It’s been a long haul but we are finally there. It is with great pleasure that I can announce that I have just received notice that the “Return To Play” document for kickboxing in England has been approved by DCMS.
         
Under the Combat Sports Framework this means that from Monday 12th April all kickboxing clubs independent of organisation or affiliation will be able to operate as follows:
OUTDOORS- Organised Groups (Unlimited)
Under 18’s will be at phase 2 (contact) and adults will be at phase 1 (equipment use).
INDOORS (Under 18’s) – Phase 2 (Contact)
Under 18’s – Organised Groups (Capacity Restrictions Apply)
INDOORS (Adults) – Phase 1 (Equipment Use).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Individual training only. Coaches may work on a 1-1 basis with clients as coaches and PT’s do not count towards the restrictions on social gatherings.                                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Note that for indoor pad work between coaches and clients, the use of PPE is strongly recommended. See RTP document for a detailed example of PPE Pad Work.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I want to take this opportunity to thank all the various kickboxing organisations that came together to make this happen. I won’t name them all as they are listed within the document itself. This is a significant and positive step forward for the sport after what has been a very long and difficult year for many of us.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Please be aware that this document has been agreed with the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) in order to allow the phased return of Kickboxing in England. It is incumbent upon all club owners & coaches to follow this action plan as failure to do so could further delay the full return of our sport.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The next step forward will be no earlier than the 17th May and I shall be keeping an eye and reporting on any changes that impacts kickboxing.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Please take the time to read the document fully and to make yourself familiar with the detailed government guidance the document links to. If you have any questions then I can be contacted at safeguarding@wakogb.com

http://wakogb.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/England-Kickboxing-RTP.pdf

 

Gordon Mitchell

WAKO GB Lead Safeguarding & National COVID Officer