Following the Prime Minister’s briefing this evening, we welcome the news that the country will be progressing to Stage Three of the roadmap from 17th May, which will see the country exit lockdown in a safe manner.

While adults (over 18s) can now head indoors, it must remain as part of a non-contact session unfortunately. As part of the changes, judo will see the following guidelines amended as a result:

  • Indoor activity: Indoor judo can take place in larger numbers. This means that both adult and children classes can take place without number restrictions, as long as it is undertaken in line with Covid-secure guidance and adheres to the capacity restrictions for indoor sports facilities (100sqft per person).
  • Outdoor activity: Organised outdoor sport can take place with unlimited numbers.
  • Car sharing can now take place.
  • Spectating can now take place indoor and outdoor. Spectators need to adhere to social gathering limits (maximum groups of 30 outdoors and maximum groups of six/two households indoors).  The rule for indoors is that the total number of participants, coaches, officials and spectators must be in line with the facility guidance on ventilation rates, the maximum occupancy of each indoor facility should be limited by providing 100sq ft per person.

The governments rationale for this:

  • The decision to keep adults at the non-contact stage is consistent with the risk exposure framework which applies to the other close contact sports who have team sport variations in place.
  • The return of competitions and events has been delayed as it would cause increased contact and mixing with other groups, which the government want to restrict for the time being.

While this is another step in the right direction for the country and the sport, it is important to remain vigilant and follow our rules and guidelines and listen to your club/coach when they instruct you throughout your time on the mat.

Our detailed “Return To Judo” document has now been updated on our Covid Hub for clubs to download and reference.

We must reiterate that, although all age groups are now allowed back into sports facilities and dojos, it is still important to abide by basic Government advice such as:

  • Socially distancing in the appropriate situations,
  • Wearing face masks to sessions and only removing them when part of a session,
  • Adhere to hygiene rules before and after sessions such as washing your hands.

The next time we update you in June, we should be able to bring you news of a return to events, contact judo for adults but all of this is dependent on members sticking to the rules.

To ensure a safe return to judo, all British Judo Association (BJA) affiliated clubs and registered venues must sign this declaration form to say that they will abide by the UK Government and BJA guidelines related to Covid-19 social distancing and hygiene requirements at all times.

Your designated club representative must have completed this form before opening for business to ensure your full insurance validity.

Click here to complete your “Club Declaration Form”

Looking for a smoother digital administration process for the athlete indemnity forms? British Judo have teamed up with Proactive to provide our clubs with an exclusive offer for a Digital Covid-19 Symptom Checker.

The Proactive Digital Covid-19 Symptom Checker provides a simple, digital application to enable Club Administrators and Coaches a quick and easy platform to manage their member’s self-assessment prior to every training session. The app can be used to replace the British Judo Indemnity Form that members currently fill out each session, or it can be used alongside.

Coaches have access to a group dashboard showing completed checks as well as notifications in the event that a member is recorded as showing symptoms or restricted from participation.

Government guidelines state in relation to ‘Pre-attendance official symptom check’ that…

“All players, officials, and volunteers…must undergo a self-assessment for any COVID-19 symptoms. No-one should leave home to participate in sport if they, or someone they live with, has symptoms of COVID -19 currently recognised as any of the following…”

Screenshots of the app:

The Proactive System provides a secure and safe way to manage the data protection risks associated with collecting such information and is available at a British Judo exclusive price of just £3 + VAT per club.

There are two options for clubs, simply sign up and get started for a safer “Return to Play”:

Single Checker Licence

Ideal for single clubs/small clubs

Multi Checker Licence

Ideal for club-wide use with multiple clubs or groups

What’s included:

·         1 unique checker link for use by all participants

·         Add as many team admins as you like

·         One group dashboard where all reports come in

·         Receive notifications for participants advised not to attend


What’s included:

·         Add as many groups as needed each with their own unique checker

·         Add as many group admins as you like

·         Assign admins to individual groups

·         View single dashboards for each group

·         Allow coaches to view just their group reports and notifications.

·         Access to a “Club” dashboard for senior staff – including overview of all incoming reports



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Click here to download more information about the app

While it is great to see so many judo clubs returning since last week, we must remind clubs and venues of their obligation to display the NHS’s Test and Trace QR Code.

This has important implications for all British Judo clubs and requires action.

The purpose of maintaining records and displaying an official NHS QR poster

By maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors, and displaying an official NHS QR poster, you will help NHS Test and Trace to identify and notify people who may have been exposed to the virus.

You must register for an official NHS QR code and display the official NHS QR poster.

The NHS COVID-19 app has a feature that allows users to quickly and easily ‘check in’ to your venue by scanning the code. The information stays on the user’s phone. In England, you do not have to ask people who choose to ‘check in’ using the official NHS QR code to provide their contact details. If there is an outbreak associated with a venue, a message will be sent to the relevant app users with the necessary public health advice.

This will help to avoid the reintroduction of lockdown measures and support the country to return to, and maintain, a more normal way of life.

In addition to maintaining and sharing records where requested and displaying an official NHS QR poster, you must also continue to follow other government guidance to minimise the transmission of COVID-19.

This includes maintaining a safe working environment and following social distancing guidelines.

What is a QR Code?

QR code - Wikipedia

A QR Code, or quick response Code, is a Code that is quickly readable by a cell phone (hence the word “quick” in the name). Using a combination of spacing as a type of Matrix Barcode (a 2-D Barcode), when a QR Code is scanned, it conveys a wide multitude of information

The relevant settings this applies to are:

  • clubs providing team sporting activities
  • facilities for use by elite and professional sportspeople (including sports stadia)
  • indoor sport and leisure centres
  • cafes, including workplace canteens
  • bars, including bars in hotels or members’ clubs

Please note this updated guidance comes into effect from the 24th September and failure to comply will result in Government issued fines.

Full information on test and trace can be found here:

Click here to register for an official NHS QR Code

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.

Area Contact Mobile Email

(Northern, North West and Y&H Areas)

Dermot Heslop 07976 216447

(Midland, Western and Eastern Areas)

Keith Merrick 07887 455587

(London, Northern Home Counties and Southern Areas)

Nick Shepherd 07887 453112

Please 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.