Coronavirus Resource Hub

These resources have been prepared by AoC Sport to support you and your college during these unprecedented times. 

We are working continuously to provide guidance, share examples of best practice and offer adapted competitions. These can be found here, all in one place, so that colleges can concentrate on what they do best… protecting and supporting their staff, students and communities.

  • Sharing best practice – We think it is important to recognise and amplify all the good work going on across the sector and have shared some ideas of what colleges are doing to keep students active and engaged across different departments.
  • Guide to keeping active (see resource below) – A selection of online exercise and wellbeing resources, which provide free on-demand content, that aim to keep students moving whilst advising them on how to take care of their mental health at home. We hope these resources are useful for college staff and students. If you require it in an accessible format please email us.
  • We have coordinated a virtual timetable of health, wellbeing and fitness sessions to allow staff and students to get involved in a wide variety of different exercise classes during the lockdown. All classes will go live from Monday 4 May. Sessions are being delivered by AoC Sport, via Facebook, colleges, our higher education partners and key sponsors.
    The timetable celebrates examples of best practice and illustrates how the further education sector has adapted to the current situation and ensured students’ health and wellbeing remains a priority.

Mental Health

You don’t have to be self-isolating for coronavirus concerns to have an impact on mental health. We think it’s important to support colleges to think about mental health and how physical activity can help.

Mental health charity Mind have some excellent resources to encourage those who are not normally active.

Free mental health training

Through UK Coaching, 1st4Sport, Sport England and Mind, colleges can access the online course ‘Mental Health Awareness for Sport & Physical Activity’ – usually £18 – for free from 18 May. All colleges need to do is register an account with or follow them on Twitter for more information. The course is available to any member of staff, there are no limits and it will be free until 31 August 2020.  

AoC resources

AoC has a dedicated mental health and wellbeing page with comprehensive, up to date resources on the topic, including a list of organisations which have published guidance on mental health relating to the coronavirus outbreak, including: The Mental Health Foundation, The Anna Freud Centre and Young Minds.

DCMS Guidance

(Updated 26 May) Elite sport return to training guidance – ‘elite athlete’ includes a person aged 16 or above and on an elite development pathway.

(Updated 18 May) From Wednesday 13 May 2020, you can now exercise outside as often as you wish and you can also sit and rest outside – exercise or recreation can be alone, with members of your household, or with 1 other person from outside your household while keeping 2 metres apart at all times.

Government guidance is available for the public, providers of outdoor sport facilities, elite athletes, personal trainers and coaches on the phased return of sport and recreation.

NGB guidelines

Our parners at CIMSPA have created a page of current NGB guidance for the delivery of activities.

New opportunities launched during COVID-19: