Clubs and members urged to follow guidance on outdoor pad work

April 1, 2021 | by Matt Halfpenny

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England Boxing member clubs are reminded that they must correctly follow the newly-issued guidance in the Return to Boxing Framework when using pads in their outdoor sessions.

The UK government lifted some restrictions relating to Covid-19 on Monday (29th March), including those around outdoor sport, and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has confirmed pad work is now permitted, provided certain conditions are met.

However, since then, England Boxing has become aware of a number of clubs who are undertaking pad work without following these guidelines, such as the pads holder not wearing a mask, PPE equipment or both.

If clubs and their members do not adhere to these rules, it risks the privilege of being able to do pad work – which has been more than a year in coming – being taken away by the government and / or the right to return indoors to gyms on 12th April being delayed.

Please do your bit by following the guidelines in full which means:

  • Pad holder must wear a mask and or protective face visor at all times.
  • They must also wear gloves and a suitable apron.
  • This equipment must be wiped down with a suitable sanitiser in between padding each new boxer.
  • Pad holder to keep target at arm’s length as much as possible.
  • There is to be no direct personal contact or contact with another person’s clothing.
  • Any one boxer should do no more than 3×2 minutes of pad work per session.
  • Waiting boxers should remain 2m apart at all times.