5 June, 2020

Message from British Wheelchair Basketball CEO, Lisa Pearce regarding return to sport planning

Dear British Wheelchair Basketball Family,

Firstly, please can I express how immensely proud we are, and continue to be, of our British Wheelchair Basketball family. During such challenging times our players, clubs and wider network continue to use creative ways to engage and stay active during this lock-down period.

As we approach the twelfth week of lockdown it is important that we keep you directly updated regarding our return-to-sport planning. As I am sure is the case with many of you, we are dearly missing our beloved sport and cannot wait until we can return to playing. However, as you can appreciate this will be a complex process and one where we must make sure that the welfare of our members, athletes and staff remains the upmost priority. 

At the moment there is still no change to the government advice regarding indoor team sport, but at some point in the future this will hopefully change and when it does it is critical that we work together to make sure that we return to wheelchair basketball safely.  

Behind the scenes here at British Wheelchair Basketball, we are reviewing every process involved in our sport and considering how this might work in a phased return approach across the UK, that is in-line with the governments guidelines and priorities, but also and most importantly has the welfare of our participants at its heart.  

As you are aware, there are still a large number unknowns including differing approaches across home nations, and we are working on these with a hope to publish a phased road map for gradual and safe return to sport, which will be subject to a number of conditions being met as we move through each phase of the return to sport plan, at the beginning of July.  

As soon as we have this guidance in place, we will share it with our members and clubs, so that we are ready to return to playing wheelchair basketball when it is safe to do so. The latest guidance can be viewed on our COVID-19 guidance page.

In the meantime, please know that we are here for all of members and clubs, check out our online workshops and seminars that we are running.

Please continue to stay safe.

Lisa Pearce

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