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Tier 3 changes from Friday 13 November

Following the Scottish Government's announcement that Fife will be moving from level two to level three of Scotland's five-tier system from Friday 13 November, the following changes will apply:

Outdoor sport:

  • Children and Young people (u18 years): contact and non-contact sport and physical activity permitted
  • Adults (18+ years): Non-contact sport and physical activity permitted; contact sport and physical activity prohibited

Indoor sport:

  • Children and Young people (u18 years): contact and non-contact sport and physical activity permitted
  • Adults (18+ years): Indoor individual exercise only; no contact or non-contact group activity 

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Guidance for clubs and participants

Saints Sport is putting rigorous safeguards in place to ensure the safe return of sport. The guidelines outlined below have been developed to allow sports activity to be enjoyed in a way that is in line with Scottish Government advice and that helps to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please read all the guidelines before attending a club session. 

Clubs are being reminded that the way in which their members operate out-with sports sessions is of critical importance. All club members must always follow the latest guidance from the Scottish Government and adhere to the University's Covid Code at all times.

Failure to do so could have a detrimental impact on public health and undermine the steps taken by Saints Sport to ensure a safe return to sport.

Club events

Clubs should be aware that whilst some club sport training has resumed, all other in-person club events are not permitted. Students must adhere to the University's Covid Code at all times.

By following this advice, you can make a significant contribution to the safety and wellbeing of students and our wider community.

Important information for clubs

Return to Play Conditions

Scottish Governing Body of Sport Guidelines

COVID-19 Officer

  • Sports clubs need to have a named COVID-19 Officer who must complete documented risk assessments
  • Club Health and Safety Officers to undertake the role of the COVID-19 Officer
  • A role description will be provided to help guide and support individuals and clubs, in line with sportscotland guidelines

Risk assessments

  • All clubs must complete a risk assessment, detailing the specific return to play processes for their sport and referring to their governing body guidelines
  • Risk assessments will be approved by a member of the Operational Management Group and in turn followed accurately by the club
  • Risk assessments will highlight how clubs plan to manage attendance and numbers, which will vary between clubs
  • It is anticipated that most sports will require a bubble system which we expect the clubs to adhere to

Courses and Education

  • It is mandatory for club coaches, Presidents and COVID-19 Officers to undertake sportscotland’s coronavirus e-learning module
  • Club Presidents and COVID-19 Officers are to attend any forum run by the Athletic Union President and Assistant Director of Sport (Sports Development) to discuss the return to play process

Please note

  • Clubs will only be allowed to return to training once the above steps have been taken, and risk assessments has been approved
  • Sports whose governing bodies do not endorse a return to play will not be allowed to return
  • Where no guidance has come from a sports governing body, the Assistant Director of Sport (Sports Development) and Athletic Union President will consult with sportscotland to determine how the sport can resume safely
  • Following approval for return to play, all sports clubs are advised to proceed gradually and with caution
  • This will typically involve training sessions, followed by internal competition before competing externally (against other educational institutions or non-student clubs)
  • Club Activity will be closely monitored throughout the semester and spot checks will be in operation to ensure clubs are adhering to the risk assessments, coach:player ratios etc.

Cleaning equipment

  • Clubs are required to clean down all equipment after each training session
  • Cleaning stations will be situated in the following locations:
    • Beside the side entrance to the Sports Centre
    • Two stations in the recess of the sports arena corridor 
    • In the studio
    • At the entrance to the SDP
    • At the entrance to the indoor tennis centre
  • Outdoor clubs can request a supply of bottled hand sanitiser to keep with their kit

Important information for participants

Before your session

  • It is compulsory for all individuals to complete the online track and trace form before attending every club training session
  • This form is visible to the Athletic Union President, Administration Manager, Deputy Director and Assistant Director (Sport Development)
  • It is recommended that all participants undertake sportscotland’s coronavirus e-learning module before attending a session

Travelling to the Sports Centre

  • No changing facilities will be available, so please come dressed ready to play
  • Where possible arrive on foot or by bike, but if you do drive the Sports Centre car park will be open
  • Arrive as close as possible to your booking start time, but no more than 5 minutes prior to the start

On arrival

(see Facility map section)

  • For grass pitches and 3G rubbercrumb pitch bookings, please head directly to your respective facility
  • For outdoor tennis sessions, please enter through the gate in the fence next to the 3G rubbercrumb pitch
  • For sessions on the sand-dressed pitch please enter using the side ambulance gate accessed from the path that leads to David Russel Apartments  
  • For sports arena bookings, please make your way to the side entrance of the Sports Centre, next to the outdoor tennis courts and form a queue - maintaining a 2m distance
    • Please wait until all your members have arrived before ringing the intercom 
  • For all other indoor facility bookings (performance suite clubs, sports hall, indoor tennis, studio), please form a queue outside the main entrance using the 2m markings to guide you
    • Please wait until all your members have arrived before ringing the door bell at the main entrance 
  • Maintain a 2m distance from other users at all times

In the facility

  • Hand sanitiser will be attached to the fencing at the entrance to the outdoor tennis courts and the SDP and available at the entrance to the Sports Centre and throughout the building
  • It is recommended to bring your own hand sanitiser with you
  • Face coverings must be worn in all communal areas of the Sports Centre and only taken off to train/workout
  • No bags or towels will be permitted in the building and you will need to keep belongings with you at all times. Staff reserve the right to refuse the use of personal equipment should it be regarded as unsafe or its use will impact health guidelines.

