As guidance continues to change on the Guidance for full opening: schools we wanted to help school to know where they stand with the delivery of team sports. It is currently important to spend time outdoors whenever possible, so we have decided to focus on the outdoor sports of Football, Hockey and Netball as potential options for the Autumn Term.
We must use schools as a vehicle for change in children's health and well-being over the coming months. Lockdown will have affected children in different ways but we know that the majority of children will have played very little, if any at all, competitive sports over the last 6 months. Schools provide a regulated and safe space for the reintroduction of these sports; providing children with the opportunities to develop their mental and physical well-being.
Are Competitive Sports Safe?
The current guidance suggests that if you follow the advice published on each sports' National Governing Body (NGB) then your school can safely deliver these sports in the Autumn Term.
"Sports whose national governing bodies have developed guidance under the principles of the government’s guidance on team sport and been approved by the government are permitted. Schools must only provide team sports on the list available at return to recreational team sport framework." - Gov.uk
Which sports should we focus on?
Guidance is available for all of the below NGB's. For convenience, we will focus on Football, Netball and Hockey as these sports are typical outdoor sports played during Autumn.
British Baseball Federation
British Dragon Boat Racing Association
British Roller Sports
England and Wales Cricket Board
English Curling Association