Covid-19 Event Guidance

The ACU are releasing regular documents which give guidance to those planning to run events during the current Covid-19 restrictions, which we will make available on this site. Organisers and competitions are advised to check back here regularly for the latest information:

Email from ACU Head Office - 29th May 2020

Dear Motocross Clubs

Firstly, I hope that you and your families are all keeping well.  Following Wednesday's Press Statement, I have some positive news at last.

In line with the two ACU press statements issued 13th May "ACU & AMCA planned return to Motorcycle sport" and 27th May "The Wheels Start to turn..." we are pleased to be able to get practice and small events underway in the coming months.

Initially it may all seem a bit strange but hopefully if and when your clubs starts up again the attached Covid 19 Risk Assessment and General Principles (The restart of Off R Road Sport) document will help you comply with Government Guidelines and Recommendations.

Please be aware that when you apply for a permit you will need to return your Covid 19 Risk Assessment with the application & SR's.  We appreciate there is a lot of information to take on board so I've listed below  the main changes as we enter this phase of the return to sport. I've attached the Practice Permit Guidelines for those clubs that may consider this option.

  • No two day events
  • No Spectators allowed
  • No Sidecar Sport
  • No Youth Sport
  • No overnight camping.  (Riders will be expected to arrive early on the morning of the event or practice)
  • Adult riders must be 16 years of age or over (Practice & Competition)
  • Reduced rider numbers for practice and small events
  • On site = Rider + 1 additional person
  • No National Events or British Championships to be run in this phase
  • Officials and Personnel in the "Extremely at Risk" category due to age or health must be shielded and not permitted to attend. 
  • Officials and Personnel in the "At Risk" category must be shielded
  • Remember under the current Nations guidelines you should not be accepting riders resident in Wales, Scotland or Ireland in you are running in England.
  • Premier permits £25.00 & premier rate insurance for practice days per capita,  Basic Practice Permits £440 and Basic Competition Permits £500.
In addition please keep an eye on the ACU website for updates by clicking this link

We are here to help, so if you need any further clarification please contact me either by phone or email.

Best regards

Sonia Goggin
ACU Motocross Secretary

01788 566404

The following documents are available for download:
The following documents are available for download:
The following documents are available for download:
Youth Sport
The Wheels Are Now Turning For Youth Riders……

Resumption of Youth Training & Practice (These guidelines apply to England and IOM only) 
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 and 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. In case you haven’t seen the latest guidance the link to the document is given below:   

Training: 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 1-1 coaching or training session, as long as the gathering does not exceed six people. Any sports coaches or trainers undertaking 1-1 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 18s and vulnerable adults. 

Practice Events: 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 8th June. 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.

Summary of dates:
Activity_________________ Permit Application Date_____ Event Date
Coaching/Training _______ 27th May 2020 ____________ 1st June 2020
Practice Events__________ 1st June 2020 _____________ 8th June 2020

We will update Centres and Clubs in Scotland and Wales when Devolved Governments review their current guidelines 

Kind regards
Neil Doctor
Assistant General Secretary
Telephone: 01788 566434

Clubs can now apply for practice permits from the ACU Office for Practice Days taking place from 8th June and include Youth classes if they wish.