Coronavirus Guidance for Athletics


Athletics NI have put together some useful information below to help assist our clubs, athletes, coaches and officials during the Coronavirus outbreak in Northern Ireland.

This page will be updated on a regular basis, to reflect the latest guidance from the Government and Public Health Authority. Click here for an accessible version of this content.

COVID-19 Restrictions Update

Updated 18th February 2021

The current regulations are in place until 1 April 2021. They will be reviewed on 18 March 2021 by the NI Executive.

Athletics NI would like to advise that ALL club training will remain suspended until further notice. The restrictions allow individuals to exercise in a public outdoor place:

  • by themselves
  • with people from the same household
  • with people in their bubble
  • or, when on their own, with one person from another household

Guidance Documents

Covid Exit Plan This is our Pathway for a return to sport, and covers venues, coaching, clubs and competition. It aligns with the NI Executive and Sport NI Frameworks and details what activity can resume in each category as we reach each Step. It is designed to be a flexible document and is likely to change depending on instruction and guidance from the NI Executive, UK Athletics and Sport NI.

Return To Sport Guidance for Clubs 

Return to Sport Guidance for Athletes & Coaches 

Back to Track & Field Competition Guidance 

Guidance for the Resumption of Jumps 

Guidance for the Return of Road Races 

Guidance for the Return of Cross Country events

Guidance for Race & Event Organisers

XC Special Arrangements for 2020-2021

Covid Risk Assessment Before commencing any training session coaches should complete a risk assessment to determine if it is safe to do so. This risk assessment has been designed to specifically assess Covid-19 related risks

Covid Coordinator Checklist This document has been designed to aid those who have been appointed their Club's Covid Coordinator.

Sport NI- Guidance on Managing a Confirmed or Suspected Case

These documents has been developed with guidance from Marsh Insurance, UK Athletics, the Home Country Athletic Federations. They are subject to change as we fully return to sport and as further guidance is issued from the NI Executive and Sport NI. We would like to thank all our clubs, coaches and athletes for their patience and understanding during this difficult time. We appreciate the desire to return to training and competition and hope that these guidelines will assist everyone in their return to athletic activity.

Sport NI Support 

Sport NI Sports Sustainability Fund

Sport NI have recently launched the Sports Sustainability Fund to help address the economic consequences of the COVID 19 health pandemic affecting the sports sector. It will provide the financial interventions needed to stabilise and sustain sports core governing bodies of sport; enabling them to withstand the worst impacts of Covid19. Clubs can apply to the fund through their governing body, as Sport NI will not accept applications directly from clubs.

Sport NI guidance notes for clubs can be found here

The clubs application form spreadsheet can be found here

What is the deadline for applications?

  • All governing bodies have to have submitted their applications to Sport NI by 20th January In order to ensure sufficient time for Athletics NI to check club applications, all clubs must have applied to Athletics NI by midnight on 13th January 2021
  • All applications should be submitted to Kerry Woods, Director of Business & Operations on

More Information

Useful Links

Advice on Coronavirus & Social Distancing:

Information on Facilities and Outdoor Activities:

Webinars & Athletics Activities

England Athletics Coaching Webinars:

World Athletics- Athletics At Home:

Mental Health Support:

NI Direct Covid Advice