Back to Squash
Guidance and resources for the return to play
Last update: 24 May
- Latest updates
- Back to squash guidance - coaches, clubs and venues
- Back to squash guidance - players
- 24.05.21 Following a positive discussion at the England Squash Council meeting last week, we've released an updated Back to Squash guidance document (Version 7.3), including guidelines for the re-introduction of team squash, inter-club play and county leagues.
- 18.05.21 Following the release of the Government’s guidance for indoor sport for Step 3 on 16 May, England Squash has updated their Back to Squash guidance (Version 7.2).
- 14.05.21. With the UK moving to Step 3 of the Government's roadmap to ease restrictions on 17th May, Sport England have confirmed that squash clubs and venues can reintroduce full court squash for adults and juniors from this date. England Squash have updated full guidance to outline the implications for squash clubs and venues.
- 30.04.21. England Squash await detailed guidance from Sport England (expected no earlier than 10th May) ahead of the UK moving to Step 3 of the Government’s roadmap to ease restrictions on 17th May. We’ll update you once we receive the guidance and have taken the time to interpret what it means for squash.
- 12.03.21 Following discussion with Sport England, England Squash informs clubs, venues and coaches that they can reopen their club/venue to offer curriculum-based school activity only, provided that was part of their normal* schools' provision. This activity must follow the Department for Education’s (DfE) Schools Coronavirus Operational Guidance. *Normal provision means this was already in place prior to March 2020.
In order for clubs and venues to reopen, we advise that you;
- are comfortable reopening for the purposes of curriculum-based school activity only, and that you are confident that you have considered the risk in doing so
- re-do and update your COVID-19 risk assessment to manage risk and protect your players, workforce and volunteers, and share the findings of this with the school(s)
- outline your COVID-19 Safe Plan to each school
- liaise directly with each school to understand and follow the DfE guidance that all schools must follow
- ensure that your curriculum-based school activity is in line with each school’s COVID-safe protocols.
All England Squash updates
09.03.21 England Squash has been advised by Sport England that UK Government guidance for the return to indoor sport will be made available w/c 22nd March at the earliest. Once we receive and fully understand the guidance, and what it means for clubs and venues, we'll release our squash-specific guidance.
03.03.21 Ahead of schools reopening in England on 8th March, England Squash updates their FAQs to provide clarity to clubs and coaches around school squash provision.
03.03.21 England Squash continue to await detailed guidance from Sport England ahead of the return to play for indoor sports on 12th April. Once we receive the guidance and have taken the time to interpret what it means for squash clubs and venues, we'll update you. In the mean time, squash clubs and venues must remain closed until 12th April.
23.02.21 Following the release of the Government’s roadmap to ease lockdown restrictions, England Squash are working towards a date of 12th April for squash clubs and venues to reopen. England Squash continue to await detailed guidance in relation to sport to understand what squash activity will be permitted. We’ll publish an update here as soon as this information becomes available.
22.02.21 Following the Prime Minister’s announcement tonight which laid out the roadmap for easing restrictions, we await further guidance on when indoor sports facilities will be allowed to reopen.
22.02.21 England Squash will be keeping a close eye on any changes to the return to play ahead of the Prime Minister’s address at 7pm tonight on the Government roadmap to lift lockdown. We’ll post any updates here and across our social media.
05.01.21. Following the Prime Minister's address to the nation on 4 January, England Squash confirms that all squash clubs and venues should close with immediate effect in line with the new lockdown restrictions announced.
21.12.20. England Squash releases Version 5.4 of the Back to Squash guidance, with updates on the introduction of the new 'Tier 4: Stay at Home' local COVID alert level.
19.12.20. The UK Government have announced that areas of England, including London, the South East and East, will enter a new tier of restrictions from tomorrow morning. England Squash await further information to understand what this means for clubs and venues in these areas and will publish further updates here.
17.12.20. England Squash distributes a reminder to clubs, venues and coaches to check their club's tier following regional changes to tiers.
02.12.20. England Squash releases Version 5.2 of the Back to Squash guidance following the publication of the UK Government guidelines for sports facilities on 01/12/20. Key updates include confirmation of one-to-one coaching in Tier 3. An update has also been distributed to clubs, venues and coaches.
