With the UK moving to Step 3 of the COVID-19 Response – Spring ‘21 Roadmap on Monday 17 May, Sport England have confirmed that squash clubs and venues can reintroduce full court squash for adults and juniors from this date.
England Squash has released version 7 of the Back to Squash guidance. Please note, further updates may be required once the full Government guidance has been released
Can I coach squash as part of PE lessons on the school site?
Yes, schools are permitted to use external coaches and clubs to deliver curriculum (and lunchtime) activity on the school site. Any squash activity delivered on a school site must be in line with Government guidance for schools.
I’m a coach and self employed. Can I get financial help?
The Government has set up the Self Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS); those self-employed can apply for taxable grants worth up to 80% of the average profits. The SEISS grant has been extended up until September as follows:
- The fourth grant will cover February until the end of April 2021, and will pay up to 80% of trading profits up to £7,500 in total. Claims for the fourth grant can be made from April.
- The fifth grant amount covers a four-month period (May to September 2021) but this payment will be based upon loss of income. Claims for the fifth grant can be made in July.
See full details here.
The full government rules on the self employed are set out here.
If you are a company director and pay yourself a salary or dividends you will not be covered by this scheme. You may be able to get support through the Job Retention Scheme.
Applications are being managed by HMRC and details on how to apply can be found here.
Other help available
- You can apply for a Business Interruption Loan. The temporary Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme is open to self-employed people and offers access to loans, overdrafts, invoice finance and asset finance of up to £5 million for up to six years. The Government could also give you a 'business interruption payment' to cover the first 12 months of interest and fees on the loan. The scheme is now open for applications and is offered by all major banks.
- You can defer your income tax payments. If you have income tax payments due in July 2020 under the self-assessment system, you can defer them until January 2021.
- You can access universal credit in full. The Government has removed the 'minimum income floor' to the universal credit benefit and will be boosting the standard allowance from Monday 6 April – meaning a single person aged over 25 could get a standard monthly allowance of £409.89
All Government advice supporting businesses can be found here.
A useful source of advice and support that many of you will be familiar with is moneysavingexpert.com.
Can I claim on my Coaches Club insurance benefit?
No, the Coaches Club insurance benefit only covers you for loss of earnings as a result of personal injury.
My first aid training has expired. What should I do?
A number of coaches have received confirmation of cancellations to face to face first aid courses that were booked before the current COVID-19 measures. Certificated online basic first aid courses that last a minimum of three hours in duration, remain acceptable for England Squash purposes. We recommend coaches undertake the following course. Please email email@example.com if you have any further enquiries regarding first aid courses.
Will COVID-19 affect DBS checks?
My safeguarding qualification has expired. How do I renew it?
All NSPCC Time To Listen courses have been cancelled or postponed.
UK Coaching have created an online classroom version of their Safeguarding and Protecting Children course which is being delivered as an interactive webinar. There are a number of courses available throughout April and all coaches whose Safeguarding qualification expires during the period of Government measures should attend one of these virtual courses, which will be accepted by England Squash in place of a face to face course. Please note that other online courses (with no interaction with the tutor as in a webinar) will not be accepted by England Squash.
What advice do you have for keeping in touch with young people remotely?
The CPSU has provided some useful safeguarding guidance for sports clubs and coaches on keeping in touch with young people remotely whilst at home.
As many coaches continue to adapt to current circumstances through online delivery, our insurers Bluefin are offering the following guidance regarding any coaching or instruction that is undertaken remotely:
- At the start of the session, advise participants:
- that by participating they are doing so at their own risk;
- a suitable, non-slip floor space is required and any potential obstructions in the vicinity are removed before they participate;
- to avoid activities if they have, or suspect they may have any current health concerns, injuries, aches and pains;
- avoid the use of blades, weapons or sharp instruments of any description;
- avoid physical contact with other participants and where appropriate, adhere to social distancing guidelines;
- Ensure that sessions are conducted for the benefit of existing members/participants/contacts only who have demonstrated sufficient suitability to participate;
- Continue to only instruct activities in which you are qualified to do so;
- Record the session. Retaining the recording for a period of up to thirty-six (36) months may assist in any claim made against you.
What support are you offering for Coaches Club members?
As part of our ongoing commitment to support our members during this difficult time, we’ve extended the freeze on your membership renewal until 1 April 2021.
What does this mean for you?
- If your membership lapses before April, it will continue to be valid until 1 April
- If your membership lapses after 1 April, you will receive an extension.
- No membership fees will be due until next year.
- Log in now to view your new expiry date.
- As before, all membership benefits remain available to you in your including insurance, Squash Perks and our popular video content.
We will continue to review our renewal policy over the coming months and keep you updated on any developments.
Can people who have formed a childcare bubble play full court squash?
Only in certain circumstances.
A childcare bubble allows a household with children to form a bubble with one other household for the purposes of providing childcare only. When the children are in the care of that other household they can access services and activities as if they are one household. This does not permit the parents/guardians of the children to take part in activities or access services alongside the other household.
The full Government guidance on childcare bubbles is here.
Is the latest Back to Squash guidance law or guidance?
Some parts of the Government, and subsequently the England Squash guidance, is underpinned by law. For example, it is illegal for people from two different households to meet indoors unless there is an exemption. Indoor sport and exercise is not exempt from this.
What support is there for clubs facing a loss of income as a result of club closures?
The UK Government have announced a £4.6 billion support package for businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors. Find out more.
How can clubs stay connected with members?
Staying in touch with your members during this period is a great way to support them and keep them engaged. Check out our how-to-guide and available support.