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General FAQ's

FAQs re COVID-19

General advice

Q: How will Badminton England keep us informed and up to date? 

A: Please check our FAQs pages daily for updates and follow our social media accounts: 

We will publish a weekly update for members, clubs, counties, leagues and coaches and a monthly update for the wider badminton community. 

Q: How do I stay safe and healthy? 

A: Please follow Government guidance - https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus  

Q: I want to help my local community 

People can become an NHS Volunteer Responder and join the NHS’s trusted list of volunteers by visiting goodsamapp.org/NHS and adding their details to the NHS section.

For more information go to https://www.england.nhs.uk/2020/03/your-nhs-needs-you-nhs-call-for-volunteer-army/

 

General play 

Q: How can I continue to play badminton? 

A: All leisure centres, including the National Badminton Centre, are closed until further notice. As long as you follow Government guidelines around social distancing, you may be able to play in your garden or work on your skills indoors. Follow our Twitter and Facebook accounts for activities being posted and we will also post some ideas shortly. Feel free to share your own ideas about how to get your badminton fix on social media 

Q: How can I keep fit? 

A: There are lots of great ideas online to help you keep fit. We suggest you look at: 

https://www.sportengland.org/news/how-stay-active-while-youre-home 

https://www.youthsporttrust.org/free-home-learning-resources-0  

Q: When will usual badminton activity start again? 

A: It is impossible to say at this moment. We are working through the impact of the coronavirus on badminton and our plan is currently looking ahead to the start of the 2020/21 season. If we can restart sooner, we will of course do so. 

We will continuously monitor the situation and review the position regularly based upon Government advice. 

 

Membership 

Q: Will I get a refund on my membership fees? 

A: We are not anticipating paying refunds at this time and are currently reviewing the financial situation right across the sport. 

Q: Will Badminton England extend individual member and club affiliation insurance past 31 October?   

A: Currently, we have no plans to change the membership year beyond 31 October.

 

Competitions

Q: What sanctioned tournaments will be rescheduled?

A: Please go to our competition and tournament section to get an update for the current status of all badminton tournaments. As the situation develops over the next few weeks and months, we will look to provide clarity on a tournament by tournament basis. 

 

Q: Will players be refunded from cancelled competitions? 

A: We recognise that many of those involved in Badminton are facing financial hardships as a result of the current situation. 

Players will receive a full entry refund from cancelled tournaments. 

We will do all we can to ensure the ongoing success of players, clubs and leagues. 

 

Safeguarding 

Q    What do I do if my DBS has expired or is about to expire? 

The DBS standard and enhanced ID checking guidance has been changed for a temporary period from 19 March 2020. The change enables: 

  • ID documents to be viewed over video link 
  • Scanned image to be used in advance of the DBS check being submitted 

The applicant will be required to present the original versions of these documents when they first attend their employment or volunteering role 

The full update can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/covid-19-changes-to-standard-and-enhanced-id-checking-guidelines 

If you require any help please contact us at safeguarding@badmintonengland.co.uk 

Q   I want to undertake or update my safeguarding training but there are no courses running. What can I do? 

We are exploring options to use online training during this period and will update once the training is up and running.