Updated guidance on training and coaching in Scotland – 31 July 2020




 
Important information

From 3 August the restrictions on outdoor training have eased. There are now no restrictions on the number of households or groups that can be coached per day. Each group must still be a maximum of 15 people, including the coach and participants from up to four other households (or extended households), but you can now coach multiple groups in a day. This guidance is subject to any local restrictions that may be in place in your area – please refer to Government or local authority guidance for further details.

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Following an update from the First Minister this week and the announcement of the reopening date for Scotland as the 14th of September, Scotland is continuing phase three of its route map out of lockdown. The key updated guidance for personal training, fitness and coaching in Scotland is:

  • Until the 3 August 2020, coaches can deliver training to up to 4 households (or extended households) at any one time, with a maximum of up to 15 people (including the coach), while maintaining physical distancing and hygiene measures. Coaches should not deliver to more than 4 households (or extended households) per day.
  • From the 3 August onwards restrictions will be lifted on the number of households (or extended households) that can be coached per day.
  • Participants should bring their own equipment where possible, including water bottles, towels and sport specific items. They should arrive in the appropriate clothing for the session as no changing will be available.
  • 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.
  • Appropriate insurance policies should be in place for all coached activities and checked for validity with the relevant insurance provider before undertaking work with clients.
  • At all times, coaches, personal trainers, instructors, and participants should adhere to the Scottish Government’s physical distancing guidelines of staying at least 2m away from others.
  • Indoor gyms, fitness and leisure centres and adult non-professional sports are not permitted in Scotland until 14 September at the earliest.


Scottish Government has indicated that the size of groups/household numbers that can be coached at any one time is being reviewed. An update will be provided as soon as it is available.


The above is in addition to previous guidance for outdoor training in Scotland.



  • From 10 July, coaches can deliver training to up to 4 households (or extended households) at any one time, with a maximum of up to 15 people (including the coach), while maintaining physical distancing and hygiene measures
  • Coaches should not deliver training to more than 4 households (or extended households) per day
  • From 13 July, organised outdoor sport-specific activity can be undertaken by children and young people, with a phased implementation, subject to SGBs agreeing guidance with sportscotland (please refer to sportscotland guidance for more detail. Children under 12 do not need to maintain physical distance between themselves).
  • Coaching of people who are shielding is permitted, provided it takes place outdoors and physical distancing and hygiene guidelines are observed.
  • 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.

Please read this guidance in conjunction with the detailed guidance from sportscotland.

For sport specific guidance, please refer to sportscotland's website which has information from a number of SGBs.

Tara Dillon (CIMSPA CEO) said:

“This updated guidance is welcome and will allow more people in Scotland to get back to sport and fitness, and will further enable the sector’s workforce to get back to providing a valuable service to the community. However, with England now having a date for the wider sector to reopen, we would urge the Scottish Government to set out a timetable for the safe reopening of this crucial sector.”

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 Scottish Government’s latest guidance
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FAQs


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, all training in Scotland 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.

 

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