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EKF Covid Updates

Posted 5th November 2020
Covid Update - National Lockdown - NO concessions for under-18s

Dear Members

As you will know Parliament have voted in favour of a one-month National Lockdown which means we must again close our clubs and dojos.

There have been a number of enquiries whether the lockdown applied to Under 18's training as there had been some confusing messages, as well as representations made to allow under 18's sport to continue.

Unfortunately, there has been no such concessions. Despite past comments, all Grassroot sport delivered face to face, in-person, must cease. Online Zoom type sessions are allowed.

EKF will continue to monitor the situation and will update members as and when we know more. We would urge all members to follow EKF advice, rather than listen to conjecture and rumour.

If members are in any doubt, they should in the first instance contact their head of association or contact the EKF.

Keep safe and keep those around you safe.

Kind regards
Steve Coupland, EKF President

Posted 1st November 2020
Covid Update - National Lockdown from Thursday 5th November 2020

Dear Members

As you will all be aware the Government are imposing a National lockdown from Thursday 5th November.

It is the EKF's understanding that all grassroots sport, including karate classes, must stop both indoor and outdoor.

We are seeking further advice and will inform members accordingly as and when such advice becomes available.

There has been some confusion around the issue of Elite Sport. For clarity, there is no Elite Sport within the EKF and karate in England, except for a very small handful of people who are part of an Olympic pathway.  The EKF are not able to meet the demands required to run EKF Elite squads, but are looking to open further Zoom type sessions for EKF National Squad members.

For absolute clarity, Association Elite squads do not meet the criteria to run elite classes, and these should not happen.

We know our clubs and members face a hard time ahead. The EKF will continue to make representations to Sport England, and Government to seek the best outcomes for our members. Our hope is we will have permission to re-open our clubs in December.

In the meantime, stay safe and keep those around you safe.

Kind regards
Steve Coupland, EKF President

Posted 23rd September 2020
Covid Update - STOP PRESS rule of 6 DOES NOT APPLY TO KARATE TRAINING

The EKF has received confirmation from Sport England that the recent changes in relation to the rule of 6 DOES NOT APPLY TO KARATE training. However, all clubs must strictly follow without deviation the guidance issued by the EKF, at the end of July. There must absolutely be no partner or pad work. All training must comply with sporting social distance rules.

Further information will follow in the coming days. Any questions please send to admin@englishkaratefederation.com

Kindest Regards
Steve Coupland, EKF President

Posted 20th September 2020
Covid Update

The EKF are aware of the forthcoming government announcements in relation to the reduction in social gathering capacities from 30 to 6 people. It is our understanding this will not apply to Organised Sports.

The EKF is seeking clear clarification for our members and further information will follow in the coming days.

In the mean time, we advise our members to continue following their COVID 19 Risk Assessments and safety protocols in line with current guidelines and we thank you for your patience.

Stay safe
Steve Coupland, EKF President

Posted 16th July 2020
Sport England update on indoor karate

Dear Members,

Following a meeting with Sport England this morning we have now acquired agreement that indoor karate can resume from 25th July BUT with significant restrictions.

Full details and guidance will be forthcoming. Please bear with us and this will follow as soon as possible.

However, you are also advised to check with your facility provider on any requirements they may insist on. 

Best wishes, Steve, EKF President

Posted 9th July 2020
COVID Update

Dear Members, Colleagues and friends

As you may have seen the government are further easing the lockdown restrictions, which will allow people to return to Gyms and leisure centres in the coming weeks.

We are not sure (at this time)  what this will look like but we shall seek clarity in the coming days and provide that information as it becomes available.

Our understanding is that there will be different impacts on those that run their own private dojo/clubs, to those that hire their facilities. Clearly those that hire (which is the majority of clubs) will need to follow whatever regulations their facility provider imposes. Private owners will have guidance in the coming days. However, what is clear is that class sizes will be reduced significantly to ensure we have appropriate social distancing. We are led to believe that this could be as little as 25% of normal classes, but dependent on venue space

We would also caution members that some facilities (especially schools) might not allow return of classes at this time and you are advised to check rather than assume.

We also strongly advise that you speak to your insurance company for any further guidance or limitations they might impose or insist upon

Below are some of the measures you may need to consider and we would advise you to plan. It is by no means an exhaustive list, and will no doubt change as Government plans become clearer. 

  1. Safe Entry and exit to the dojo....maintaining social distancing. That is clearly marked and orderly entry and exit.
  2. Temperature check on entry (electronic devices are widely available through the internet). Possibly simple health check questionnaire on arrival.
  3. Register of those attending, including spectators, with clear and up to date contact details (should there be an issue. contact and trace will be required....similar to pub arrangements)
  4. People to arrive changed but ideally with jacket or similar over the top.... Unlikely any changing rooms to be available. There may also be a requirement to pre-book sessions. Clubs should give consideration as to whether a full gi is appropriate
  5. Training in sports shoes.... no bare feet.
  6. Gi, or training clothes to be cleaned between sessions.
  7. Marked individual training spaces.... will be a challenge for our younger members.
  8. All those entering and leaving to use sterile cleaning gel (clubs may need to provide)
  9. No sharing of equipment
  10. Cleaning of any areas between classes.
  11. No ki-ai.... We know that shouting risks projecting droplets over a wider space. Face masks might need to worn, though we think unlikely.
  12. Correct ventilation... open all windows where possible and as appropriate.
  13. Contact less payments should be considered
  14. No contact training at this time (tbc)
  15. All Safe Guarding protocols to remain in place

In the meantime, keep safe and keep those around you safe, EKF Board

Posted 24th June 2020
COVID Update

Dear Members 

As most of you will be aware the government have further eased lockdown measures by reducing social distancing to one metre, as well as allowing the opening of bars, pubs, restaurants, and other facilities.

