Returning to Indoor Training

last updated 14th July 2020

Please note that we do NOT advocate a return to indoor training at this stage. Please make sure you read the general Covid advice here before you read this page.

GUIDELINES FOR INDOOR TRAINING (from 25th July in England, 11th July in Northern Ireland)

– Indoor gyms / boxing clubs can reopen from Saturday 25th July in England, and 11th July in Northern Ireland, subject to them not being situated in an area where a local lockdown is in place and provided that appropriate procedures and guidelines are put in place (see below).

– Wherever possible, to minimise risk, training outside remains the strongly preferred option.

– Due to social distancing and the increased risk of exertion in spreading Covid19, pad work, partner work and sparring of any kind are NOT PERMITTED until the government advises otherwise.

– Nobody who 

a) has symptoms of Covid19, even if very mild

b) is in a social bubble/household with someone else who has a possible or confirmed Covid19 infection

c) has been asked to isolate by NHS Track and Trace

should train (or leave their home). We strongly recommend that people in vulnerable categories, or cohabiting with vulnerable people, do not join group exercise sessions.

– It is permitted to travel to indoor training venues, but recommended to choose ones as close to home as possible. You should socially distance as much as possible when travelling, public transport is not recommended.

– We strongly recommend that clubs implement a screening checklist for both outdoor and indoor training. The screening checklist should confirm that students are suffering no symptoms that might indicate Covid19 infection and have not had any known contact with infected persons, and indicate agreement with social distancing and other health and safety rules. Students should complete this form before every training session, and any factors identified as higher risk should result in them being asked not to attend. London Savate has produced an excellent example:

– A risk assessment must be carried out by those responsible for the running of a facility and securely kept. This should specifically calculate the maximum number of people allowed inside an indoor gym at any one time (based on a minimum 2m radius around each person), and detail how to operate safely and minimise the risk. If you are hiring a venue run by a separate operator, you should request a copy of their risk assessment before returning to training, as well as creating your own to cover your own classwork. If you are responsible for the venue, you must perform the risk assessment for the venue as well as the class you are teaching, in writing, yourself. 

– A deep clean of a facility must be carried out before reopening, as well as ongoing cleaning before, during and after activities and individual use of equipment (which should be detailed as part of the risk assessment).

– We recommend that you make available hand sanitiser throughout venues. Where possible open windows and doors to improve ventilation. Temporary floor markings (for example using masking tape) can be used to indicate to students the space they can each move inside to stay far enough away from others. Wearing a mask is not essential but highly recommended, and as masks primarily protect others from any infection carried by the wearer rather than the wearer themselves, we strongly recommend that students are required to wear them for the safety of others. 

– Social distancing of at least two metres must be maintained in all directions and at all times. For the avoidance of doubt, the one metre+ does not apply in gyms because of the extra risk of transmission presented by the physical exertion of training.

– Training sessions should operate at a reduced capacity – taking into account social distancing guidelines – and be staggered with, preferably, each training group remaining in the same training bubble. 

– The coach must record for each attendee (not limited to practitioners) their name and contact details (email, telephone number, address, session date and times). This is so cases of COVID-19 can be tracked and traced. You must securely keep these details for at least 21 days before destroying them, and provide attendees with information about when their details will be destroyed/confirmation they have been destroyed at their request. We highly recommend an advanced booking system that prevents too many people showing up and needing to be turned away, and highly recommend that a screening checklist is in place before allowing students to train (as detailed above).

– Everyone participating in a session should get changed at home beforehand and return home before showering. Changing rooms should not be used. Towels, water bottles and kit must not be shared. Toilet facilities should only be used on a one in, one out basis, maintaining social distancing at all times. Appropriate hand sanitiser should be provided and toilet facilities cleaned down after each use. Any kit used that is the property of the club or facility rather than a class member must be thoroughly cleaned between classes.

– Your first aider should be familiar with, and comfortable with, the guidelines for performing first aid duties whilst social distancing is still in place

– We suggest that member clubs who wish to reopen email us their risk assessments in advance ( so that we can offer feedback and advice to support you in safe re-opening. Laura Gilbert, Sian-Marie Frosini and Jasbir Nagi are also available via telephone and social media to answer any of your safe training and insurance questions. 

The GBSF credits England Boxing for some content.