COVID-19 Membership Statement

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COVID-19 Membership Statement

Posted: 15/05/2020

JudoScotland Update: Friday 15 May 2020

We hope that this finds you safe and well in these continuing challenging times.

Many JudoScotland members may have seen the announcements earlier this week by the UK Government and UK Sport concerning the ‘phased return of sport and recreation’ and also elite sport ‘return to training’. We thought it prudent to clarify that these recent announcements apply to England only.

The current situation in Scotland is markedly different, with the current Scottish Government guidelines being that the national ‘lockdown’ rules remain in place and that those rules apply to all JudoScotland members and members Clubs, residing within Scotland.

Return to the Tatami

We have to be up front and honest here and say that a return to the tatami will not be possible until there is a significant relaxing of the current ‘lockdown’ and social distancing by the Scottish Government.

JudoScotland, along with partners – including sportscotland - want to see the return of Judo and we are continuing to plan for:

·       A re-opening of the JudoScotland office and a return to its activities;

·       A return to Judo, including Club activity and the National Training Centre and;

·       A return to national and international competition.

All the above are currently being planned for with individual’s health, well-being and safety at the very forefront of these discussions and following the advice of the Scottish Government and NHS Scotland.

Competitive Judo

As we write, there is still no timetable available to JudoScotland to give an indication as to when the current restrictions will be lifted by the Scottish Government and when we will be able to return to competitive Judo.

Informing any decision about the recommencement of competitive Judo will be the ‘duty of care’ that JudoScotland has for its members, competitors and volunteer officials. Prior to any resumption of competitive opportunities, we would foresee a period of resumed and stable Club activity – to ensure that judoka are suitably prepared for National-level competitions.

Therefore, until further notice, JudoScotland will not be hosting or sanctioning competitive Judo opportunities within Scotland.

Additional support

The current ‘lockdown’ scenario across the country continues to be both a difficult and frustrating time for us all. In terms of our members (both individuals and clubs), we would like reinforce our previous messages that help and assistance is available to you.

Our colleagues at sportscotland and Harper Macleod LLP have produced some support information and guidance for clubs in Scotland and can be accessed via:

https://www.harpermacleod.co.uk/sportscotland-clubs/.

The Third Sector Resilience Fund (TSRF) is a £20m emergency fund for charities, community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisations working in Scotland. The fund supports organisations that already deliver services and products but find themselves in financial difficulties directly as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Further details can be found at:

https://scvo.org/support/coronavirus/funding/scottish-government/third-sector-  resilience-fund.

Thank you for your on-going support during these challenging times. We will look to provide further information and updates as and when these are available to us.

We look forward to seeing you back on the tatami at the earliest possible - and safest - opportunity.

JudoScotland