UPDATED: Monday 16th March - 17.45pm 

In light of the UK Government’s move from the ‘contain’ to the ‘delay’ phase of their coronavirus action plan, and the updated advice with respect to the hosting of mass gatherings British Gymnastics has made the difficult decision to cancel all national events from today until Tuesday 30 June.

Jane Allen MBE, Chief Executive Officer, British Gymnastics said, “This was a very difficult decision and we share the disappointment of members, gymnasts, coaches, clubs and volunteers. However, our number one priority is the health and wellbeing of the whole gymnastics family.

We have made the decision to cancel all events until the end of June in the hope that this decisive action will remove uncertainty and take the pressure off clubs, coaches and gymnasts. We hope removing the pressure of preparing for these events will allow clubs to more effectively manage the challenges they are facing.

This announcement is focussed specifically on national events. Please understand, all other British Gymnastics activities continue as usual. We will continue to review our activities daily based on advice and guidance from the Government and Public Health England.”

Whilst the cancellation of these events will have an impact on everybody, it is important to note our elite gymnasts will continue to train and compete where possible, and we will continue to support them in their goal to be selected to compete at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games.

Anyone with tickets for the FIG World Cup or British Artistic Championships will receive a refund directly from the respective venue in Birmingham or Liverpool. You can find more information on The Ticket Factory and M&S Bank arena websites.

Entry fees and spectator tickets for other British Gymnastics national events will be refunded, and we aim to process refunds as soon as possible.


We’re mindful of the impact cancellations particularly has on qualification and selection. We’re working closely with technical committees and relevant parties to identify what steps we need to take to resolve any issues caused by cancellations.

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What can I do to reduce my risk of catching coronavirus?

There are things you can do to help stop germs like coronavirus spreading:

  • always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel
  • wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds each time with soap and water or hand sanitiser, especially when you:
    • get home or into work
    • blow your nose, sneeze or cough
    • eat or handle food
    • avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
    • avoid close contact with people who are unwell

Is hand sanitiser effective?

The best way to protect yourself from infections like coronavirus is to regularly wash your hands with soap and water. If soap or water aren’t available and your hands are visibly clean, then sanitiser gel can be used. But proper hand washing is the most effective method and this should be your first choice.

Should I continue to attend or run sports events?

That there is presently no rationale to close or cancel sporting events, but this may change as the situation evolves.

  • Anyone with flu-symptoms should avoid the risk of spreading their infection, whatever that infection may be, by staying at home and recovering.
  • For those hosting sporting events, whatever their size, attendees and participants should stay up to date on the government’s latest advice on how to avoid catching or spreading the virus.
  • For those travelling to sporting events overseas, the Foreign Office’s travel advice should be followed and travellers should note that apart from the countries and territories named in that advice, the government is not presently advising against travel to anywhere else.
  • For those who offer community and leisure services, such as running a local football team; or running a gym; hand hygiene should be strongly promoted and encouraged and equipment should be thoroughly cleaned and wiped down after use.  The government is planning to publish specific advice on this shortly.
  • There is presently no reason people should stop doing their daily sport and physical activities as they normally would.