Following the new guidance outlined by the NI Executive, the IABA can now confirm that clubs can start to train indoors with contact from Monday 24th May 2021.
The main points to note are:
The return of indoor group exercise and training (numbers informed by venue); this also represents a return to indoor club training in squads – adhere to the following:
- Social distancing
- Risk assessment to maximum capacity
- All contact details must be taken and retained
In preparation for returning indoors and reintroducing contact training the IABA have provided ‘A Practical Guide for Boxing Clubs Returning to Indoor Training with Contact following Covid-19 Restrictions – *Updated 24/05/21 (NI only) pack to help assist clubs to go back 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 indoors from Monday 24th May should comply with.
1. IABA Return to Play – Protect yourself at all times 24/05/21:
This practical guide, outlines the robust measures the IABA require clubs to implement and maintain to help safeguard members during this phase of returning to train in NI. This will allow all of us to get back to training safely and 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 return to indoor training MUST first conduct a Covid-19 Club Risk Assessment and identify the maximum capacity the club can safely accommodate boxers training (2m apart) in the space they have. 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 have completed the Sport Ireland Covid-19 training course. We would recommend Covid Officer to refresh their training. Please see link: https://www.sportireland.ie/covid19/course
4. Members COVID-19 Declaration Form:
All clubs wishing to return to indoor training MUST ensure all members wishing to attend the training sessions have completed and signed the members Covid-19 declaration Form prior to returning to training. 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 restart indoor training MUST ensure all members wishing to attend the training sessions have completed and signed 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 start back to indoor training MUST email a signed copy of the Club Covid-19 Declaration Form to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 letter from IABA Head Office confirming that they can commence indoor training.
7. Contact Tracing Register:
All clubs wishing to deliver outdoor training 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. Alternatively clubs can utilise the Contact Tracing App via Blocworx see IABA – FREE Contact Tracing Digital Solution for Clubs – Irish Athletic Boxing Association for more details.
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
NB: Please note you must in be receipt of your new ‘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 the above updated Club Declaration Form to email@example.com.