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Covid 19 - Return to Play

By Kevin Laing (Chairman) Basingstoke Voluntary Sports Council

Friday, 26 February 2021


Basingstoke Voluntary Sports Council Contributor


Return to play | Sport England

Following the government’s announcement earlier this week regarding the provisional dates for the easing of lockdown restrictions, you are now hopefully all undoubtedly making plans for the reopening or your facilities and/or restarting of you activities.

It is quite difficult to predict the eagerness of members and participants to return to sport and physical activity in the traditional way although there is a generally consensus in the sector that there will be a level of nervousness from people in doing so. Partly due to safety concerns and quite possibly partly because people have concerns around their fitness levels and whether or not they will be able to participate to the same level as before. Conversely, it could be that many people are so desperate to return to organised sport to socialise and improve fitness, that demand for sessions and chances to participate are higher than ever before.

We (BDBC/BVSC) just wanted to get in touch and ask if as a club, you have gained an idea from your members as to whether or not they will all be looking to come back ASAP or if there will be more an element of caution.

Do you have any specific plans to encourage people back to sessions? Will you be trying to focus on specific messaging which goes some way to alleviating peoples concerns around safety and fitness levels? Are there specific social distancing measures which you will continue to put in place to try and provide reassurance for those who are worried. Have you any open days or taster sessions planned ?

Also, is there anything the Borough council can do in supporting you to do this? We will be trying to provide some messaging on social media to encourage people back to activity if it is safe for them to do so. Consistency in messaging may be key in giving people the reassurance and confidence they need and so it would be useful to understand what kind of messaging the clubs will be using to ensure we are saying similar things.

The Sport England Club Matters website has some useful guidance on returning to play. A lot of the information here is from advice on coming out of previous lockdowns but Sport England to continue to update this page regularly and examples of best practice and more current guidance is likely to emerge on there soon. -

Course: Supporting Clubs and Organisations Through Coronavirus (

Apologies if this is not relevant to you. If appropriate then please feel free to pass on to someone else relevant within your organisation.

Many thanks in advance for your thoughs and please respond to myself at the Borough Council via the address below. Responses would be appreciated soon and if possible by Friday afternoon March 12th. I will ensure responses are shared with Basingstoke Voluntary Sports Council and vica versa.

Note that Basingstoke Voluntary Sports Council are hoping to facilitate a Basingstoke Get Active initiative this year with details altready noted on their Facebook page ans in their newsletter - Hope your Club/ Sport will be part of this.

Amy Read

Health and Wellbeing Officer - Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council
Tel: 01256 845752 -

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