Here you can find our Frequently Asked Questions regarding how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected Tchoukball UK (TUK) and the sport of tchoukball in the UK.
Can I play tchoukball?
TUK submitted its Return to Play on 25 February 2021 and received confirmation that we can play on 17 June 2021. Since 19 July 2021, almost all COVID restrictions were lifted in England, with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland relaxing some rules later on. While most government restrictions are now at a level where tchoukball can be played, it’s worth checking with your venue for any restrictions that they may have kept in place.
TUK recommends clubs stick to the principles of earlier restrictions, such as encouraging athletes to wear a face-covering when not playing, providing hand sanitiser at training sessions, bringing their own water bottles and discouraging use of changing rooms unless necessary. Whilst the return to play document is now our responsibility to manage and not a legal requirement particularly in England, clubs should follow the principles of this document as much as possible.
What do clubs have to do to Return to Play?
TUK clubs should appoint a COVID Officer and complete a risk assessment prior to return. We will work with clubs to ensure that they are taking the necessary precautions and we encourage all our athletes who are able to be vaccinated to do so. Our approved Return to Play documentation is below:
- Return to Play documentation
- Appendix 2: Risk assessments
- Appendix 4: Covid Contact Report
- Appendix 5: Court Layout
What impact has COVID-19 had on tchoukball in the UK?
Tchoukball UK suspended all its competition and Team UK activities when COVID-19 hit. The last TUK event was a Team UK Senior training session on Sunday 15 March 2020. We plan to resume a full competitions programme in 2021-2022 and there will be a 2021 Domini Fox Memorial Tournament in mid-October as usual.
What impact has COVID-19 had on Team UK and international tchoukball?
Tchoukball UK was set to host the European Tchoukball Championships (Senior and Youth) in August 2020. These were originally postponed to 2021 and has now been re-postponed to summer 2022 – UK remains the host of the next edition and the event will take place at Leeds Beckett University (dates tbc). As a host, Team UK will be able to feature 2 teams in each category (Women, Men, U18 Girls, U18 Boys, U15 Girls, U15 Boys, U12 Boys and U12 Girls) meaning there are plenty of opportunities to represent Team UK, especially in our Youth categories.