Guidance on outdoor training and coaching in Wales

The key guidance now in place is:

  • From 13 July, organised outdoor activities, including team sports and classes, involving up to 30 people (including the trainer) are able to go ahead.
  • The activity must be outdoors and organised by a business (this includes a qualified and insured individual trainer or coach organising the activity for business purposes), a public body or charitable institution, a club, or the national governing body of sport or other activity.
  • Physical distancing and hygiene measures must be observed at all times.
  • The person organising the activity needs to have carried out an appropriate risk assessment.
  • A trainer or coach can meet with multiple clients (or groups) per day, but always with a maximum of 30 people at any one time. Avoid overlapping sessions to prevent congregation of people.
  • Training and coaching can take place in a public outdoor space or private garden, while observing physical distancing and hygiene rules.
  • You should not travel with someone from outside your household, unless physical distancing can be maintained.
  • When participating in training or coaching, aim for no shared contact with hard surfaces e.g. equipment. If this is unavoidable, thoroughly disinfect surfaces in between use by different participants or groups.
  • You should not go inside someone else’s house and you should avoid using shared facilities such as bathrooms. If you must go through a house to access a garden, do that quickly without touching surfaces.
  • Parents can take their children to an organised outdoor training/coaching session, provided the gathering does not exceed 30 people.
  • Sports coaches or trainers undertaking sessions should ensure they are complying with relevant National Governing Body Safeguarding Policies and Procedures and conduct a thorough risk assessment before engaging in any sessions. This should include particular consideration for under 18s and vulnerable adults, ensuring that all activity is low risk and within the capability of the participant.
  • Risk assessments must be carried out and documented at all sites. Consider safety first, particularly minimising the risk of infection/transmission. Appropriate physical distancing and hygiene measures must be put in place to ensure participants, staff and volunteers are always protected.
  • You should also keep attendance records (in line with GDPR) to support Track and Trace, should that be required.
  • Appropriate insurance policies should be in place for all activities.
  • From 22 June, all outdoor sport and leisure facilities, with the exception of playgrounds and outdoor gyms, are allowed to open.
  • Outdoor gyms are expected to be allowed to open from 20 July. This will be confirmed soon.
  • All indoor sport facilities must remain closed at this time. CIMSPA is working with the WSA, Sport Wales, the Welsh Government and other bodies to support the safe reopening of indoor facilities.

The WSA has also published information on the phased return to sport in Wales. Click HERE to find out more.

Tara Dillon (CIMSPA CEO) said:

“The ability for larger groups to exercise safely outdoors in Wales will be a boost to many of the professionals in our sector and will enable them to get back to providing a valuable service to their customers. We are also working with all of the relevant bodies towards the safe reopening of indoor sports and fitness facilities in Wales. We would urge everyone to adhere strictly to the Welsh Government’s physical distancing and hygiene guidelines, keep the safety of themselves and their customers as their number one priority and check with their insurance provider to ensure they have the appropriate cover in place.”

CIMSPA has several digital resources available to support the sector during the coronavirus crisis, including:

  • ReOpen - an online hub offering guidance and resources to support the sector in reopening facilities, when permitted.
  • Stronger Together Hub - a range of resources and advice to support businesses and individuals.
  • Stronger Together Facebook Group - an open community for all those working in the sector.

For further details on the Welsh Government’s latest guidance

For the latest Welsh Government FAQs, click here.


Will insurance cover PTs who are training clients, following the guidelines, whilst the ‘lockdown’/social distancing is still in play?

If you are normally covered for personal training that you are qualified to do, then you should still be covered, but please check with your insurance provider if you have any doubts.

Can people train in a private indoor space if there is room to fully adhere to social distancing?

No, it has to take place outdoors.

Who do we contact for queries about permissions to use outdoor spaces?

In most cases, you don’t need permission to use public outdoor spaces in this way, but if you are unsure you should contact the local authority responsible for the space.

I have seen that some full contact sports have resumed training but haven’t seen anything about my sport, can I train clients?

For full guidance on specific sports training please contact your National Governing Body or contact the WSA and they will be able to answer your questions.


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