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Great news from the ACU! Following the statement that they released last week, which was not too relevant to youth riders, a full update on when the next generation can start practicing can be found below.

Press Release

We know that everyone is keen for the resumption of youth activity as soon as it is safe and appropriate for them to do so. Following the publication of the latest government guidelines on exercise, the ACU are happy to announce that youth training and practice can resume in England and the IOM in line with current training and practice timelines. This decision is based on government guidelines detailing the use of public spaces, outdoor activity and exercise.



Ray Archer


Under the new social distancing guidelines, which allow up to (but no more than) six people to gather, parents can take their children to a one-on-one coaching or training session, as long as the gathering does not exceed six people. Any sports coaches or trainers undertaking one-on-one sessions should ensure they are complying with relevant ACU guidance/advice and conduct a thorough risk assessment before engaging in any sessions. This should include particular consideration for under eighteens and vulnerable adults.


The latest government advice is that it is important children have as many chances to be as active as possible, so youth participation can now be included in practice permits. With immediate effect, permit applications may be sent to the relevant discipline secretary to apply for a practice permit for practice events including youth to commence from June 08. An updated COVID-19 risk assessment with guidance on youth practice will be produced for each discipline in due course and sent out by race secretaries.

It is important to say that any return to activity must take account of local conditions and any risk assessment for normal activities should be undertaken as well as ensuring that all government guidance around COVID-19 is taken into account.

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