02.12.20. England Squash are finalising their return to play guidance following the release of the UK Government guidelines for sports facilities last night (01/12/20). Guidance including one-to-one coaching in Tier 3 will be published on 02.12.20.
- A change to the maximum number of players on court at Tier 1.
- Addition of travel guidance.
- A change around Educational Teams: these players must now be treated as if they are from different households when playing squash. Exemptions only apply to school, college or university groups within curriculum-based activity.
30.11.20. After seeking confirmation, England Squash announce that solo practice and same household play is permitted in Tier 3.
28.11.20. England Squash await confirmation on a change to Tier 3 to allow for solo practice and same household play.
27.11.20. England Squash releases updated guidance on the COVID Alert Levels ahead of courts reopening on 2 December. Read guidance. An update has also been distributed all clubs, venues, and coaches.
26.11.20. England Squash continue to wait for confirmation and detailed guidance from the Government and Sport England in relation to the three-tier restrictions. We'll publish further updates here.
24.11.20. In light of the Government announcement that lockdown will end on 2 December, England Squash await clarification from Sport England as to what this means for squash. We'll publish further updates here.
04.11.20. England Squash confirms that squash clubs and venues must close from Thursday 5 November, following the Parliamentary approval of a four-week national lockdown, until 2 December.
02.11.20. England Squash are working on the implications for squash following the UK Government’s proposal to reintroduce a national lockdown from Thursday 5 November.
31.10.20. England Squash will be seeking further clarity to fully understand the implications for squash clubs and venues following the UK Government’s proposal to reintroduce a national lockdown.
20.10.20. Updated guidance has been issued with clarifications on permitted one-to-one coaching activities and exempted players in tier 2 and 3 areas (High and Very High).
16.10.20. In answer to queries, we can confirm that one-to-one coaching with adults using socially distanced practices can be allowed across all tiers. Updated guidance to follow.
16.10.20. Coach-led/supervised activity can increase to up to four players on court (with social distancing measures in place).
16.10.20. England Squash have now received further guidance from Sport England in relation to the new COVID Alert Levels. Our guidelines will be released later today.
15.10.20. England Squash cancels the Premier Squash League (PSL) this season due to the ongoing pandemic. Full story.
15.10.20. England Squash are still waiting for guidance from Sport England and the Sport & Recreation Alliance in relation to the new COVID Alert Levels before they can release full guidelines.
14.10.20. England Squash await further guidance from Sport England and the Sport Recreation Alliance in relation to the new COVID Alert Levels before they can release guidelines in full. Please be patient and await our guidelines. In the meantime, we recommend that all players and workforce familiarise themselves with the risk level in their area, and any local Government guidelines that may apply. We will endeavour to release our guidelines this week, subject to our discussions with our partners, which will be emailed to all clubs, venues, coaches and counties.
13.10.20. England Squash are seeking further clarity to understand how the new COVID three-tier system will affect squash. We'll update you here as soon as we can.
9.10.20. England Squash is given the green light to reintroduce best-of-five games with immediate effect. This means that from today (9th October), whether in a squash bubble or playing sides, players can play best-of-five games. As before, players MUST continue to follow our player guidance including sudden death at ten-all and sanitising at six points. Our Back to Squash guidance will be updated w/c 12 October.
23.09.20. Following the Government’s update on 22 September, the implications for squash are:
- Squash remains at phase 2 (bubbles)
- Coaches can continue to coach a single group of up to 15 juniors in out of school settings.
- Coaches can continue to coach a single group of up to 6 adults but they must not coach multiple groups simultaneously.
- Anyone inside a squash club/venue is strongly recommended to wear a face covering unless on court or with an underlying health condition.
- All bars/restaurants/cafes in squash clubs/venues must be closed from 10pm – 5am as per the guidance for bars and restaurants.
14.09.20: Government guidelines updates: England Squash issues further recommendations to clubs, venues and coaches following updates to the Government guidelines for indoor sports facilities.
10.09.20: Government bubbles update: England Squash announces that phase 2 (squash bubbles) can continue following the Government update on 9 September.
02.09.20: Return to play final guidance: England Squash publishes Version 3 of the return to play guidance.
