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Your questions answered for the return to play



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The UK Government has confirmed that Step 2 of the spring roadmap will go ahead from 12 April allowing squash courts to reopen for individual and same household activity, one-to-one coaching and out-of-school-setting activity only.
England Squash has released version 6 of the Back to Squash guidance.


Coach FAQs

Last updated: 12 April 2021

Can I coach juniors (under 18's) on a one-to-one basis?

Yes, you can coach junior players on a one-to-one basis.

Can I coach to a number of players from a single household or support bubble?

Yes, One-to-one coaching includes same household (including support and childcare bubble as per the UK Government definitions). You should have a maximum of 4 players on court at one time, and you as the coach should remain socially distant from the players wherever possible.

Can I deliver outdoor squash / fitness activity to groups of more than 6 people?

As an indoor sport any outdoor activity is unfortunately not classed as formally organised therefore any outdoor activity is only permitted in groups of up to 6 (or two households). Sport England have some FAQ's on outdoor sport.

Can school groups come to our club to take part in squash activity during PE lessons?

Having sought further guidance from Sport England, we can confirm that clubs/venues can reopen to offer school curriculum-based activity only, provided that was part of their normal* schools provision. Opening for these purposes must follow the Department for Education’s (DfE) COVID operational guidance.

We advise that;

  • you are comfortable opening again for the purposes of curriculum-based school activity only, and that you are confident that you have considered the risk in doing so in relation to your workforce.
  • you liaise with the school(s) directly to understand and follow the DfE guidance that all schools must follow.
  • your activities must be in line with each of your school's COVID-safe protocols and you should outline your club/venue's COVID-safe plan to each school.
  • you re-do and update your risk assessment (template link), sharing the findings of this with the school(s)

*normal provision means this was already in place prior to March 2020

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.

As a squash coach can I provide extra-curricular activity or wraparound care to school children?

There are only certain situations where extra-curricular activity or wraparound care can be provided. The Government guidance on Out of School Setting (OOSS) activity states that;

‘From 8 March all children will be able to access indoor and outdoor sports provision, where it is being used for the purposes of supporting their parents to work, seek work, undertake education or training, attend a medical appointment or address a medical need, or to attend a support group; and for other limited purposes. Vulnerable children will be able to access this provision under any circumstance.

This must be part of your normal provision meaning it was in place before lockdown.

In addition, the OOSS guidance gives more detail on who can attend these activities stating that this activity is only available to children and young people for certain essential purposes;

From 8 March, out-of-school settings and wraparound childcare providers will be able to offer indoor and outdoor provision to all children. However, parents and carers will only be able to access settings for certain essential purposes.

Therefore, from 8 March, providers should only offer indoor and outdoor face-to-face provision to:

  • vulnerable children and young people
  • other children, where the provision is:
    • reasonably necessary to enable their parents and carers to work, search for work, undertake education or training, or attend a medical appointment or address a medical need, or attend a support group
    • being used by electively home educating parents as part of their arrangements for their child to receive a suitable full-time education
    • being used as part of their efforts to obtain a regulated qualification, meet the entry requirements for an education institution, or to undertake exams and assessments'

This means that unless you meet the above strict criteria, or are coaching on behalf of an organisation that meets the criteria and that parents are only accessing the activity for the essential purposes mentioned, you cannot provide extra-curricular activity or wraparound care at this time.

When will coaches and clubs be able to start to provide Out Of School Setting activity?

At this stage, we do not have the finer detail but the Government have indicated that in Step 2 of the roadmap, which comes into force no sooner than 12 April, children will be able to attend any indoor children's activity, including sport, regardless of circumstance. Parent and child groups of up to 15 people (not counting children aged under five years old) can restart indoors.

Please note, we will provide an update once we have this confirmed by Government.

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 coaching@englandsquash.com if you have any further enquiries regarding first aid courses.

Will COVID-19 affect DBS checks?

