There is no real good news as once again indoor sport has been hit with a ban on more than six people playing at one time which throws competitive badminton out again.
There has been the odd club night played by some but the recent spike has again thrown another spanner in the works just when it looked like there may be a chance regular club nights.
All we can do is keep safe and see what happens.
Due to the current Covid-19 situation and the many issues it presents to playing competitive and social club badminton the SSBL will be suspended until mid January when a review of the situation will be held and a decision on how the SSBL can progress will be taken.
hopefully over the next few months venues will start to open up.
The national picture is very varied – this means information can be patchy in some areas, but where we have a greater understanding of the local situation, we are able to use that to get more activity started:
- Freedom Leisure has opened some of its sites in Sussex, so we’ve been able to support coaches to get on court and begin working with young players again
- Many of our national operator partners are working with their local authorities to get their sports halls opened as soon as possible and will share confirmed dates with us once they are available
- Kent County Council has written to clubs using school sites to confirm there will be no hiring of school sports halls till January 2021. We are lobbying, with the support of partners such as Sport England, with the Department for Education to identify ways of opening school facilities for community use.
Any information we have on facilities will be shared via our activity finder from the beginning of August.
Badminton England have negotiated changes to allow full court singles and doubles with a few restrictions which make interesting reading. Link to site https://www.badmintonengland.co.uk/return-to-play
Both singles play and doubles play can now take place in groups of people from different households, as long as you remain 2 metres apart as far as possible – meaning that four people from different households
can play doubles.
• You can play singles and doubles using all areas of the court, within the respective court markings – if social distancing between adjacent courts cannot be maintained, you should only use the singles court markings.
• Other than where players are from the same household or part of a support bubble, follow Government advice on staying alert and safe, and:
• Stay at least two metres away from other players (including during play) as far as possible, when taking breaks and before and after play
• Do not make physical contact with other players (such as shaking hands or high fiving)
• Avoid chasing the shuttle down towards another court if other players are using it
• For doubles, consider agreeing in advance which player will take the shot if a shuttle travels to the centre of the court
Not ideal but at least we can play if somewhere is open.
Leisure centres are starting to open from this weekend. Schools may not be reviewing lettings until September at the earliest so until the situation is clearer all we can do is wait and hope for good news in the future.
The latest updates from Badminton England can be found on their website the link is below.
Guidelines for players and clubs are available so check out what they have to say on restarting badminton.