Updated: 24th September 2020

While social gatherings of more than six people in England are banned, the government’s confirmed that organised sports and activities that have been through return to play protocols can continue, with one exception on indoor sports for adults.

Indoor Sports for Adults: From 24 September, people aged 18 and over playing indoor team sports must adhere to the 'rule of six', which means playing in a group of no more than six people. 

Indoor Sports for under 18s: This change does not apply to children aged under 18.

Use of Leisure facilities and exercise classes: People can continue to use leisure facilities, including gyms and pools and attend exercise classes within these venues. People should not go to these venues socially in groups of more than six.

Outdoor sports: Outdoor sports played formally and under government-approved guidance, plus outdoor sport and physical activity events following event-organiser guidance, can continue.

That's because these sports and activities have stringent plans in place to reduce the risk of Covid-19, and because these venues are classed as Covid-secure given the measures they’ve introduced. The importance of sport and physical activity to people’s physical health and mental wellbeing has also been recognised by the government.

For more information about the latest government guidance and what that means for your facility, click below.

Sport England's latest guidance

Energize continues to work in a flexible way to…


  • Support and work with stakeholders to enable local people (especially those who may be vulnerable and isolated) to stay healthy and active during this time.  For example we are currently open for applications for the Sport England Tackling Inequalities Fund. All the information on this is here.  Details of other activities we are involved in are listed in the ‘What We Do’ section of our website.

  • Look after our own Energize staff and ensure our working practices remain safe and effective.  We continue to work from home but will shortly be starting to use our offices at Guildhall again so if you need to contact us all our contact details are here


Whilst there are now many more opportunities for the public to be active and healthy we continue to encourage everyone to stay safe and follow the Government guidance – follow link for current details. 

Please look after yourselves.


Best wishes from all the Energize team.