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. The aim of this page is to provide you with the latest information and guidance related government restrictions on sport and physical activity.

The government's roadmap for the easing of lockdown restrictions is made up of four steps, with step 3 now in force, which began on the 17th May.

You can leave your home to exercise and take part in informal and organised sport and physical activity.

Indoor Activity

Indoor gatherings of up to six people (the ‘rule of six’) or a group made up of two households can take place. Organised indoor adult and children sport and physical activity can return (including exercises classes) subject to sport-specific guidance. For organised indoor sport and physical activity, there’s no limit on group numbers so long as people adhere to capacity restrictions on indoor facilities. 

Outdoor Activity

Up to 30 people can meet outdoors. Organised outdoor sport and physical activity can take place in any numbers, subject to sport-specific guidance.

Organised sport and activity includes:

  • Organised group activities (such as, but not limited to, exercise classes, group cycle rides, walking groups etc.)
  • Organised team sports, including adapted versions for ‘higher risk’ team sports (following approved guidance)
  • Other organised sports (such as, but not limited to, tennis, badminton, golf, horse riding, water sports etc.)
  • Organised sport participation events (such as, but not limited to, road races, running and cycling events, triathlons etc.)
  • Organised contact combat sports (following approved guidance).

Other Information

  • Exemptions for elite sport training and fixtures apply
  • Changing rooms can open, but participants should be encouraged to avoid or minimise use where possible.
  • Clubhouses and facilities that serve food and drink can open
  • Spectators are permitted both indoors and outdoors but they should maintain social distancing and must adhere to social gathering limits and venue number restrictions (groups of up to 30 outdoors and groups of up to six people/made up of two households indoors. Multiple groups of spectators are permitted.).

Guidance

You should follow the guidance:

Other sector-specific information
  • SPORTS: national governing bodies (NGBs) have guidelines for a safe return to play. Search for your NGB here and go to the COVID-19 support section of their website
  • GROUP EXERCISE: The national governing body for group exercise provides COVID-19 guidance here.
  • YOUTH WORK: The National Youth Agency (NYA) has developed youth sector-specific advice here.
  • CLUBS: Sport England’s Club Matters offers tips, tools and ideas for clubs and organisations trying to navigate the pandemic here.
  • WORKFORCE & FACILITIES: As the lead organisation for the sport and physical activity workforce CIMPSA are providing guidance here.
  • VOLUNTEERS: Guidance on how volunteering can be done safely and effectively during COVID-19 in line with the tiered restrictions. This includes guidance for 'formal' and 'informal' volunteers, and forvolunteer-involving organisations and groups. Full guidance available here
Physical Activity in Lockdown

Join the Movement - 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. 

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

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.  

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. 

WheelPower - Adaptive Yoga - a series of Adaptive Yoga videos to encourage wheelchair users to exercise from the comfort of their homes and inclusive workouts for Young Disabled People.

Couch to Fitness- an at-home exercise plan for beginners. The plan involves 3 video sessions a week, with rest days in between, and a different schedule for each of the 9 weeks.

Couch to Family Fit - an at-home exercise plan for beginners. The plan involves 3 video sessions a week, with rest days in between, and a different schedule for each of the 4 weeks.

Couch to Bhangra- an at-home dance exercise plan for beginners. The plan involves 3 video sessions a week, with rest days in between, and a different schedule for each of the 4 weeks.

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

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. 

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.

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.

Mental Health Support

Need Immediate Support?

You can call the Samaritans for free at any time, from any phone. Just dial 116 123. They’re available to offer support 24/7 every single day of the year and the number is free to call.

NHS Local Crisis Teams - Mental Health Crisis Line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week staffed by trained mental health professionals who are able to provide assessment and referrals to appropriate services ring it if you need to access services or for advice about someone who needs treatment/support. Visit the website for contact details for your local crisis team. 

SHOUT - Text SHOUT to 85258 to be connected to a trained volunteer for free, confidential, anonymous text support. 

CALM - phone and webchat open daily from 5pm - midnight. Call 0800 585858 or webchat is available on their website

If your life is at imminent risk, call the emergency services on 999.

Other Support

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

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.

The Mental Health Family Hour - Episodes on YouTube, 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.

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.

COVID-19 National Advice and Guidance

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