COVID-19 Update



These are very challenging times for Sport and Health Academy, our partner schools and centres and the whole country. Since March 23rd 2020, schools have remained open to a priority group of children and young people. From the week commencing June 1st 2020, schools may be implementing the first stage of a phased opening. Sport and Health Academy will be ready to assist schools and staff in any way possible, and please be assured that, as we make plans, reducing the risks for children and staff is our utmost priority.

Having taken into account the government and latest scientific advice, we have assessed the risks associated to our provision and decided to implement the following guidelines to our staff. These guidelines are designed to lower the risk of COVID-19 infection within our working environments.

Keeping staff safe

The safety and wellbeing of our employees is a priority of ours. All staff should follow these guidelines to reduce their risk of contracting coronavirus:

  • All staff will be encouraged to attend sessions, as requested by Sport and Health Academy, unless they are self-isolating or there are other reasons for absence (such as shielding due to health conditions).
  • Staff should notify their line manager and school at the earliest opportunity if they are unable to attend a session. It is compulsory that communication is made via a direct phone conversation. Your line manager will then make alternate arrangements to fulfil the session and discuss the next steps with you.
  • If a staff member develops symptoms compatible with coronavirus (COVID-19), they should be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 7 days. Their fellow household members should self-isolate for 14 days. The government have pledged that all staff who are attending an
  • Everyone aged five and over will have access to a test if they display symptoms of COVID19.
  • Where a staff member tests positive, any other members of staff working in close proximity with them should be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 14 days. Sport and Health Academy will, without delay, report any instances of positive test and self-isolation to the relevant school and a replacement coach will be provided during this period.
  • Staff who are considered extremely clinically vulnerable and shieldingshould continue to shield and should not be expected to attend sessions. Staff will be provided with hand sanitiser and should regularly clean their hands throughout the day. Staff should regularly wash hands for 20 seconds with running water and soap if hand sanitiser is unavailable. Hand sanitiser is not to be shared with children. Staff members should contact their line manager for replenishment of hand sanitiser.
  • Sport and Health Academy will provide all staff with face masks and these should be used as a precautionary measure. The evidence suggests that wearing a face covering does not protect you, but it may protect others if you are infected but have not yet developed symptoms. This is most relevant for short periods indoors in crowded areas. It is important to use face coverings properlyand wash/sanitise your hands before putting them on and after taking them off.
  • All staff must adhere to the strict social distancing measures, keeping 2m apart at all times.

Travelling to work

The government have advised that we should avoid using public transport where possible. Instead try to walk, cycle, or drive. If you do travel, thinking carefully about the times, routes and ways you travel will mean we will all have more space to stay safe.

Before and during your journey, check for the latest travel advice on your route. Travel may take longer than normal on some routes due to reduced capacity and social distancing measures. Allow for sufficient time if your journey involves changes between different forms of transport. Plan ahead by identifying alternative routes and options in case of unexpected disruption. If you are likely to be late for a session, you must inform your line manager and school at the earliest possible opportunity.

Safety in schools and community sessions

The safety and wellbeing of school/centre staff and children is a huge priority of ours. The following measures address the risks we anticipate within our working environment and are aimed at reducing the risk of spreading the virus:

  • Regular cleaning to get rid of the virus on frequently touched surfaces, such as door handles, PE/sports equipment and play equipment.
  • Children should wash hands for 20 seconds with running water and soap or use sanitiser before sessions and at the end of session.
  • Children should be reminded to be aware of the surfaces they touch. Be careful not to touch their face. Cover their mouth and nose with a tissue or elbow when coughing or sneezing.
  • To ensure good respiratory hygiene staff should promote the catch it, bin it, bag it, kill it approach.
  • Minimising contact through smaller classes or group sizes and altering the environment as much as possible, such as changing the layout of session.
  • Adopting an unopposed coaching method where possible.
  • Sharing of equipment should be minimised.

We understand that the risk factors will vary from venue to venue. A risk assessment should be carried out at each venue to directly address risks associated with coronavirus so that sensible measures can be put in place to minimise those risks for children and staff.

Staff should be made aware of venue specific safety measures and adhere to them as well as the Sport and Health Academy guidelines. Where these are in conflict, the venue guidelines will take priority.

Staff meetings

With new information coming out regularly, it is as important as ever to keep in regular contact with our staff. Therefore, staff meetings will continue as usual on a monthly basis. To ensure that we adhere to the strict social distancing measures, these meetings will happen via Zoom for the foreseeable future. Additional meetings may be scheduled to meet the needs of the business.

Sport and Health Academy employees have committed to following these guidelines, failure to do so will result in disciplinary action being taken in accordance with company policy.