Activity toolkits and guidance available to help you stay active in Sussex during the pandemic
Although the onset of colder weather and the additional restrictions in place to combat Covid-19 are making it a challenge right now, Active Sussex is continuing to encourage people to be as active as possible over the Autumn and Winter months.
Our message is simple – being active and playing sport, where appropriate, is good for your physical health and good for your mental health and being as fit as possible right now is a great way to deal with illness and viruses.
Though there are restrictions in place (keep up to date with any restrictions in our region via the government’s website here) this doesn't mean that grassroots sport and physical activity cannot happen – in fact most activities are back up and running with additional safety measures in place.
But we know that people are feeling anxious about taking part in sport and activity and some people are worried generally about being around others.
That’s why we want to continue providing support and advice to to ensure clubs, coaches and activity providers can help people feel comfortable to be as active as possible at this time. We also want to make sure that our community understands what is and isn't allowed right now.
In short people can still carry on being physically active, doing many of the activities that they love. Local gyms, swimming pools and leisure centres are allowed to open for business, and many have reopened for business – albeit with reduced capacity – and team sports are still able to be played, but with adult indoor sports sticking to the ‘rule of six’.
The balance of keeping people safe but allowing them to enjoy the benefits that being active, we believe is vital and we are proud of the work so many of our local providers are doing to support activity while keeping people safe.
Over the course of the lockdown period, Sport England has conducted nationwide research to gain an insight into activity levels and attitudes towards being active up and down England, and close to 70% of people say they have used being active to help manage their mental health. However, we are all concerned about recent drop-offs in activity levels and will be doing everything we can to support our communities to get more active.
People can access a host of free workouts for all ages and abilities on Sport England’s Join the Movement website at: https://www.sportengland.org/jointhemovement
Sport England Chief Executive, Tim Hollingsworth said:
“Being active is a vital tool to help us cope mentally with the challenges the months ahead will bring and physically to be fitter and healthier, to boost our immunity and to ward off illness.
“We know that people face real challenges right now in their daily lives, whether that’s anxiety about the virus itself, financial concerns or uncertainty about what is or isn’t allowed. Our message is that there has never been a more important time to take some time to be physically active. That might be using your local gym, which will have strict protocols in place to ensure safety, playing football within the regulations or just going for a walk – it all counts.
“We’ve got loads of great resources to help on the Sport England website including tips on how to get started.”
Sport England have developed a toolkit for autumn and winter, to help groups and organisations keep the community active as the nights get longer and the weather turns colder. Visit their website here to find out more.
For more support for staying active at home, visit our dedicated Active at Home webpages. If you're a coach, activity provider, volunteer or club and you have questions or want support during this time, contact our Strategic Workforce Officer, Nick Chellel.