Update 22 October 2020:
We are extremely pleased to let you know that today we received confirmation from the DCMS that our Return to Play document has been approved. This is great news for our cheer and dance community and means that some athletes can at last return to stunting, which is at the very core of our sport.
You can find our approved Return to Play document on our website here:
Please ensure that you read carefully the new document, paying particular attention to the Road Map section which sets out what is allowed during training at each level (for example how much time can be spent in close contact) and direct any questions to us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
HOW DO LOCAL COVID ALERT LEVELS (TIERS) AFFECT TRAINING NOW?
At local COVID alert levels medium, high and very high, there are exemptions in place for youth sport, disability sport and sport in an educational setting (includes University students), so these athletes may now train up to Level 1 on the SportCheer England RTP Road Map.
At local COVID alert level medium (Tier 1) all Athletes aged 18 and over who are not exempt (as outlined above) may train up to Level 2 on the SportCheer England RTP Road Map.
At local COVID alert levels high (Tier 2) and very high (Tier 3) all Athletes aged 18 and over who are not exempt (as outlined above) may train up to Level 3 on the SportCheer England RTP Road Map.
As more areas head towards Tier 3 restrictions it is also important to note that guidance under this tier is subject to change, depending on local and national government agreements and that local government can add additional restrictions as has been the case in Lancashire. We would encourage clubs to check local guidelines as these may vary.
You can find further information on how sport is impacted by the Tier system from Sport England here: https://www.sportengland.org/how-we-can-help/coronavirus
We will continue to issue information on the impact of the Tier system on Cheerleading as it develops.
We thank you all for your support and willingness to advocate for not only SportCheer England but our cheerleading community in recent months and we hope that this news brings excitement and comfort to you all in these difficult times.