The Active Lancashire team are focusing on supporting Lancashire's residents to engage in sport and physical activity, improve health and wellbeing, and inspire communities during this challenging time.

Most outdoor and indoor sport and physical activity facilities can now reopen, although some may choose to remain closed until they feel they have all the safety procedures in place. 

For more detailed guidance, please click here.

Team sport and physical activity

From 28 September, you can only play indoor adult sports in groups of less than six.
Gatherings of more than 6 people indoors or outdoors continue not to be permitted, unless this is essential for work purposes.

  • When exercising in the countryside remember to follow the countryside code and act responsibly.
  • If possible, hand sanitise at intervals if your sport or recreation means you have to touch communal surfaces.
  • Once you are home remember to wash your hands.
  • Try to avoid using shared equipment such as racquets and bats.
  • If catering facilities are open at the venue (for takeaway items) respect social distancing whilst queuing for food and drink. Do not share food items, cups, plates or eating utensils with anyone else.

The planned return of spectators to sports venues will now not go ahead from 1 October

From Monday 14th September, additional restrictions on gathering in social groups are in force. The government had confirmed that organised sports and activities that have been through return to play protocols can continue, as can organised outdoor sports and physical activity events. You can also continue to use leisure facilities, including gyms and pools, and classes within these venues can continue as they are now.

These activities either need to be organised by a national governing body, club, registered instructor/coach, business or charity, and/or involve someone who has received an official licence to use equipment relevant to the activity. In all cases, the organiser must conduct a risk assessment and ensure compliance with COVID-19 secure guidance.

Check out the sections below for ways you can get involved and keep us updated on what you are getting up to using #ALittlebitmoreathome.

Be physically active

Being active is not only great for your physical health and fitness. Evidence shows it can also improve your mental wellbeing by:

  • raising your self-esteem
  • helping you to set goals or challenges and achieve them
  • causing chemical changes in your brain which can help to positively change your mood

Active Lancashire Projects

CSI Daily Activities - Free, fun AND inclusive gym sessions are back every Friday at 10 am in partnership with BA Fitness, so if you're a looking to get fit as well as meet new people and would like to participate, then please contact Tamasin on 07724656681 to secure your place.

Satellite Clubs - A range of online resources through the Satellite Clubs in Lancashire.

School Games - Working with the SGO’s across Lancashire to pull together lots of ideas and resources to support you and your family to remain active and healthy.

More Positive Together - Family activity booklet which includes a number of games you can play at home, some which require basic kit and some that can be played with none at all.

Local Authority Activities

Blackpool Council - Corona kindness hub with a range of information and resources. 

Burnley Leisure - A range of home work out videos. 

Active Nation Chorley - A range of home workouts available through their app. 

GLL - Free access to a range of virtual classes and at home workouts via the Better UK app for leisure members.

Rossendale Leisure Trust - A range of videos available via the YouTube Channel.

Partnership and National Activities 

Join the Movement - #StayInWorkOut, brought to you by Sport England. Tips, advice and guidance on how to keep or get active in and around your home.

Her Spirit - The Her Spirit app is providing health and wellbeing support and critically a sense of community during this period of national uncertainty including daily live workouts/activities, weekly podcasts, weekly community challenges, weekly live meditations and immune boosting recipe. 

NHS Fitness Studio - 24 instructor-led videos across our aerobics exercise, strength and resistance, and pilates and yoga categories.

Couch to 5k - A running plan for beginners, based on podcasts supporting you on your journey to running 5k in 9 weeks, 3 runs per week. 

Mayathon - Buddy-up (virtually) with a friend, family member or colleague and support each other to do 26 minutes of exercise a day. It can be any activity and it’s not competitive. It’s not about how far or how fast, just that people do their 26 minutes and help their mayathon buddy to do theirs.

One You - Easy 10 minute workouts you can do from the comfort of your own home. 

Fleetwood Town Community Trust - Daily football-related children's Physical Activity resources.

