Creating a NHS COVID-19 app QR code for your club

September 24, 2020 | by Matt Halfpenny


Leisure venues (which includes gyms and boxing clubs) are now legally required to provide and display official NHS QR code posters following today’s launch (24th September) of the new NHS COVID-19 app.

It is part of the strengthened government measures to ensure venues are COVID-secure and any outbreak can be traced quickly.

As a result, clubs are required to create a QR code poster, which they can do so on the UK Government website here, that can be scanned by participants on entry with their mobile phones, using the NHS COVID-19 app.

The app can be downloaded by boxing club members ready for scanning by going to, or you can download using the App Store or Google Play Store.

Using a QR code is a quick and secure way for individuals to ‘check-in’, as the details stay on the person’s phone and helps the NHS Test and Trace to identify and notify people who may have been exposed to the virus.

Those who cannot use the QR system (for instance, if their phone doesn’t work in trying to scan the code) must still register their attendance by leaving their name and full contact details, as well as the date and time, as was the case previously.

These details must then be stored securely by the club for 21 days before being disposed of securely.

How to create a club’s QR code

To create a code, you will need your email address, the address of your venue(s) and an email address and phone number for the manager (or point of contact) for each location.

Upon registration, you will receive a QR code poster by email soon after you have submitted your information. If you have more than one location, the manager (or point of contact) for each location will also receive a unique QR code poster by email.

What to do when you receive your QR code

When you receive your QR code poster you should:

  • print the poster
  • display the poster somewhere visitors can see it and scan it when they arrive, for example next to the entrance
  • send out communications to your Members encouraging them to download the NHS COVID-19 app ahead of visiting at, or they can download using the App Store or Google Play Store
  • ask visitors to scan the QR code when they arrive, using their NHS COVID-19 app
  • display as many posters as you need to, to avoid queues forming.

If you do not have a printer, you can show the QR code on a display screen, such as a TV or tablet. Make sure it’s within reach so visitors can scan it with their mobile phones.

Help and support

For more information on creating a QR code for your venue, visit the NHS website.

If you have problems using this online service, call the QR code support service on 0800 540 4900 between Monday and Friday from 9am to 6pm.

You can download England Boxing’s full Track and Test guidance by clicking here.