While we are still currently in Alert Level 3 (click here for information on all alert levels) and coaching is currently not allowed, Sport New Zealand have now released the Government Guidelines for Alert Level 2, please take some time to familiarise yourself with these guidelines.
Sport New Zealand and key government agencies have been very clear with all sports not to rush back to coaching and play until ensuring that everyone is clear on their own sport-specific guidelines. I’m sure we can all agree that the last thing we want is for tennis to be responsible for a new outbreak of the virus and a subsequent shift backwards in alert levels.
What do I need to do so that I am ready to coach safely in Alert Level 2?
The club and coach COVID-19 resources will be refreshed and renewed for level 2. These will be released in the middle of next week. These will include a safety plan, posters and contact tracing tool and you can see examples of these resources for clubs at level 3 HERE. There are still significant health and safety, contact tracing, and social distancing rules that tennis will need to follow and you can get a good idea of these HERE (please look most specifically at the 'Considerations that apply to all of play, active recreation & sport' and 'Sport' sections.
In the mean time you can begin to think around preparations that you may need to make to ensure a coaching environment that 'plays it safe' including things such as cleaning/sanitising equipment and clubhouses or facilities (full Sport New Zealand Hygiene and Sanitation guidance found HERE) and purchasing of PPE for yourself and/or your teams.
Finally, stay safe this weekend and we look forward to communicating with you all again next week as the timings for a return to coaching at Alert Level 2 are announced.
Nga mihi, Patrick Landy I Coach Development Manager Patrick@tennis.kiwi