Returning to Training

last updated 14th July 2020

This document will be regularly updated so please check back regularly, however it is a static document and may lag behind official government advice. Current government advice should always take precedent over advice given on this page. New Government guidelines for returning to group sporting activities were released on 10th July, increasing the availability of sport and recreation activities.

Please bear in mind that the return of recreational sport may need to be paused with little notice in the event of a raised Covid19 threat level either nationally or locally.

Please also remember that holding classes that contravene government guidelines and result in people becoming unwell could be considered criminal negligence. You should also be aware that no Covid19 claims will be covered by any public liability insurance. We strongly recommend that every club acts conservatively to protect their members, and their reputation.

The GBSF will not be holding any national events until we are confident it is both safe and within government guidelines to do so, and will not support any member clubs in holding events. 

There are a number of free online training courses for Covid safety in the workplace, and we recommend instructors attend one. BMABA also has some useful resources for martial arts clubs recovering from Covid19.

Each club should appoint a Covid Officer whose responsibility it is to be aware of current guidelines and recommendations, and ensure that the club remains compliant. The GBSF Covid Officer is Laura Gilbert, please get in touch with any questions ( 

The GBSF offers clubs the following guidance for restarting outdoor training. Please note that we do NOT advocate a return to indoor training at this stage, but suggest you read the advice for socially distant indoor training here to prepare for the future reopening of indoor venues.


1) You are currently permitted to exercise outside alone, with members of your household, or with up to 5 other people from outside your household.

2) Social distancing requirements for exercise are 2m between people from different households, or where that is not possible, at least 1m where risks are mitigated by, for example, wearing face masks. People from the same household are not required to distance.

3) 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.

4) It is permitted to travel any distance to outdoor 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.

5) 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:

6) It is particularly important that a first aider is present for outdoor training. Your first aider should be familiar with, and comfortable with, the official government guidelines for performing first aid duties whilst social distancing is still in place.