SPORTS IN EDUCATIONAL SETTINGS – POST COVID-19
As the nation comes out of its third lockdown and all pupils return to school on Monday 8 March, the government have issued a full Operational Guidance document which explains the actions school leaders should take to minimise the risk of
transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19) in their school.
Of particular interest you should refer to Page 58 that outlines…
Where you are considering team sports you should only consider those sports whose national governing bodies have developed guidance under the principles of the government’s guidance on team sport and been approved by the government i.e. sports on the list available at grassroots sports guidance for safe provision including team sport, contact combat sport and organised sport events. Competition between different schools should not take place until wider grassroots sport for under 18’s is permitted.
It is important to follow respective bespoke guidance documents from Rounders England Return To Play.
There is a reason why, when you ask people about Rounders it brings a smile – revisiting memories of a sport they played at school. At its basic level, it is a fun, fast team sport that both boys and girls can play whatever their ability, developing core skills in running, batting, throwing, catching and fielding. At higher skill levels the introduction of good knowledge of the rules leads to strategic and tactical decision making. It’s a great game which is exciting to play and spectate!
Rounders England has many ways in which we can support schools in playing Rounders, through resources, courses and competitions. Plus, as an education member, your school has discounted access to our upcoming competitions (see below) and females students have the opportunity to try out for the England Squads (KS3 and KS4).
Due to COVID-19, the National School Rounders Championships have been cancelled.
Colleges and Universities
Rounders England works with Colleges and Universities to establish Rounders teams and leagues across the country and aim to support establishments in developing social playing opportunities, whether it is in the park or an intra university tournament!
STARTING YOUR OWN TEAM
If you would like to start a Rounders team at your University or College, there is some information about the pitch, rules and equipment on the play section of this website. Alternatively, you can take some inspiration from our case studies.
We would also recommend undertaking an Activator Award which aims to develop a workforce to initiate ‘start up’ Rounders activity and you can take encouragement from our player pathway to see how you could progress.
If you already have a Rounders team at your college or university, let us know. Rounders England membership provides teams with a number of benefits including discounted entry to Rounders England competitions and access to Rounders England coaching courses.
If you are a college or University interested in Inter FE/HE tournaments, Rounders England have set up a Facebook group (Rounders England University and Club League Contacts and Fixtures) where you can discuss areas of good practice from your own or other Universities and get up to date information on fixtures and contacts.