Fitness Evolution Burnley - A selection of online videos for you to use to keep fit and healthy whilst the facilities are closed.

Arthritis Action - Many people living with a long-term health condition find it difficult to attend exercise classes. To help them, Arthritis Action recently launched a series of online chair based exercises developed with the aim of helping those with hip, knee or spinal Osteoarthritis more mobile and active.

Limb Power - a series of videos has been developed to support those with limb amputations to maintain and improve fitness and conditioning. 

Move It or Lose It  - Support for older people to remain active

  • Coronavirus support for older people – exercise at home a Free COVID-19 support pack for older people.
  • Can you Get Up and Go? Free Get Up and Go app which has very simple exercises which are approved by geriatricians and physiotherapists. These mobilising exercises are ideal for frailer older people and can be done in a bed or chair to help those in care homes and hospitals to keep moving too.

Daily Mile - A way to motivate you and your family to stay active with new challenges every week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  

David Lloyd at home- Online blog with at home workouts and ways to stay active while staying at home.

Activity Alliance- Activity Alliance is sharing ways to adapt activities so more people can stay in and work out.

Public Health England- Public Health England have produced a guide around how to stay active at home. 

NGB and Sport Specific activities

Badminton England- New #workoutweds videos from a member of the England squad every week. 

RunTogether, England Athletics - Supporting the Athletics and Running family during the coronavirus pandemic. Provides member clubs, affiliated athletes, runners including RunTogether groups, coaches and leaders, officials and families with access to support, resources and activities to help everyone stay active at home.

WheelPower - Adaptive Yoga - a series of Adaptive Yoga videos to encourage wheelchair users to exercise from the comfort of their homes.

The FA: Football's Staying Home - From tips to staying safe and healthy to football activities to keep your body and mind active – explore how you can make the most of football staying home. 

Gymnastics with Max - How to exercise like an Olympic gymnast at home! Videos posted on his YouTube channel. 

Love to Move- British Gymnastics Foundation has created resources for seated gymnastics, specially designed to be dementia-friendly.  

Connect with others

Good relationships are important for your mental wellbeing. They can:

  • help you to build a sense of belonging and self-worth
  • give you an opportunity to share positive experiences
  • provide emotional support and allow you to support others

Active Lancashire Projects

CSI Chit Chat - WhatsApp group for those taking part in the CSI programme to have some fun, informal chats and mini challenges. This is a busy group so you may wish to mute notifications when not actively involved. 

Local Authority Activities

#ViralKindness -  Look after the people on your street/neighbourhood using these postcards.

Rossendale Community Support Network - A group to support the community of The Rossendale Valley, its Voluntary, Community & Faith organisations, Community Groups, Businesses, Citizens and any other interested parties in any way which can enhance the wellbeing of them all.

Partnership and National Activities

Shout - Shout is the UK’s first free 24/7 crisis text line available for anyone, anytime, anywhere. The service is anonymous and off bill. It is powered by a nationwide team of Crisis Volunteers, supported by expert Clinical Supervisors. This is a place to go if you’re experiencing a personal crisis, unable to cope and need immediate help.

Mayathon - Buddy-up (virtually) with a friend, family member or colleague and support each other to do 26 minutes of exercise a day. It can be any activity and it’s not competitive. It’s not about how far or how fast, just that people do their 26 minutes and help their mayathon buddy to do theirs.


UK Coaching: Curious Coaches Club - Watch ‘A Conversation About…’ between expert coaches live on a Monday or on-demand via UK Coaching website. Engage and take part in a more in-depth conversation about the topic on Wednesday or Thursday via smaller informal gatherings of coaches hosted by one of the UK coaching team. Continue the conversation via the community aspect of ‘Connected Coaches’ hosted on the website.

Tempo - a place to help share ways in which you can help others in your local community if you are able, and ways to stay connected with your community virtually from home.

People First Keeping People Connected - a new specialist telephone service for people who have learning difficulties and/or autism who need some support.

