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Health, risk assessment and safeguarding considerations

Sport and physical activity programme providers have a duty of care to their participants and communities and should always prioritise their safety.

Guidance on health, safety and hygiene

The World Health Organisation advises that gatherings (including for sport and physical activity) have the potential to strain the planning and response resources of the host country or community.

Any decision to modify or proceed with activities should be based on a rigorous risk assessment, strictly adhere to the guidance of local and national public health authorities and should integrate enhanced prevention, hygiene and physical distancing measures.


Safeguarding is about ensuring that everyone feels safe in their environment, and is protected from harm, bullying, from people who could abuse, and from discrimination or harassment.

Moving to on-line and modified delivery also increases specific safeguarding risks. For further information and guidance: