Following the guidance outlined in the Irish Government’s Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business, the NI Executive’s phased return, and having consulted with numerous applicable stakeholders, the Board of Directors of the IABA have outlined 01st August as the date when boxing clubs can reopen.
In preparation for this date the IABA team in consultation with medical experts have prepared the Protect Yourself at All Times: Safe Return to Training Membership pack to help assist clubs wishing to reopen on this date.
Please note our measures and procedures are under constant review and updated as advice from both governments, health authorities and governing bodies evolves in line with the gradual lifting of social restrictions. The status of the current COVID-19 pandemic is an ever changing and evolving situation and these guidelines will, at all times, be in line with and guided by Government and Public Health policy.
This communication will explain the process and applicable documentation which clubs who wish to return on the 01st August MUST undertake prior to reopening:
1. The IABA Return to Training – Protect Yourself at All Times Document:
This practical guide, outlines the robust measures the IABA require clubs to implement and maintain to help safeguard members during the COVID-19 pandemic. This will allow all of us to get back to boxing, safely, improving the wellbeing of all our members. The measures cover each step of the journey from home to the club, and back home again. These measures should be in place seven days a week and until further notice. Clubs Committee’s MUST ensure that there is a Covid-19 Committee in place and a Covid-19 Officer/s to ensure that the protocols outlined in this document are strictly adhered to.
2. COVID-19 Club Risk Assessment Template Document:
All clubs wishing to reopen MUST first conduct a Covid-19 Club Risk Assessment. The IABA have prepared a template Covid-19 Risk Assessment to assist clubs with this process. It is recommended that clubs assign responsibility to an officer/s within their club to complete the Risk Assessment.
Please Note: This document is a template and not exhaustive. It can be adjusted to add specific items that have not been covered.
3. COVID-19 Officer Guidance Document:
All clubs wishing to reopen MUST appoint a Covid-19 Officer/s. The document titled Covid-19 Officer outlines the role and its various responsibilities.
*Please note all Club Covid-19 Officers MUST complete a Sport Ireland Covid-19 training course please see link below: https://www.sportireland.ie/covid19/course
4. Members COVID-19 Declaration Form:
All clubs wishing to reopen MUST ensure all members wishing to attend the club have completed and signed the members Covid-19 declaration Form prior to returning to the club. Members under the age of 18 MUST also have the document signed by a parent/guardian prior to the member returning to training.
5. IABA Club COVID-19 Questionnaire:
All clubs wishing to reopen MUST ensure all members wishing to attend the club have complete and sign the IABA Club Covid-19 Questionnaire prior to ALL training sessions. Members under the age of 18 MUST also have the document signed by a parent/guardian prior to the member participating in training.
6. Club COVID-19 Declaration Form:
All clubs wishing to reopen MUST complete and return this document to email@example.com. Once the completed attached document verifying that the club has taken all relevant steps has been received via email, the club will in turn receive a confirmation email from IABA head office confirming that they can reopen.
7. Contact Tracing Register:
All clubs wishing to reopen MUST keep a digital record of all persons attending their club for contact tracing purposes. The IABA have prepared a template Contact Tracing Register to assist clubs with this process. Members under the age of eighteen MUST supply contact details for parents/guardians.
8. COVID-19: Additional Guidance for Clubs:
This document offers members and clubs additional guidance in the following areas:
• Personal hygiene measures
• Face coverings
• How to manage a member with COVID-19 symptoms
• Medical isolation room
• Cleaning and disinfection Measures
• Contact Tracing Measures
• Communication with parents and children
9. COVID-19 Signage:
All clubs wishing to reopen MUST ensure that sufficient HSE & NHS (depending on your clubs location) posters are displayed throughout your club. To assist clubs with the process the IABA has provided several attached guidance posters to this communication. For additional NI Covid-19 posters please visit https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-information-posters
Covid Signage & Posters Northern Ireland
Covid Posters for ROI
NB: Please note you must in be receipt of your ‘Permission to Open’ Letter from the IABA Medical Commissioner before you can open your club. This can only be obtained following completion and sending of your Club Declaration Form to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.