From 12th April, indoor badminton can begin to restart for the following groups and with these restrictions:
- Clubs and coaching sessions for juniors (aged 18 & under) and for disabled players are able to restart (singles and doubles is permitted) with a maximum group size of 15 (ratio of 1 coach to 15 players) – if there is than one coach at a session, there can be more than 15 players, as long as they are grouped into bubbles of no more than 15 (e.g. 1 coach = maximum of 15 players at the session, 2 coaches = maximum of 30 players at the session)
- Coaches can deliver 1-to-1 sessions to both juniors and adults (and they can also coach a household together e.g. a coach could give a lesson to 2 or 3 people who all live with each other) – there is no limit on the number of sessions a coach can deliver in one day
- Junior recreational/social play is not permitted, juniors have to be playing in a session organised by a club or coach (e.g. a group of under 18s cannot just book a court themselves and play)
- Adults are only able to play with others from their own household or support bubble (unless they are having a 1-to-1 lesson with a qualified coach)
Full details and an updated Return to Play Roadmap can be found by visiting: https://www.badmintonengland.co.uk/return-to-play/
The Government will be releasing guidance for sport one week prior to the dates that the rules are due to change so Badminton England should receive the guidance for the next stage during the week commencing 10th May (where it will then come into effect on 17th May). This stage is expected to allow adults to start playing again with others from outside their household, enabling adult clubs and No Strings sessions to restart (with players grouped into bubbles of up to 6).