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General FAQs

Updated 14/05/20

FAQs re COVID-19

General advice

Q: What do the changes to allowed exercise mean for badminton? 

A: The minor changes to the government guidelines announced on 10 May, permitting greater levels of outdoor exercise, does allow for a very limited return to recreational badminton. From Wednesday 12 May, badminton can be played outdoors, with no time limit, as long as you are only playing with members of the same household and existing social distancing measures are followed. Ideally, also use your nearest, local appropriate outdoor space. However please ensure you check what is allowed in the parks and open spaces of your local area as some local authorities may choose to limit what activities they permit

Should any further guidance become available following the briefing of Parliament, we will update you accordingly.  

Q: The government advice says that I can meet someone from another household as long as we stay 2 metres apart. Does that mean that we can play either side of the net? 

A: If you are playing with someone from another household, outdoors, you can only play singles as long as social distancing is adhered to. 

If there are three members of one household wanting to play, a fourth member from another household cannot make up two pairs of doubles, you are restricted to singles play only. 

Q: When will indoor badminton return? 

A: Indoor badminton still appears a way down the road, but in readiness for this in later phases, we are preparing a number of scenarios in readiness for future changes to the government guidelines.   

We will be issuing clear instructions to our clubs, coaches, County Badminton Associations and league and tournament organisers as soon as we have the go ahead from Government to prepare to return to badminton. 

We remain in regular contact with Government departments and key partners such as Sport England, UK Sport, Sport & Recreation Alliance and UK Active. 

Q: What guidance will you be issuing about restarting play?

A: We recognise that the government is starting to talk about easing lockdown conditions and hence much of the badminton community is starting to think about  restarting play. In consultation with government, and players, clubs and coaches, we are drafting guidance that will be published once any easing of restrictions is known. This guidance will align with government guidelines and our ambition to get badminton back on court as soon and as safely as possible.

Q: What are you doing about membership?  

A number of our members are asking us about the effect that the lockdown and lack of badminton will have on membership fees this year and next. Many of your will have had either refunds, ‘freezes’ or extensions from other services you subscribe to and we are looking at all options for players, clubs and coaches. One thing that we do want to do is ensure that we give everyone full value for their fee. 

Members are vital to the growth and sustainability of our sport and the fees you pay enable us to govern the sport in the country, represent our sport to key stakeholders, including Government, provide access and promote badminton for all at every level and increase the visibility of our sport, develop a strong player pathway and competition structure and ultimately win medals.  

Over the last couple of months, we’ve been talking to our clubs, coaches and members to understand the impact of COVID-19 and the support they will require when we look to restart play. It is our upmost priority to support the badminton community to get back on court, firstly by setting out what play will need to look like under social distancing restrictions, and then understanding how this will impact clubs and any further assistance they may need. 

We will make further announcements when we are in a more informed position to resume play. I hope you and your families are remaining to keep safe, enjoying #BEatHome and getting involved when and where you can. 

For any support or more information regarding your membership please do not hesitate to get in contact with our team at membership@badmintonengland.co.uk  

Q: How do I stay safe and healthy?  

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

Also, check out our content hub #BEatHome with lots of fitness activities and skills to help you stay healthy in this period 

 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.  

Check out our great campaign #BEAtHome - https://www.badmintonengland.co.uk/beathome/ - for lots of great ideas to get your badminton fix  

Q: How can I keep fit?  

A: Check out our great campaign #BEAtHome - https://www.badmintonengland.co.uk/beathome/ - and follow our players as they help you keep fit.  

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.  

Q: What is the status of England junior team and pathway activity? 

A: Junior England teams will be withdrawn from all competition until further notice. We will continue to review the situation and will advise any changes to this position 

Junior pathway squads will be cancelled until further notice. We will continue to review the situation and will advise any changes to this position 

Coach education 

Q: What is the status of coach education courses? 

A: All coach education courses are suspended until further notice. We will continue to review the situation and will advise any changes to this position 

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.