Badminton Ireland welcome the recent announcement on easing lockdown restrictions in the Republic of Ireland. The pathway outlined states that gyms & leisure centres can reopen for individual training only from June 7th.
Sport Ireland has clarified that this concept can be defined as 'Individual, physically distanced, non-contact activity, completed in a pre-defined area, within a controlled environment and without the sharing of equipment.
This definition will allow for the return of Singles Badminton under certain conditions. Our staff have worked hard to update our Return to Badminton protocols in line with this guidance. These protocols are also available on the Badminton Ireland Website under ‘Covid-19 Update’ https://www.badmintonireland.com/page/37766/Return-to-Badminton
Guidance for Clubs in ROI Guidance for Coaches in ROI Guidance for Players in ROI
We are also preparing an induction webinar to explain the protocols in further detail. Further information on this webinar will be released shortly.
We are still awaiting an update on any further easing of restrictions in Northern Ireland. Once these are available, we will be issuing protocols accordingly for our affiliated clubs in Northern Ireland.
While this is not a total return for our Sport, it is a significant step in the right direction. Badminton Ireland will continue to work with Sport Ireland and the Sports Export Group to encourage a full return to Badminton later in the summer.