Return to Play Guidance

Updated 19th July 2021

A message from Mark Winder, CEO.

It gives me great pleasure to communicate our plans and key messages as we move out of restrictions imposed by Covid-19.

It has been challenging for us all in many ways. However, as we move out of lockdown, we need to continue to be respectful of the position our friends, family and loved ones are in. Therefore, we have chosen to maintain levels of care, with some restrictions, within goalball in the UK.

We urge you all to demonstrate levels of respect for one another and ensure you endeavour to follow our guidelines in order to keep our more vulnerable people safe and healthy.

We would like you, as individuals, to be responsible and take measures to protect others when at goalball sessions and events. There are members within our community who are vulnerable, and many have family members who are also at risk.

We must be mindful our great sport is delivered in an indoor space, and this brings additional chances of infection.

It is also key to remember not everyone is comfortable to return and people are anxious; we must respect this. Measures are in place to help build the confidence of people returning to the sport. We aim for all our people, and more, to come back to our sport when they feel safe and are ready. Please try to make sure their first experience is a safe and pleasurable one.

As a summary, our key messages and advice are:

  • Opt-In: opt-in into activity and be happy to attend based on the information available.
  • Self-Screening: self-screen before taking part in activity and do not attend if you have symptoms or have been asked to self-isolate.
  • Face Coverings: wear a face covering when inside the sports hall and venue unless you are on-court playing the game or being physically active in a warmup or cool down (exemptions apply).
  • Hand Washing: wash or sanitise your hands on a regular basis.
  • Social Distancing: where possible, keep a two-metre distance and consider the length of time of your interactions with people to help limit your contacts.

We will be promoting these messages across our digital platforms in the coming weeks.

If you have any questions or circumstances that our guidance does not cover, please don’t hesitate to get in touch at

Continue to care for your loved ones.

With best wishes,

Mark Winder

Goalball UK

Secretary General/Chief Executive Officer

Current Guidance Documents

Indoor Return to Play Guidance, Version 10.

Update Summary (Indoor) 19th July 2021.

Outdoor Activity Guidance, Version 2.

Club Support

Club PPE Grant

Grant of £100 to contribute towards purchasing essential personal protective equipment (PPE) and cleaning equipment. To access this grant, please complete the Goalball UK COVID-19 club registration form.

Dedicated Contact

We have set up a dedicated COVID-19 email to deal with all enquiries related to return to play. This will help us manage your enquiry and provide a response ASAP. It will also allow us to create a FAQ section on this page as we progress through the process.

Return to Play Webinar

Thank you to those who attended the return to play webinar 26th August 2020. The recording can be found via the Youtube video below.

Useful Resources & FAQ’s

This section hosts a number of documents and links to support your club or organisation return to play.

We have also created a frequently asked questions page that can be found following the link here: