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The Welsh Government guidance on returning to sport emphasises NGBs (National Governing Bodies) as key decision makers. NGBs should determine when and how sport and activities can restart safely, in line with Welsh Government guidelines.

This means that all organised sport and activities must comply with the relevant NGB guidelines

You will also need to follow these guidelines when applying for a Prepare grant through the Be Active Wales Fund.

 

Updates and guidance from NGBs 

Below we have provided some key messages from some NGBs, including links to where you can find out the latest updates and guidance.

Note: If you are an NGB and you are not listed below, please [javascript protected email address] to help us gather the latest information on your sport or activity. 

 

Athletics - Welsh Athletics

On 29th May, Welsh Athletics shared their plan for Lifting Athletics out of Lockdown which is mapped against the 4 phases (Black, Red, Amber, Green) of the Welsh government's phased approach to lifting lockdown restrictions. 

They are regularly releasing timescales and measures for restarting individual activities. 
Visit the Welsh Athletics website for the latest guidance

 

Boxing - Welsh Boxing 

  • Clubs may return to outdoor fitness training (without equipment) in groups of up to 30.
  • Clubs must complete Welsh Boxing’s risk assessment before they restart activity.

Visit the Welsh Boxing website for the latest guidance

 

Canoeing - Canoe Wales

  • Group sessions and activities (including club activities) can resume outdoors
  • Group sizes no greater than 30m
  • Social distancing should be observed

Visit the Canoe Wales website for the latest guidance

 

Fencing - British Fencing

  • No fencing sparring and no fencing lessons are allowed.
  • From Monday, 13 July people supervised outdoor exercise in groups of up to 30 is permitted

Visit the British Fencing website for the latest guidance

 

Football - Football Association of Wales (FAW) 

On 17th July, the FAW released guidelines for football training in Phase 1 of their Return to Training roadmap

Within this phase: 

  • Small outdoor group training (up to groups of 6) is permitted
  • Clubs must complete the relevant FAW documentation
  • Clubs must follow all relevant FAW guidelines

Visit the FAW website for the latest guidance  

 

Gymnastics - Welsh Gymnastics 

  • Welsh Gymnastics are in Step 1 of their Step Forward Plan.
  • Within Step 1, all clubs are closed but clubs can begin to prepare for reopening.

Visit the Welsh Gymnastics website for the latest guidance  
 

Netball - Welsh Netball 

On 16th July, Welsh Netball announced a move into Stage 2 of their Return to Play roadmap. 

Within this phase:

  • Outdoor and coach-led fitness activity is permitted, with groups of up to 15 people
  • Social distancing must be observed
  • No equipment sharing is allowed
  • Clubs must follow all relevant Welsh Netball guidelines

Visit the Welsh Netball website for the latest guidance

 

Rugby - Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) 

On 14th July, the WRU released guidelines for rugby training in Phase 1 of their Return to Play roadmap.

Within this phase: 

  • Non-sanctioned group training is allowed in groups of 10-15 players
  • From 1st August: WRU and club sactioned small group training
  • Coaches and players (or parents) must complete a Covid-19 awareness course
  • Clubs must follow all relevant Welsh Netball guidelines

Visit the Welsh Rugby Union website for the latest guidance

 

Swimming  - Swim Wales 

Swim Wales have released eleven Return to Water Guidance Documents, each designed with a particular audience in mind e.g. operators, clubs and participants. 
Visit the Swim Wales website for the latest guidance

 

Target Shooting - Welsh Target Shooting Federation

  • From Monday 13th July 2020 outdoor facilities may re-open
  • Must follow 2m social distancing rules
  • Indoor facilities can begin preparations to reopen, for instance by making arrangements to comply with all government and NGB guidelines
  • Clubs must follow all relevant Welsh Target Shooting Federation guidelines

Visit the Welsh Target Shooting website for the latest guidance

 

Tennis - LTA 

On 13th July, LTA released detailed Guidance for Tennis Venues, Coaches & Players in Wales.

Visit the LTA website for the latest guidance