12 June 2020
sportscotland and the Active Scotland Division have been working closely with partners over recent weeks to develop guidance, appropriate to Scotland, which follows the route-map through and out of the COVID-19 pandemic. Following the announcement of the move into Phase One of the route-map on 28 May, a number of outdoor sports were given approval to issue guidance to their communities to allow appropriate activity to take place. Our collective ambition has always been to progress both community and performance sport simultaneously and today approval was given to allow commencement of the first stage of a return to professional/performance sport for athletes, coaches and support staff.
This will allow engagement in outdoor, individual or group training, with appropriate social distancing and health and hygiene measures in place. It will also allow travel to outdoor training sites beyond the current Scottish Government guideline of broadly 5 miles. More detailed guidance has been published on the sportscotland website. SGBs should continue to engage with your High Performance Manager and support staff from the sportscotland Institute to develop your plans.
These measures announced today and on 28 May, are very positive steps forward for the sport sector as we seek to rebuild our systems at all levels. We will continue to work with our partners to ensure we can make further progress at the appropriate time.
Finally, can we take this opportunity to thank you for your input and that of your teams, which has enabled this progress to be made, and we look forward to continuing to work with you to develop more steps on the journey.