Club Assistance Pack Update (Edition 14)

 We are now publishing version 14 of our Covid-19 Club Assistance Pack which you can download below:

v14_Club_Assist_Pack-24.09.20

This is packed full of tips regarding potential support from government sources.

Keep safe, keep strong and do what you can!

Updates to the Club Assistance Pack:

  • RETURN TO COACHING GUIDANCE – OUTDOOR ONLY 

Please note: due to the continued rise in localised COVID-19 infections, some areas have implemented localised lockdown measures. To find out more about which areas have localised lockdown measures in place, please check your local Government website for local lockdown information. 

 

INDOOR ACTIVITY 

As well as the resumption of outdoor sports, all home nation governments (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) have announced a return to indoor sport, provided facilities and facility operators adhere to strict safety and hygiene measures (these will be specific to each home nation). For more advice and guidance on resuming indoor sport safely in any of the home nations (Scotland also has the sportscotland Phase 3 Return to Sport & Physical Activity Guidance document), please refer to the British Taekwondo Return To Training document via the link below: 

https://www.britishtaekwondo.org.uk/2020/07/return-to-training-guidance-for-british-taekwondo-clubs/ 

FOR OUTDOOR SPORTS TRAINING, PLEASE SEE THE GUIDANCE BELOW FOR EACH OF THE HOME NATIONS.  

 

ENGLAND (OUTDOOR SPORT GUIDANCE ONLY) 

In England up to 30 people from any number of households are permitted to meet outdoors for organised sports activities (these must be organised and delivered by a registered Coach), provided every person from different households maintain a 2 metres distance. This meeting up can take place anywhere outdoors.  

Please note: The 1 metre plus rule does not apply when 2 metres can be maintained, which it easily can when exercising outdoors. So, the 1 metre plus rule does not apply to coaching Taekwondo. 

This will allow a Coach to take a session for up to 29 clients, provided everyone from different households maintain a 2 metres distance.  

Holding pads for clients or people from a different household is not permitted. As this would be impossible to maintain a 2 metres distance.  

Please check the latest UK Government guidance for rules on face coverings and general social distancing via the following link: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus  

This is in England only! 

 

SCOTLAND (OUTDOOR SPORT GUIDANCE ONLY) – This is a selection of relevant points and guidance taken from the sportscotland Phase 3 – Sport & Physical Activity document on 24th September 2020 – Please read the document in full for further guidance and advice. 

https://sportscotland.org.uk/media/6114/phase-3-return-to-sport-and-physical-activity-guidance-180920-final.pdf  

SPORTS FACILITY & PARTICIPATION GUIDANCE 

  • It is the responsibility of each club committee, sports facility operator and/or deliverer (herein referred to as the sport facility operator) to appoint a responsible person/s, referred to as the COVID officer, to act as the point of contact on all things related to COVID-19. An e-learning module for COVID officers is available to support those undertaking the role. 
  • The COVID officer must ensure that full risk assessments, processes and mitigating actions are in place before any sport or leisure activity takes place. Specific consideration should be given to the needs of those who are at greater risk including some older adults or those with disabilities. 

Permitted Sport and Leisure Activities 

  • Where there is likely to be proximity (within 2m) or contact between participants aged 12 years or over involved in a sporting activity, mitigating actions must be put in place to minimise risk and keep participants safe. For instance: 

13.1 SGB guidance should focus on providing sporting activity involving as few participants as possible, for the minimum amount of time, whilst still allowing the activity to run effectively. This may also require a change to game formats, numbers and/or rules to minimise risk to participants. 

13.2 As soon as a participant has completed training, a competition or event, they should leave the field of play/venue. 

Outdoor Sport & Leisure Activity 

  • Facility operators may open all outdoor sports areas, courts and pitches if documented risk assessments are undertaken and all appropriate measures are put in place to ensure the safety of participants, staff and volunteers. Please refer to additional guidance produced by sportscotland at: Getting Your Facilities Fit for Sport. 
  • Adults and children can take part in organised outdoor non-contact and contact sports training, competition or events if guidance within this document is followed. 

Outdoor sporting bubbles for training, competition or small-scale events 

  • An outdoor sporting ‘field of play bubble’ can consist of a maximum of 30 people including coaches, officials and other support staff at any one time. In exceptional circumstances, numbers may be increased, but only if approved directly by Scottish Government or where specific Scottish Governing Bodies of sport (SGBs) guidance and mitigating actions have been agreed by sportscotland. 

Equipment Provision and Use 

  • Sports facility operators should, where possible, remove equipment including benches, scoreboards, tables and any other objects that are not essential for participation purposes. 
  • Where the above is not possible appropriate cleaning measures, including provision of sanitiser and disposable gloves, should be put in place to reduce the risk of contamination. 
  • All fixed equipment should be checked prior to use to avoid participants having to adjust or touch it.
  • Where shared equipment is necessary for an activity appropriate hygiene measures must be put in place to ensure the equipment is thoroughly cleaned before, during and after use. 

Please check the latest Scottish Government guidance for rules on face coverings and general social distancing via the following link: https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/  

This is in Scotland only! 

 

NORTHERN IRELAND (OUTDOOR SPORT GUIDANCE ONLY) 

In Northern Ireland up to 30 people from any number of households are permitted to meet outdoors for organised sports activities (these must be organised and delivered by a registered Coach), provided every person from different households maintain a 2 metres distance. This meeting up can take place anywhere outdoors. 

This will allow a Coach to take a session for up to 29 clients, provided everyone from different households maintain a 2 metres distance. 

Please check the latest Northern Irish Government guidance for rules on face coverings and general social distancing via the following link: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/campaigns/coronavirus-covid-19  

This is in Northern Ireland only! 

 

WALES (OUTDOOR SPORT GUIDANCE ONLY) 

In Wales up to 30 people from any number of households are permitted to meet outdoors for organised sports activities (these must be organised and delivered by a registered Coach), provided every person from different households maintain a 2 metres distance (except for children aged 10 and under). This meeting up can take place anywhere outdoors. 

This means that a Coach can take up to 29 clients, provided everyone aged 11 or older from different households maintains a 2 metres distance at all times. As the Coach(es) counts as 1 person from the 30 people in the group. Children aged 10 and under are not required to socially distance in Wales. 

Please check the latest Welsh Government guidance for rules on face coverings and general social distancing via the following link: https://gov.wales/coronavirus  

This is in Wales only! 

 

RULES FOR ALL HOME NATIONS 

  • Coaches must conduct a full risk assessment of the space they are using outdoors to ensure it is fit for purpose, and has no trip or fall hazards for all participants 
  • People from the same household are able to hold pads for each other, provided they have been taught to do so by the coach and can do so safely and within the guidelines 
  • This guidance is for outdoors only and does not permit people from different households meeting or coaching indoors – for guidance on indoor coaching in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, please refer to the BT Return to Training document and templates on the BT website at: 

https://www.britishtaekwondo.org.uk/covid-19-guidance-and-resources/