Coronavirus FAQs

What will England Athletics and funetics be doing during this period of suspension?

We know this is a hugely difficult time for our funetics community but and we're continuing to talk to as many of you as possible to get a fuller picture about the impact coronavirus (COVID-19) is having.

The situation we find ourselves in is of course changing daily at present, so we ask you and our groups bear with us as we work to make decisions that best support the sport at all levels and ensure the longer term health of us all. Examples of what we are doing and are committed to:

  • Supporting the Athletics & Running family in England to ensure that we come through this period together in as strong a position as possible.
  • Working with you, to understand what specific support is required across our clubs to sustain our sport in the
    short and the long term.
  • Changing the way in which we communicate and provide our services so that we are doing everything we can to encourage people to stay active, wherever possible, which we think is now more important than ever.
  • Rescheduling specific activities and programmes to adhere to the Government's guidelines.
  • We are also coordinating the production of a range of activities and services utilising digital platforms and systems to ensure that some support can be provided to people working in the sport as volunteers and
    to ensure that communication continues during this uncertain period.

We welcome your thoughts and advice on how Coronavirus is impacting you and / or your organisation

What support resources are available to funetics providers?

A regular programme of online forums and presentations with our experts will start in the next week with more details to be communicated on our website and social media channels shortly.

In advance of the Autumn launch to primary schools of the new England Athletics funetics programme, which is supported by Katarina Johnson Thompson and Usain Bolt, we are making some of the video resources available next week. Many of these are adaptable for home practice so please share with parents with 5 – 11-year-old children at home whilst schools are closed and group activities are cancelled.

What about the impact on people’s mental health and wellbeing during this period?

You and members of your organisation and family might be worried about Coronavirus and how it could affect your life. This may include not training, competing or running with others, and being asked to stay at home or to avoid other people. This might feel difficult or stressful. But there are lots of things you can try that could help your wellbeing and to maintain your physical fitness and that you undertake.

Click here for guidance from our friends at Mind, the Mental Health Charity about Coronavirus and your wellbeing.

Also visit our RunAndTalk webpage.

Is England Athletics and funetics doing anything to help people stay active and engaged?

Across all our programmes we are looking to provide advice and tips and we will be sharing these as soon as possible.

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How can I stay up to date with your information?

We're keeping a special page updated for everyone. Just go to www.englandathletics.org/guidanceupdate