Since we got players and clubs back on court in July, we’ve been looking at how we can quickly and safely bring back competition and league badminton. Following the submission of our latest proposal to Government, clearly demonstrating how grassroots competition could return safely, we have now received the green light to proceed. Getting badminton to this next step will not only enable hundreds of players to get back to competitive play but will also make sessions more viable for our dedicated coaching workforce.
Whilst many players up and down the country have been enjoying getting back to hitting shuttles over the past few months, our clubs and coaches have faced the significant challenges of limitations to numbers in sessions and coaching ratios in an indoor environment. Getting Government to approve the next phase of guidance brings a significant step change to returning to badminton as we know it, with greater flexibility in bubbles allowing for team play and the coaching ratio increasing from 1:5 to 1:15.
All existing guidance regarding social distancing measures will remain, and previous guidance should be followed until updates are published next week.
We know that finding available courts remains challenging. For this reason, in addition to the work that we are doing to understand the availability of hall space across the country, we will also be creating a facility-specific guidance document and sharing this with all facility providers. We would encourage our clubs, leagues and coordinators to do the same with their facility provider.
As we move into the 20/21 membership season, we have been overwhelmed with the support from the badminton community. Your continued support through your membership, and your voices in helping us lobby Government, has made this progress possible and we are delighted to be able to bring badminton back in this way.