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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.

On 13 July 2020, Swim England updated its Returning to the Pool guidance for operators to include recommendations for each activity in response to the 9 July 2020 Government announcement outlining the measures that will allow outdoor pools in England to reopen from 11 July and indoor gyms, swimming pools and sports facilities in England to begin to reopen from 25 July – subject to evidence closer to the time, ensuring millions of people can get back into more sport and fitness activities.


With regard to a return to training, it is Somerset ASA's view that participation cannot be without risk. For those wishing to participate in training, please familiarise yourselves with the risks associated with the Covid-19 virus. Our duty of care requires us to follow Government and Public Health England guidance and take all reasonable and proportionate steps to implement processes and protocols recommended by our NGB in order to reduce these risks. Please understand and adhere to the processes and protocols which we put in place for Somerset ASA training sessions and by doing so, you will help protect your health and the health of other members, volunteers, staff and other users of any facility we use.


Swim England

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. There have been a number of updates, most recently 20 July regarding Group numbers and these are 'living' documents and the latest published versions are shown below:

Swim England has updated both open water club activity and land training guidance.

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

View Swim England webinar recordings on

Swim England South West arranged COVID-19 Lead training for officers who will be taking a lead on this area within its clubs on Tuesday 14 July 2020 and on 20 July 2020. A further opportunity will also be availble on 11 August 2020 at 7.30pm. Swim England South West is running a forum for leads as an opportunity to talk and share ideas between clubs with the first session on 4 August 2020 at 7.30pm. Book here.

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 (updated July 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.

Institute of Swimming

So our members, swimming teachers, and partners are able to implement Government and Swim England  guidance safely and effectively, the Institute of Swimming is providing free training. A series of three webinars were initially created and delivered with Swim England which have now been packaged into five videos.

DCMS / Government

View regularly updated guidance for people who work in grassroots sport and gym/leisure facilities.

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.

View information and advice for voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations during the coronavirus outbreak covering:

  • Guidance for those working in these sectors
  • Guidance about funding and fundraising
  • The role of volunteers
  • Guidance on digital/technical support
  • Business offers of support

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.


View free webinars created to support the industry on a wide range of topics, from pool plant to health and safety.


Visit free, online training platform launched by CIMSPA and Sport England, which has been designed to equip anyone working or volunteering in the sport, fitness, leisure and physical activity sector in England with the knowledge and skills they need to confidently return to work or restart their coaching activity.

With indoor fitness facilities in England able to reopen from Saturday 25 July 2020, CIMSPA has brought together the key guidance on indoor training and group exercise in England and resources to help people working in the sector to get back to work safely and with confidence.


View guidance on outdoor exercise in UK from the NGB for Group Exercise.

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.

RNIB, British Blind Sport

View practical guidance to support the return of blind and partially sighted people to physical activity.


View the 'Return to Play' Mental Health Guidance produced by mental health charity MIND to support the health of staff, coaches, volunteers and participants.

Also view advice from Swim England sports psychologists Hannah Stoyel and Helen Davis on how to cope in a post-lockdown world.


View information to help you decide what steps you and your charity / voluntary organisation needs to take in light of the spread of the covid-19 virus. including involving and managing volunteers.