June 3rd, 2020.

The ACU has announced that, following the publication of the latest government guidelines on exercise, youth training and practice can resume in England and the Isle of Man in line with current training and practice timelines.

Under the new social distancing guidelines, which allow up to, but no more than six people to gather, parents can take their children to a 1-1 coaching or training session, from the 1st of June, as long as the gathering does not exceed six people. Any sports coaches or trainers undertaking 1-1 sessions should ensure they are complying with relevant ACU guidance/advice and conduct a thorough risk assessment before engaging in any sessions. This should include particular consideration for under 18s and vulnerable adults.

The ACU further highlights that the latest Government advice is that it is important children have as many chances to be as active as possible, therefore youth participation can now be included in Practice Permits. With immediate effect, permit applications may be sent to the relevant Discipline Secretary to apply for a Practice Permit for practice events, including youth, to commence from the 8th of June. An updated Covid-19 Risk Assessment with guidance on youth practice will be produced for each discipline in due course and sent out by Race Secretaries.

It is important, stresses the ACU, that any return to activity must take account of local conditions and any risk assessment for normal activities should be undertaken as well as ensuring that all government guidance around Covid-19 is taken into account.

These guidelines apply to England and the Isle of Man only. The ACU will update Centres and Clubs in Scotland and Wales when Devolved Governments review their current guidelines.

CLICK HERE to read the full government guidance document.

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