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Amateur boxing clubs can reopen

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Amateur boxing clubs can reopen on Wednesday but tight restrictions remain

England is due to come out of lockdown and go into a new tier system on Wednesday. England Boxing have confirmed what this would mean for amateur clubs and boxing training.

Consternation has rightly been voiced at how the government has so far failed to offer grassroots participation sport the same kind of financial support they have extended to some spectators sports. At Boxing News we will continue to cover this issue. Progressing towards reintroducing more normal training is another key factor in amateur boxing’s eventual comeback. The first step though is to get the clubs back open.

All clubs will be allowed to open for individual, socially distanced, non-contact training, but what is allowed for adult groups will vary depending on which local tier your venue is in. The details are as follows:

Tier One areas

  • Both adults and Under-18s can train individually in an indoor gym or facility provided the club concerned follows England Boxing guidelines as this is deemed  to make it a COVID-19-secure. This includes doing the risk assessment and that both individuals and the club follow the protocols / guidelines set-up before the second national lockdown, namely everyone stays 2m apart at all times, all equipment is thoroughly cleaned before and after each session and before and after each individual use, using a suitable sanitiser, hands are washed before and after a session, contact details are taken etc.
  • The numbers of people who are allowed to attend at any one time should be based on the guidance issued previously and based on the size of the gym.
  • Group exercises classes for both adults and under 18s (such as BoxFit) can continue to take place providing the rule of six is followed and social distancing is maintained at all times.
  • Larger group classes are permitted for indoor disability boxing, boxing for educational purposes and supervised boxing for under-18s, with the limit on those numbers still to be confirmed.
  • Contact boxing – including pad work, sparring, shows and competitions – is not permitted at this time.
  • It is important that those participating follow the governments guidelines when they travel to and from the boxing club.

Tier Two areas

  • Both adults and Under-18s can train individually in an indoor gym or facility provided the club concerned follows England Boxing guidelines as this is deemed  to make it a COVID-19-secure. This includes doing the risk assessment and that both individuals and the club follow the protocols/guidelines set-up before the second national lockdown, namely everyone stays 2m apart at all times, all equipment is thoroughly cleaned before and after each session and before and after each individual use, using a suitable sanitiser, hands are washed before and after a session, contact details are taken etc.
  • The numbers of people who are allowed to attend at any one time should be based on the guidance issued previously and based on the size of the gym.
  • Group exercises classes for adults (such as BoxFit) can only take place if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with (or share a support bubble with).
  • Larger group classes are permitted for indoor disability boxing, boxing for educational purposes and supervised boxing for under-18s, with the limit on those numbers still to be confirmed.
  • Contact boxing – including pad work, sparring, shows and competitions – is not permitted at this time.
  • It is important that those participating follow the governments guidelines when they travel to and from the boxing club.

Tier Three areas

  • Both adults and Under-18s can train individually in an indoor gym or facility provided the club concerned follows England Boxing guidelines as this is deemed  to make it a COVID-19-secure. This includes doing the risk assessment and that both individuals and the club follow the protocols/guidelines set-up before the second national lockdown, namely everyone stays 2m apart at all times, all equipment is thoroughly cleaned before and after each session and before and after each individual use, using a suitable sanitiser, hands are washed before and after a session, contact details are taken etc.
  • The numbers of people who are allowed to attend at any one time should be based on the guidance issued previously and based on the size of the gym.
  • Group exercises classes for adults (such as BoxFit) cannot take place.
  • Group classes are still permitted for indoor disability boxing, boxing for educational purposes and supervised boxing for under-18s, with the limit on those numbers still to be confirmed.
  • Contact boxing – including pad work, sparring, shows and competitions – is not permitted at this time.
  • It is important that those participating follow the governments guidelines when they travel to and from the boxing club.

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