Hub of hope – Shows you how to contact local mental health support, when they are open and information on who to contact if you need immediate support.

Sported Video Conferencing How To Guide - Click here to view guide

Give to others

Research suggests that acts of giving and kindness can help improve your mental wellbeing by:

  • creating positive feelings and a sense of reward
  • giving you a feeling of purpose and self-worth
  • helping you connect with other people

It could be small acts of kindness towards other people, or larger ones like volunteering in your local community.

NHS Bike Donation- Through our Cycle Recycle scheme and in partnership with Love to Ride, Connecting East Lancashire and Lancashire County Council we are donating refurbished bikes to NHS workers, to provide them with a much safer mode of transport to and from work, as opposed to reduced public transport networks.

Local Opportunities

Lancashire Volunteer Partnership Befriending Service - Support older or isolated people by checking-in on how people are by phone.

Our Lancashire Community Hubs - Coordinated support for those in need.

Blackpool Corona Kindness - A community corona kindness helpline for those who need help and those who can offer help.

PoultonCAN! - A community based response to the Covid-19 crisis coordinated by Poulton Methodist Church.

Fylde Community Hub - (Paused) Support to the isolated and lonely residents of the Borough who do not have friends, family or neighbours to assist during the period of isolation required as a result of the Coronavirus.

Community Foundation for Lancashire(Paused) Funding stream for volunteering programmes who need extra help during this time 

National Opportunities

NHS Volunteer Responders - Support the NHS and the care sector during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Queens Award for Voluntary Service- Make a nomination to the QAVS. The awards recognise exceptional contributions made to local communities by groups of volunteers.

Tempo - a place to help share ways in which you can help others in your local community if you are able, and ways to stay connected with your community virtually from home.

SAFE CIC - Advice to volunteer groups helping vulnerable people during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

NCVO guidance on volunteering- NCVO have produced some resources to give you advice on staying safe while volunteering.

Learn new skills

Research shows that learning new skills can also improve your mental wellbeing by:

  • boosting self-confidence and raising self-esteem
  • helping you to build a sense of purpose
  • helping you to connect with others

Even if you feel like you do not have enough time, or you may not need to learn new things, there are lots of different ways to bring learning into your life, especially during this time of adapting to digital-life.

Partnership Learning

UK Coaching: Curious Coaches Club - Watch ‘A Conversation About…’ between expert coaches live on a Monday or on-demand via UK Coaching website. Engage and take part in a more in-depth conversation about the topic on Wednesday or Thursday via smaller informal gatherings of coaches hosted by one of the UK coaching team. Continue the conversation via the community aspect of ‘Connected Coaches’ hosted on the website.

Sports Marketing Network: Webinar Series - webinars on how community sports clubs can weather the COVID-19 crisis and prepare for the future.

Together an Active Future Podcast- Learning and experiences, both good and bad from working on a Sport England Local Delivery Pilot.

Inspira - Short courses and pre-employment programmes including Safeguarding and Mental Health Awareness.


Lancashire skills swap- Lancashire Skills and Employment Hub has created the Lancashire Skills Swap service to help businesses to support other Lancashire businesses who are either looking for skills or people or who are able to offer skills or people.

How about something a bit different?

Duolingo - Learn a new language for free. Une opportunité excellente!

edX - Access 2500+ Online Courses from 140 Top Institutions. 

Open Learn: The Open University - Free online courses covering a wide range of topics including Heath, Sports and Psychology and Education and Development.

Recovery College - Online courses covering a range of topics including Mental Health, Recovery and Wellbeing

Reed- offers lots of different online skills courses to gain skill qualifications to help with employment.


Free2learn- gives the opportunity for you to sign up for training courses for free, helping you with employment.

Future Learn- offers various courses to build and learn new skills.

Take notice / Mindfulness

Paying more attention to the present moment can improve your mental wellbeing. This includes your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you. Mindfulness can help you enjoy life more and understand yourself better. It can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges.

