England's FAQs are being updated regularly.

Listen to the podcast which unveiled Swim England's plan to ensure all disciplines, clubs, members and workforce are ready to return to action when the coronavirus restrictions are lifted.

DCMS / Government

View guidance for the public, providers of outdoor sport facilities, elite athletes, personal trainers and coaches on the phased return of sport and recreation in England.

Sport England

Sport England has published resources which will help plan for a safe return and support the sector to keep staff, volunteers, members and people taking part informed of their responsibilities around social distancing and hygiene, and will work alongside both existing and forthcoming government guidance. These include

  • Inclusion and accessibility guidance – helping you to understand who can get active, how you can engage specific audiences and how to ensure your facilities are, and remain, accessible to all when allowed to reopen.
  • Clubs toolkit - Club Matters has guidance to help sports clubs prepare for reopening, how to develop a risk register, tips to enforce social distancing, and more.
  • Support for the professional workforce – including advice on staffing considerations for paid work as well as support available.
  • Volunteering guidance – setting out some of the main considerations to help your volunteers return safely, well-informed and prepared.
  • Managing liability and risk guidance – to give providers, be they clubs, governing bodies, community groups or regional associations, advice on what issues need considering and how they might tackle them in order to safely return to play.
  • Hygiene Guidance Resources - helping you clearly communicate key hygiene messages to people taking part in sport and physical activity.
  • Legal risks and duties of care when returning to play - Sheridan's guidance note in the context of coronavirus, shared for the benefit of all sports and physical activity providers.

Club Matters

View tips, tools and ideas to help keep your club functioning and working with your members and customers! And as some measures are being relaxed and the country is getting back to activity there is a new suite of resources to give you tips and guidance on how to do this safely! 

uk active

View their operational guidance and framework for the safe delivery of children’s activity provision during social distancing.

Somerset Activity & Sports Partnership


View sector support to help you react and adapt to the current changes we are facing due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Sport and Recreation Alliance

View COVID-19 Business Support Measures FAQs for the sport and recreation sector.

Activity Alliance

View 'Reopening Activity: An inclusive response' which has been produced in consultation with partners across sport, leisure and disability equality to help providers to enable welcoming, and more accessible environments.