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Wales Golf COVID-19

Page last updated 8th January 2021

The Welsh Government has today (8th January) announced that all current alert level four restrictions will remain in place until the next review (29th January).

Wales Golf is taking the spread of COVID-19 extremely seriously. Our number one priority remains the safety and wellbeing of our community of golfers, clubs, volunteers and staff, ensuring that everyone can enjoy golf in a safe environment.

Wales Golf will continue to promote the benefits of golf as an activity with established COVID-19 secure practices and a sport that can be played safely by thousands of people under lockdown restrictions across the country. We hope that this data will provide the Welsh Government with accurate and up to date information to assist with future decision making.

This week, BIGGA has provided an important update regarding golf course maintenance concerning latest UK lockdown measures. There are no limitations placed on maintenance activities able to be undertaken by the green-keeping teams at golf facilities, driving ranges and other venues where golf and shorter forms of the game take place. Full details can be found here.

Read more from the Welsh Government here        

A review of the amended regulations can be found here

 

Open Letter to the First Minister

Wales Golf has today (21 December) sent an open letter to the First Minister regarding the closure of golf courses in Wales. Please read here. 

UPDATE TO GOLF IN WALES – 19TH DECEMBER

The First Minister today announced that the Tier 4 plans have been accelerated and will come into force from midnight tonight (19 December). 

The First Ministers statement can be found here

The current conditions mean that the whole of Wales will move into alert level 4 in the new Coronavirus Control Plan.

This means that golf courses will need to close from midnight tonight, 19th December.  

Wales Golf will provide an update to clubs when further information becomes available.

 

A  note for our CEO – Richard Dixon

I would like to thank all our Welsh Clubs for the excellent work you have been doing in helping to keep our sport, golfers and communities safe. By continuing this effort, we will put golf in a strong position to return as soon as it is safe to do so.

We are disappointed that Golf clubs face closure during tier 4 restrictions (equivalent to a lockdown/ firebreak). However, we will continue to work hard behind the scenes and have today issued the following statement clarifying Wales Golf’s position:-

Wales Golf feels there is a strong case for golf courses to remain open alongside public parks and playgrounds under Tier 4 restrictions and continues to work with the Welsh Government to make this point.

We totally understand the wider concerns, but golf is a sport that can be played safely outdoors while providing exercise. The whole golf industry has adapted to the restrictions imposed to ensure people’s safety, developed significant operational experience and established COVID secure practices, including rule changes and other mitigation measures that meet the Hands, Face, Space directive.

The health and wellbeing benefits of playing golf are well documented in scientific studies. Leaders in public health, public policy and sport from across the globe recognise that golf tackles physical inactivity and contributes to the prevention of a range of non-communicable diseases.  Combining the undeniable benefits golf offers to a significant proportion of the country, and the steps taken that ensure golf is a sport that can be played safely, it is ideally placed to be able to be played safely under lockdown restrictions.

Our colleagues in the golf industry around the UK are also united in pushing these messages. We want to assure golfers in Wales we are representing them at the highest levels.

Wales Golf COVID-19 press announcements: 

5th January 2020 – Update 

21st December 2020 – Open letter regarding the closure of golf courses in Wales

18th December 2020 – A note for our CEO – Richard Dixon

18th December 2020 – Higher-level restrictions to come into force to control coronavirus

4th December 2020 – Update to travel 

2nd December 2020 – Update to hospitality 

10th November 2020 – Update to U18 playing sport 

6th November 2020 – Golf courses to re-open in Wales 

23rd October 2020 – Firebreak Lockdown

16th October 2020 Children travelling for sport

12th October 2020 Local lockdown restrictions

8th October 2020- Hospitality clarification

8th September 2020 – Update to Golf in Wales – Caerphilly County Borough Council area

14th August 2020 – Changes to extended households

7th August 2020 Opening of changing rooms and indoor coaching/practice facilities

