BSKA A.G.M.

This year’s BSKA A.G.M. will be held on Sunday September 19th at the Samurai Centre, Zortech Avenue, Kidderminster commencing at 11.30am. Any licenced BSKA member is welcome to attend.

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FEKO Covid Update

RETURN TO TRAINING – 19 JULY 2021

Following the announcement by the Government that most COVID restrictions are to be lifted from 19 July 2021 and a further meeting with Sport England, FEKO confirms the following:

TRAINING

All training can resume as normal. There are no restrictions on age, numbers allowed or training activities, other than the usual health and safety considerations   Partner work and contact training is allowed. This means that we can go return to our dojos as we were doing pre COVID.

EVENTS

We can now return to competition and events. However, we are still waiting for finer details regarding protocols to be followed. We have been advised that event protocols are to be expected which are likely to involve such things as different entry and exit points, and greater crowd control. When more is known, we will advise our members accordingly. Event organisers should check with any facility they hire on any regulations they might impose locally.

INTERNATIONAL EVENTS

We have been informed that there are no changes to the definition and exemptions for Elite sport travelling to overseas events. As such, should anyone travel abroad for karate sport events that do not meet the elite guidance which karate does not, then they are subject to the same conditions that apply to the general public.

CAUTION/ADVISORY

The Government and Sport England have made clear that whilst restrictions are being lifted, the pandemic is still very much with us. Infection rates continue to rise and we are asked in the strongest possible terms to continue taking measures to mitigate the spread of the virus.

Whilst FEKO cannot impose regulations, we do urge all our associations and clubs to continue with many of the safety measures you have already put in place.

We advise that

  • Masks continue to be worn indoors when not actually training or moving about within the facility.
  • Pre training medical checks continue.
  • Meticulous cleaning of equipment which should not be shared.
  • No sharing of drinks bottles and personal items.
  • Maintain social distancing when not training.
  • Continue to sanitise when possible.
  • Minimise the changing of partners during sessions where possible.

Members should also be aware that some facilities will insist on imposing more strict measures than others. Government has pretty much given permissions for facilities to make their own decisions on these matters. As such, some of you might face more difficulties than others.

The simple message is from the 19 July, we can now fully open BUT, and importantly, COVID is still very much with us and we must maintain our guard against it. If we do not, then we risk going back to further restrictions. We must not become complacent, and each do our own little bit to help.

Please remember to keep yourself safe and keep those around you safe.

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Covid Update From FEKO

Dear Member
We want to bring you up to speed with the latest ‘return to training’ guidance and rules as agreed with DCMS and Sport England.
Essentially, there is a four-step programme that will eventually lead to full training and competition. This message covers the first two steps. We expect all FEKO Associations and clubs to abide by the steps and guidance as laid out.
STEP ONE,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, from March 29th Outdoor training may resume for all ages and all groups. There are no limits on participation numbers providing the training is officially organised and part of the NGB guidance.
Under 18’s can return to normal training which includes CONTACT training. That means partner work is permissible.
Adults must maintain socially distanced training as per FEKO guidance. However, pad work is allowed (subject to cleaning protocols). It is advised that the person holding the pads wears a mask/face covering.
As training is outdoors you must ensure a full risk assessment is in place, considering the surface, age groups, participants footwear and (obviously) the weather!
Please check with your insurance company that you are covered for outdoor training and for any conditions they might set.
STEP TWO (no earlier than 12th April)
Under 18s to return to indoor training. Contact training and partner work is allowed. However, class size should be limited to 15 people.
Adults: Can return to indoor training but on a one-to-one basis. Adults may train in the same room at the same time as an under 18 group providing that social distance is maintained and it is not the same instructor running both sessions.
Also, the date for Step two is an indicative date and is subject to change. We have been advised that the FEKO will be informed one week in advance whether the next step can go ahead. The FEKO will message through usual channels when we have been given the formal go ahead.
In regards socialising and communing before and after sessions, these are determined by the prevailing government advice which all members are obliged to follow.
More information to follow shortly.
Kind regards
Noel Mantock
FEKO Chair
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Happy Christmas

The BSKA wishes all of our members and their families a happy Christmas and best wishes for the new year. Hopefully we can get back to  training together in 2021 before too long. We will publish a calendar of events as soon as we are able.

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Latest Guidance

The Government guidance relating to sport and physical activity can be found at Coronavirus (COVID-19): grassroots sports guidance for the public and sport providers – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

This relates to England. Our clubs in Scotland and Guernsey have their own guidelines.

Please contact your own  instructors regarding the situation in your club. Up to date information can be found on the FEKO web page and Facebook page.

Stay Safe. Train Safe

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