Return to sport

As you know sportscotland and the Active Scotland Division have been working with partners to develop various guidance, appropriate to Scotland, which continues to follow the route-map through and out of the COVID-19 pandemic. This included the publication of Phase 1 Resumption of Performance Sport guidance earlier this month, which allowed for an initial return to professional/performance sport for athletes, coaches and support staff. At the time we said we would continue to work with partners across the system to produce further guidance, as appropriate and when safe to do so, and yesterday approval was given for the next phases of the Resumption of Performance Sport guidance.

This latest guidance will further help support the return of competitive sport. It allows for individual indoor training for professional/performance athletes, with appropriate safety protocols, and also for small groups of athletes/staff to interact with closer contact outdoors. This can include close quarters coaching and tackling in team sports but this will be introduced in a phased approach. More detailed guidance has been published on the sportscotland website click here. Please continue to engage with colleagues at sportscotland to develop your plans.

These measures announced yesterday and earlier this month, 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 you to advance our plans and hopefully we can make further progress at the appropriate time along the route, both in terms of performance and community sport. 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.

Forbes Dunlop/Andy Sinclair

Date published: 30 June 2020
Date updated: 01 September 2021


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