SU Sport: Coronavirus (last updated 05/01)

Following last night’s Government announcement, all club activity will need to remain virtually until further notice, due to the national lockdown restrictions which can be seen here

Exercise - You can continue to exercise alone, with one other person or with your household or support bubble. This should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area. You should maintain social distancing.The exercise buddy scheme is back, after successfully pairing almost 100 people up in November. If you want to find someone outside of your household to exercise with in person, or online over lockdown! Get involved here 

We've compiled some of our favourite walking destinations in Bath! 

If you're looking to spice up your daily walk, have a look through this blog containing some of our favourite locations!

Bath Active

Bath Active have a brand new, completely free virtual timetable from the 11th January! (<<<<<< join today, by clicking the link over there!),

Home Workouts are back! 

Join Tom and Franci every weekday at 5pm, as part of The SU Bath Community schedule, or join our group on Teams!

Many sports clubs are running virtual offers (Please make sure your club has all the information displayed)

The amazing virtual offers of our clubs are already up and running! these will ensure a great opportunity to connect with your clubs and your teammates, through active sessions and socials!

If you've bought your membership, and are wanting to make the most of it, here are a few easy ways to check out what's going on across SU sport:

The What's on page: This contains some of the virtual hot-picks from some great clubs, so you can plan your sessions around your calendar! 

Individual club webpages: All of our clubs have webpages that you can browse through, with key pieces of information, signups to sessions and points of contact, so have a look through these!

MS Teams: You should get a confirmation email when you get your £0 individual sport membership- this has a teams link in it, be sure to join it, as loads will be hosted on there! 


The Sports Training Village is also closed and more information regarding this can be found here


We know this lockdown announcement causes even more uncertainty and anxiety for us all. Here's some key resources to help you through this time. Never be afraid to ask for help or to recommend these services to one of your friends if you think they're struggling too.

  • SU Advice and Support - Appointments are available over the phone or via Teams Mon - Fri 10:00 - 16:00. Contact
  • Nightline - A student led listening service via IM or email. Available every day from 20:00 - 08:00. Contact
  • Wellbeing Services - Available by phone, email, video call, some face to face Mon - Fri 09:00 - 20:00. Contact or ring 012255 383838
  • Be Well - Talk Now - Support by phone, video or chat 24/7. Contact 08081968046 (UK) or +44 3 307771499 (R.O.W)
  • Samaritans - Listening service via phone, email or written letter 24/7. Contact 116 123 or
  • Report and Support Tool - This can be an anonymous way of reporting any harrassment you have experienced/witnessed. Visit here
  • Student Space - Provides useful resources and support for students as well as a phone/chat service. Vist here
  • NHS Health Advice - Health advice for non-emergencies via a call back system. Ring 111

This page will continue to be updated with further information, but if you have any sport related questions then please don’t hesitate to contact us on

04/11/20 Update Committee Guidance

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic 2nd lockdown, and updated guidance from Government, all physical club activity will cease at the end of today, until the lockdown restrictions are lifted. SU Sport will then assess the situation regarding getting club activity restarted again once the government outline next steps which will be around 2nd December 2020.

Club members should not socialise unless within their household group or within the government guidance of meeting one other person from another household in an outside setting.

You now need to focus on your virtual offer. Below are some suggestions that your club can offer out, during this lockdown period:-

Equipment rental- if you want to rent out any equipment to club members/ households before lockdown 2, you can do so. Storage will only be accessible today, so grab it ASAP. DSDR staff have been informed and will take details of the person collecting. Please be super careful when renting stuff out, and make sure you keep a really comprehensive list of who has what, as we won't be able to buy any equipment lost during this period!

Exercise buddies- A simple opt in form for your members to fill in, so that you can give them an exercise buddy for the month, in line with government guidelines.

Check ins- Welfare officers, create a little group of welfare champions, to check in on people, and organise a few smaller-scale opportunities to have a chat.

Prepping for the virtual- Distribute and delegate across your committee/teams, but ensure EVERYONE in your club has a couple of opportunities to get involved.

We encourage you to join the Virtual on Facebook, where we will provide new pieces of information, and some fun activities to lighten the mood wherever you are!! 

We're sad to see so much of what we've worked for go for the next month. We are proud of the work that has gone into ensuring a safe in-person offer for SU sport members to enjoy, when many other universities have been unable to do so. Once the lockdown has ended we will assess the situation as to if club activity can then restart

Please do take care of yourselves through this time. SU advice and support, the Wellbeing services, Student minds, and nightline are all available if you want to chat! 

