Following a highly productive meeting with the COVID Working Group earlier this week the Camanachd Association are delighted to advise that board have approved an indicative date of Saturday 26th September for a return to local shinty fixtures for Adults and Children (Subject to Scottish Government Guidance and approval). To be clear this indicative date is based on continued progression through the Scottish Government Routemap and will be the earliest time that any games of any kind can take place with other local communities (including friendly matches.)
The date for outdoor competition for children and youth shinty is also currently the 26th September however this date is now under review following receipt of updated guidance from sportscotland earlier today and this may be brought forward pending a review of the following three items
- Club readiness (risk assessments)
- Club engagement in local leagues (Questionnaire will be sent by Ronald Ross w/c 10th August)
- A review of coach to participant ratios which will take place in the next two weeks after schools return.
PARTICIPATION IS SUBJECT TO CLUB READINESS
As you would expect the date we can return to competition is an exciting one after such a tough period however it is imperative from the moment your club returns to training that we do all we can to implement and safely enforce the guidance provided by Scottish Government and ourselves. Last night Beauly Shinty club returned to youth training following guidance and other clubs have already returned their readiness guidance in preparation. This said it is important we remain vigilant and that that any shinty activity is carried out following our guidance documents which includes the club readiness criteria, risk assessments, participant insurance, COVID Coordinator in place and member consultation. All dates are subject to change in line with Scottish Government guidance.
Whilst an indicative return to matches is great news for shinty, this is still a public health emergency and we would like to reinforce the following key points in relation to this guidance change:
- Organised and sanctioned outdoor training for children and youths can now take place (subject to club readiness guidance);
- With participants and essential coaches in attendance
- no spectators
- no family members (except for parents or guardians of children or vulnerable adults)
- a register of all attendees should be maintained
- travel to and from competition must not mix households i.e. no car sharing.
INDICATIVE DATE FOR ADULTS RETURN TO TRAINING – 24th AUGUST TBC
A return to adult contact training now has an indicative date of 24th August with Scottish Government and we will advise should this date be confirmed in the coming weeks. This of course is also subject to clubs completing the Club Readiness Guidance (See attached and contact your local Development Officer for support). This date will likely be finalised (or not) by the First minister on Thursday 20th August.
CURRENT FOCUS – RETURN TO TRAINING FOR YOUTHS AND CHILDREN
As is detailed in our current guidance the focus for all clubs between now and the above indicative dates should be non-competitive and focused on a return to training locally. The focus should be on delivering the organised activity with as few participants as possible (8:1 ratio) interacting with each other and for the minimum amount of time, whilst still allowing the activity to be run effectively. Additionally activity at this stage should be non-competitive, essentially a return to training / training games. No open competition, matches or other activity between clubs/organisations or venues should be arranged at this time.
As always guidance is available on our COVID 19 Live Guidance page and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch in the first instance with your Regional Development Officer.