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SPORTS GUIDANCE in manchester

In or out of lockdown, or whatever level of restrictions we're under, guidance is continually changing around what's allowed in relation to sport and physical activity - and we understand how difficult it must be to keep up to speed and in the know.

As facilities and play spaces close and then re-open across Manchester, we're keen to ensure that not only do our local residents have clear guidance on the where and what (see FACILITIES) but also that everyone has a clear understanding of the 'how', with access to the most up to date sport specific guidance as provided by the individual sports or governing bodies.

Sports and physical activity plays a vital role in ensuring physical and mental health.

When team sports return again, this must be in as safe a space as possible, which is why we’re following the government produced guidance and why sport governing bodies will be preparing thorough plans of their own. It is recognised that risk in sport cannot be completely eradicated, but with caution and care, risks can be reduced and the benefits of team sport can hopefully be enjoyed fully again.

See below for the latest advice. See here for further government updates.

In Manchester, as we will be put in lockdown from 5 November to 2 December, we would like to clarify the following in relation to sport and physical activity across the city. As part of the lockdown, people must stay at home as much as possible.
- All gyms, leisure centres and pools will be temporarily closed until Wednesday 2 December
- You can still undertake unlimited outdoor exercise with your household or one-on-one with one person from another household
- You can also sit in a park with your own household or one-on-one with one person from another household
- Playgrounds and play areas across Manchester will be stay open
For clarity, indoor and outdoor leisure facilities impacted include: leisure centres and gyms, sports facilities including swimming pools, golf courses and driving ranges, dance studios, stables and riding centres, soft play facilities, climbing walls and climbing centres, archery and shooting ranges, water and theme parks, and all formal outdoor sports facilities in parks. 

Where possible, please avoid using public transport to get to the park / outdoor sport and still try to only visit sites nearby. 

Please take responsibility for your personal hygiene and wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before leaving home and again on your return home.

See here for latest guidance that outlines how the public in England should socially distance and exercise.

Sport England Coronavirus Update - for the latest guidance and support from Sport England in relation to the new national restrictions. 

Sport England have also worked with the government to compile answers to some of the most common ones. For clarity on the latest guidance as they change, please read the FAQ's provided by Sport England.

The links below are from National Governing Bodies, outlining the guidance on their current position and (when / where possible) the safe return to activity in each of these sports.


Baseball and Softball



British Baseball

British Canoeing
British Cycling 

Britsh Dodgeball

British Gymnastics

British Taekwondo

Cheerleading Association

England Lacrosse

England Water Polo


Rounders England
Rugby League
Rugby Union

Table Tennis


Volleyball England

Currently we're under national lockdown restrictions, through to 2 December 2020.

Please ensure you follow all guidance and precautions during and post lockdown, and understand any additional local restrictions.

Simple rules to follow:

If possible, hand sanitise at intervals if your sport or recreation means you have to touch communal surfaces and avoid touching any court gates, fences, benches, fixed surfaces etc.
Once home remember to wash your hands, taking responsibility for your own personal hygiene and precautions, carrying hand sanitiser if you can. 
Players must provide their own equipment.
Try to avoid using shared or sharing equipment such as rackets and bats.
If catering facilities are open at the venue respect social distancing whilst queuing for food and drink. Do not share food items, cups, plates or eating utensils with anyone else.
If you are playing sport or exercising with people from your own household, social distancing rule does not apply.
Clean your equipment, including water bottles, before and after use.
Do not share water / equipment with people outside your household group.
Do not congregate after playing.
Do not make physical contact with other players (such as sh