We have had a number of calls asking if that means our dojo/clubs can open. Unfortunately, the relaxation of regulations does not yet allow for indoor sport to resume, so indoor karate training is not allowed.  It's not only our sport but everything from badminton, to aerobics, to gymnastics, and so forth.

Whilst some venues that are used for training will open, they are doing so for social interactions/activities and really not for sport. 

We are aware that some venues are inviting coaches to attend COVID planning meetings, and it is inferred training will be allowed. However, EKF advice is to follow the government guidance. To not do so will likely risk not only your insurance, but also risk of fines.

When we do eventually get the green light to train, there are likely to be considerable changes to how we normally practice. The EKF will continue to acquire the best guidance and advice, but we fully anticipate the class sizes will be limited, and the none contact training to continue. There is hope that we may be allowed back into our clubs at the end of July, but this has not been confirmed

In the meantime, the rules do allow for us to train outside, in groups of no more than six, with no contact training (that is no sparring, or partner work whatsoever). As ever, we strongly advise you check with your insurance company for guidance on their specific requirements.

Stay Safe and keep those around you safe.

Steve Coupland, EKF President

Posted 6th May 2020
Official EKF courses notice

Dear Members

The EKF is aware of the many excellent online training courses and sessions that are currently being offered to you and we hope they continue to be of benefit.

However, the EKF wish to make clear that during these difficult times, all Official EKF courses will be advertised on the EKF website and Social media platforms, and will be FREE of charge. It is EKF policy at this time to not profit from any of our activities in anyway, shape, or form.

EKF courses will not replace those that our member associations or clubs might be offering. We encourage members to continue 'attending' their club sessions which both support clubs, and offer specific training to match your individual needs.

Keep Safe
The EKF Board

Posted 5th April 2020
Sport England package of funding

Dear Members,

We hope that you are well and that you and your loved ones are keeping safe.

Sport England have announced a package of funding which local clubs can apply for in order to help them out financially throughout this pandemic. We urge you to look closely at the information provided on the below link which may prove to be an invaluable source of income for many.

https://www.sportengland.org/news/195-million-package-help-sport-and-physical-activity-through-coronavirus

With best wishes,
EKF Board

Posted 19th March 2020
Coronavirus Statement from the Board

Dear Members, Colleagues and Friends

As we are all aware the Coronovirus is impacting across all our communities, and all our lives. The situation is unprecedented in modern time, and poses immense challenges for everyone.

The EKF have had a number of enquiries around the crisis, seeking advice on what actions Association/club should be taking. In short, we can only advise you all to follow Government guidelines (Link below), and keep up to speed with what is an ever changing situation.

https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

In addition, more advice is available on the NHS website....

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

The Government are making clear they require us all to avoid large gatherings, and are encouraging 'social distancing'. We believe it is clear that these measures will be imposed for some time and we urge all members to follow that advice

To this end, the EKF are cancelling all planned activities. including National and Regional squad sessions, until further notice. At this time we do not know when we might have some sense of 'normality' but we will keep members informed as matters unfold.

To further these aims, all events posted for May, June and July, will be removed from the EKF website calendar. We do not feel it is responsible for an NGB to be encouraging members to attend events at this time.

We also recognise that licencing is nigh on impossible, so we do not expect Associations to complete monthly returns until this crisis is over.

For those people that teach karate professionally, who may run full time dojo, we urge you to read the Chancellors message and initiative announced on 17/03/20, which contained various support available for small business. You may qualify for this help.

As it is likely most clubs will close down for the duration of this crisis, we would suggest that you try to maintain contact with your club members (observing all safe guarding protocols) by social media and other platforms. For some people, who may live alone, and might be in isolation, this contact can be invaluable. By maintaining these 'relationships' it should prove easier to pick up on things once we are able to return to normality.

In closing, the Board fully appreciate that these are dark and strange times for everyone, not only in England but around the world. There are no easy solutions, no easy answers, and no quick fixes. What we do know is that as Martial Artist we are incredibly resilient and if we remain calm and strong, we will endure.

Our thoughts are with all those currently affected and we wish them well.

Stay safe, keep those around you safe.

Steve Coupland
EKF President

Posted 16th March 2020
Coronavirus update

As I am sure you are all aware, the coronavirus issue is impacting across all our daily lives with the situation developing daily.

The EKF has been monitoring the situation, and acting in accordance with Government advice and guidelines. However, the Board feel that we need to further consider the health and wellbeing of our members, and their families.

As you know, the European Karate Championships have been cancelled, along with a host of International Karate Championships.

As such the EKF is taking the following action with immediate effect:

The Commonwealth Karate Championships scheduled for September in Birmingham, will now be postponed until 2021.  We have been in discussion with the CKF executive, and whilst we expect the worse of the crisis to be over, we are aware that nations will be reluctant to commit to any events overseas whilst there are still so many unknown factors.

The English Nationals will also be postponed. At this time it is our intention is to hold them in September but this will be very much dependent on how this crisis unfolds.

The National Squad session and referee/coaches course scheduled for April is CANCELLED.  We will continue to monitor the situation and advise on future sessions accordingly.

We apologise for any inconvenience, but I am sure you can all appreciate the gravity of the situation and the very unusual circumstances.

To individual associations and clubs, we ask you to follow Government advice/guidelines, which can change daily, taking all measures that are needed.

On behalf of the Board may I thank you for your co-operation and understanding.

Kind Regards
Steve Coupland, EKF President

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