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Guidance for coaches

With the relaxation of lockdown rules across the home nations, coaches can now recommence face-to-face training in controlled outdoor environments such as arenas or secured riding areas. In addition, riders can travel to have lessons with their coaches, whether at an outdoor training facility or the coach’s own yard, provided that social distancing is adhered to throughout.

Restrictions differ between the home nations, with this being the current situation... 

(correct as of 7 July 2020) How many people can be coached? Where can coaching take place? Are travel restictions in place?
England Up to five people from separate households, plus the coach. No limit on the number of sessions per day Any indoor or outdoor facility or training venue No travel restrictions
Scotland An unlimited number of  households per day, in groups of no more than 15 participants at a time Any indoor or outdoor facility or training venue Some postcodes in the Dumfries & Galloway area (DG 1, 2, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 16 – Scottish control only) have a five-mile restriction in place
Wales One-on-one or group sessions of up to 30 people, in a supervised outdoor setting. There are no limits on the number of sessions per day Outdoor training facilities or venues only No travel restrictions
N. Ireland Up to five people from separate households, plus the coach. No limit on the number of sessions per day Any indoor or outdoor facility or training venue No travel restrictions


During sessions, the following measures should be in place... 

  • Coaches must ensure that the necessary public health measures, risk assessments and safeguarding provisions are put in place, including checking insurance cover with their providers
  • Sessions must take place in a controlled environment, such as an arena or secured riding area. In Wales, the use of indoor arenas is not currently permitted. 
  • Coaches should only ride a client’s horse where any shared clothing, tack or equipment has been appropriately disinfected and social distancing of two metres can be maintained at all times. When participating in training or coaching, where possible, coaches should avoid touching surfaces, sharing equipment and touching their mouth and face

While coaching

We recommend that coaches do the following when travelling to teach clients…

  • Ask clients in advance of the lesson if their yard has any special measures or restrictions in place
  • Conduct a coronavirus-specific risk assessment in advance of your visit
  • Maintain social distancing of 2m at all times and follow public health guidance 
  • Keep a supply of alcohol-based hand sanitiser and wipes in your car
  • Bring your own food and drink
  • Maintain a contact sheet to record all clients and visits
  • Where possible, avoid taking cash payments – opt for bank transfer or an online payment system
  • Check your insurance cover, safeguarding and first aid requirements
  • Do not work if you or anybody in your household feels unwell or displays symptoms of coronavirus 

Coaches are advised to contact their Member Body discipline for more detailed advice, and to consult with their providers on insurance requirements. 

Useful resources

Government guidance on the phased reintroduction of sport

Scottish Government guidance for exercise and activity

Welsh Government guidance on exercise and sport

Guidance on coronavirus regulations from the Department of Health in Northern Ireland

Advice from UK Coaching

British Dressage coaching toolkit

British Horse Society risk assessment resources