Athletics and running play a vitally important role in our society and positively impact the lives of many people. We know that it brings people together, forging lifelong friendships and companionships and in providing a place of belonging and learning for many thousands of participants.
Despite these unprecedented times, our commitment to supporting you will continue to be guided by our values and core beliefs, as well as by the support and ideas from the England Athletics family. While we cannot achieve these goals together in person at this time; the England Athletics family (including RunTogether and funetics) is working hard to support these goals and to be better together virtually and digitally.
Athletics and Running @home provides member clubs, affiliated athletes, runners including RunTogether groups, coaches and leaders, officials and families with access to support, resources and activities to help everyone stay active at home.
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Building on our Athletics and Running for everyone @home programme, launched in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are pleased to announce the next step in moving towards a new ‘normal’, which we hope will see full training and competition in the not-too-distant future. Whilst we wait for our wish to get back to being with our club, group and competition counterparts whenever we want, everyone at England Athletics, RunTogether and funetics has been working to create new elements for our support programme for our affiliated clubs and registered athletes as well as the wider community: welcome to Athletics and Running for everyone… safely distanced. We would like to emphasise that this is not a starting point for full training and competitions to take place as normal pre-Coronavirus. The current government exercise guidelines are clear, and England Athletics support this messaging.
England Athletics (including RunTogether and funetics) strongly recommends that you consult with your doctor before beginning any exercise programme. You should be in good physical condition and be able to participate in any exercise. England Athletics is not a licensed medical care provider and we have no expertise in diagnosing, examining, or treating medical conditions of any kind, or in determining the effect of any specific exercise on a medical condition.
You should understand that when participating in any exercise or exercise programme, physical activity, or virtual competition, that there is the possibility of physical injury to you and others. You should always assess the suitability of the exercise location and equipment being used in order to ensure no risk is posed to others or yourself. Coaches and presenters of online exercise activities hosted by our partners may not be qualified specifically through England Athletics or UKA. If you engage in this exercise or all elements of a programme, physical activity or virtual competition, you agree that you do so at your own risk and you are voluntarily participating in these activities, as well as assuming all risk of injury to yourself. In doing so, you agree to release and discharge England Athletics from any and all claims or causes of action, known or unknown, arising out of the use of this guidance.