England Netball response to new Government measures

England Netball response to new Government measures
Updated 27.07.2020

Updated 27.07.2020

England Netball response to new Government measures

Covid-19 Support

The health and safety of the Netball Family is our main priority and to avoid the spread of Coronavirus we are constantly planning and preparing for the gradual and safe return of our competitions, courses, events, programmes, training sessions and all other forms of netball activity.

We are aware that the Coronavirus outbreak is a very fluid and rapidly changing situation. We will therefore continue to follow advice from Public Health England, the World Health Organisation and both local and national government on this matter and will keep the Netball Family updated as appropriate.

We know how great the Netball Family is at supporting each other and we ask that you continue to pull together (albeit virtually) during this difficult time. We will do our best to get you back on court fully as soon as it is safe to do so, but in the meantime please try to stay connected with your teammates, colleagues, fellow volunteers and others in the netball community as much as possible.

To support you through this challenging period EN have developed some specific guidance, click the below link..

https://www.englandnetball.co.uk/about/covid-19-support/

 

 


Updated 20.07.2020

Dear all,

Following on from the Chairs Forums last week, I wanted to firstly thank you for both your time and your overwhelming support, particularly in relation to the membership challenge. I really was blown away and it reminded me why I’m incredibly proud to be a member of the Netball Family.  

Last night the Government made announcements about the gradual return of recreational team sports and detailed when the re-opening of leisure centres can take place. As leaders within the Netball Family, we wanted you to be the first to hear what this means for netball and what the next steps will be. 

We hope this supports you to respond to any questions you receive locally, but please be assured, we continue to work hard to ensure those who make netball happen locally have all the resources and guidance that they need. 

 

WHAT WE KNOW

  • From 25 July leisure centres will be able to open with strict safety measures in place
  • Sports within the community can begin to return, however, this can only happen once Government and Public Health England have approved an action plan submitted by each sport detailing how any COVID-19 risks will be mitigated and managed. This plan needs to outline a number of scientific factors such as risk of droplet transmission, risk of fomite transmission and population risks 
  • Netball is higher risk than some other team sports (such as cricket which can be played whilst socially distanced) due to the nature of the game, in particular the close contact, face to face marking and as it is often played indoors 
  • The Government has stated that every club will have to have key safety measures in place before they can return to normal training and competition
 

WHAT THIS MEANS FOR NETBALL 

  •  As we explained at the county and regional Chairs Forums last week, we have commenced the medical and scientific work – this will inform our plan that will be submitted to Government, which we are aiming to submit in the next two weeks 
  • We will finalise and confirm the timescales for the movement through the key stages of the Roadmap, shown here, once Government approval is given 
  • We will continue to develop the resources needed to support the Netball Family and make these available as quickly as we can, whilst ensuring they are in line with the plan mentioned above. We anticipate being able to share many of these resources with you from the week commencing 20 July 
  • We will clearly communicate with all member clubs and registered leagues what is required of them and provide the resources to help them safely deliver netball when the green light is given by the Government 
  • We will now be looking to make decisions around outstanding national competitions, including Premier League, U14 and U16 National Clubs. We are planning to communicate a decision early next week with all teams and Chairs
 

WHAT DO THE NETBALL FAMILY NEED TO DO NOW? 

  • We need to continue to be patient, but remember, that this is definitely a positive and exciting step forward. Until our plan is approved by Government, we remain in stage 2 of our roadmap and all measures and guidance outlined here should continue to be followed
  • Member clubs, counties, regions and registered leagues should start to identify who their COVID-19 Officer/ COVID-19 squad will be. We’ll be launching the roles alongside a recruitment campaign to help identify them next week. These people will be vital in helping ensure netball can safely return across the country
  • Start to think about venues that you will need to utilise to host netball activity so that when leisure centres open you can make bookings. Whilst this may not be for normal competition, training sessions in line with the appropriate stage of the Roadmap are likely to be possible. Make sure you are fully aware of the cancellation policy just in case though 
  • Look out for more information, we anticipate that this will start to flow fairly regularly and more updates will come through soon. Checking your emails and our website often will really help make sure the whole Netball Family is informed as much as possible. 

 

 If you have any queries or receive any that you are unable to answer from this email, please send your question to participation@englandnetball.co.uk

 

A huge thank you for your continued support, together, we will absolutely get back on court! 

 

Warm regards, 

Fran Connolly, 

CEO of England Netball

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