Return to Sport Guidance (Phase 2) 22 June 2020

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Return to Sport Guidance (Phase 2) 22 June 2020

Posted: 22/06/2020

Scottish Government: Route Map (Phase 2) Update: 22 June 2020

On Friday 19 June, JudoScotland welcomed the First Minister’s announcement in terms of the initial move through to the second phase of the Scottish Government’s ‘route map’ and also the first small step to Scottish judoka being able to look to be back on the tatami.

Even migrating to this new phase, public health and wellbeing remains the most important priority for all of us. At the present time, we do not have an announcement of a ‘return to sport’ by the Scottish Government - but rather a further relaxation of the previous exercise guidelines.


As part of the requirement of Scottish Government and Public Health Scotland, JudoScotland has worked with sportscotland and other Scottish Governing Bodies of Sport to progress plans for the return of sport – including Judo - when it is safe to do so, as part of future phases of the route map.

Following the Scottish Government announcement last Thursday, JudoScotland committed to produce a guidance document for Judo-in-Scotland around Phase 2 of the Scottish Government’s route map. Please click the link below to view this sportscotland-endorsed guidance document.

Return to Sport Document Phase 2 9June20 FINAL.pdf

The guidance contained within this document aims to help Judo-in-Scotland plan to re-start its delivery of Judo-related physical activity, responsibly, safely and in line with Scottish Government guidelines. These guidelines will be updated as Scotland progresses through the different phases of the Scottish Government Covid-19 route map.

At the present time, all indoor sport and exercise facilities, including toilets, changing rooms and storage areas remain closed.


If you are a coach you can now work outdoors, providing all activity is consistent with current Scottish Government guidance on health, physical distancing and hygiene and is with members of your household and/or members of up to two (2) other households (no more than 8 participants in total – including the coach).

Coaches should not deliver training to more than two (2) households at any one time or provide training to more than two (2) households per day.

Coaches will also need to ensure that you can adapt to any future changes in guidance at short notice.

Competitive Judo

Within phase two (2) of the Scottish Government ‘Route map’, there will be no provision of domestic, competition for judoka.

Moving Forward

The attached, endorsed guidance is only a start. JudoScotland will now look to develop and provide supporting documentation to assist those coaches and member Clubs that wish to begin to re-start Judo-related activity within their locality.

In the interim, we have forwarded the guidance documentation to our insurers and are currently awaiting confirmation that this documentation – and its approval – is sufficient for their own requirements.

Should any Club or coach require further support concerning this guidance, or for information around implementing any aspect of a return-to-Judo, please contact either their Regional Development Officer, or alternatively email: