The local response by Black Country partners and communities to the impact of Covid-19 has been fantastic. We have seen new ideas and approaches to get and keep people active, local clubs and leisure operators offering staff and facilities to support wider community efforts to help and protect others – it is amazing to see team Black Country pulling together!
Only by working together, building understanding of the impact across the different parts of our sector will we be able to mitigate the impact and progress with our shared work in the future. Increasingly there is a lot of information to digest.
We have amended our page to make it easier to identify and access the appropriate resource for you and your organisations, including:
- Build understanding of the impact on the local sector.
- Suggestions on how to be Active at home.
- Black Country School Games Organisers to support PE at home.
- Specific guidance on safeguarding – which has different considerations at this time.
- Online support for coaches, volunteers and community and 3rd sector organisations and sport clubs.
- Emergency Funding for clubs and organisations.
Latest government guidance
From Monday 1st June people can now go outside more than once a day for exercise in groups of up to six people, as long as people from different households observe social distancing by keeping two metres apart. It enables people to get together in small groups to do things like walking and cycling, take part in fitness or conditioning sessions with friends or team mates, and allows people who need someone with them when they have a 1-2-1 session to access activity, for example someone who might need a carer. All of this must be done safely and responsibly, and if someone is planning to exercise or take part in some activity in a small group, they should familiarise themselves with all the government guidance around social distancing and hygiene, in particular.
Sport England has been working with Government on the detail. That can be found here.
Please continue to follow the government’s guidance on how to prevent the spread of Coronavirus, by reviewing the advice provided by the NHS.