April 20, 2020

As we all continue to adapt to the current coronavirus situation, the safety of participants always remains our top priority. The EIHA recognises this is a difficult time for everyone. While there are far too many unknowns at this time to speculate on what will happen, we want to reassure everyone that we will be working with coaches and clubs to support them.

EIHA coaching courses are postponed until further notice
We will continue to follow the medical advice from Public Health England and Government guidelines as well as the Sport England and UK Coaching guidance. When the decision is taken that we can resume Coach Education activities we will notify clubs and provide course dates as quickly as possible.

EIHA coaches will not lose their current registration status due to the Covid-19 lockdown
We are aware that Coaches are unable to complete their coaching qualifications or gain access to courses to complete their Safeguarding or First Aid training.

When the time comes that we can resume sporting activities the EIHA will make reasonable adjustments – with flexibility and dispensations made where they are needed to allow coaches to coach and our sport to safely get up and running again. This will provide temporary relief of all pre-requisites including Safeguarding and First Aid training and CPD recertification requirements.

Please note that this is not a replacement for any face to face First Aid or Safeguarding training course, and when it becomes viable, we would expect full courses to be attended within a reasonable time period.

DBS Checks
Where DBS checks are a Government requirement, we will continue to follow the relevant legislation and guidelines.
Temporary changes to ID checking guidelines are being made as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. More information is available here: www.gov.uk/government/news/covid-19-changes-to-dbs-id-checking-guidelines

Staying Active
Where possible, coaches and players at all levels are encouraged to maintain their own personal fitness and keep active.