Coronavirus Guidance for Athletics

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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.

Return to Sport

Updated 178th September 2020

Athletics NI have updated the 'Return to Cross Country Guidance document'  & the 'XC Special Arrangements 2020-2021' for event providers, below. 

Athletics NI can confirm that groups of 30 may still train outdoors, provided a risk assessment has been carried out and all COVID protocols are followed.

The recommended maximum capacity on athletics tracks is 50.

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.

Guidance Documents

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.

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: https://www.englandathletics.org/about-us/athletics-at-home/coaching-webinars/

World Athletics- Athletics At Home: https://www.worldathletics.org/be-active

Mental Health Support: