Return to Training Update (17th June)

Hi Everyone,

We know that a lot of clubs and coaches are desperate to get back to some meaningful training activity and waiting for signals from central government to do so.

As previously mentioned in our update on the 10th June – an announcement is expected very soon from government regarding the sporting, leisure & hospitality sectors, which will, hopefully, contain some opportunities to restart grass root club activity. This could be any day now, as government puts the finishing touches to its policy regarding the 2-metre social distancing rule.

British Taekwondo has worked alongside other sports and with Sport England, and developed detailed “Return To Training” guidance for our clubs, with advice on what you will need to do before you can open safely. We have also created risk assessment and implementation plan templates to guide you, and created downloadable posters for clubs to use in Taekwondo gyms and hired spaces.

Indications are that the 4th July is the earliest date when rules might relax sufficiently to permit indoor training.

As soon as the Westminster government makes this announcement, we will publish our Return to Training guidance on the British Taekwondo website, and we will send the full resource pack to every registered British Taekwondo coach by email – so look out for this.

In the meantime, please keep doing what you can to keep active. Many clubs are doing great work online and some are making outdoor training work for them too in very small groups.

Whatever clubs do, please please do not breach existing government rules. There should be no indoor training at all apart from online at the moment, and any coaches holding in person classes in gyms, halls or inside people’s homes would be putting themselves and participants at risk, invalidating all BT insurances and not to mention risking a visit from local authorities!

Government advice on the Coronavirus continues to change rapidly as lockdown restrictions ease step by step.

And don’t forget that it is still slightly complicated by the fact that rules are a little different in England to what they are in Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland – we would ask coaches to check the Home Nation government & sporting websites such as Sport Scotland, Sport Wales & SportNI for clarification if you are not sure.

Keep safe, keep active and keep checking the BT website for updates.

Ian Leafe