SPORTCHEER ENGLAND STEP 3 UPDATE (9th May 2021):

 

The following update and guidance relates to Step 3 of the government’s road map out of lockdown. It will apply when Step 3 commences which will be no earlier than 17th May 2021 and will be valid until there is a further announcement on the lifting of all restrictions (no earlier than 21st June 2021).

 

Indoors:

Children & Adults

– Children & adults may partake in organised sport indoors.

– For organised indoor sport and physical activity, there is no limit on group numbers, so long as people adhere to capacity restrictions on indoor facilities. The maximum occupancy of each indoor facility should be limited by providing a minimum of 100 sq ft per person.

– Consistent athlete groups should be utilised to limit how many people athletes come into close contact with where possible.

– Crossovers between different groups should be minimised where possible.

– Stunting, Pyramid work and close contact elements (including spotting tumbling skills) 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.

 

Outdoors:

– Organised Cheerleading & Dance training and activity can also take place outdoors for children and adults.

– There is no size limit on groups meeting outdoors for organised group sport.

– Stunting, Pyramid work and close contact elements (including spotting tumbling skills) 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 where possible.

– 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:

– Car sharing is permitted for sport and physical activity.

 

Spectators:

Spectators will be permitted to view events on both public and private land in Step 3, but need to adhere to social distancing rules and social gathering limits (groups of 30 outdoors and six people/two households indoors).

Spectators are allowed indoors, but the total number of all participants, coaches, officials and spectators must be aligned with the ventilation rates permitted by the particular venue. During Step 3, there should not be more than 1,000 spectators indoors at any venue.

 

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.

 

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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