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 12th April 2021

Following clarification from Sport NI and the Executive, Athletics NI would like to advise athletes, coaches, clubs and associates of the following:

  • From 12th April up to 15 people (including coaches and volunteers) can take part in outdoor athletics training through an Athletics NI affiliated club. More than one club session can take place at the same time, but must be in a different space (eg track, pitch or court). Where the athletes are under 18, two groups can meet in the same space*
  • Athletics tracks are limited to 15 participants at any one time, or up to 30 where all athletes are under 18. In situations where there are a range of ages, two U18s should be classed as one adult
  • The resumption of sport is limited to training only. No dates have yet been given for the resumption of competitive sport (with the exception of elite competition)
  • All activity is subject to continued adherence to PHA guidance on social distancing, face coverings and hand sanitising, and to the protocols on the Athletics NI website

*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 a 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.

Updated 31st March 2021

The following guidance documents have been updated:

Return To Sport Guidance for Clubs

Return to Sport Guidance for Athletes & Coaches

Guidance for the Resumption of Jumps

Further guidance, including the Return to Competition Guidance, will be updated after the NI Executive review and confirmation from Sport NI.

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.

Back to Track & Field Competition Guidance  

Guidance for the Return of Road Races 

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.

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:

NI Direct Covid Advice