SPORTCHEER ENGLAND GUIDANCE UPDATE (19th March 2021)
The following update and guidance relates to Step 1 (Phase 2) of the government’s road map out of lockdown. It will apply from 29th March 2021 and will be valid until Step 2 commences, which will be no earlier than 12th April 2021.
How can I partake in Cheerleading & Dance from March 29th?
– Organised Cheerleading & Dance training and activity can take place outdoors only (exception – Disabled people can partake in both outdoor and indoor sport without being subject to social contact limits). This applies to athletes of all ages.
– 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.
Can I travel to training?
You should minimise travel outside of your local area, however, travel for sport is allowed.
Can Indoor Training take place yet?
No, unless you’re providing it for the purposes below, following the specific guidance set out for each:
– Organised Cheerleading & Dance activities for educational purposes, organised sport as part of wraparound childcare – more information is available on the government’s website (https://www.gov.uk/…/protective-measures-for-out-of…)
– Organised Cheerleading & Dance activities for disabled people – please see the exemptions section of Sport England’s FAQs (https://www.sportengland.org/…/frequently-asked…)
– The government guidance and Sport England’s information states that face coverings should not be worn during exercise (unless advised by a Doctor) due to safety concerns, however an athlete may chose to wear a face covering 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.
– 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.
– 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.
– If you have charge of your training facility, you should not open changing rooms however you may open toilets for use, and may use indoor facilities for through access.
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.
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