SPORTCHEER ENGLAND GUIDANCE UPDATE (2nd APRIL 2021):

 
The following update and guidance relates to Step 2 of the government’s road map out of lockdown. It will apply when Step 2 commences which will be no earlier than 12th April 2021 and will be valid until Step 3 commences, which will be no earlier than 17th May 2021.
 
Indoors: 
 
Children 
 
– Children may partake in organised sport indoors. 
– The maximum number of participants in one training group is 15, plus coaching staff, as organised sports are now required to follow the Out of School Setting guidance on maximum group size numbers (they are not required to follow the rest of the OOS guidance at this time)
– Consistent athlete groups should be utilised to limit how many people athletes come into close contact with. 
– Crossovers between different groups of 15 should be minimised. 
– Multiple groups of 15 children, plus staff can use the same shared space if necessary, with distancing between the groups and adequate ventilation. Although, different groups sharing the same space should be avoided where possible.
– Stunting, Pyramid work and close contact elements can be carried out with risk mitigations and should be limited to a maximum of 15 minutes close contact at a time with a clear break for athletes and coaches to wash/sanitise hands and any equipment, to reduce droplet and fomite transmission. 
– When not actively participating in Cheerleading & Dance, social distancing should be adhered to. 
– Stunt groups may come into contact with each other when training pyramids.
 
Adults
 
– Indoor sport and physical activity can only take place for individuals or single households. This means that group training cannot take place unless you’re training only with someone from within your household/support bubble.
– Disabled people can partake in both outdoor and indoor sport without being subject to social contact limits.
 
Outdoors:
 
– Organised Cheerleading & Dance training and activity can take place outdoors for children and adults (Disabled people can partake in both outdoor and indoor sport without being subject to social contact limits).
– The maximum number of participants per session is set at 40. 
– Stunting, Pyramid work and close contact elements can be carried out with risk mitigations and should be limited to a maximum of 15 minutes close contact at a time with a clear break for athletes and coaches to wash/sanitise hands and any equipment, to reduce droplet and fomite transmission. 
– When not actively participating in Cheerleading & Dance, social distancing should be adhered to. 
– Consistent athlete groups should be utilised to limit how many people athletes come into close contact with. 
– Stunt groups may come into contact with each other when training pyramids.
– Crossovers should be limited where possible. 
 
The following applies to both indoor and outdoor settings:
 
Face Coverings:
 
– The government guidance and Sport England’s information states that masks should not be worn during exercise (unless advised by a Doctor) due to safety concerns, however an athlete may chose to wear a facemask when in close contact with other athletes should they wish to. 
– Coaches, volunteers and medics are not required to wear a face covering while present in a work or voluntary capacity.  They should maintain social distancing wherever possible, including while arriving and departing from the facility. 
 
Travelling to training:
 
– You should minimise travel outside of your local area, however, travel for sport is allowed.
 
Further considerations:
 
– When training indoors, the risk of transmission is greater, and so clubs should ensure that they are operating in a covid safe way. Further details on risk mitigation can be found in the SCE RTP document here: https://sportcheerengland.org/return-to-play
– When training outdoors you should ensure that you are implementing safe practices, such as using mats to stunt on, and that you conduct a thorough risk assessment for any activities. 
– For both indoor & outdoor training, social interaction before and after partaking in sporting activities should be socially distanced and can only take place in separate distinct groups of up to six people or two households. 
 
SportCheer England’s RTP document contains information on risk mitigation which should be adhered to. The RTP document is in the process of being updated to reflect this new guidance and will be published on our website in due course. 
 
If you have any questions or are in need of further clarification of the information above, please email us directly at sportcheerengland@gmail.com
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