Clubs and Members welcomed to the new 2020-21 season
September 1, 2020 | by Matt Halfpenny
England Boxing would like to welcome Clubs and Members to the new 2020-21 season, which gets underway from today, 1st September.
We understand these are very testing, frustrating and worrying times and, as a result, and explained in our communication on Monday 17th August, all clubs who were affiliated at the end of March will be automatically reaffiliated to England Boxing from now until the end of this season on 31st May.
This is at no cost, with the normal affiliation fee of £220 waived, and you do not need to do anything.
Individual Members, however, do need to reaffiliate, which ensures they remained fully insured and retain their Member rights and privileges. To confirm how to do this, click here.
England Boxing would also like to take the opportunity to remind Clubs and their Members that as a result of the government regulations and guidelines, pad work, sparring and competitive boxing are not permitted at this time.
We understand the frustration and the inconsistencies around what is and isn’t permitted across society, and in sports in particular, as the government’s lockdown restrictions have been eased, and the impact that not being able to do pad work, sparring and competitive boxing has.
However, it is imperative that all Clubs and Members follow the regulations and guidelines set out until we are given the green light by the government to restart those activities. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the overwhelming majority of Clubs who have supported us in following these guidelines.
Research clearly shows that the risk of exposure to COVID-19 is increased for indoor close contact sports, as opposed to those played and contested outdoors. By ignoring the guidance, it puts the health of Club Members and extended family at an increased risk, while also potentially invalidating England Boxing insurance in the case of an incident.
Please be assured we continue to lobby the government and England Boxing has joined forces with judo, karate and other combat sports to establish a Combat Sports Group specifically to lobby the Department for Digital, Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) regarding permission to use pads, spar and eventually return to the boxing pathway.
We will continue to update Member Clubs of any developments and would like to thank everyone for their understanding in what is An extremely difficult time for amateur boxing.