Group coaching permitted outside in groups of 5 students

Friday’s joint statement (May 30th) referred to some outstanding questions around group coaching.

This morning (June 1st), the UK Government clarified the COVID-19 guidelines regarding personal trainers and coaches for sport in England.

The new guidelines have confirmed that ‘Personal training or coaching is permitted if outside and if people are a minimum of 2 metres apart and providing there are gatherings of no more than 6 people from different households’. This relaxation of the guidelines means from today, PGA Members can host small group coaching sessions of up to 5 students.

To comply with this regulation, you should enforce strict hygiene measures and it is recommended that PGA professionals complete a comprehensive risk assessment and refer to the coaching guidelines on the PGA COVID-19 Resource Hub.

Full details of the Guidance on phased return of sport can be viewed on the government website.

The following organisations have come together to provide direction for golf in the UK during the COVID-19 crisis:

American Golf; The Belfry; the British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association; the British Golf Industry Association; England Golf; the Golf Club Managers’ Association; Golf Ireland; the Golfing Union of Ireland; the Irish Ladies’ Golf Union; IMG; The Professional Golfers’ Association; PING; The R&A; Scottish Golf; Syngenta; the UK Golf Federation; Wales Golf.