Exercising with care

All organisations participating in the Festival take steps to ensure that you are able to participate in their activities safely. It is important that you follow their instructions, or any guidance provided to you when registering for or participating a Festival event or activity.

Regular physical activity is vital for good physical, social and emotional health. While there is a risk of injury with any type of physical activity, the benefits of staying active far outweigh the risks.

Risk checklist

To help you identify if you may have an increased risk when participating in physical activity please use the following checklist:

  • has your doctor ever said that you have a heart condition and/or high blood pressure?
  • do you feel pain in your chest at rest, during your daily activities or during physical activity?
  • do you ever lose balance because of dizziness or do you ever lose consciousness? ·
  • do you have a bone or joint problem that could be made worse by physical activity?
  • has your doctor ever told you not to do physical activity?
  • are you pregnant or have given birth within the last 6 weeks?
  • are there any other reasons for you not to do physical activity?

If you answer “yes” to any of the questions above we advise you check with a medical professional before participating in an activity that is safe for you to do so.

Activities delivered within the festival are led by suitably trained and qualified instructors who can support you to participate safely in their activities. Please ensure you follow their instructions and let them know if you have any concerns at all.

General advice for staying safe while exercising

Here are some general guidelines you can follow to help you to stay safe whilst exercising:

  • whenever you’re exercising, do so at your own pace and only if you feel well enough.
  • make sure you warm up before doing any in physical activity, online classes should include a warm up - if you are running or walking start at a slow pace and build your speed slowly
  • if you experience any pain, discomfort, light headedness, dizziness or sickness while exercising stop and seek professional advice.
  • drink water to help you stay hydrated before, during and after exercise.
  • plan some time to rest following vigorous activity to help your body to recover.
  • do not exercise if your doctor or other medical professional has told you not to.

Covid-19 and TAKEPART Events

Event organisers are taking steps to ensure their activities are delivered to minimise potential transmission of Covid-19. The following steps are ways you can help reduce the risk of transmission when attending and participating in Festival activity.

Checking for COVID-19 symptoms and health conditions

Before attending any activity you should self-assess for symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These are:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste

If you, or anyone you live with, have one or more of these symptoms you should not attend any activity, even if your symptoms are mild. You should follow NHS guidance on testing and self-isolation.

If you have been informed that you need to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace (or are required to self-isolate in relation to travel), you must do so. You should not leave your isolation location in order to participate in sport and physical activity. You can find more information in the NHS guidance on how to self-isolate.

Testing for people without symptoms

To help prevent the of Covid-19 we encourage anyone attending a Festival event to be regularly testing themselves using the free lateral flow tests provided by the NHS. You can read how to get a symptom-free test in Brighton & Hove on our website.

Some event organisers may ask you to provide evidence of a negative test result before attending their event.

Staying safe at TAKEPART events

Here is our advice on how you can stay safe while enjoying TAKEPART

  • you should always follow any relevant guidance from the activity provider on how to participate safely in your sport or activity.
  • you should continue to follow good hygiene practices, to reduce the risk of transmission in sport environments. For example, you should not spit or rinse out your mouth on or around the playing area. You can find more information in the guidance on how to stay safe.
  • you should avoid sharing water bottles or other refreshment containers. Where possible, you should take your own drink, in a labelled or highly distinguishable container.
  • face coverings are no longer required by law, but the government expects and recommends that people should continue to wear them in crowded and
  • enclosed settings, to protect themselves and others. Where worn correctly, this can reduce the risk of transmission.
  • for example, you may wish to put on a face covering after your sporting activity if you are in a crowded indoor facility, but you don’t have to wear one during sport. People should not generally wear a face covering while taking part in any strenuous activity or sport, unless advised to do so by a doctor.
  • you should avoid sharing equipment where possible and practical, particularly equipment which is used around the head and face (such as masks and helmets). If equipment needs to be shared, it should be cleaned between users, where possible.
  • when travelling to activities we encourage people to avoid car sharing, and consider travelling actively to the venue (e.g walk or cycle) where possible. If you need to car share or use public transport there is information to help you to reduce risk of transmission while travelling

Activity providers' safety measures

Many activity providers may have additional safety measures in place such as:

  • your provider may enable you to ‘check in’ using the NHS COVID-19 app to scan their QR code
  • your provider may ask you to take a COVID-19 test before participating in an activity. 
  • your provider may use the NHS COVID Pass.

Where these types of measures are used, you should follow your provider’s guidance. This will help them to keep everyone as safe as possible, and minimise the risk of transmission at their events so they can continue to provide sport safely.

Please contact the activity provider directly using the details in the event listing if you want to know more about any controls in place at the activity before you attend.

Safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults

Organisations registering for TAKEPART who provide regulated activities have confirmed there are controls in place to ensure the safeguarding of people participating in their activities. These controls include the use of DBS checks for relevant staff and volunteers as part of their recruitment processes.

Safeguarding is everybody’s business, if you have concerns about an individual you can report these by following the steps below:


If you have a safeguarding concern about a vulnerable adult in Brighton then please send an email to the safeguarding hub at hascsafeguardinghub@brighton-hove.gov.uk. You can also report safeguarding concerns on our website.

If you have concerns that someone may have care and support needs then please phone Access Point on 01273 295555, or send an email to accesspoint@brighton-hove.gov.uk.

If it is an emergency, stay safe and call 999.

If you think a crime has taken place, but it is not an emergency, please call Sussex Police on 101.


If you suspect or believe a child is: suffering or is likely to suffer significant harm, including any form of mistreatment or abuse, or if you are concerned about your own behaviour and need advice or support – please contact the Front Door for Families (previously the MASH) by phone 01273 290 400 or send an email to frontdoorforfamilies@brighton-hove.gov.uk.

You can also use the referral form to make a Child Protection Referral to the Front Door for Families