British Blind Sport Covid-19 Announcement

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BRITISH BLIND SPORT COVID-19 ANNOUNCEMENT

In line with current advice from the World Health Organisation, Public Health England and the UK Government, British Blind Sport has made the difficult decision to postpone a number of British Blind Sport led events. This is effective immediately and will be subject to review as the policies and government and public health advice around Covid-19 develops.

These events include:

Sheffield Have a Go Day, 26th – 27th March at English Institute of Sport in Sheffield

See My Voice National Young Leader Camp, 6th – 10th April at the Royal National College for the Blind in Hereford

Stoke Mandeville Archery Coaching Session, 21st March at Stoke Mandeville Stadium

BBS Ten Pin Westfield National Trio's Finals and AGM, 15th - 16th May at Rotherham Superbowl & Copthorne Hotel Sheffield

All remaining BBS Ten Pin Section League Games

Northampton Have a Go Day, 25th April, 10am-3pm, Kingsthorpe College, Boughton Green Rd, Northampton

All BCEW fixtures  (including all BBS Cricket fixtures) suspended until 29th May

London Have a Go Day, 3rd May, 10am - 3pm, Gunnersbury Park Sports Hub, Popes Lane, London

The health and safety of our participants, members, volunteers, staff and other attendees is paramount to our organisation and we feel at this time it is our responsibility to follow the government guidelines of social distancing and minimising travel.

We would like to reassure Young Leaders that we will be rescheduling the National Young Leader Camp for a time later on this year and all participants who were in line to attend the residential camp during the Easter holidays will automatically be eligible to attend the rearranged camp.

We will ensure the new date for camp will once again be scheduled during the school holidays, to ensure as many Young Leaders as possible can attend.

Regarding our Have a Go Days, we will also be working to rearrange these dates with our local partners and will circulate this information as soon as we have it confirmed.

Alaina MacGregor, Chief Executive Officer, said “Whilst this announcement is very disappointing to all the team at BBS and our participants, it is in the best interest of everyone involved that we make the decision to postpone these events whilst reviewing our programme plans over the summer.

We assure all of our Young Leaders that the National Young Leader Camp will be running later on this year and that all of the places are secured for the next camp. Our Have a Go Days are hugely popular events and give many people the chance to try something new and different and so we will be working as hard as we can to get new dates in the diary for these days.

During this time of social distancing, we encourage all our members, volunteers and affiliates to continue to stay active and healthy. Physical activity is a great way to relieve stress, improve mental health and boost the immune system.

We thank everyone in advance for their understanding and will update you as and when information is available.”

If you have any queries regarding the postponement of the National Young Leader Camp, please contact the BBS office on 01926 424247 or email our Young Leader Officer at Lijana@britishblindsport.org.uk

If you have any queries regarding the postponement of the Sheffield Have a Go Day, please contact Dawn or Gareth at Sheffield City Council respectively on dawnwood135@live.com or Gareth.Hayden@sheffield.gov.uk

If you have any queries regarding the postponement of the Stoke Mandeville Archery Coaching Session, please contact Carol Davies at Secretary@bbsarchery.org.uk

If you have any queries regarding the postponement of the BCEW fixtures please contact David Gavrilovic at davidgavrilovic@yahoo.co.uk

If you have any queries regarding the postponement of the Have a Go Days please contact Alex Pitts on alex@britishblindsport.org.uk

We aim to keep our members and supporters updated with changes as and when they occur and will try to provide as much notice of a postponement as possible.

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