Coronavirus Update (COVID-19) ACCESS SPORT UPDATE - UPDATED 25TH MARCH 2020 As our thoughts were turning to Spring, new inclusive clubs opening and more children and young people having access to sport, a different kind of challenge emerged, with the constantly unravelling news of Coronavirus (COVID-19). For our part as a charity that supports vulnerable and disabled children, our primary focus is the safety and welfare of all our beneficiaries, partners, supporters, ambassadors and staff. Access Sport have been following the official advice and guidance from the UK Government, the World Health Organisation, Public Health England and Sport England. Access Sport have currently stopped all face-to-face delivery and all partner clubs have been advised to cancel sessions. We are especially mindful that there will be even more vulnerable and disabled young people and their families who are less active and feel isolated. The Access Sport team are here to help where we can. We will be posting regular tips to stay active on our social media channels and we are working with our clubs to stay in contact with club members. Access Sport Facebook Access Sport Twitter Access Sport Instagram #StayActiveWithAccess GENERAL ADVICE As you are aware, the situation surrounding Coronavirus (COVID-19) is changing daily and so our advice remains for you to check government guidance available at the links below. UK GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE THE NHS – CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION AND ADVICE WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION ADVICE FROM SPORT ENGLAND Sport England’s advice regarding planned activities and events (last updated 23rd March 2020): "The coronavirus crisis is unprecedented in modern times and it could have a significantly negative impact on the nation’s physical activity levels. We don’t want that to happen, so we're do everything we can to support people to get and stay active – provided they are well enough and following the latest government guidelines, which stipulates one form of exercise outdoors in any given day. That’s because physical activity matters during this period and, actually, we think it’s more important than ever right now. Being active in a way that is right for you can improve your physical health, help manage stress and anxiety and just generally make you feel better. In any given day, you can still go outside for one form of exercise, such as a walk, a run or a cycle, if you're well enough and as long as you’re on your own, or with members of your household. Please always follow the latest official advice on social distancing - which means staying more than two metres from others - and follow the advice on general hygiene. It's important that you stick stringently to the guidance. If you're going outside to get active, you should do this locally, staying close to your home and avoiding places where it may be hard to follow the guidelines. If you don't think that's possible, and with us all now spending a lot more time at home, there's a wealth of free online content to help you get active, if you feel well – we're collating some of this and are encouraging people to share some of the best ideas they find online using #StayInWorkOut. We’ve also set up this page directing you to some of these. In addition to this we’re launching a new campaign, using the same hashtag, to highlight how people can continue to get active, even if they're working from home or self-isolating." ADVICE FOR THOSE WITH CHRONIC HEALTH ISSUES Those with underlying medical issues such as high blood pressure, lung complaints and weakened or compromised immune systems are more likely to develop serious illness as a result of the disease. We would advise individuals or groups with individuals who have pre-existing conditions to take extra precautions and refer to the guidance on the UK Government and NHS websites above. We will continue to monitor and review the latest advice and update you accordingly. CONTACT If you have any queries relating to the Coronavirus and Access Sport please email [email protected] or speak to a member of the team on 020 7993 9883. We are committed to continuing to support our beneficiaries, clubs and partners during these unsettling times. Following Government guidance, our whole team has now moved to remote working and will do this until further notice. All calls to our office number will be diverted to staff mobiles. If you have the email address or mobile number of the relevant staff member you wish to speak to please contact them directly.