With a three-tier system now in operation across England we are able to confirm that British Wrestling remains at the Return to Club stage of our Return to the Mat plan. This means the following restrictions remain in place at all three tiers:
Sessions can continue to deliver to the numbers appropriate to the size of the mat and facility. The guidance on the return of sports and recreation covers personal training or coaching, stating that: “Organised sporting or other fitness related activities are allowed (including personal training or coaching) to continue in groups of more than six. This can be in any place, indoors or outdoors, other than a ‘private dwelling’ – a term which includes most outdoor space, such as a garden.”
UPDATE: Where tier 3 local restrictions prevent the delivery of sport or exercise classes indoors then all wrestling related indoor activities must not take place.
Participants must not mix when in classes and maintain appropriate social distancing at all times. Clubs must continue to ensure they maintain high standards of cleanliness and hygiene.
Please refer to our guidance on the Coronavirus Update page for more detailed information. For guidance on activity in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland please contact Scottish Wrestling, Welsh Wrestling or Wrestling NI, respectively.
It is important for our wrestling clubs and members to continue to comply with the legal restrictions in place across the UK and protect our wrestling family, communities and the NHS.
Any activity not in line with our current guidance, or that of the Home Nation Bodies where appropriate, is not covered by British Wrestling insurance. Any members or clubs not complying with guidelines are at risk of sanctions.
For those getting back on the mat in a socially distanced way, a reminder that both coaches and participants must be members of British Wrestling to be covered by our insurance. You can renew your membership or join via our membership portal.
I am working closely with other contact combat sports, Sport England and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to lobby for dispensation for the reintroduction of combat sport. The group has developed and submitted suggested guidance to the government in hopes of getting dispensation for the sports to begin again. Until such time we must remain patient and continue to keep everyone safe.
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