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.
Updated 22nd April 2021
Now that restrictions are easing and competition is coming back, we want to advise our Competition Providers that the current Irish Government restrictions state that travel in Ireland is restricted to within the county, or up to 20km if crossing a county boundary. Any athlete resident in Ireland is therefore unable to compete in any Northern Irish competition, unless the competition is within 20km from their home. The exemption to this is elite athletes who hold an exemption letter from the Athletics Ireland High Performance Director.
While we can’t wait to welcome all Irish athletes back to compete in Northern Ireland, we ask that all competition providers continue to follow the guidance from both the NI Executive and Irish Government to ensure the safety of all involved.
Updated 20th April 2021
Following the NI Executive announcement of the restrictions from 23rd April, Athletics NI would like to advise all stakeholders of the following:
*Sport NI have clarified the above further by stating that: To comply with the regulations any individual / club organising outdoor sport training needs to be able to satisfy the following criteria: (a) they are affiliated to or have membership of an organisation that has oversight of the standards of their provision. This therefore allows Athletics NI Licensed Coaches to take sessions.
Athletics NI will update this guidance upon further updates from Sport NI and the NI Executive.
The following Return to Competition Guidance has been updated:
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 Updated 31 March 2021
Return to Sport Guidance for Athletes & Coaches Updated 31 March 2021
Guidance for the Resumption of Jumps Updated 31 March 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.
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.
Advice on Coronavirus & Social Distancing:
Information on Facilities and Outdoor Activities:
Webinars & Athletics Activities
England Athletics Coaching Webinars: https://www.englandathletics.org/about-us/athletics-at-home/coaching-webinars/
World Athletics- Athletics At Home: https://www.worldathletics.org/be-active