01.09.20: British Junior Open: England Squash announces the cancellation of the British Junior Open 2021.
25.08.20: Return to play phases: England Squash publishes return to play phases.
31.07.20: Lockdown restrictions: England Squash issues advice in relation to lockdown restrictions.
23.07.20: Return to play final guidance: England Squash releases final guidance for the return to play
06.07.20: British Junior Open: The British Junior Open 2021 will be reviewed in late August by the organising committee. Find out more.
21.05.20: Return to squash statement: England Squash releases a Return to squash statement.
11.05.20: England Squash junior circuit: all England Squash junior circuit competitions are cancelled up to and including the 31st July 2020.
11.05.20: England Squash Inter Counties Championships: the Senior and Masters Inter Counties are cancelled for the 2019/20 season. We will be in touch with county associations and team managers with further information.
11.05.20: National Racketball/Squash 57 Championships and National Club Championships: the National Racketball/Squash 57 Championships and National Club Championships have been postponed (not cancelled) until further notice.
11.05.20: Squash clubs and facilities: squash clubs and facilities should remain closed following the Prime Minister's address to the nation on 10th May.
07.05.20: England Squash Junior Rankings: the England Squash Junior Rankings are suspended until further notice with player rankings reflecting their position as of 1st April rankings. Find out more.
03.04.20: Club affiliation: we have put a freeze on all membership and affiliation renewals during the time that the current Government measures are in place.
03.04.20: Membership: Coaches Club and direct members - all coaches and players who hold direct membership with England Squash will be given an extension to their membership in line with the period of the Government measures.
02.04.20: Premier Squash League: the 2019/20 Karakal Premier Squash League (PSL) has been cancelled. Find out more.
02.04.20: PSA World Tour events: the PSA have extended the suspension of the Tour until July due to COVID-19. Find out more.
01.04.20: Sport England news: Sport England have launched a new Community Emergency Fund to support sports clubs who are experiencing short term financial hardship with grants available of between £300 to £10,000. Find out more.
27.03.20: Coach DBS and Safeguarding requirements: We have updated our policies around DB and Safeguarding courses, based on discussions with Sport England and the CPSU. Please find updated information on our 'Safe Squash' web page.
26.03.20: England Squash coaching courses: All England Squash coaching courses have been postponed until 31st May
24.03.20: England Squash junior circuit: All junior sanctioned competitions are cancelled until 31 May. Competitions scheduled after this date will be reviewed in the coming weeks.
20.03.20: Squash Clubs: UK Government tells all leisure centres and gyms to close until further notice (see below)
17.03.20: England Squash coaching courses: All England Squash coaching courses have been postponed until 24th April.
16.03.20: Premier Squash League (PSL): All remaining PSL matches including the semi-finals, relegation and promotional play-offs and final are suspended.
16.03.20: England Squash statement: England Squash released the following statement to the squash community.
16.03.20: England Squash junior circuit: All sanctioned competitions are suspended until 24 April.
16.03.20: Masters Inter-County Championships: The event has been postponed subject to further review/reschedule.
16.03.20: England Squash Squads: All England Squash talent pathway and performance squad sessions are cancelled. This includes all Aspire, England Potential, England Development, England Academy and Senior England Squads.
13.03.20: Junior 5 Nations: The event has been cancelled due to withdrawal by participating nations.
13.03.20: National School Championships finals: Following a significant number of schools withdrawing, we are postponing this year’s finals (18-20th March) until further notice. We will be looking at rescheduling the finals whilst also taking into consideration the upcoming exam periods. All competing schools have been emailed.
13.03.20: PSA World Tour events: All PSA World Tour and PSA Challenger Tour events taking place up to and including the week commencing April 27 will not take place during this period. Full story.
General advice on COVID-19
- UK Government - Guidance for people who work in grassroots sport and gym/leisure facilities
- UK Government - Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can't do
- UK Government - Department of Health advice updated daily at 2pm: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public
- World Health Organisation YouTube video: https://youtu.be/mOV1aBVYKGA
- World Health Organisation situation report updates: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports/
- Foreign and Commonwealth Office: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus
Download posters for your club/venue plus videos for your website and social media.
For funding advice and case studies on the return to play, visit our COVID-19 hub for clubs.