It has sadly come to the point where it is no longer possible to complete any league badminton this season. Therefore the 2020-21 Season has been abandoned by the committee.
Hopefully the current situation will change and we will be able to resume playing again in tile to start the 2021 -22 Season.
There will be an AGM at some point in the future so keep your eyes open for the email.
The SSBL Committee wants to bring to your attention the latest guidance issued by Badminton England:
The latest guidance concerns players and clubs located in areas designated as Tier 2 (high) and Tier 3 (very high) and, it seems, that club play in those designated areas will not be possible. There are areas of South Staffs that are currently designated as having a High level of COVID-19 incidents and it important that clubs and players in these areas read the guidance and accept the restrictions in place.
Hopefully, everything will get back to normal soon.
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.