JudoScotland Update: Thursday 27 August 2020

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JudoScotland Update: Thursday 27 August 2020

Posted: 27/08/2020

JudoScotland welcomed the announcement by the First Minister last Thursday (20 August) with regard to the further easing of Covid-19 related restrictions on Sport in Scotland.

Following the announcement and after receiving further information, JudoScotland updated its ‘Return to Sport’ guidance and had this externally endorsed by sportscotland, the national agency for sport. A copy of the updated guidance (Phase 3, Version 5) for Judo in Scotland is available here.

Once again, the specific updates to the previous version of the document have been highlighted in yellow for ease of reading/reference.

There are also now three appendices highlighting the specific activities permitted by the Scottish Government guidance against the identified age groupings of: 5-11 years old; 12-17 years old and; over 18 years old.

The reopening of facilities, which will play a key role in Scotland’s recovery from the pandemic, will be widely welcomed by clubs, members and also the wider public. However, it is important to recognise that several challenges still need to be overcome before the delivery of sport in local communities will be considered in any way back towards anything like normal.   

While the desire from all partners to re-open facilities is clear, the difficulties presented by COVID-19 means that it is unlikely that all venues will be able to do so from day one, or for some time to come. Reduced capacities due to the required physical distancing will have a direct impact on the operational capabilities of venue operators and the economic viability of some facilities.

JudoScotland has continued to work with a wide range of partners, including the Scottish Government, sportscotland, Scottish Governing Bodies of Sport (SGBs), local authorities and leisure trusts, to progress plans for the safe return of sport, in line with the latest public health guidance and looking to ensure that local sports clubs – including Judo clubs - have access to the re-opening of facilities.

Your health and safety and that of your loved ones continues to be the priority and we would urge all JudoScotland Clubs and their members to continue to adhere to the current public health guidance from the Scottish Government.