Covid-19 guidance

Covid guidance

On this page you will find all you need to know about how to make volleyball, beach volleyball or sitting volleyball activity Covid-secure. 

Towards the bottom of the page you will find useful links, downloads, and resources.

Have a question? If you can't find the information below, please check our frequently asked questions page or send an email to

Please note this page was last updated on 04/10/2021.


Roadmap Step 4

As of Monday 19th July, England has proceeded to Step 4 of the lockdown roadmap (see above). This means we have moved from a position of requiring activity to follow our Government-approved volleyball-specific safety plans to recommending the community follows a smaller, yet still effective, set of safety mitigations to minimise the risk of transmitting Covid-19 between participants. 

Ultimately, the health and safety of members comes above all else.

Government and venue-specific guidance must still be followed where relevant.

These recommendations apply to volleyball, beach volleyball and sitting volleyball in indoor and outdoor settings.

Before volleyball activity, we recommend that:

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  • Outside of volleyball settings, Government and venue-specific guidance is still followed.
  • Additional Covid mitigations are considered in activity risk assessments.
  • Clubs maintain one Covid-19 Officer for all their activity.
  • All participants self-assess for Covid-19 symptoms: a high temperature; a new, continuous cough; and a loss of your sense of smell or taste.

During volleyball activity, we recommend that:

  • Participants maximise a playing space’s ventilation when indoors.
  • Face masks are worn in crowded spaces.
  • Sitting volleyball activity continues to use the impermeable nets.
  • Participants regularly sanitise their hands.
  • Equipment, such as bottles or resistance bands, are not shared. 
  • Clubs and event organisers consult members or participants on the regularity of ball cleaning. For context, at Volleyball England competitions we intend to clean volleyballs between games.
  • Training and warm-up activities are designed to limit face to face-to-face proximity of less than one-metre for more than three seconds at a time.
  • There are no congratulatory touches or handshakes. Participants are encouraged to touch elbows or bow instead.
  • Officials continue using electronic whistles.

After volleyball activity, we recommend that:

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  • Clubs and activity organisers continue to collect details of all participants at an event for 21 days after the activity to facilitate Test and Trace. This must be done in compliance with data protection legislation.

Useful links and downloads

  • The Government's latest advice on Covid-19 - LINK
  • Volleyball England's FAQ on organising Covid-secure volleyball - LINK
  • [NEW] Volleyball England Competitions COVID Addendum - LINK
  • Sport England's FAQ on the return of sport and activity - LINK
  • Return to play (Step 4) webinar recording - LINK
  • Get fit and ready to return to court with VOLLEYFIT, our new volleyball fitness programme for members of Volleyball England - LINK
  • Covid-19 Officer role description - LINK
  • Sport England’s guide to creating a risk assessment - LINK
  • CPSU - safeguarding children through Covid-19 - LINK
  • Advice on safeguarding adults during the Covid-19 pandemic from the Ann Craft Trust – LINK


If you can't find the information you’re looking for on this page, please read our page for frequently asked questions or email