4th August 2020 – Clarification on the Hospitality Industry

31st July 2020 – Wales Golf Update on indoor facilities and changing rooms

10th July 2020 – Wales Golf Update on 3 and 4 ball golf

6th July 2020 – Be Active Wales Fund

3rd July 2020 Wales Golf Update on travel and hospitality

29th June 2020 – Updated R&A and CONGU Guidance

19th June 2020 – Update on Retail, Club Fitting and Driving Ranges

29th May 2020 – Wales Golf urge players to observe Welsh Government guidelines

20th May 2020 – Wales Golf Championships Update 

10th May 2020 – Wales Golf Updated Statement

27th April 2020 – Wales Golf Statement 

15th April 2020 – Further Wales Golf Championships Postponed or Cancelled

25th March 2020 – National Championship Postponements

24th March 2020Welsh golf clubs to shut due to COVID-19 crisis

19th March 2020Different approach for social golf and team championships qualifying

17th March 2020Wales Golf events postponed due to COVID-19

13th March 2020Wales Golf monitoring COVID-19 developments

Golf in the UK under COVID-19 restrictions Click here
Sport Wales Funding Click here
Business Wales Click here
Business Wales – Financial Support and grants Click here
Business Wales – Economic Resilience Fund Eligibility Checker Click here
UK Government Guidance – Job Retention Scheme (Furlough) Click here
UK Government: COVID-19 Support for Businesses Click here
Welsh Sports Association – Support for sport in Wales Click here 
Public Health Wales Advice Click here
NHS Advice Click here
World Health Organisation Click here

 

Wales Golf would like to assure you that safeguarding remains a priority and staff are working remotely and flexibly to support clubs during this difficult time. We continue to provide a safeguarding service to all clubs, their members, staff and volunteers.

Concerns can be reported by email to Sian Simmons, Wales Golf Lead Safeguarding Officer sian.simmons@walesgolf.org or Linda Stokoe, Safeguarding Co-ordinator linda.stokoe@walesgolf.org We continue to provide safeguarding advice and support for all involved in the sport of golf. This also includes DBS checks and virtual Safeguarding and Protecting Children workshops.

There will be no change in our safeguarding and information sharing practices. We will continue to refer all safeguarding concerns to the relevant statutory agencies, as well as relevant sports bodies and SafeGolf Group partners.

If you have any concerns or need advice and support please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Stay safe.
Regards

Sian Simmons
Lead Safeguarding Officer
Sian.simmons@walesgolf.org

Linda Stokoe
Safeguarding Co-ordinator
linda.stokoe@walesgolf.org

Sport Specific Guidance on Virtual Coaching
Many coaches are looking to stay in-touch and host virtual lessons with their pupils during this challenging time.
The NSPCC has created a useful safeguarding guidance on virtual coaching to keep in-touch with golfers at home.

The sport specific guidance on virtual coaching covers:
• Safeguarding procedures
• Online group coaching sessions
• One on one online coaching sessions
• Training programmes and schedules
Click here for sport specific guidance on virtual coaching

NSPCC Coronavirus Hub
The NSPCC has collated all the information relevant at this time in one place. This includes key information for parents and carers during this time.
Click here to access the NSPCC Coronavirus Hub

Help for children who may be anxious and worried about the Coronavirus

Click here for Childline – to access information, advice and support
Click here for Young Minds – what to do if you are anxious about Coronavirus
Click here for Emerging Minds – supporting children and young people with worries and anxiety.

Click here for Mind – Coronavirus and your wellbeing for young people

 

Please be aware of online safety as the risk of online abuse is heightened during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Please visit the Childline and NSPCC websites to access information and advice on how to stay safe online and also ThinkuKnow which breaks the information down into ages of the young people

Your personal mental health is very important during this time. Take a look at the advice on the websites below on how to support your mental health and wellbeing.

Click here for Coronavirus and your mental health help
Click here for advice on looking after your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak

Ann Craft Trust in collaboration with Clubmatters have produced a leaflet about Safeguarding adults during COVID 19 for clubs click here to veiw it.

 

Downloads
  • Wales Golf Guidance Document
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  • FAQs - Face coverings
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  • FAQs
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  • R&A COVID-19 Rules of Golf Guidance 29th June 2020
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  • CONGU Return-of-Qualifying-Scores Updated COVID-19
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  • Wales Golf Return to Golf post COVID-19 Risk Assessment
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  • Wales Golf Guidance around Competitions & Handicapping
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  • Playing Golf in the UK under Covid-19 Restrictions
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  • Operational Guidance under Covid-19 restrictions
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  • R&A Essential Maintenance Statement Version 4
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  • Golf Industry Guidelines
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  • Track & Trace webinar presentation slides
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