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COVID-19 Response – Spring 2021

The stages for lifting restrictions are to be done in five-week steps.  All dates subject to change based on data.

NOW: Step 3 – May 17. 

  • Meet up to 30 people indoors
  • Indoor group sport and exercise classes
  • Events, with limits

Next:  Step 4 – Expected 19 July (delayed from June 21).  

  • Legal limits removed

Take a look at what the different tiers generally mean for the delivery of sport and activity, by visiting this page put together by Sport England in consultation with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Join the Movement: We have been spending more time at home and away from our friends than we might like, which is why staying as physically active as possible is more important than ever.

Join the Movement is Sport England’s campaign, funded by The National Lottery, giving you the advice and tools you need to help you do this while the country deals with the coronavirus outbreak.

What is open near me?

As facilities open up, local authorities are giving updates of what is open and the precautions we all need to take to return to play safely

South Yorkshire


West Yorkshire


National updates


Get active at home: A selection of online exercise platforms with on demand fitness content who either provide free access or have teamed up with Sport England to offer extended trials.

This Is PE

Yorkshire Sport Foundation and leading national organisations are working with Physical Educators from across the country launch #ThisIsPE to support parents to teach PE at Home.

We have dozens of videos that will show parents and teachers free, fun and easy to follow PE activities for the whole family to enjoy together. 

Online and on demand

Search here for online activities!


To publish your online activity:

  1. Log in or create an account here yorkshire.sportsuite.co.uk
  2. Add your activity,  yorkshire.sportsuite.co.uk/
     and select “Online” location

Get active outdoors

In any given day, you can still go outside for of exercise, such as a walk, a run or a cycle, if you’re well enough and as long as you’re on your own, or with members of your household. Please always follow the latest official advice on social distancing – which means staying more than two metres from others – and follow the advice on general hygiene. It’s important that you stick stringently to the guidance.

If you’re going outside to get fresh air and to get active, you should do so locally, staying close to your home and avoiding places where it may be hard to follow the guidelines.

Get your heart beating every day

  1. You don’t need gym equipment at home to stay active. Everyday activities such as doing the vacuuming, hanging out the washing, and mowing the lawn all count towards your daily activity levels
  2. You could follow an NHS yoga workout to improve strength and tackle stress
  3. Try Joe Wicks 7 days of sweat
  4. Learn a dance step
  5. NHS gym-free workouts
  6. NHS ten-minute cardio and toning workouts
  7. This Girl Can home exercise guide

For the kids

  1. #ThisIsPE – our Government-recommended fun PE lessons for the home
  2. GoNoodle YouTube channel
  3. Cosmic Kids Yoga
  4. This Girl Can Disney dance-along
  5. Change4Life indoor activity ideas
  6. Change4Life accessible activities for children and young people with disabilities
  7. Change For Life – Wake Up Shake Ups Fun family activities to do together
  8. BBC Supermovers Fun Curriculum linked learning resources
  9. Go Noodle Movement and Mindfulness videos for use with children
  10. Premier League Primary Stars Fun Curriculum linked resources
  11. Get Set Tokyo Activities linked to Tokyo 2020
  12. Nike Active Kids Do Better Resources for parents to get their kids more active
  13. Jumpstart Johnny Fun workout videos to get kids moving
  14. Imoves free for parents to use during coronavirus/
  15. Active Imaginations simple and fun activities to help 2 to 4 year olds get the physical activity they need to grow healthily.
  16. Advice on keeping your child healthy from South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw: Healthier Together.

Being active around pregnancy

Research shows that being active around pregnancy, in other words ‘before, bump, birth and beyond’ can have long term health benefits for women and their babies.

The UK Chief Medical Officer’s advice offers a guide to not only how much activity adults generally should be doing, but also offers specific information about recommended activity levels during pregnancy.

The choice about HOW to get active though is a personal one for women to make with guidance from the healthcare professionals supporting them individually.

Our friends at MSP have a fantastic range of resources and videos, Click here to see their BeFit4Baby campaign.

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For those taking it steady away

  1. NHS seated exercise routine for older people and those with limited mobility
  2. NHS strength exercises
  3. NHS balance exercises
  4. NHS flexibility exercises
  5. Move More in Sheffield have produced an Active at Home booklet.
  6. Tune in to 10 minutes of physical activity with 10 Today. It’s good for you and fun to do!

Be kind to mind, body and soul,

  1. Have a lunch break. Don’t eat and work
  2. Sit in sunshine if possible for 10 minutes a day
  3. Learn a magic trick from the internet
  4. Pick a type of food that you like and grow it. Get the seeds from a shop (or fruit) and actually grow your food in a pot
  5. Make an origami crane
  6. Learn some basic sign language
  7. Is there an instrument in the house? Learn a tune from YouTube
  8. Practise relaxation and mindfulness to boost your mood. Try this mindful breathing exercise from Every Mind Matters, and read hints and tips on mindfulness from the NHS
  9. Mental health charity Mind has put together detailed advice and information on coronavirus and wellbeing.

  10. These are challenging times so don’t worry that you can’t do it all.

Make the best of remote working

Working from home for a few weeks because of coronavirus (Covid-19)? It can be quite a shock to the system if you aren’t used to the freelancer lifestyle. There has never been a more important time to stay as active as you can. Even a small amount of activity will have a positive impact on your physical and mental health.

Here are a few tips to keep you on track.

  1. Plan what you want to achieve each day – it helps beat the distractions of windows, cats, rolling news, social media and the fridge
  2. Have a designated work space area if you can
  3. Dress for work, it will make getting back in your pjs feel more fun
  4. Keep the same hours as if you were in the office and clock off
  5. Take regular breaks to keep your mind fresh – have a dance, no-one’s watching
  6. Use phone to keep in touch, video calls are even better to combat social separation
  7. Drink water, don’t snack.

Learning and development

  1. We’ve worked with North Yorkshire Sport and Active Humber to launch the Yorkshire and Humber Learning Community.
  2. UK Coaching have opened 10 resources of tips, guidance, videos, webinars and expert opinions to help you take stock and reflect on your coaching practice, and will also help you expand your coaching knowledge and ideas
  3. Complete the Club Matters improvement tool  for helpful advice on areas where you can enhance your club.
  4. UK Coaching / CPSU are now providing Online Classrooms for ‘Safeguarding and Protecting Children’ to enable coaches to access.
  5. You could learn from your coaching peers, or pass on some knowledge with the Curious Coaches Club.

Mental Health & Wellbeing and COVID-19 – Children & Young People

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