Return to play

Last updated: 23 July 2020

We’re watching closely the easing of COVID-19 restrictions and their potential impact on returning to playing badminton. 

It’s important to say that our venue provider BH Live won’t be facilitating badminton from 25 July, when some other sports facilities are due to open. With their phased return approach, Wimbledon Park Sports Centre will remain closed for the foreseeable future. 

Badminton England guidance currently states that it’s only safe to play badminton in strict groups of 6. SBC is primarily a sociable club – with players mixing in with one another. This fixed format is not what we usually use at club nights, or the format most of our players are used to playing in.

SBC club nights cannot return until both Badminton England and BH Live advise that it is safe to do so.

Our plan for returning

As and when the official guidance from the government, Badminton England and BH Live is updated, we will review it. We will consider the return of club nights using three main criteria:

  • Safety – of volunteers and players, and their families and households
  • Financial viability of the club – restricted capacity will affect whether it’s possible to run club nights
  • Logistics and volunteer capacity – organising club nights under social distancing rules will be harder, and a greater burden on the small group of volunteers who run the club 

How you can help

Currently you can help by being patient while we work through the safety guidance when it’s issued to us. We will share updates on our plans on our normal communications channels – WhatsApp, Facebook and our website – when we’re able to. We would be grateful if you didn’t contact or chase individual committee members, as it adds pressure to us volunteers.

Running club nights will be more logistically complicated than before, so we’ll probably need time to work out and implement processes to make sure it’s as safe and organised as possible. 

Thank you for your patience and support while we do this.

SBC Committee