Changes for outdoor training during holidays

July 16, 2020 | by Matt Halfpenny


England Boxing has been advised that as a result of guidance for summer clubs /activities by the Department of Education, changes have been made to what is permitted outdoors for England Boxing Member Clubs.

It is now permitted outdoors during the school summer holidays for clubs to have the following:

Groups of up to 15 children / young people under 18, with at least 1 coach and in accordance with numbers stipulated in our coach / volunteer safeguarding guidance for supervision numbers, can meet up for organised training session outdoors.

This is providing the government advice which can found here is followed.

This is namely:

  • A risk assessment has been undertaken.
  • That the 2m social distancing requirements in all directions are met.
  • That hygiene (including handwashing, use of hand sanitiser) and touch points and equipment cleaning protocols / advice are followed.
  • Boxers come already changed and shower at home.
  • Sufficient time is allowed for changeover of the groups.
  • The advice and the protocols are communicated to the parents / children / young people ahead of the session.
  • They do not attend if feeling unwell or have COVID-19 symptoms.
  • The groups are kept as consistent as possible.
  • All our previous advice and England boxing Regulations and safeguarding requirements are also adhered to.
  • The aim is also to stop mixing in larger groups, so multiple groups should be kept a significant distance apart and not mix or share equipment.
  • Additional detail from the government is below.

Even though the risk of transmission is considered to be lower outdoors, it is still important that providers who offer outdoor activities for children put in place the hierarchy of controls outlined above.

The guidance for providers of outdoor facilities on the phased return of sport and recreation advises on specific protective measures that should be put in place to run safer outdoor provision during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, including:

  • minimising contact with individuals who are unwell by ensuring that those who have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or who have someone in their household who does, or who have been advised by NHS Test & Trace to self-isolate do not attend your setting
  • keeping facilities and equipment clean – touch points (e.g. handrails and gates) should be particular areas of focus for increased cleaning
  • using signs, posters and regular reminders to build awareness of good handwashing technique, the need to increase handwashing frequency, avoid touching your face, and to cough or sneeze into your arm rather than your hand
  • providing more waste facilities and more frequent rubbish collection
  • providing hand sanitiser in multiple locations
  • using disposable paper towels in handwashing facilities, where possible
  • minimising use of portable toilets
  • setting clear use and cleaning guidance for toilets to ensure they are kept clean and social distancing is achieved

For the avoidance of doubt this advice only apples outdoors. Indoor capacity numbers should be based on the guidelines provided on the return to boxing document, namely one person per 100sgft and 2m distance for individuals in all directions, and not before 25th July.

If there any queries, then please email or contact your Club Support Officer.

Indoor reopening Q&A

Read our Q&A on the reopening of indoor facilities from Saturday 25th July by clicking here.