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 20 November 2020

As things stand, we believe that the impact of the national lockdown is as follows for grassroots rowing clubs and university rowing clubs:

Club Sporting FacilitiesAll club sporting facilities (including club-owned landing stages) should be closed during the lockdown.
Hospitality FacilitiesClub bars and catering facilities may only operate a takeaway service in line with Government advice for the hospitality sector
On-Water ActivityCrews made up of a single household (including Support Bubbles) are permitted to row, subject to any local navigation authorities, where no access to club property is required for this to safely take place. For the avoidance of doubt, this means you can’t access boats and equipment stored in club boathouses or on racks/trailers on club property and you cannot use club-owned landing stages.
Indoor Club ActivityNo activity is permitted
CompetitionAll rowing competition should cease during the lockdown – virtual competition (i.e. where competitors do not have to meet and can share a result whilst following the guidance above) is allowed subject to adhering to the guidance above.
Club Sporting Facilities
All club sporting facilities (including club-owned landing stages) should be closed during the lockdown.
Hospitality Facilities
Club bars and catering facilities may only operate a takeaway service in line with Government advice for the hospitality sector
On-Water Activity
Crews made up of a single household (including Support Bubbles) are permitted to row, subject to any local navigation authorities, where no access to club property is required for this to safely take place. For the avoidance of doubt, this means you can’t access boats and equipment stored in club boathouses or on racks/trailers on club property and you cannot use club-owned landing stages.
Indoor Club Activity
No activity is permitted
Competition
All rowing competition should cease during the lockdown – virtual competition (i.e. where competitors do not have to meet and can share a result whilst following the guidance above) is allowed subject to adhering to the guidance above.

There are specific rules for the provision of sports within schools – these allow for the provision of sport as part of the curriculum. Schools can offer extra-curricular activities (e.g. before and after school clubs) but they should only do so where it’s reasonably necessary to support parents to work, search for work, or undertake training or education, or where the provision is being used for the purposes of respite care. Schools are able to work with external coaches, clubs and organisations for curricular activities where they’re satisfied that it’s safe to do so during school hours.  Schools must follow their own measures and protocols to manage coronavirus (COVID-19) and clubs should not feel under pressure to open their facilities to schools if it doesn’t fit with their club’s risk assessment.

Clubs are reminded of our advice on managing and securing their facilities during a lockdown, available on page 21 of our Managing COVID-19 guidance.

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 5 November 2020

During the period of the lockdown, rowing competition should not take place.

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.

National Training Centre

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.

 

 

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