What a year it has been!!
As 2021 draws to a close on behalf of Badminton Wales I would like to say a huge thank you to all our members for supporting Badminton Wales through another challenging year. In August the country moved to Alert Level 0 and Badminton completed its Return to Court resuming all Badminton play. It has been fantastic to see members and clubs step back on court and the competition programme resume with the icing on the cake being the return of our flagship event, the Welsh International 2021. The event upgraded to an International Challenge for the first time and showcased some world class matches bringing the year to an end on a high.
As we head into the winter months the new threat of the Omicron variant has given cause for concern with Welsh Government introducing new rules for Wales from 6am on the 26th December 2021 initiating reviews every 7 days. Our Return to Court guidance, that we have been reliant on throughout the pandemic, will be dusted off and reintroduced in the New Year, as needed, to enable our members and clubs to return to court safely. Guidance will be circulated and continue to be updated in line with Welsh Government announcements whilst restrictions are in place.
Whilst disappointing to have restriction placed upon us again, like all sports in Wales, we are focused on getting Badminton back safely in the new year. Badminton Wales are committed to returning our programmed events calendar whilst adhering to Welsh Government, Sport Wales and PHW guidance. The Badminton Wales calendar of events will remain in place with postponements being communicated as necessary.
The resilience of the BW Team and the Badminton Community has been exceptional and I want to say a huge thank you to the Team and once again to all of you, our valued members of Badminton Wales, for your support throughout the year.
To confirm Badminton Wales Office arrangements over the Christmas period: –
The BW Office will be shut from Thursday 23rd December and will re-open on Tuesday 4th January 2022. All enquiries will be answered on the Teams return in 2022.
I wish you all a very Merry Christmas with your families and loved ones and I look forward to welcoming you all back to the courts in 2022.
Nadolig Llawen from all at Badminton Wales.
Stay safe and see you in the new year.
Kelly Aston MBE OLY