Project Resources

SunnyMind Yoga. One of our Challenge Through Sport Initiative instructors is offering free online yoga and meditation classes. 

Lancashire Wildfire Trust-One of our MPT partners blog post about how to manage loneliness during social distancing.

Local resources

Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria - A collection of mental health support resources in Lancashire and South Cumbria.

National resources

Every Mind Matters -  Expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing.

MIND: Coronavirus and your well being - Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing.

GoVoX - The online Mental Health & Well being platform for leaders & managers, is offering a FREE coronavirus well being check ins.

Alone Together: A Coronavirus Podcast - Answering questions with expert insight, and inspiring stories of those going the extra mile to support their communities.

The Mental Health Family Hour - Episodes on YouTube, posted every Tuesday, that focus on different topics around Mental Health for children, parents and teachers.

Recovery College - On line courses covering a range of topics including Mental Health, Recovery and Wellbeing.

NHS- The NHS have several resources on mindfulness and mental health which can be useful, especially during this time period. They also have a mood self-assessment quiz to recognize what you are feeling and how you can help yourself. 

STOPP- STOPP is an online resource that helps teach you CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and how applying it to yourself can help you become more mindful.

Calm- This is a website and an app that focuses on mindfulness, they have several different resources such as:

  • Their blog has different posts surrounding mindfulness and different ways to practise.
  • The Do Nothing for 2 Minutes is a way to attempt to practise mediation and take some time out of your day to do nothing.

Hub of hope – Shows you where your local mental health support is and when they are open and has information on who to contact if you need immediate support.

Sector/Business Support

Support for businesses impacted by the Coronavirus

Sport England - £195 million package to help sport and physical activity through coronavirus.

  • Community Emergency Fund - (PAUSED) £20 million to help community sport and physical activity organisations who are experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
  • Sector Partner Fund - £5 million to help sector partners on bespoke measures that may be needed for any instances of immediate financial distress. 
  • Sector Stimulation - £55 million to support and stimulate the sector while restrictions are being lifted. More information expected in the coming weeks. 
  • Funding Rollover - £115 million funding rollover for identified selected partners who have funding commitments that end on or before March 2021.

Boost #AskForHelp - A dedicated team ready to assist businesses impacted by the coronavirus. 

The North & Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce - Coronavirus business toolkit containing a wealth of information on loans, grants and other support available. 

Gov.uk - COVID-19: guidance for employees, employers, and businesses.

Club Matters - tips, tools, and ideas to help keep your club functioning and working with your members and customers. 

GRANTfinder - A collection of relevant news and funding opportunities following on from the coronavirus outbreak.

Skills Swap - This unique service is dedicated to helping businesses who are looking for staff or volunteers, want to train their staff or want to offer people with knowledge and expertise to work for another business.

National Lottery Community Fund- The National Lottery Fund is looking to fund projects and organisations that are helping communities. They are offering funding from £300-£10,000 

Club Support Webinars with Sport Structures- Active Lancashire, in partnership with Sport Structures, hosted two free webinars for Lancashire clubs. These workshops gave clubs that offer provision in sport and physical activity, the chance to discuss immediate concerns that they are facing, and to help find solutions through shared experiences. All resources, including recordings of the webinars, can be accessed here.

The Growth Company, Skills support for the workforce - The Growth Company is offering skills support and advice for those at risk of redundancy.

Charity Survival Fund - (CLOSED) The Charity Survival Fund has been set up in response to Julia and Hans’ ongoing concern about Covid-19’s economic impact on charities. This £10m Fund will provide core funding to help charities, especially small and medium-sized, to offset lost income in the current financial year.

Commissioner’s Community Action Fund - The Commissioner’s Community Action Fund is designed to provide small grants to assist groups in tackling local concerns and helping to deliver the priorities of his Police and Crime Plan in their area, utilising funds from Proceeds of Crime.

COVID-19 National Advice and Guidance

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