Badminton Wales answers some of your frequently asked questions surrounding the impact of coronavirus on badminton.
Badminton Wales released our Return To Court Roadmap on the 22nd June 2020. You can view it here.
Q: We are unsure if our facility will be available for the start of the season. What can we do?
A: Keep in regular contact with the venue provider. Explore alternative venues to see if there is any available.
How do we manage court numbers?
A: We are not currently at a stage where indoor play is possible. However, when we reach that stage in our Return to Court roadmap, we advise two people per court with a set time before a changeover. Court timeslots should be arranged and communicated in advance.
What do we do if a high level of our member is sceptical of coming back?
A: Clubs need to be in regular contact with their members. Clubs will be provided with resources and information on how to provide a safe environment as much as possible. It is important that information relating to members is communicated with them.
What can clubs do to counteract a loss of income?
A: Clubs should review their income and expenditure. If any possible changes could be made, they should look to seeing what those alternative options are available. There are several funds available to help clubs regenerate - contact Tasha at email@example.com for help.
What about the use of additional facilities at venues? i.e. Kitchens, meeting rooms
A: Ultimately,we recommend that clubs abide by government regulations and, when indoor halls become available again, to consult with the venue provider.
Q: What is the status of coach education courses?
A: All coach education courses are suspended until further notice. We will continue to review the situation and will advise members of any changes. However, we expect that our next BWF L1 course will run in early 2021. Please contact Natasha at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be informed of dates when they become available.
Q: What do I do if my safeguarding qualification has expired or is about to expire?
A: Whilst no face-to-face safeguarding courses are currently available, we recommend that our members take advantage of UKCoaching’s learn-from-home course: https://www.ukcoaching.org/courses/learn-at-home/sgp
Please note that we recommend this as an interim solution and not as a replacement for a face-to-face workshop. If you have any safeguarding queries in this time, please contact us at email@example.com.
Q: All one-to-one coaching with a junior should have an adult or guardian present. Are they allowed to be present as well?
A: We would not endorse a coach working 1-2-1 with a young person under the age of 18 without a non-participating parent/guardian in attendance and maintaining the 2m physical distancing. Currently, an unlimited number of people from two households are able to meet in an outdoors setting.
Q: Can I coach outdoors and if so, what restrictions are there?
A: The change in the government guidance around outdoor activity means that you can coach in a one-to-one environment if safe to do so in line with the following restrictions:
Q: Will tournaments which have been cancelled be rearranged?
A: The tournament calendar is extremely busy so in most cases it will not be possible to rearrange. Keep an eye on the website (www.badminton.wales) which has the up to date calendar of events.
Q: The government advice says that I can meet someone from another household within 5 miles if we stay 2 metres apart. Does that mean that we can play either side of the net?
A: Badminton Wales have released the following guidelines for outdoor play:
Q: When will indoor badminton return?
A: Badminton Wales is operating in strict accordance with Welsh Government guidelines, and therefore a return to indoor play will be staggered. For full details of our Return to Court Roadmap, click here.
Q: Will you be releasing Return to Play guidance?
A: The Badminton Wales team have been working hard to establish a Return to Court roadmap, detailing our phased approach. The roadmap is entirely in line with Welsh Government advice and we have been working closely with Sport Wales and the Government to get back to a sense of normalcy as quickly as possible. However, our main priority is the safety and wellness of our badminton family, and we would stress the importance of not rushing back too soon.
Q: How do I stay healthy and well?
A: Please follow Welsh Government advice, and bear in mind that it differs from England’s:
Q: How can I look after my mental health in this time?
A: We understand that this has been a difficult time for many. We strongly recommend the following resources, for coaches and for individuals:
Mind | NSPCC | Mental Health Foundation | NHS | UKCoaching - Mental Health Awareness for Sport and Physical Activity
Q: How can I continue to play badminton?
A: By following Welsh Government guidelines regarding social distancing, you are able to play badminton outdoors within your garden and outdoor spaces. You are also able to practice your skills – head to the Badminton Wales social media to find our lockdown challenges! These will push you to work on your technical and physical skills whilst we progress through our Roadmap.
Facebook | Instagram | Twitter
Badminton Wales will release guidelines when the time comes for clubs to return to play. In the meantime, we urge our badminton family to stay safe.
Q: How can I keep fit?
A: There are lots of great ideas online to help you keep fit. We suggest you look at:
Sport Wales - #BeActive | British Heart Foundation | Shuttle Time Cymru – Couch to Court, Badminton At Home
Q: What is the status of Welsh Junior/National Squads team and pathway activity?
A: Junior/National Squads are postponed until further notice. We will continue to review the situation and will advise any changes to this position in line with the Roadmap to a return to play.