Stay at Home Message 05.01.2021
With all four home nations now in a version of stay at home lockdown, affiliated club goalball must continue to not take place.
Educational institutions should continue to follow their own internal guidelines regarding the delivery of sport and physical activity. If delivery is permitted, institutions must follow the Goalball UK Return to Play Guidance downloadable below.
We will continue monitor the situation with our partners and update our guidance when easing of restrictions take place. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact Covid@goalballuk.com.
Question: Rule of Six
Answer: Goalball is exempt from the rule of six guidelines as a disability sport for people who are blind or partially sighted. However, as the national governing body, we have created population guidelines based on the ‘rule of six’ set out by the Government. The latest population guidance for training sessions issued 29.09.20 can be downloaded here.
All NGB and club affiliated training sessions must follow the restrictions on numbers regardless of age or disability. Goalball can be played in a formal educational setting in existing educational bubbles as set by the individual institution in line with Government policy.
Question: From a player. When can my club start training?
Answer: The Goalball UK guidance outlines the process for clubs to return. There is minimal disruption to the actual game play from a players point of view. As soon as your club implements the guidance they can return. Individual players are welcome to attend Goalball UK events before their club returns to training.
Question: Should we be taking the temperature of players before allowing them to join a session?
Answer: This isn’t a current requirement from Goalball UK. If your club wish to add this measure you can but consider the logistics of undertaking the check face to face and potentially less than 2m from someone. The Government in England have also issued advice here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/dont-rely-on-temperature-screening-products-for-detection-of-coronavirus-covid-19-says-mhra
Question: Do you expect all players to read the guidance before they turn up and play?
Answer: It must be available for people to read before ‘opting in’ to sessions. We recommend clubs create a pre-session email or document with the key actions required from people when they return to training.
Question: Are guide dogs allowed in the hall?
Answer: Yes, we recommend only the owner and their support personnel interact with the dog.
Question: The court string is normally retained is this still the case?
Answer: Yes, people should sanitise hands before and setting up and breaking down. Disposing of string is not practical and is costly. We recommend only laying the essential lines for training e.g. not the full court.
Question: When it comes to the venue check list – what happens if you are not happy with responses – what is the next step?
Answer: Discuss with the venue if they can make adaptions, and or consider further adaptions you can take to reduce the risk in the area of concern. Ultimately if you are not satisfied you shouldn’t use the venue. Please seek Goalball UK support and advice if this situation arises.