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 22nd October 2020

Training & Squads

The maximum training or squad group is 15. This is to include athletes, coaches and volunteers.

Club Training

Clubs can train in groups with a maximum of 15 participants. More than one group can train at any one time, but the groups must train in separate spaces, and there must be no interaction between groups.


The maximum allowed on an outdoor athletics track is 15. This is to include athletes and coaches. Bookings for the Mary Peters Track should be emailed to

Competitions and Races

Competitions and Races are permitted up to a maximum of 15 people, to include athletes, officials, volunteers and support staff. Those organisers wishing to organise an event at this time should contact to discuss their plans.

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