Return to Activities Phases

Return to Activities

Special Olympics Ireland have received the following updated detail from Sport Ireland. Please read this in support of the Return to Activities Protocol. 

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Special Olympics Ireland (S.O.I.) has developed a comprehensive Return to Activities Protocol, and Safety Plan Template, aimed at protecting the health and welfare of all in S.O.I and minimizing the risk of transmission of COVID-19 in the community.

It's important to stay updated with government guidelines at all stages: view current government guidelines 

These comprehensive documents are primarily written for the Club Management Team, COVID-19 Coordinators and the COVID-19 Safety Team. Further resources for athletes, club volunteers and parents/guardians/carers will be issued in the near future.

Brief summary of what a club needs to do prior to returning to club activity:

  • Establish a COVID-19 Safety Team
  • Complete the Online Sport Ireland COVID-19 Course 
  • Read and understand the Return to Activities Protocol
  • Attend a club briefing webinar ( Dates and times provided below, registration will open soon)
  • Complete actions set out in the Return to Activities protocol, with particular emphasis on completing the Club Safety Plan
  • Confirm readiness to move to the next phase or to revert to an earlier phase.
  • Forward COVID-19 Coordinator’s Certificate of Completion Online Course

It is important that the Club Management Team, COVID-19 Coordinator and COVID-19 Safety Team familiarise themselves with the content of these documents, and clubs need to link with the Regional Office as they progress through each phase.


Return to Activities Protocol
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Special Olympics Ireland Safety Plan Template
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Return to Activities Phases

A series of club briefing webinars will be held to support clubs through these phases. These are open to all clubs, and will be held on the following dates:

Tuesday, 22nd September at 7pm 

Thursday, 24th September at 7pm

Wednesday 30th September at  7pm – Northern Ireland Specific (NI Clubs only)

Not all clubs will proceed at the same pace.  Clubs are currently in the Stay at Home phase.  With the Protocol and guidance, clubs can move into the Preparatory Phase to develop their club-specific plan.  Clubs must confirm their readiness to move into the Orientation Phase with S.O.I. prior to restarting activities.  Similarly, a move to the next phase will require confirmation in advance of moving.  As this is an ever-evolving situation, affiliated clubs may need to revert back to an earlier phase at different times.