Norton Radstock Badminton

The club and all of its members need to understand the following points:

• Indoor badminton can restart from 25th July.

• In general, only singles play will be permitted; the only exception where doubles is allowed is where each member of a pair comes from the same household.

• There will be limited numbers allowed onto each court and into each sports hall.

• Activity can take place in groups of people from different households as long as you follow the guidance on group sizes

• You can have more than one group in a hall, providing you are able to maintain social distancing within the space available. A group could, for example, be housed on one court and its surrounding run-off area or across more than one court.

• Players can rotate within the group but social distancing must be maintained within this group. You cannot move groups within a session.

• Venue specific restrictions will be in place and you will be responsible for ensuring you adhere to these.

• There will be strict equipment rules in place for rackets and guidance on the use of shuttles.

In addition to the above, the club must appoint a COVID-19 officer. I have appointed myself, largely because I doubt anyone else would want the job!. Please let me know if you would like to help with this.

Roles and responsibilities of the Covid-19 Officer.

• Be aware of Government guidelines and Covid-19 related safety, hygiene and social distancing protocols – basic training will be available for free through CIMSPA, the sector’s professional body – www.cimspa.co.uk

• Work with the Club members to ensure each session is compliant with the guidance.

• Ensure all players attending sessions understand the guidelines for the session.

• Complete a Covid-19 risk assessment for each session.

• Liaise with the session venue to gather information on the venue’s Covid-19 guidance to ensure the session adheres to this.

• Ensure the session implements a pre-booking system to manage the number of players attending each session allowing for you to maintain social distancing measures. You cannot allow members to play without them having pre-booked their attendance.

• Ensure contact details for all players attending are collected.

• Manage session delivery and movement within the sports hall to ensure that group sizes are not exceeded and social distancing is maintained at all times.

All participants have a responsibility to notify the Covid-19 Officer should they

get symptoms of Covid-19. The person with symptoms should seek a test promptly and follow the NHS Track and Trace procedure - https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/

The Covid-19 Officer should contact everyone who attended that session to advise them that an individual within the group has reported symptoms.

The Covid-19 Officer may join in and play at sessions but they must be counted in the total number of people within the sports hall and must also only play in their designated group.

You should understand that returning to play at the moment will entail:

  • Attendance by a booking system only, you cannot turn up and play without a prior booking.
  • There will only be 8 available spaces per Monday. These will be allocated on a first come-first-served basis. An email will be sent out on a Thursday evening at 7pm with a link to the booking form. The first 8 responders will get the first available spaces.
  • If you are too late to book a space, a reserve list will be in place. Anyone dropping out will be obliged to inform the COVID-19 officer(s) and they will allocate the space to the next player on the reserve list.
  1. You must bring and use your own racket. Shuttles will be provided and they will not have been handled for at least 6 days prior.
  • Hand sanitiser is recommended. The club will provide hand sanitiser in at least two locations within the hall.
  • The peg board will not be used at all, but with a minimal number of people in the hall this should be easy to manage.

As you can see, there is a big change to the way we play during this phase of play. Things will be easier for us all when phase 3 is instigated, currently there is no date set for this.

Thank you for taking the time to read and digest this information, our number one priority is your safety and the safety of all of our members.

Simon Conway

CHAIR, Norton Radstock Badminton Club.