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. Click here for an accessible version of this content.

COVID-19 Restrictions Update

Updated 17th May 2021

Further to the NI Executive announcement on the relaxation of restrictions, Athletics NI would like to advise all stakeholders of the following changes to come in force on Monday 24th May:

  • Outdoor training sessions are no longer limited to groups of 15 and there is no limit to squad training. However, any training session of over 30 participants requires a risk assessment
  • The limit on participants at any competition is now 500
  • Spectators are permitted at competition, up to a maximum of 500
  • Stands can reopen, subject to social distancing

Further information is available in the updated documents below:

Please note the updated changes in the above documents will be from Monday 24th May, current restrictions are under the 20th April update.

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 Road Running Events Guidance Updated 20th April 2021

Return to Track & Field Competition Guidance Updated 20th April 2021

Return To Sport Guidance for Clubs  Updated 31st March 2021

Return to Sport Guidance for Athletes & Coaches  Updated 31st March 2021

Guidance for the Resumption of Jumps  Updated 25th May 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.

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

NI Direct Covid Advice