Making the most of reopening
As outdoor sport returns, we've pulled together advice and guidance on how to encourage people back to physical activity in a safe environment.
With outdoor sport and physical activity reopening today, we’ve put together a suite of resources to help the sector return to play.
A combination of improving weather and the successful vaccine rollout looks set to boost people’s motivations and ability to be more active now outdoor grassroots sport and physical activity is allowed for all ages.
More than half of people (51%) say they feel less worried about returning to play now the vaccine rollout has begun, compared to 40% in January - we've also used this research to draw up a list of top tips to help providers encourage people back to activity.
But our insight also shows people may be lacking in confidence after a prolonged break from their usual activities, so we’ve collated a set of resources to help the sector encourage people and ease them in slowly.
Alongside the top tips, we've got a comprehensive set of frequently asked questions, updated legal guidance, a refreshed clubs toolkit and a set of case studies from organisations about how they’ve planned for this return to play.
“Today is a vital milestone as many people can get back to the sports and activities they have missed so much,” said Tim Hollingsworth, our chief executive.
“It also signals a big step on the nation’s road to recovery as the nation starts to move out of the winter restrictions. The fact organised sport is one of the first things to reopen underlines its importance to our health and wellbeing and we hope many people feel the confidence to get back out there and enjoy it this week.
“I have been so impressed by the resilience and adaptability of sport providers over the past year since the pandemic began.
“We’ve all worked together to get to this point and now we must focus on rebuilding activity levels and making sure we do all we can so that everyone can benefit from the joy that being active brings.”
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