21/08/20 Update Committee Guidance

With September approaching, we know you’re all excited to get back to Bath and get started with the academic year. However, with COVID-19 social distancing guidelines still in place, we all need to look at this year and understand that it is not going to be same as others. 
If you’re not familiar with the current government guidelines, you can read more at These guidelines are constantly changing so it’s important we’re up to date with them and flexible in our approach to planning for the year. Our main priority is ensuring we all stay safe during these unprecedented times. You can find more information from the University and

As you’re planning activities for your groups this year, refer back to that webpage to check all plans are compliant. Current guidance on socialising is that we should avoid: 
•    socialising indoors in groups of more than two households (anyone in your support bubble counts as one household) – this includes when dining out or going to the pub
•    socialising outdoors in a group of more than six people from different households; gatherings larger than six should only take place if everyone is from exclusively from two households or support bubbles
•    hold or attend celebrations (such as parties) where it is difficult to maintain social distancing and avoid close social interaction – even if they are organised by businesses and venues that are taking steps to follow COVID-19 Secure guidelines
•    And people hosting a gathering of more than 30 people will now be issued spot fines of up to £10,000. The SU could be liable for having to pay this fine!
We are busy looking at the additional steps that will be needed when risk assessing space and activities and will be in touch with this information soon. You will then be required to add on extra information that may be specific to your group’s activity. In the meantime,  please do your research (as detailed in the links provided above) to help with planning your events- the government update these on a regular basis. 
We all have a responsibility to follow these rules to not only keep ourselves safe, but also those around us and those who could be more vulnerable. We know it may be difficult to alter our activities to follow these rules, but we need to stay positive and help each other through this. Your groups are going to be more important to the community than ever. 
Our advice would be to start thinking what you can offer virtually as well as in-person. There are so many creative ways you can engage students and attract new members through online activities. If you have any ideas that you want to run past us, please do. Or if you’re struggling to think of ideas just get in touch and we can chat about the potentials. 
 We will also be giving you plenty of opportunities to promote your group through our virtual Freshers’ Fair, as well as spotlights on our social channels, Instagram takeovers as well as our ‘What’s on’ section on the website. 
We appreciate not everything will transfer virtually easily, however, if you think beyond your ‘normal’ activities and think about connecting members then there’s plenty of innovative ways to reach similar goals and to ensure members remain engaged. Having a virtual offer will ensure that no matter what happens in September you will have something for your members.
If you would like any support in planning for the year, please feel free to contact SU staff. We’re here to help wherever possible. 

17/07/20 Update  Return to SU sport fora 

We are now looking to you, to help us shape our sporting offer so it can work as well as possible.

The first stage of this is to run 3 ‘return to SU sport’ fora on Teams next week. These will inform you of the current landscape, considerations you need to be making, and enable you to feed in to some of the key areas we’re currently investigating. We have allocated clubs to each of the fora, and ask for one representative per club to attend.

Representation at your forum is so important to enable us to make full, informed decisions around next year, so if you’re reading this, make sure your committee knows, and that someone signs up and is in attendance. Sign up here by Monday!

Forum 1: Tuesday 21st July, 13:30-14:30

Forum 2: Wednesday 22nd July, 16:00-17:00

Forum 3: Thursday 23rd July, 12:30-13:30

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More details will be sent out once we have signups sorted.

Next year represents a huge challenge, and I can’t stress enough how the landscape of sport is going to need to change to provide an offer that is safe, accessible and enjoyable for our communities. That said, so many of you have put in, and are still putting in the hours now! You are already making SUCH a positive difference to many people's lives, at a time where it is needed the most!


In light of the COVID-19 Pandemic, here are the SU Sport relevant guidelines:

As Committee, we will need you to be checking your club email accounts on a regular basis, as there may be some decisions that need to be made quickly.

With the expense365 app being used more frequently at the moment, we need you to be more explicit with what you're claiming for! Lack of detail will result in rejections! 

These mitigations are for the safety of our students, and their friends and families, as well as the wider community:

  • It needn’t be said, but our expectations are that any students presenting symptoms, or students living with other individuals that are presenting symptoms will self-isolate along with the Public health England guidelines. Please ensure your members are aware of this.
  • No large events or gatherings to be hosted by any club (no club dinners, socials). Please encourage your members to refrain from going to any social spaces, or attending any large social gatherings.
  • Trips should be cancelled, as non-essential travel should be halted. Please email for support ONLY if you are the Tour/Trip lead. 
  • Unnecessary transport must be minimised. Please encourage your membership to exercise locally, away from large groups of people, in open air spaces, or at home if they are self-isolating.
  • Club training sessions are now closed. The STV is closed.
  • Meetings can still be had with staff, but over Teams, or other modes of communication.

Student welfare is the priority during this time:

The SU Advice & Support Centre will remain open to support, but operating remotely via email on & can speak with you over email, video or audio call via Microsoft Teams or Zoom. Our opening hours remain as 10:00 – 16:00, Monday – Friday.

If your query is urgent please contact Student Services via or +441225 383838, they provide Wellbeing, Counselling and Mental Health, Money Advice, Disability and Immigration advice and support.

Please also continue to use the Report and Support tool, which is another way of disclosing an issue you’ve experienced or witnessed and receiving support, or disclosing anonymously. Nightline will be operating their anonymous email service. Phone and messaging services have now been paused. The Samaritans service is still open, so please do contact them if you want a listening service during this time.  

I’d like to send my personal thanks to you, the club committees, who will, and have already had to make tough decisions. Please know that I’m trying to get through to all of your emails and Facebook messages as soon as I can. Support is here, so if you want a sounding-board before making a call, we are here!

Wishing you all the best. Stay safe!