Over and above the guidance issued by EA on 5th January, the additional guidance relating to coaching was issued on 8th January:

1:1 coaching (updated 8 January)

  • 1:1 coaching for over 18s is permitted.
  • For safeguarding reasons, England Athletics does not allow 1:1 coaching with under-18s and vulnerable adults unless a parent or carer can supervise safety from a distance and in a way that does not contravene UK Government guidelines for leaving the home.  Coaches can provide virtual coaching sessions to under-18s providing that parental consent has been given and there is no 1:1 communication without the parent or carer being present. The Child Protection in Sport Unit have released some current guidance on remote teaching and coaching here which all clubs and coaches are recommended to read and implement.
  • All coaches must have a valid UKA Coaching Licence and must adhere to the terms and conditions of their licence.

Sport England guidance states that:

  • Sessions must take place in a public outdoor spaces, as long as social distancing is maintained. Sessions can’t take place in private gardens. (Public outdoor places include: 1) parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, forests; 2) public gardens (whether or not you pay to enter them); 3) the grounds of a heritage site; 4) playgrounds)
  • 1:1 coaching can take place multiple times in one day. Social distancing must be always maintained, clients shouldn’t overlap with one another and equipment should be sanitized between athletes/runners
  • Coaches must carry out a thorough risk assessment before engaging in any session. This should include particular consideration for under-18s and vulnerable adults
  • Any sessions can only include one coach with one individual, and so cannot take place with multiple people from one household
  • People who provide essential support (e.g. carers) to disabled people are exempt, and don’t count towards gathering limits. Therefore, disabled participants can be supported by a carer(s)/personal assistant(s) while taking part in 1:1 coaching.  This can be in addition to others from your household, support bubble or one person from another household – this could be a coach.