We will be constantly updating this page with useful answers to common questions that members and clubs have:

What will happen to events and competitions?

On the basis of the guidance from the Government, it is our interpretation of the advice that British Judo Affiliated Competitions and Events would fall into the category of ‘public gatherings’. Therefore, we strongly advise that Competitions should not run until further advice is released. This reflects our decision to cancel or postpone all events run and managed directly by British Judo for the same period. We will review this on an ongoing basis and continue to provide updates.

It is unlikely that any events/competitions will take place until the end of the year and will be guided by Government guidelines – it is in our Phase 3 & 4 of return.

What will happen with my Coaching Qualification and Coaching Revalidations?

For each member who has an expiry date for the above courses between now and the end of June, we will add a three-month extension onto your expiry date to allow you additional time to book onto a relevant course once they are running again.

If you have any questions about your Coaching award, please contact coaching@britishjudo.org.uk

What Is happening with the Centre of Excellence?

Following Government guidelines, we made the decision to close the British Judo Centre of Excellence on 18th March with immediate effect. This decision has been made in the best interest for the safety and health of all athletes, staff and the extended families, both within and outside of the Judo Community.

All World Class Performance Programme (WCPP) staff will work from home and the programme will remain fully operational during this closure period with daily PLT meetings to review the COVID-19 ever evolving situation, alongside weekly Coaching and staff meetings to ensure that the athletes continue to receive the best support possible as they train in their home environments.

Will I receive an extension to my membership for the time missed?

We recently updated all members regarding their membership and our plans for extending your membership when the current situation allows.

There will be a membership extension scheme for all individual memberships and club affiliations, to ensure as far as we can, that members do not miss out during these unprecedented times.

You can read more in the Members section of the Covid-19 Hub at https://www.britishjudo.org.uk/covid-19-response-members/

When will we be able to return to judo?

We welcome the Government’s announcement on 9th July concerning the opening of indoor sporting facilities.

This is a very important step on the journey to returning to the sport we love.

We await the full, detailed guidelines from the Government that will enable us to update our existing plans. Once we have this we will communicate with clubs and members to start the process of a safe return to judo.

Please note this announcement does not mark a return to full-contact judo, but will allow clubs to re-open and start that process. Once our guidelines are finalised, clubs will need to complete and return the Club Declaration Form to British Judo before opening for indoor sessions.

I missed one of your online webinars. Can I access a digital recording of the presentations?

All of our online webinars can be accessed via the “Safe Return To Judo” web page.

Will my BJA membership cover me for outdoor training whilst I cannot train at my club?

Yes – as long as the club follows the Government guidelines. This has been authorised by our insurers too.

Will gradings be on hold or adapted to the new conditions?

Gradings are not on hold, we have offered one free grading per member to clubs over this period. Clubs have been adapting the gradings to the new rules.

Just because the club has signed your protocol, doesn‘t mean they’ll abide by them. Will you publish the protocols on the BJA website so parents can make sure clubs are compliant.

The guidelines have and will be continue to be shared with clubs. These can also be found on our Covid-19 Hub. All clubs will be asked to sign a declaration to say they will abide by government and BJA guidelines. They have also been asked to inform parents of what to expect.

Will I need to complete an Athlete Indemnity Form each time I train?

Yes, once the Dojos are allowed to open, it is vital that you complete the indemnity form for each session as your health conditions can change very quickly upon displaying any side effects of Covid-19.

Do we have to clean mats between sessions if running 2 or more sessions in a day?

Yes – you will be required to clean the mats between each session.

How will British Judo support clubs during this period?

Our Club team is still available via the usual channels. Any clubs who require help or support during this difficult period can contact their Development Officer in the first instance.

If you have any enquiries regarding Club Affiliation, please contact Sarah Walker at sarah.walker@britishjudo.org.uk

How can we help support our members during this time?

We are working to provide content (workouts, ideas to keep you busy etc) and ideas to help you maintain a good level of fitness and activity away from the dojo and at home to keep a connection with your/our members. Keep an eye out on our social media channels each day for new content that we post.

We’re concerned about the financial impact of closing our club for an unknown period?

We are very aware that closing for this extended period could cause financial concerns for some clubs. As the situation becomes clearer, we will be working to signpost any funding or advice which could help your club.  In the meantime, if this applies to your club, please contact clubs@britishjudo.org.uk to let us know.

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