British Judo are pleased to bring you our finalised Phase 1 “Safe Return To Judo” paperwork which will allow clubs to re-open from 25th July – providing they follow our advice and guidelines.

This advice is subject to change dependent on ongoing Government Advice.

Please note this does not necessarily mark a return to full-contact judo as we know it, but it will allow clubs to re-open and start that process. In order for clubs to begin to re-open, they will need to adhere to the guidance as well as completing and returning the Club Declaration Form to British Judo as detailed below before opening for indoor sessions.

There are a number of great resources for returning to your club at:


‘Return to Play’ – Mental health guidance to support the return of sport & physical activity

For more information about a “Safe Return To Judo”, please click here


On Friday 20th March 2020, the government announced a package of measures to assist businesses.

One of the measures allows all UK employees to access financial support to continue trading and to assist with those employees who would have otherwise been laid off or made redundant.  The support is available to all limited companies, sole traders, charities etc at the moment for March – May.  If as an employer you cannot cover staff costs due to COVID-19, to avoid layoffs/redundancies, you may be able to access support to continue paying a large part of your employees’ salaries.

If your business wishes to access the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, you can discuss with your employees about becoming classified as a furloughed worker. This would mean that employees are kept on your payroll, rather than being laid off or made redundant.

To qualify for this scheme, employees must not undertake work for the employer whilst being furloughed. This will allow your business to claim a grant of up to 80% of each selected employees’ wage for all employment costs, up to a cap of £2,500 per month.  The payment is said to cover all employees employment costs.

Employees will remain employed while furloughed and all terms and conditions will continue. You can choose to fund the difference between this government funded payment and actual salaries, but you do not have to.  Where you do not top up the salary to 100%, this needs to be notified and agreed with the employee.


To access the scheme, you will need to:

  1. Select and designate affected employees as ‘furloughed workers,’ and notify them employees of this change – changing the status of employees remains subject to existing employment law and, depending on the employment contract, may be subject to negotiation. Where it is not stated in the contract, you need an employee’s agreement.

Very few would challenge this arrangement I would have thought!

This means that you need to agree this arrangement with each individual who is identified as a ‘furloughed worker’.  It is inevitable that most employees will accept it as an alternative to redundancy, as in most cases businesses will not be able to afford to pay the redundancy.

  1. Once agreed they will need to be notified in writing of the change and they shall receive 80% of their earnings (or 100% if the employee is able to top up the payment).
  1. Once designated employees have been agreed submit information to HMRC about the employees that have been furloughed and their earnings through a new online portal (HMRC will set out further details on the information required) which is yet to be set up.
  1. Payment is made up front by the employer and reclaimed through the portal. Timescales for reimbursement have yet to be announced.

SSP – Support for businesses who are paying sick pay to employees

The government also announced that it will bring forward legislation to allow small-and medium-sized businesses and employers to reclaim Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) paid for sickness absence due to COVID-19. The eligibility criteria for the scheme will be as follows:

  • this refund will cover up to 2 weeks’ SSP per eligible employee who has been off work because of COVID-19
  • employers with fewer than 250 employees will be eligible – the size of an employer will be determined by the number of people they employed as of 28 February 2020
  • employers will be able to reclaim expenditure for any employee who has claimed SSP (according to the new eligibility criteria) as a result of COVID-19
  • employers should maintain records of staff absences and payments of SSP, but employees will not need to provide a GP fit note. If evidence is required by an employer, those with symptoms of coronavirus can get an isolation note from NHS 111 online and those who live with someone that has symptoms can get a note from the NHS website

Dave Edmonds of Edmonds Accountancy has kindly agreed to provide clubs with Pro Bono support in relation to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and you can contact him at  This is a great example of the judo family pulling together to help each other in times of need.

Club Support Request

Club Support Contacts

With a number of clubs returning to judo activities this week, it is expected that clubs will still have a number of questions around the restrictions.

Please use the contact list below for support during the first Phase of our ‘Safe Return to Judo’.

Each Area has been designated two members of staff who will provide dedicated Covid-19 support. The first name on the list for your Area should be your first point of contact.

Please do not contact these members of staff for general enquiries of administrative issues around membership or gradings. Similarly, do not contact membership staff at Head Office for dedicated Covid-19 support as they will not be able to help you.

Area Contact Mobile Email
Northern 1. Dermot Heslop 07976 216447
2. Dave Horton-Jones 07977 688491
North West


1. Dermot Heslop 07976 216447
2. Dave Horton-Jones 07977 688491
Yorkshire & Humberside 1. Dermot Heslop 07976 216447
2. Keith Merrick 07887 455587
Midlands 1. Keith Merrick 07887 455587
2. Joanne Baggs 07854 244342
Northern Home Counties 1. Chris Doherty 07967 781663
2. Nick Shepherd 07887 453112
Western 1. Joanne Baggs 07854 244342
2. Keith Merrick 07887 455587
Eastern 1. Dave Horton-Jones 07977 688491
2. Chris Doherty 07967 781663
London 1. Nick Shepherd 07887 453112
2. Chris Doherty 07967 781663
Southern 1. Chris Doherty 07967 781663
2. Nick Shepherd 07887 453112

Do not contact head office for issues related to ‘A Safe Return to Judo’ as they will not be able to provide you with dedicated Covid-19 support.