Return to Training Update 29th March 2021

Hi Everyone,

As all the Home Nations slowly emerge from the various lockdowns and we can just about see life starting to get back to whatever the new normal is, we would like to update all our wonderful and resilient clubs and coaches on the latest details regarding a return to British Taekwondo club activity.

We have set out below the key headline rules and timelines for Taekwondo clubs within each Home Nation, given to us by the Department of Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS), Sport England and other Home Nation bodies.

Whilst it’s a gradual process, at last we can get back to some meaningful Taekwondo sessions.

In the period leading up to a reopening, BT will be supporting our club coaches and administrators with a range of marketing and advertising assets to help clubs get noticed locally, and give clubs practical help to recruit lots of new members to fill those classes!                          Look out for more details about this support in the coming days and weeks and good luck on getting back to your clubs, seeing clubmates and enjoying our Taekwondo!!!!

Full Return to Play guidance for British Taekwondo clubs will come out in the coming days with risk assessments and templates but for now please see below the headline changes for the coming weeks.

 

ENGLAND

STEP 1

From 29th March at the earliest (government will announce date)

Outdoor Training permitted

 

Children (U18’s)
  • All forms of Taekwondo training, Pad work & Sparring permitted
  • Adult coaches socially distanced from children at all times (except for pad holding)
  • Adult coaches holding equipment must wear Mask & Gloves
  • Unlimited class sizes
Adults
  • Organised Group training permitted
  • Adult participants from different households must be socially distanced at all times
  • Unlimited class sizes

 

  • Individual 1:1 Pad work with a coach permitted
  • 1 Pad holding Coach / 1 participating Adult only
  • All coach holders must wear mask and latex gloves
  • All 1 on 1 pad work with an adult must be fully socially distanced from all other adults and/or groups of children (either with separate sessions or segregated space)

 

  • Coaches doing a pad work 1:1 session with an adult participant should not move between other adults and groups of children
  • To move between people or groups of children, coaches must either remain fully socially distanced at all times from everyone or fully clean gloves and all equipment before moving to another session, different adult participant or group of children
  • No sparring or physical contact of any kind for adults

 

  • Spectators are not permitted under the government rules (unless acting in a safeguarding capacity for a child or vulnerable adult and remain fully socially distanced from all others at all times)

 

STEP 2

From 12th April at the earliest (government will announce date)

Indoor Training permitted

Children (U18’s)
  • All forms of Taekwondo training, Pad work & Sparring permitted
  • Adult coaches socially distanced from children at all times (except for pad holding)
  • Adult coaches holding equipment must wear Mask & Gloves
  • Children’s group sizes (bubbles) restricted to 15*  (*Multiple groups of 15 children permitted in same venue, as long as they are socially distanced from other groups of children and all adults)

 

Adults
  • Adult Group training sessions not permitted

 

  • Individual training permitted (or with adults from same household)
  • Individual participants, not from the same household, can train by themselves but must be socially distanced at all times
  • Multiple individual training can take place in the same venue at the same time, as long as participants are socially distanced from all other adults and/or groups of children
  • Indoor facility capacity guidance of a minimum of 100 square feet per person should be observed

 

  • Individual 1:1 Pad work with a coach permitted
  • 1 Pad holding Coach / 1 participating Adult only
  • All coach holders must wear mask and latex gloves
  • Multiple 1:1 pad work sessions can take place in the same venue at the same time, as long as participants are socially distanced from other 1:1 sessions and groups of children
  • Indoor facility capacity guidance of a minimum of 100 square feet per person should be observed

 

  • Coaches doing a pad work 1:1 session with an adult participant should not move between other adults and groups of children
  • To move between people or groups of children, coaches must either remain fully socially distanced at all times from everyone or fully clean gloves and all equipment before moving to another session, different adult participant or group of children
  • No sparring or physical contact of any kind for adults

 

  • Spectators are not permitted under the government rules (unless acting in a safeguarding capacity for a child or vulnerable adult and remain fully socially distanced from all others at all times)

 SCOTLAND

Current on 29th March

Outdoor Training only permitted

Children (U12’s)

  • All forms of Taekwondo training, Pad work & Sparring permitted
  • Adult coaches socially distanced from children at all times (except for pad holding)
  • Adult coaches holding equipment must wear Mask & Gloves
  • Class sizes of 30 maximum including the coach(es)

 

Children & adults (12+)

  • Non-contact, socially distanced activity only
  • Class sizes of 15 maximum including the coach(es)

 

From 5th April

Outdoor Training only permitted

Children (U17’s)

  • All forms of Taekwondo training, Pad work & Sparring permitted
  • Adult coaches socially distanced from children at all times (except for pad holding)
  • Adult coaches holding equipment must wear Mask & Gloves
  • Class sizes of 30 maximum including the coach(es)

Adults 18+

  • Non-contact, socially distanced activity only
  • Class sizes of 15 maximum including the coach(es)

 

From 26th April at the earliest (government will announce exact date)

Indoor individual activity may resume around this date, however, detailed rules around permitted activity indoors has not been published by the Scottish government or Sport Scotland yet.

Scotland is expected to move back into a Protection Levels system around this date, click here to view the Scottish sport & physical activity Protection Levels table.

 

WALES

 

Outdoor exercise currently permitted only

Children (aged 17 and persons who were aged under 18 on 31 August 2020)

Are contact sports for children allowed?

The welsh government currently says:

  • “Yes”, but sports, clubs and facilities should exercise good judgement by programming and running activities to keep close contact to a minimum, wherever possible, and taking care to ensure that all other mitigations are in place. Where participants are likely to be in close proximity (within 2m) or in contact, efforts should be made to limit this contact if it cannot be avoided altogether.

Adults 18+ years

  • Up to 6 people from two households can meet outdoors for non-contact, socially distanced exercise only

No further dates for review provided by Welsh Government – please keep checking the BT website and Welsh government or Sport Wales channels for updates.

 

Sport Wales Taking Part in Sport & Exercise

https://www.sport.wales/media-centre/latest-news/taking-part-in-sport-and-exercise-in-wales-the-guidance/

Welsh Government FAQs

https://gov.wales/organised-childrens-outdoor-activity-frequently-asked-questions#section-67289

NORTHERN IRELAND

Current until 1st April 

Outdoor exercise permitted only

Children & Adults

  • Individual or single household exercise outdoors only
  • Full social distancing from everyone else
  • No group or club activity permitted

 

From 1st April

Outdoor training permitted only

Children & adults

  • Outdoor, non-contact and fully socially distanced exercise for up to 10 people from a maximum of 2 households (everyone from a different household keeping 2 metres apart at all times
  • Group / club training permitted – in accordance with point 1 above

 

From 12th April

Outdoor training permitted only

Children 12 years or younger

  • up to 3 groups of up to 15 participants (not including coaches) for outdoor, non-contact and fully socially distanced exercise

Children 13 – 17 years

  • up to 2 groups of up to 15 participants (not including coaches) for outdoor, non-contact and fully socially distanced exercise

Adults 18 years or older

  • Up to 15 participants (not including coaches) for outdoor, non-contact and fully socially distanced exercise

 

Keep checking the website for further updates as things can change quickly as Home Nation governments alter their timelines and measures. We will do our best to keep everyone updated as soon as possible.