Latest British Rowing Advice on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

All the latest updates and advice from British Rowing as we continue to follow the situation relating to coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Advice for Clubs

Current Advice Updated 8 April 2021

Our guidance is now updated to version 11.2 covering up to Step 2 (due to come into effect 12 April) of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown. 👇


Surge Testing

In light of the Government’s announcements regarding surge testing (please see the Government website for details of where this applies), all clubs and members are encouraged to follow the directions of the Government and local authorities with regard to any additional surge testing. As set out in the guidance, clubs should apply any local restrictions to our national guidance and where applicable, review their risk assessments and control measures.


We will continue to monitor the situation and national guidance from the Government. If required, we may have to adjust some of our guidance, potentially at short notice. As such, clubs and competitions should ensure they have appropriate plans to reverse any plans they put in place.

Additional resources to support the document are also available below:

Our Club Support team remains available to offer further advice where required. We have also established a Club Emergency Fund for those clubs in particular need.

Advice for Affiliated Competitions

Current Advice Updated 8 April 2021

Our guidance is now updated to version 11.2 covering up to Step 2 (due to come into effect 12 April) of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown. 👇

We will continue to monitor the situation and national guidance from the Government. If required, we may have to adjust some of our guidance, potentially at short notice. As such, clubs and competitions should ensure they have appropriate plans to reverse any plans they put in place.

FAQs

Can I reschedule my cancelled event for later in the year?

The National Competition Committee will not consider any calendar changes for postponed Affiliated Competitions until the situation becomes clearer. Thank you for your understanding with this difficult situation.

How will this affect the Ranking Points Index?

We also recognise that the disruption to competitions will have an impact on the Ranking Points Index and, at an appropriate time, will be reviewing any actions that may be required to mitigate this.

How is British Rowing responding to the coronavirus situation?

We continue to monitor the ongoing situation and have setup a number of groups to help us plan for a safe return to rowing.

Office Closure

We have closed the main office in Hammersmith and asked all our staff to work from home from 6pm, 17 March.

This will remain in force until further notice and will be reviewed regularly throughout this time and we will provide updates as required.

Most of our staff are accustomed to working from home and all our systems are set up to allow us to do this with the minimum disruption. There will inevitably be a few teething problems and so we appreciate your patience in these unprecedented times.

One change we will be making is that we will be closing our usual phone lines until the office reopens. Please direct general enquiries to [email protected] and, if you specifically need to speak to someone, we have set up a form on the website to request a callback.

Elite Sport

There is an exemption to the national lockdown restrictions for designated elite athletes. In rowing, these are only those senior GB Rowing Team members currently training at the National Training Centre as agreed with UK Sport. At this time these athletes are training at three locations: the National Training Centre in Caversham, Longridge and Bisham Abbey. This elite athlete exemption will not be extended beyond this definition as agreed with UK Sport.

From 5 February 2021, we have begun to roll out an extension to specifically named athletes on our pathway programmes. These named athletes will train in small groups at a number of identified British Rowing Elite Development Pathway Hubs, to enable them to carry out on-water training following the appropriate COVID mitigations at a location near them. Please see here for more details.

 

 

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