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.

COVID-19 Restrictions Update

Updated 24th November 2020

Further to the latest NI Executive restrictions due to come in force on Friday 27th November, Athletics NI would like to advise all clubs, athletes, coaches and associates of the following:

Club & Squad Training

All club & squad training must be suspended from Friday 27th November for two weeks until Friday 11th December

Individual Training

Training must only be carried out on an individual basis, or with members of your own household

Track & Facilities

Subject to relevant council approval, outdoor athletics tracks may remain open with a maximum capacity of 15 SEPARATE individuals/household participants. Other facility use is subject to the individual facility guidance, but only individual/same household training is permitted

Competitions & Races

No competitions or races are permitted during this time. Events scheduled for 12th and 13th December will be subject to restrictions in place for those dates

These restrictions are due to end on Friday 11th December, and we will endeavour to issue guidance on what activity can take place from then as early as possible. Any changes due to further updates from the NI Executive or Sport NI will be communicated as soon as possible.

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

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 Wellbeing Hub

Sport NI have been working with Inspire Wellbeing to develop the Sport Wellbeing Hub, an online resource hub around Mental Health and Wellbeing for sports, which provides a fantastic range of innovative tools and resources, which will help is deal with the challenges we are all experiencing at this time, including:

  • Guided self-assessment via ‘Chatbot’;
  • Self-help programmes and digital intervention tools;
  • Searchable ‘5 ways to wellbeing’ map;
  • Wellbeing information library; and
  • Video content featuring some of our sporting heroes talking about mental health.

Sport Wellbeing Hub

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