General information

  • Please note: no changing, showers or locker facilities will be available
  • We appreciate that some personal belongings may be required, but please keep these to a minimum
  • Please bring your own water/water bottle – no water will be available onsite
  • Toilet facilities will be available
  • Please clean and wipe down any equipment you use - cleaning equipment will be in place throughout the sports facilities. Please see the facility map for the location of the cleaning stations.

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Track and trace

Privacy notice: COVID-19 track and trace

The University of St Andrews (“the University”) is collecting and recording the contact details of individuals who make use of the Saint Sports Facilities, to support NHS Scotland’s COVID-19 track and trace scheme.

Your contact details will be used to enable NHS Scotland to contact you should you have been in the premises around the same time as someone who has tested positive for coronavirus. Contacting people who might have been exposed to the virus is an important step in containing any spread.

For more information please see the full privacy notice accessed by the link below:

University of St Andrews Privacy Notice: COVID-19 Track and Trace (PDF, 65 KB)

Facility map

Facility Entrance Map

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Health, safety and hygiene

Personal Fitness

  • Given the length of time sports activity has been suspended, it is advised that anyone returning to play eases themselves back in gently.
  • All facility users MUST read and answer the Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PARQ) in the Sports Centre Terms and Conditions prior to using any of the facilities at University Park. If you are in any doubt, please obtain medical advice before using any of our facilities.

First Aid

  • Saints Sport staff will provide first aid effectively whilst mitigating the risk from COVID-19
  • PPE will be worn by all staff providing first aid and if possible and appropriate, casualties may also be encouraged to wear a face mask (supplied by Saints Sport)
  • a portable defibrillator is accessible in appropriate circumstances, located on the corner of the Sport Centre’s external wall adjacent to the gym


  • Please note: 
    • no changing or shower facilities will be available
    • whilst hand sanitiser stations will be available at the front door of the Sports Centre, tennis courts and sand-dressed pitch, we recommend you do bring your own hand sanitiser or wipes if you can 
  • Players must practice public health advice for hygiene: 
    • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before leaving home to go to the Sports Centre (or use an alcohol gel if washing hands is not possible)
    • If you need to sneeze or cough, do so into a tissue or upper sleeve
    • Avoid touching your face
  • Self-isolation: Individuals should stay at home for 10 days from when they experience symptoms, or until they feel better if they are still unwell after 10 days
  • Household isolation: Household should stay at home for 14 days if someone else in the house is showing symptoms. Individuals should continue to stay at home for 10 days from when they show symptoms, or until they feel better if they are still unwell after 10 days

IMPORTANT: Do not leave your home to play sport if Scottish Government advice means you should stay at home because you or someone you live with has or has had symptoms of COVID-19, or you are in the most vulnerable category and have been advised to shield from the coronavirus. 

Physical distancing

  • Physical distancing is still essential for everyone except children under 12 and people in the same household or extended household
  • Players must adhere to the Scottish Government’s physical distancing guidelines at all times:
    • face coverings must be used indoors in all communal areas
    • visitors can be from different households
    • if meeting people from another household, you should meet only in small groups (no more than 15 people in total) - meet up with a maximum of 5 households outdoors at a time
    • stay at least two metres away from other participants at all times
    • do not make physical contact with other participants (such as shaking hands or high five)
    • do not attend if you are unwell

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Will we be able to use AU cars or public transport?

We are still waiting on guidance/permission from the University about the use of both our AU cars and whether you are able to travel using public transport to training sessions. Clubs will be contacted as soon as we know. What should I do if someone starts feeling ill in the session? Send the person home and get them to follow NHS and University procedure.

What should I do about first aid kits if our club has a session before the first aid kits are provided?

Please arrange for someone in your club to bring a first aid kit.

Facility numbers?

Please note that these may differ from your governing body guidance. You must follow the lowest number permitted for your session i.e. if your governing body says you can have 20 people in a session but we can only fit 12 in the studio then you can only have 12 people. Similarly, if we say you can have 45 people in the sports hall but your governing body says you can only have 30 then you can only have 30 in your session.

Is anyone allowed into the facility to watch?

No - the only people who should be in the facility are those who are actively training.

What if there is no cleaning equipment in my facility when I get there?

All the cleaning equipment should be there when you arrive. If for some reason there isn’t, please send one person to the Sport Centre reception. Please see the map for where to find cleaning information.

What if our equipment requires specialist cleaning equipment or we don’t train at the Sport centre?

Please get in touch with us and we will discuss how we can help you.

If someone turns up to a session and they haven’t booked what should we do?

Unfortunately, you will just need to turn them away and direct them to how they can sign up for future sessions.

What if someone doesn’t want to fill in the track and trac form?

The first thing to do would be to inform the person why they are needing to do the form. You can guide them to the University’s data protection policy. We would recommend sending this out to your club members so they are aware of it. You can remind them that their data from each session will be stored for 21 days. If they still refuse, then you will need to turn them away from the session.