No specific changes have been made to the ways in which England Squash administers DBS checks. Please click here to apply for a DBS check or visit our DBS FAQs for further information.

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.

Find a UK Coaching Online Classroom course.

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:

  1. At the start of the session, advise participants:
    1. that by participating they are doing so at their own risk;
    2. a suitable, non-slip floor space is required and any potential obstructions in the vicinity are removed before they participate;
    3. to avoid activities if they have, or suspect they may have any current health concerns, injuries, aches and pains;
    4. avoid the use of blades, weapons or sharp instruments of any description;
    5. avoid physical contact with other participants and where appropriate, adhere to social distancing guidelines;
  2. Ensure that sessions are conducted for the benefit of existing members/participants/contacts only who have demonstrated sufficient suitability to participate;
  3. Continue to only instruct activities in which you are qualified to do so;
  4. 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.


Club/venue FAQs

Last updated 29 March 21

Can we hold outdoor squash / fitness activity for groups of more than 6 people?

As an indoor sport any outdoor activity is unfortunately not classed as formally organised therefore any outdoor activity is only permitted in groups of up to 6 (or two households). Sport England have some FAQ's on outdoor sport.

From 8th March can school groups come to our club to take part in squash activity during PE lessons?

Having sought further guidance from Sport England, we can confirm that clubs/venues can reopen to offer school curriculum-based activity only, provided that was part of their normal* schools provision. Opening for these purposes must follow the Department for Education’s (DfE) COVID operational guidance.

We advise that;

  • you are comfortable opening again for the purposes of curriculum-based school activity only, and that you are confident that you have considered the risk in doing so in relation to your workforce.
  • you liaise with the school(s) directly to understand and follow the DfE guidance that all schools must follow.
  • your activities must be in line with each of your school's COVID-safe protocols and you should outline your club/venue's COVID-safe plan to each school.
  • you re-do and update your risk assessment (template link), sharing the findings of this with the school(s)

*normal provision means this was already in place prior to March 2020.

When will coaches and clubs be able to start to provide Out Of School Setting activity?

At this stage we do not have the finer detail but the Government have indicated that in Step 2 of the roadmap, which comes into force no sooner than 12 April, children will be able to attend any indoor children's activity, including sport, regardless of circumstance. Parent and child groups of up to 15 people (not counting children aged under five years old) can restart indoors.

We will provide an update once we have this is confirmed by Government.

I’m an affiliated club - do I need to start paying my club affiliation fees?

No, to continue to support our affiliated clubs and members, the suspension of membership and affiliation renewals has been extended to January 2021. We will continue to review this and provide further updates and information to clubs and members nearer the time.

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.

Will there be any support towards my club's England Squash affiliation?

With no members on court, we know that many clubs will be considering how they make ends meet, and we are aware that affiliation to England Squash may be a factor in those conversations. Therefore, we have put a freeze on all membership and affiliation renewals until 1 April. The period for which we will extend the following will be in line with the Government measures. This means:

  • Your club and its members will continue to be affiliated throughout this period.
  • Clubs who have paid their affiliation renewal invoice since 1 March will receive discounted affiliation fees next year, pro-rata of the number of months that squash clubs must be closed.
  • Clubs who are due to renew during the period of Government measures (or have lapsed since 1 March) will be given a ‘grace period’ so will remain affiliated. Renewal invoices will not be sent during this time. Once the current measures have been lifted, clubs will be invoiced for the number of months remaining in their affiliation year.
  • For clubs that do not fall into these categories, we will offer a discount to their affiliation fees next year, pro-rata of the number of months that squash clubs must be closed.

If you receive an invoice during this period, please ignore it for the time being, we will be in touch with a revised invoice later in the year.

How can we support self-employed coaches?

We appreciate that squash coaches are largely self-employed. On 26th March, the UK Government announced their new package of support for those who are self-employed which can be found here. We are staying in touch with Sport England as they seek further clarity from the Government on support for sports coaches.

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.


Get in touch

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