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Athletics Ireland Club Return to Activity Protocols - April 30th 2021

Club Return to Activity Protocols Summary – 30/04/2021


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Elite Sport Resumes From 19th of April

Elite sport: High performing athletes, as approved by Athletics Ireland and Sport Ireland, can resume.

From 26th of April
•    Outdoor sports facilities can reopen (for example: pitches, golf courses and tennis courts, other facilities as appropriate).
•    Activities should take place between a maximum of two households. Facilities including club houses and any indoor facilities (for example: changing rooms, showers, kitchens, meeting rooms), apart from essential toilet facilities must remain closed. There should not be any return to team sports or training activities.

•    Underage non-contact outdoor training in pods of 15 can resume.


From 10th of May

•    outdoor training for adults in pods of a maximum of 15 people

The Covid 19 pandemic guidelines continue to develop and our knowledge of how best to manage living with the virus also continues to grow. This summary sheet is designed to streamline the Athletics Ireland guidelines for all Clubs and members in one page.

Covid 19 is still with us and we need to be ever vigilant regarding contact tracing, social distancing and hygiene. Non-contact outdoor training is permitted for children in pods of 15 including coaches. Non-contact outdoor training pods for under-age members and must have at least two Garda vetted adults present throughout. There should be at least one adult of each gender with mixed parties.

All Clubs are required to appoint a Lead Club Covid Officer and advise Athletics Ireland of their Lead Officers contact details. Please email the contact details of your Lead Club Covid Officer to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  However, you may train as many additional Covid Officers as you see fit to support Club activity. The Club Covid Officer is a standalone role and should not be an active coach involved in a training session.

Additionally, it is critical to complete a Club Risk Assessment, and to discuss this document with the Club committee

Please display Covid health promotion posters at the Club


For Club members note the following steps in order to attend your club:

1.    Book all sessions online using the Athletics Ireland Covid booking
2.    Maintain social distancing during training at all times.
3.    Carry a bottle of hand sanitiser and use regularly.
4.    If using equipment wipe clean before and after use with an appropriate cleaning agent.
5.    Do not attend training in your club if you feel unwell or are displaying any Covid symptoms such as fever, shortness of breath or loss of smell or taste.       

New public health measures announced: The Path Ahead

HSE Guidance on protecting yourself and others from COVID-19

Juvenile Training Returns

This week saw a welcome return of Juvenile training for most clubs, with many clubs celebrating on their social media channels. A number of clubs opened partially, so that they could assess their own readiness and ensure that Garda Vetting and Child Safety Protocols are up to date, and to process these for new and returning volunteers.

Further opening up of the sport will, hopefully, be announced in the coming weeks, facilitated by the roll-out of the Covid vaccines at large scale centres, such as Pairc Ui Caoimh, which is operating 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week

About Us

Cork Athletics County Board is a constituent member of Athletics Ireland. Cork Athletics is the governing body, administering athletics, track and field (T&F), cross-country (XC) and running in county Cork. The Board comprises elected representatives of constituent athletic clubs and running clubs. Cork County Board AAI organises Championship races and competition, including road, track & field (T&F) and Cross-country (XC), at junior, juvenile, senior and masters levels, and selects representation for the county. In addition, training and education is provided for coaches and officials. The Board also regulates the Athletics Ireland race/event permit (licence) process for county Cork.
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