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Medical Considerations - for the Individual

  • No club member should attend a boxing club or sports environment if unwell and should follow public health guidelines in regard to their own health and the risk to the local community.

  • Individuals should not return to training if, in the last 14 days, they have been unwell or had close contact with a known or suspected case of COVID-19. This includes those with symptoms such as cough, sore throat, fever or shortness of breath, loss of taste / smell – even if mild. Again, Public Health England guidelines must be followed.

  • It should also be factored in that anyone retuning to sport and exercise after a period of social isolating and not exercising regularly may be at a greater risk of increased injury. Clubs and individuals should apply a gradual return in order to mitigate injury risk.

  • Vulnerable groups and individuals should consult appropriate medical advice before returning to boxing / sport Please follow this link for guidance: distancing/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing-after-4-july

Returning to Exercise / Boxing / Sport After Confirmed Case of COVID-19

  • Individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 need firstly to ensure they no longer pose a risk to the local community, and secondly to ensure they have sufficiently recovered to safely participate in physical activity.

  • If you have had COVID-19 in the community and feel well then you can return to training 14 days after recovery and rest. If you get greater shortness of breath than normal, or chest pains, on your return to training, you should seek medical advice. If you have attended hospital with COVID- 19, then you should seek medical advice before returning to training.

  • A gradual return to exercise is also recommended.

General advice

  • Due to the two metre social distancing requirement, pad work, sparring, skills bouts, or any form of competitive boxing is not permitted.
    For the avoidance of doubt, due to the level of exertion and face-to- face close nature of pad work, unfortunately, the one metre+ exemption does not apply. We continue to seek further guidance on this.

  • Vulnerable / extremely vulnerable, or those with a member of household in such a position, should consult the specific government advice on this matter before they consider whether it is appropriate to return to training / coaching or volunteering.

  • It is essential that the recommended hygiene, including washing hands / use of sanitiser and cleaning of equipment and surfaces before and after training, is followed e.g. sanitiser on entry and exit

  • Towels, water bottles etc should not be shared. Water fountains within clubs should not be used, except to fill up individual water containers. Members should refrain from spitting.

  • Social distancing whilst traveling to and from the club should be maintained. Entrance and exit routes to and from the gym will be clearly identified to you.

  • Clubs and members should be aware that the relaxing of the regulations can be reversible and the government may reintroduce some restrictions.

  • Boxers should come already changed and changing rooms, other than for toilets, or the exceptions below, should not be used. Showering should take place at home.

  • Toilets and Changing Rooms:. As well as maintaining a high level of personal hygiene, the key is reducing the spread of droplets, so toilet lids should be closed when flushing, hand dryers should not be used and there should be an allowance of sufficient time between users. There will be personal cleaning and sanitising / antibacterial equipment / liquid and gels available.



  • Access to toilets and changing rooms should will be restricted as much as possible to minimise any transmission of the virus, but may be required for medical reasons, reason of feminine personal hygiene, emergencies and unforeseen circumstances.

Gym Training

  • Social distance of two metres in all directions should be maintained. There should be no physical contact unless from a member of your household.

  • Participants should wash their hands and use antiseptic wash prior to the start and finish of training and after use of each piece of equipment.

  • After each bit of equipment is used, e.g. bags, skipping ropes, weights etc, they need to be thoroughly cleaned with antibacterial product and the tissue safely disposed of. 

  • Gloves: Due to problems with cleaning the inside of the gloves, it is preferable for each boxer to have their own gloves, but still cleaned before and after use with antibacterial cleaning product. Boxers must wash their hands thoroughly before and after use and avoid touching their face with their hands.

  • At this stage there is no reason to be wearing head guards.

  • Details of those attending each session will be recorded and kept securely for 21 days and only to be used in order to support Test and Tracing. Details to include; Name, address, phone number, date / times of arrival and exit.

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