Badminton Wales

may's ceo update on covid 19

 

From the Desk of the CEO

Dear Members,

I hope you are all safe and well.  Last week, the Welsh Government made its latest review of the COVID-19 lockdown.  First Minister, Mark Drakeford announced some very minor changes to lockdown rules, but the message from the Welsh Government remains to stay home and only go outside for food shopping, essential work and exercise.  As a result, this means that all Badminton activity in Wales remains suspended until further notice.  Further events postponed: -

Event

Date

Status

Proposed Date

UK Para Championships

10th – 12th July 2020

Postponed

TBC

Senior Trails

1st August

Postponed

TBC

 

One change to the Welsh Government’s guidelines on exercise were very much welcomed. The freedom to exercise more than once a day.  Badminton Wales encourages its members to take advantage of the increased opportunity to exercise, but please do keep adhering to social distancing rules and practice good hygiene -  Welsh Government Regulation.  Sport Wales along with all National Governing Bodies across the Sector are having positive ongoing engagement with Welsh Government to consider when and how Sport in Wales is able to return safely from this crisis.  Badminton Wales will update the Badminton Community when more information becomes available.  Leading Wales out of the Coronavirus Pandemic -  A Framework for Recovery

As we all know keeping active has never been so important for physical and mental health, and Welsh sport has a big role to play in helping Wales be active.  #BeActiveWales campaign is a collaboration between numerous partners and Sport Wales.  As the lockdown and social distancing measures remain in Wales, so do the key messages for the #BeActiveWales campaign:
- To encourage activity to enjoy the amazing benefits for both mental and physical health.
- To remind people to stay safe. We can all play our part in following the Welsh Government’s guidelines while we stay active.
- The sector is here to support the public. We want nothing more than for sport in Wales to come out of this in the best shape possible.

The following external links provide some excellent advice and guidance around maintaining your physical and mental well-being:

  • Age Cymru has information about staying safe during the COVID-19 outbreak as well as on how to prevent loneliness during periods of self-isolation.
  • The British Heart Foundation has some great links and resources for those looking for advice on how to stay healthy during periods of self-isolation.
  • The Mental Health Foundation has advice for people concerned about how the COVID-19 outbreak and self-isolation may impact on their mental health.
  • Mind has advice for people who might be worried about coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it could affect your life.

Club Solutions continue to offer practical advice for clubs, such as how to bring your sports club together during lockdown. Club Solutions is a great tool to support and guide clubs through the pandemic.

For further information on bringing Wales out of the pandemic, click here .

Badminton Wales continue to wish the Badminton community all the very best during these unprecedented times and we hope to see you back on court soon. 

Stay safe and well,

Kelly Aston, MBE OLY, CEO