This document outlines Mighty Sports policy on Coronavirus in response to the global pandemic. These guidelines have been produced in line with the government and England Netball guidance which allows the return of outdoor sports with groups of up to six in a ‘bubble’ from different households whilst still remaining 2m apart. Physical contact with anyone from outside your household is not permitted, therefore, we will not be playing any games, as this is not permitted at this time.
IMPORTANT – If you or your child are showing symptoms of the virus or have been in contact with someone displaying symptoms within the last two weeks, then you should stay at home until an NHS practitioner advises you that you no longer need to remain in isolation.
At Mighty Netball we will always follow the latest government guidance and will ensure everyone is made clear about the restrictions and works together to manage social distancing and hand hygiene.
A detailed risk assessment will be carried out for each Mighty Netball summer session venue in association with the venue owners.
The health and safety of the children and our coaches is paramount. We look forward to welcoming children back for some fun summer sessions with new operating procedures in place.
The summer sessions will be planned for individual skills, footwork patterns, ball skills and fun fitness.
Mighty Netball will ensure all coaches and parents understand what to expect in order to provide a safe re-introduction to netball in accordance with the Government guidelines.
Coaches will have a daily checklist to ensure the area has been prepared and all equipment is sanitised and set out.
Children and coaches must maintain good hygiene, hand washing and social distancing. We require participants and coaches to wash their hands for 20 seconds with soap and water before leaving home and again when you return. Mighty Netball will ensure the environment is made safe, ensuring children maintain the social distance of 2m, and hand sanitiser must be used by all participants before and after sessions.
Coaches and children must arrive changed and ready to exercise, there may not be access to toilet facilities so our advice is to use the toilet at home.
Parents and children on arrival must wait 2m apart at the entrance of the courts, where the coach will register the participants and advise on the location of their group – only one parent to drop off or collect. Where possible we will operate a one-way system, which will be implemented to avoid parents congregating. If parents are staying for the session, then they must maintain social distance from others at all times.
Everyone is advised to avoid touching court gates, fences, benches and netball posts where possible.
Mighty Netball has a responsibility and duty of care to all children and will ensure the safeguarding of all. We recognise some children may feel anxious following the period of isolation and coaches will reassure and assess the situation, reporting any issues to a senior member of Mighty Netball.
All equipment and netballs will be sanitised thoroughly prior to each session, no bibs will be worn and each participant will have a coned area to work in. Each group of 6 will have half a netball court area and will consist of 1 coach and 5 participants. Each participant will have their own ball.
Each participant should bring their own water bottle and hand sanitiser, which must be kept in their marked-out area and should be clearly marked with their name.
Participants will be placed into their own group ‘bubble’ and will not mix throughout the session.
Children must only touch the equipment if the coaches instruct them to do so and following this they must sanitise their hands, they will have access to their own netball. Hand sanitiser and tissues will be available at each session.
If anyone needs to cough or sneeze during the session they should be advised to use their upper sleeve and avoid touching their face.
If a child gets injured then a member of the same household will be required to aid them, others will still need to remain socially distanced unless it is a life or limb threatening injury. If there is no member of the same household present then the allocated first aider for the session will wear appropriate ppe to provide medical assistance.
If a child or adult becomes symptomatic during the session they should be removed from the session immediately and taken home as soon as possible. Guidance from the NHS should then be followed.
After the Session
Children and adults should leave the venue promptly avoiding congestion, all participants and coaches to wash their hands at the earliest opportunity and all equipment to be wiped with a disinfectant.
Everyone’s health, wellbeing and safety are the priorities of Mighty Netball.
Disclaimer – this guidance is for general information only and does not constitute legal advice or replace any Government or PHE advice.
You can learn more about England Netball’s approach here.