12/04/2021

COVID-19 Working Group update

As we continue our progress out of the most recent lockdown, we wanted to remind you about what we know this to mean for a return to the squash court. As things stand, and as we continue to wait with cautious optimism, we remain on track to see the potential reopening of squash clubs and facilities from April 26th; initially for under 18’s, solo and household (including extended household) squash activity. Please click here for the full update that we released following The Scottish Government’s announcement on 16th March, and click here for the latest roadmap for squash as we understand it.

In continuing to work towards the reopening from 26th April, we wanted to take this opportunity to let you know about the process ahead of the governing body being in a position to confirm and release updated guidance for such a return:

  1. The First Minister makes an announcement to the Scottish Parliament on a Tuesday afternoon, which in this case will be Tuesday 20th This is the first time that the governing body and sportscotland hear the content of the announcement.
  2. The details of the announcement go through a legislative process before guidance is issued from the Scottish Government to each of the different sectors.
  3. sportscotland are issued with the generic guidance for sport.
  4. This guidance then goes through points of clarity and understanding before being issued to individual sports.
  5. The governing body then interprets and produces/updates specific guidance for squash.
  6. This guidance then needs to be checked and approved by sportscotland/Scottish Government before it can be issued.

We recognise that this process can delay the release of confirmed guidance, and we understand that this may cause some frustration, but we would ask for your continued patience as we all work towards the safe return for squash.

Clubs are also reminded about the requirement to appoint a COVID-19 Officer ahead of re-opening. The COVID-19 Officer registration form can be found by clicking on this link and the appointed person will be the identified contact for Scottish Squash to share information in relation to the impact of COVID-19 and on any new measures required to be implemented as part of the safe return for squash. For further information on the role, we would also recommend that the appointed person completes sportscotland’s COVID-19 Officer e-learning module which can be found via this link.

Whilst we continue to wait in anticipation for future announcements, we would again like to draw your attention to some of the resources that might be useful for your preparations ahead of the return to squash.

‘Prepare for a Return to Squash’ Resource

‘Prepare for a Return to Squash’ is an interactive pdf with embedded links to off court squash specific workouts that can help your club members prepare their body for returning to squash in the near future.

For full details on the launch of the resource, please click here: https://www.scottishsquash.org/prepare-for-a-return-to-squash/

To access the resource, please click here: https://www.scottishsquash.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/PRTSFinal.pdf

‘Getting your facilities fit for sport’ Resource

Please follow the link below where you’ll find some comprehensive and useful guidance from sportscotland around preparing facilities for a re-opening. There’s a plethora of considerations and potential work/tasks to bring a facility/club out of lockdown, particularly important if it has been completely dormant for a period of time.

https://sportscotland.org.uk/covid-19/getting-your-facilities-fit-for-sport/

‘Getting coaches ready for sport’ Resource

The ‘Getting coaches ready for sport’ guidance and accompanying resource can be found here:

https://sportscotland.org.uk/covid-19/getting-coaches-ready-for-sport/

We will continue, as we have done throughout the pandemic, to provide you with regular updates from the COVID-19 Working Group through the regular communication channels and we would encourage you to continue to maintain an open dialogue via these channels.

Please continue to stay safe and well.