UKRDA Return to Play Working Group

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UKRDA Return to Play Working Group

Postby RollinRat2704 » Tue Jul 14, 2020 9:03 pm

Important Information around UK Roller Derby Returning to Play

Good evening UK Roller Derby Community,

The UK Government recently released new guidelines for England which include a Return to Recreational Team Sport Framework (which can be found here) ... -framework

In order for roller derby to restart in England, the UKRDA as your National Governing Body (NGB) will need to develop a Return to Work plan and submit it to the UK Government for approval.

More important details can be found below but this is where we need your help.
We are working with British Championships to form a Working Group to develop the Return to Play Guidelines for presentation and hopefully approval by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport (DCMS). We are looking for volunteers to join the Working Group to ensure we have a wide range of experience and capacity to ensure we develop the guidelines as thoroughly and practically as possible.  

It will help if you have worked in Policy, Governance, Health and Safety and/or Risk Assessments either at a league or professional level, however it is not a requirement.

You are also not required to be a Member of a UKRDA Member League as this effects Leagues regardless of their Membership Status.

We will be utilising all available resources to us including our connection with WFTDA, and information and resources from Sport England and other NGBs.

If you are interested in been part of this Working Group and/or if you have some useful material, you would like to share with us then you can do so via this Form

As we are all keen to get back to training we want to set this group up quickly and so the deadline for applications is midnight Sunday 19th July.

Additional Details for League to take note of

It is important to note that at this stage this only relates to England. We are still waiting to hear what the requirements will be from the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish Governments and we will review and respond to requirements as they become clear.

As stated by the UK Government, all sports should ensure that sessions comply with the relevant National Governing Body Safeguarding Policies and Procedures and conduct a thorough risk assessment which should be included as part of the action plan. Particular consideration needs to be given to children and young people under the age of 18 and vulnerable adults who may be less able to understand or maintain social distancing discipline

Each club must only return to sport when they have the appropriate measures in place as developed by the NGB and general government guidance in relation to recreational sport. ... recreation

Guidance for team sports that has been cleared by PHE/HSE will be linked on GOV.UK. If guidance is not linked on GOV.UK, then the sport has not been cleared to restart.

We also advise that all Leagues contact their Insurance Providers for information around where they stand with returning to play, including skating outdoors. 

For our UKRDA Members who have insurance through the UKRDA offer, we are in discussions with our insurers to provide more information on return to play and insurance cover. In the meantime please be reminded that you are required to adhere to the Risk Management Guidelines which covers both Outdoors and Indoor.

As more government guidelines are released, we will also continue to update our Forum

Missy Pow

Re: UKRDA Return to Play Working Group

Postby Missy Pow » Thu Jul 16, 2020 4:25 pm


Can I just check - this needs to be submitted by the sports governing body and the British Roller Sports Fed is down on sports England as being the governing body for roller derby. So are they not doing this?
Have you contacted them to discuss a way forward??


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Re: UKRDA Return to Play Working Group

Postby RollinRat2704 » Mon Jul 20, 2020 4:14 pm


We are not currently affiliated to the BRSF and have been exploring the potential for recognition as the NGB for roller derby. We feel that preparing our own Return To Play guidance is the appropriate thing to do as either we will be able to submit it ourselves or we will be able to provide a plan developed by roller derby for roller derby to BRSF. As BRSF have no communication or relationship with us, have limited resources and no understanding of our sport, we are not confident that they would be able or willing to develop a Return To Play plan. The requirement in the guidance from the UK Government isnt clear on this matter and we are exploring the question with Sport England.

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Re: UKRDA Return to Play Working Group

Postby Hermaphroditie » Fri Jul 24, 2020 9:01 am

Can you give us an update on the working group - e.g. number of applicants, selection process etc.?

It would also be good to know, once the working group has got their heads round the requirements, a timeline for submission of information to the government (with support from the BRSF) so leagues can let their venues know when they anticipate being able to recommence block bookings.

Apologise if this information has been posted elsewhere and thanks for all your hard work!

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Re: UKRDA Return to Play Working Group

Postby dorkmistress » Wed Aug 05, 2020 7:40 pm

We had a really amazing quantity and quality of applications. The view of the UKRDA Board and BC leaders was the applicants all brought expertise and enthusiasm so all applicants were.invited to join the Working group.

- The first meeting has been held and the WG are already developing a draft Plan.
- We have confirmed with Sport England that we can submit our plan for approval to the UK Govt
- BRSF have produced a Return to Play Plan of their own which is not suitable for roller derby and have shown publicly yet again no interest in working with us.

We will update with a timeline for the plan submission shortly.

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