UPDATED 7th January 2021:

As England is now in Tier 5 (National Lockdown) all clubs should be operating at Level 5 on the SCE Return to Play Road Map Chart only.

 

SportCheer England new Return to Play document (reflective of the new Tier System) and Risk Assessment template (10th December 2020)

www.sportcheerengland.org/return-to-play

 

SportCheer England Update Regarding the Introduction of the Tier System (7th December 2020)

WE HAVE NOW HAD DIRECT CLARIFICATION FROM SPORT ENGLAND ON A NUMBER OF POINTS, INCLUDING THAT OUR APPROVED RTP SUPERSEDES THE OOS GUIDANCE AND ALLOWS FOR LESSER RESTRICTIONS FOR SOME ATHLETES IN TIER 3. WE HAVE ADJUSTED OUR GUIDANCE ACCORDINGLY. PLEASE SEE BELOW THE UPDATED VERSION.

Since the announcement of the new government tiers, we have been working to put together guidance on how this impacts the return to play of our sport. As of this morning there are still a number of points that we are waiting on further clarification on from Sport England and DCMS. 

We are however, well aware that coaches are in need of guidance as national lockdown is lifted. 

Below you will find our interpretation of the Tiers and our guidance at this time. If however, this is in contradiction with any further information from Sport England or the DCMS when it comes, this may be adjusted at a later date. 

We must also point out that there is strong reference to the fact that sports that are seen to repeatedly operate outside of the guidance from the government, Sport England and SportCheer England, are at risk of having their RTP approval revoked. We urge everyone to follow the guidance and if at all unclear on how it impacts you to seek advice from us by emailing sportcheerengland@gmail.com. It would be devastating for the sport if approval was removed. 

Please remember that you can find the SCE RTP document referenced below at the following page of our website:

https://sportcheerengland.org/return-to-play

If you are in Tier 1:

Under 18’s, disability sport, sport in an educational setting can return to Cheerleading at Level 1 on the SCE RTP Document.

Athletes aged 18 and over can return to Cheerleading at Level 2 on the SCE RTP Document. Sport England states that classes and organised adult sport can happen but must follow the rule of six. Group activities such as training sessions and exercise classes can take place in larger numbers, provided people are in separate groups (up to six people) which do not mix.

If you are in Tier 2:

Under 18’s, disability sport, sport in an educational setting can return to Cheerleading at level 1 on the SCE RTP Document.

Athletes aged 18 and over can return to Cheerleading at Level 3 on the SCE RTP as classes and organised adult sport can take place for a household or bubble, or in group activities – such as classes – provided there’s no mixing between households. 

If you are in Tier 3:

Under 18’s, disability sport, sport in an educational setting can return to Cheerleading at level 1 on the SCE RTP Document. 

Athletes aged 18 and over can return to Cheerleading at level 5 on SCE RTP Document only (No group training indoors or outdoors. Virtual classes only), unless they are training with people from their own household or bubble or are partaking in self-led individual exercise. Sport England state that classes and organised adult sport cannot take place, unless done with only people from the same household or bubble. 

We are seeking clarification on what this means for private 1-1 coaching sessions. 

ATHLETES 18 and OVER: 

The government have now confirmed that athletes who were still 17 years old on 31st August 2020 but have since turned 18 years old, will be considered as under 18 for the purpose of this guidance for the remainder of the academic year. 

TRAVEL: 

In Tier 2 areas you should aim to reduce the number of journeys you make, where possible.

In Tier 3 areas you are advised not to travel into or out of Tier 3 areas, including for sport. However, travel is permitted where it is necessary to enable Cheerleading for disabled people, sport for educational purposes, or supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s, to take place, but should still be minimised and kept to short distances only.

CLASS SIZES: 

For all athletes, you must follow the Tier specific guidelines above but it is our understanding that where training is allowed, there is no maximum cap on class sizes, as long as the requirements for the Tier are followed, and a thorough risk assessment has taken place to ensure that there is for example, adequate space for people to socially distance and adequate ventilation. 

In all Tiers and for all ages and groups of athletes, clubs need to ensure that athletes as well as parents/guardians bringing athletes to and from training, are abiding by social distancing and government rules at all times. 

EDUCATIONAL SETTINGS: 

In the latest guidance, the government have provided further information on rules for sport in educational settings (which includes Universities as well as Schools and Colleges). It now states that sport can take place if it is directly relevant to an education proponent. Sport England have now confirmed that University teams must follow the guidance for athletes aged 18 and over specific to their Tier.

CLARIFICATION REGARDING FACE COVERINGS/MASKS:

SportCheer England’s RTP Guidance Document has been created to ensure athletes and coaches are able to train under covid secure conditions. It reflects both our expertise in the sport and the requirements of the DCMS. Following the release of our updated guidance last week we received a number of questions and concerns around the new DCMS statement that masks should not be worn while participating in exercise. 

We have since spoken with Sport England to discuss whether this particular point is a lawful requirement or guidance and it is our understanding that this particular statement is guidance and not a legal requirement. This guidance is reflected in our RTP, as is required of us, however the use of masks remains a personal choice and athletes may use them when stunting if they wish to. 

We hope that this offers clarity and reassurance to all.

An updated template risk assessment can be found on our website to help guide clubs. It is important that each club carries out an new risk assessment before returning to cheerleading. 

If you have any queries please email them to us directly at sportcheerengland@gmail.com

Note: the previous update entitled “SportCheer England Update Regarding the Introduction of the Tier System (2nd December 2020, updated 3:30pm)” has been removed to avoid confusion. The latest tier information can be found above.

 

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