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Durham University

Team Durham

Covid-19 Information

We are happy to announce that The Fitness Centre will be back open from Monday 12th April!
Our Covid safe protocols are still in place to ensure a safe environment for you to return to training. We have implemented rigorous cleaning procedures and our booking system allows us to monitor capacity efficiently.

View our full return to the gym video here for more information about our updated procedures.

Please also remember:
  • we require you to wear a face mask on entry and exit of the gym
  • please regularly sanitise your hands, clean equipment before and after use
  • please train individually and maintain social distancing at all times when using the facility
  • your gym slot must be pre booked here
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you in advance for respecting and following our Covid guidance which has been put in place to keep our members and staff as safe as possible. We can't wait to welcome you back!

For the last 12 months, we have been working hard to ensure that we continue to offer our students the greatest possible Wider Student Experience whilst taking into account Government restrictions and guidelines.

The roadmap detailing our safe return to sport has been released and is attached below. We are looking forward to welcoming more WSE activity to the Sports and Wellbeing Park and all of our other delivery sites as the weeks go on.

However, it is important to note that all roadmap planning is conditional upon Government restrictions being lifted at the publicised earliest dates and the guidance not restricting the return of students to campus. All COVID-19 restrictions and testing protocols have been implemented to ensure a safe return for students, staff and community members.

Creating a Covid safe environment

So that we can maintain a safe environment for all of the Durham University community, any student wishing to engage in WSE must be able to evidence that they are taking an LFT test twice weekly. There will be a phased return to sport and the restrictions on activity will be as follows:

26th April: Each outdoor sport will be required to adhere to sport specific Covid-19 Return to Play protocols and 2m social distancing required and Covid-19 capacity constraints remain in operation in the Performance Hubs and College Gyms.

17th May: As indoor sport returns, again, each sport will be required to adhere to sport specific Covid-19 Return to Play protocols and as we re-introduce indoor fitness classes, participants will be asked to attend as a group of six or two households, where 2m social distancing will be required between members of separate households.

21st June: Students will still be asked to test twice a week if they choose to continue to engage in WSE activity, however, there are no Covid-19 restrictions or other controls anticipated.

Whilst the Government have asked University students not to return to their University addresses until 17th May, they have confirmed that we can commence WSE activity for students already residing in Durham from 26th April and we look forward to welcoming you back when the time is right for you.


Covid Officer training has taken place regularly and we are pleased to report that over 1000 athletes have attended at least one session. In addition to each club having a Covid Officer in place, we also have a Team Durham Student Covid Support Officer.

We are delighted that Team Durham President, Chris Lennon, has agreed to take on this role to support the student athletes and their clubs throughout these unprecedented times.

As part of the training, we ask that all Covid Officers ensure club members complete a track and trace form. We ask that for every sport participated in, all student athletes and staff participating in College and Team Durham sport fill out the form. We have also prepared a Club Readiness Factors Checklist to help clubs return to their sport as safely as possible. All of this is essential to ensure we keep all students, staff and facility users safe at all times.

Please find the link to the track and trace form, the Club Readiness Factors Checklist, Covid Officer role and the one way system site map below. If you would like to view the Covid Officer training, please click here.

Training Dates

Dates of the next zoom training will be released soon.



We are working hard to update the NGB guidance on a weekly basis to ensure all staff, students and community members are up to date with the latest recommendations.

Please view below the NGB guidance resourse, correct as of 12th April 2021. As things are changing so rapidly we also suggest that you continue to check the latest information yourselves, using the individual return to play link on the spreadsheet for your sport.


The information and advice regarding Covid-19 is changing on a daily basis, we therefore ask that you visit this page regularly and check the following websites for the latest updates and guidance:

My NGB has guidance saying I can do one thing but the local restrictions seem to go against this, which should I follow?

- Local and government restrictions take precedence in all decisions on club activity, Durham University and Team Durham have also imposed additional restrictions on activity to support our own delivery of services. NGB guidance is a final guide to how your club my reopen.

The New BUCS rules say we can train in larger groups, why can't we?

- The BUCS rules apply to areas not under local lockdown and the guidance on local restrictions take precedence

Why can certain activity take place indoors while others can't?

- The change in government regulation specifically prohibits non-household members from taking part in indoor sports. Exercise classes, personal training and other activity are still permitted following safe social distancing. Some sports are able to carry out some of their activities in a limited fashion practicing technique or fitness training.

Can I book a car for my teammates who live far away/to get to a session?

- In general car bookings are being restricted to a subset of clubs that require them for their normal operation. Outside of these exceptions may exist but all bookings must go through the Team Durham Sports Management Team, booking will only be accepted that have been approved by them and should only be done by Club Captains.

Why does my club not have S&C training?

- Due to capacities in the Performance hub it takes more timeslots to get through fewer people this year. TD has various commitments to certain clubs and other bodies to provide S&C and so these are prioritised. However we are looking to put on circuit sessions, provide S&C plans to clubs that have lost their provision and are exploring other methods of support to provide whilst this reduced capacity.

Can I travel with my team to play a friendly match?

- Currently government restrictions do not prevent leaving the local area, they do discourage it for non essential purposes however. Team Durham has set a tentative date of November 14th to start arranging friendly matches with other Universities and do not support clubs doing any such activity before this date. Restrictions may change so ensure to stay up to date with changes to local restrictions.

Why can I only have 15/30 on a court/pitch?

- In the restart of sport the ability of staff to support a large number of students is a concern. Therefore Team Durham has elected to restrict most sports to 50% capacity for the first 2 weeks of reopen, this translates as maximum 15 people on the indoor courts and 1 user group up to 30 on the pitches.

What if I train at Whinney Hill?

- The restrictions at Whinney Hill are the same as those at the MC pitches.

What if my club trains at Hild Bede West Gym?

- Due to current restrictions against non-college members entering college grounds it is not possible to return to Hild Bede West, we are looking to support clubs who train there wherever possible.

Can my club train at an external facility?

- We broadly support clubs training at external facilities however Risk Assessments and other due diligence should be in order. Sensible care should be taken to ensure the processes at an external facility (such as cleaning) are sufficiently robust to protect the safety of all members.

Who do I message if I need help?

- Your sport manager is a helpful point of call for many issues but if you are unsure who to message about a club issue, e.g. booking different timetable slots, then send an email to Chris at:

A member of my club has been tested positive/is isolating. Who should I tell?

- The member should have already self reported through the Banner service and NHS app. The Covid Lead Officer should immediately inform supplying the relevant registers of attendance and inform all club members who attended the same sessions that they may need to self isolate.