Bingley Harriers – Coaching & Training : Update following the return of Bingley, and the whole BMDC area, to Covid-19 Local Restrictions from Tue 22 Sep 20.

Summary – Following the re-imposition of Local Restrictions in the whole of the Bradford Metropolitan District Council (BMDC) from Tue 22 Sep, we (Bingley Harriers) are allowed to continue training under England Athletics guidelines with Covid control measures in place.  Each Leader or Coach can work with up to 12 people. 

The previous update from England Athletics re the ‘Rule of Six’ which came in on Mon 14 Sep is given in a earlier News items


Local Government Guidance :

As of Tue 22 Sep 20 the whole of the Bradford Metropolitan District Council will return to Local Restrictions.   For Sport the BMDC site refers on to the Government Guidance on Local Restrictions.  See link :


Government guidance on Local Restrictions for the North of England

Government guidance includes paragraph (1) for ‘Team sports’ and paragraph (2) below for Athletics – ‘Guidance for the public on phased return  to outdoor sport and recreation in England’  (see below)

(1) Team sport and physical activity

You can play a team sport only where this is formally organised by a sports club or similar organisation, and sports-governing body guidance has been issued. A list of governing bodies which have had guidance reviewed can be found in the return to recreational team sport framework. You can play individual sports in alignment with guidance for the public on the phased return of outdoor sport and recreation in England. We advise that all other sports activities should not take place with people who you do not live with at indoor and outdoor public venues.

(2) Guidance for the public on the phased return of outdoor sport and recreation in England.  Updated 18 Sep 20

This Guidance includes the following paragraph :

Personal trainers and coaching

Organised sporting or other fitness related activities are allowed (including personal training or coaching) to continue in groups of more than 6. This can be in any place, indoors or outdoors, other than a ‘private dwelling’ – a term which includes most outdoor space such as a garden.

These activities need to be organised by a national governing body, club, registered instructor/coach, business or charity. In all cases, the organiser must conduct a risk assessment and take all reasonable steps to limit transmission of the coronavirus by reference to that risk assessment and all relevant COVID-19 Secure guidance. Personal trainers/coaches should follow the guidance on organising outdoor sport and physical activity events further down this page.

When participating in organised sport, you must not mingle in groups of more than 6 before and after the activity. If an organiser is not able to ensure that no mingling takes place between sub-groups of no more than 6 (including when arriving at or leaving activity or in any breaks or socialising) then such events should not take place. Attendees must avoid social interaction with anyone outside the group they are with, even if they see other people they know, at all times during their visit.

To ensure safe practices, personal trainers/coaches should consider limiting the number of classes they teach to minimise exposure and transmission between groups.

Coaching or training for children should follow the out of school settings guidance.

Any sports coaches or trainers undertaking 1-1 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.

Becky Weight Covid-19 Co-ordinator Bingley Harriers & AC 21 Sep 20