Elite athletes and professional sportsmen and women can resume performance training under new guidance published by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), in a significant step towards a safe resumption of live sport behind closed doors. The guidance has been developed in close consultation with the Deputy Chief Medical Officers of England, Public Health England and medical representatives across Olympic, Paralympic and professional sports governing bodies.
Sport England is working with Savanta ComRes to better understand sport and physical activity behaviour. Inevitably the ways people are getting active during this time is changing. The weekly research includes activity levels, as well as the ways people are keeping active and whether they're doing it solo, or with other members of their household.
Sport England has teamed up with ukactive to launch a series of online workouts to help pregnant woman and new mums be physically active at home. From yoga and Pilates videos you can follow, to videos focusing on general fitness, the This Mum Moves workouts are perfect for antenatal and postnatal women.
The government has updated and eased some of the restrictions placed upon sport and physical activity as part of the lockdown to tackle the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. People can now go outside more than once a day for exercise as long as social distancing is still observed. Many facilities associated with outdoor sports and physical activities can reopen, if those responsible for them feel ready to do so and if they can do so safely.
A teenager’s determination to find solutions to cycling, rather than focusing on the barriers his cerebral palsy presents, has earned him national recognition. Alazar Sahele, 14, from Horsham, has won Bikeability’s Trainee of the Year award. Ed Clark, county council Cyclist Training Development Officer, said: “I’m tremendously proud of Alazar and all he has achieved through our weekly training sessions at the Wheels for All Club in Horsham".
The Government's guidance states that from today Wednesday 13 May people can exercise outdoors as often as they wish while following social distancing guidelines. They can use outdoor sports courts or facilities, such as a tennis or basketball court, or golf course with members of your household, or one other person while staying 2 metres apart.
Table tennis joins other sports in being opened up for socially distanced play on outdoor tables. Table Tennis England has produced a short video to guide people on the best approach to playing. There are outdoor tables publicly available in the Horsham District in Horsham Park (near to the Conservatory Cafe), on The Forum in Horsham Town Centre and next to Southwater Leisure Centre.
Living Streets, is urging the public to #Try20 during National Walking Month this May. The campaign encourages people to walk for 20 minutes every day throughout May to maintain their physical and mental health and wellbeing during lockdown. Health experts recommend a brisk daily walk as an easy way to improve your health with a 20-minute walk being shown to reduce the risk of a number of preventable health conditions, including certain cancers, depression, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.