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#Return2Coach – The Reopening Roadmap

We’ve collated the expert advice of coaches from a range of different sports to help you safely navigate the phased return to face-to-face coaching, one step at a time

The ‘Return to Play’ route has been mapped out by the government in five incremental steps.

Coaches have had to show tremendous levels of patience whilst sat at home waiting for the red light to turn green.

With a timetable for lifting restrictions having now been set out, you will no doubt be straining at the leash, driven by a burning desire to reconnect with your participants in person. 

We have produced a toolkit of essential advice that will allay any fears you may have ahead of your return to coaching and further fuel your enthusiasm, so you are fully revved up and raring to go when the right time comes.

The timescales for the roadmap out of lockdown are different for each of the Home Nations, and our graphic sets out the schedule for England, however the advice and resources contained in the toolkit will be useful for all coaches.

For updated Return to Play information on Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, head to our coronavirus guidance page. 

England's Roadmap out of Lockdown

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Rusty Nails it! Some Magic Advice on Returning to Coaching



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Helping Coaches Plan for the Return to Play: Part 1



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Helping Coaches Plan for the Return to Play: Part 2



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Practical Strategies to Help Accelerate the ‘Great Coaching Comeback’

Experienced coach, coach educator and mentor Dan Cottrell offers some sage advice to coaches to help them RECOVER and REINVENT at this pivotal time


STEP Back into Coaching with Confidence

Practical measures you can take to help you manage evolving coronavirus guidelines in your sessions whilst retaining the central components of safety, fun, creativity, challenge, social engagement and skill development.

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Return to Coaching: Supporting the People You Coach

UK Coaching’s Heather Douglas and Paul Thompson explore the timely topic of returning to coaching and the practical measures that coaches will have to take, such as designing activities that allow for social distancing measures, as well as the support that coaches will need to offer to the people they coach and their parents, if applicable

Inspiring Stories

A great many coaches will be able to look back at the innovation, fortitude and tenacity they have shown and modelled to their participants, and their own children, over the course of the pandemic.

Here are some #GreatCoaching stories to inspire you on your return to play.

Connecting in a crisis: How Western Tennis hit upon a winner by transforming their annual Easter Camp into an online entity during COVID-19

Hear from coach Harry Sutherland

PE teacher Steven Jeff's efforts to inspire the children of North Yorkshire offer a shining example of how to deliver #GreatCoaching in a time of adversity

Read about Steven Jeff

Judy Murray reflects on how COVID-19 has driven coaching at home, seeing it as a source of opportunity and inspiration - and a catalyst for a whole new generation of home coaches.

Hear from Judy Murray

Online Courses


We know coaches are cautious about the transition back to coaching and creating safe spaces for activity under new guidelines.

This essential online learning will help you to fulfil your obligations around the provision of safe coaching.

Duty to Care Toolkit and Digital Badge

Gain the knowledge and skills to provide great coaching experiences to others, as well as support coaches to begin to better look after themselves

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Mental Health Awareness

Gain the confidence to support people experiencing mental health problems, and help them to thrive inside and outside of your sessions

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Coaching in Schools

In Safe Hands

‘Safe Practice: in Physical Education, School Sport and Physical Activity’ is the essential reference tool for schools and coaches that helps keep children engaged in PE or physical activity safe from harm.

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