We wanted to provide the Rounders community with an update of our current situation.
The Rounders England Board met on Saturday (4th April) and have taken the difficult decision to extend the suspension of all Rounders activities until Sunday 31 May 2020. We will continue to closely follow government guidance and advice and will continue to do so in making any future decisions. Whilst this may not come as a surprise in the current climate we know you will be missing Rounders as much as we are, so please be rest assured that these decisions are made in line with government guidance and with the health and safety of our Rounders community at heart. We will of course, be continually responding and reacting to government advice and guidance on a daily basis and keep you updated as changes are made.
We will also keep our FAQ’s updated as they may answer some questions you have. If not, then please do not hesitate to email us and we will do our best to support you. We are also in communication with our insurers to prepare the right insurance packages for our community once we are back out playing and will of course notify our members in a timely manner about this.
The Rounders England team are working on some exciting projects to ensure we are Rounders ready when we can get back to playing our game. It is great to see the continued engagement with #RoundersinQuarantine and we will develop some new, fun challenges for you to keep you practising – any ideas you have will be welcomed, of course. Additionally, it has been fantastic to the Rounders community nominate their fellow team mates who are front line workers or key workers. Please do keep sending them in so we can say a big thank you.
We hope you are keeping yourself healthy and active as best you can in these times. As mentioned previously, please visit Stayinworkout.org for tips and ideas that may help you. The Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) have provided some guidance that is valuable as we engage with each other remotely. Posting training schedules that can be completed at home is a great initiative to support Rounders players to stay physically healthy during isolation. To ensure best practice, anything that is promoted should be carefully managed and coupled with regular conversations with participants to ensure their skills and techniques are being performed correctly, to avoid risk of injury.
With the closure of schools and sports clubs, many safeguards for children at risk of abuse and neglect, have been removed. While the country remains in isolation and with social distancing in place, we recommend the following helplines for support and guidance:
ChildLine W: www.childline.org.uk T: 0800 11 11
If you’re worried about a young person, you can contact NSPCC Helpline: 0808 800 5000 (8am-10pm Mon-Fri/9am-6pm weekends) or email [email protected].