Following the coronavirus update announcement from the Prime Minister this evening regarding 17th May, we can provide the following update on what this step means for wrestling in England.
Unfortunately, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has confirmed that all combat sports will remain at phase 1 for adults (both indoor and outdoor), and phase 2 for Under 18s (both indoor and outdoor) as defined in the guidance, as has been the case during Step 2.
This means that adults are only permitted to take part in non-contact training whilst under 18’s can take part in contact training within training bubbles as per current guidance.
The government’s rationale for this:
The next possible change to restrictions will come with the move to Step 4 which will happen no earlier than 21st June. We hope that this easing will see a move return to full contact training and competition for all enabling us to plan effectively for the new competition season beginning in September.
Chief Executive Craig Anthony said “We understand and share members frustrations at not being able to return to contact wrestling at a time when much of society is opening up. We have met with DCMS and voiced our concerns about the impact these continued restrictions are having on you, as members, our clubs and the wider combat sports community. We will continue to advocate for the relaxation of the restrictions ahead of 21st June. However, it is important that the wrestling family continues to abide by the current regulations and keep each other safe.”
Whilst wrestling remains at phase 1 for adults and phase 2 for Under 18s, there are still some changes coming into force from Monday 17th May.
We know a number of clubs have been waiting for this announcement with plans to reopen after Ramadan, school holidays or just taking some time to come back. We encourage you to still return to the mat, a number of clubs have successfully reopened with contact sessions for Under 18s and non-contact sessions for adults.
For those planning to return take advantage of our Reactivate training to ensure you are trained in covid secure practices and environments. The online training is available for both coaches and facility managers.
When opening please ensure that your club is affiliated to British Wrestling and all participants have a current membership.