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COVID - Current POLICY

COVID - Current Status - Issued 12th Jan 2022

Following the changes to restrictions announced on Tuesday 22 September, netball remains at stage 4 of the Return to Play Roadmap and must continue to adhere to the Government changes outlined HERE.

England Netball RESTART DOCUMENT Version 3 Issued March 2021

England Netball MANAGING COVID-19 WITHIN NETBALL Issued Jan 2022

We can now play in indoor and outdoor leagues and competition using all the normal INF rules.


Magnet Netball Club COVID Guidelines

*** IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT YOU INFORM YOUR DAUGTHER'S CLUB COACH IMMEDIATELY IF SHE HAS A POSITIVE LATERAL FLOW TEST **** this can be by email , text or phone call. This way we can contact any close contacts quickly to try and avoid any further spread of the virus.

A Close Contact is someone who has been within one metre of an infected player for one minute or longer without face-to-face contact. They have been within 2 metres of someone for more than 15 minutes (either as a one-off contact, or added up together over one day)


- IMPORTANT - Magnets Netball Club kindly requests that THAT YOU DO NOT ATTEND MATCHES OR TRAINING SESSIONS FOR 10 DAYS IF:

• You are COVID positive
• You are displaying any of the COVID-19 symptoms

Additional Information

The key points to remember are:

  1. From the 11th January 2022 if you have a positive lateral flow test you no longer need to get a PCR test to confirm the result you must start your isolation period immediately.
  2. If you have symptoms please arrange to get a PCR test at the earliest opportunity and do not attend netball activity.
  3. Current guidance is if you are fully vaccinated the isolation period may be reduced to 7 days if you have a negative lateral flow test on day 6 & 7. Please refer to the government website to check the latest guidance should a positive test be received.
  4. Anyone who tests positive must not attend any netball activity in any capacity.
  5. Anyone who is identified as a close contact of someone who tests positive and is fully vaccinated or under 18 can continue to attend netball activity, they should however do a lateral flow test before attending and can only attend if this test is negative. This includes a household member.
  6. Anyone who is identified as close contact of someone who tests positive and is not fully vaccinated or under 18 must self isolate for 10 days and cannot attend any netball activity.
  7. Registers should be maintained at netball activity so that COVID-19 Officers can advise on close contacts should any positive cases arise in the 48 hours following the activity.
  8. It should be noted that fully vaccinated is currently an individual who received 2 vaccinations more than 2 weeks ago.
  9. If the lateral flow test is still positive on day 10th, you may be able to resume the training, this is based on a risk assessment by the club.**
  10. If the lateral flow test is still positive on day 14th, you are no longer required to take any more tests and can resume the training.**
  11. If you have a positive Covid-19 infection, you should not take any PCR test for another 90 days, unless you have develop new symptoms.

**When can you return to Netball Training/Matches

You can return to training/match after 10 days providing you have received 2 NEGATIVE Lateral Flow Tests within 24 hours of each other. However if you are still POSITIVE on the 14th Day you may return on the 15th day and stop all further Lateral Flow Tests.


Close Contacts

If you are contacted by NHS Test & Trace, having been identified as a 'Close Contact', and you are fully vaccinated or under 18 can continue to attend netball activity, they should however do a lateral flow test before attending and can only attend if this test is negative. This includes a household member. If you are not fully vaccinated and over 18+ you should isolate as per national guidelines.

Post Match/Training Session

Any participant who becomes unwell with COVID symptoms within 72 hours of attending leagues matches or any training sessions MUST inform their Lead Club Coach or the COVID Officer immediately and you must arrange for a COVID PCR test. If the COVID result is positive the player must isolate for 10 days. If the COVID result is negative but the player is symptomatic the player must isolate for 10 days.

Note: Please follow national guidelines and additional information as above.

If After a training session -

After a training session - The Lead Club Coach will immediately inform any Magnets members who are classed as 'close contact' to the positive player of the situation. These 'close contact' players are recommended to take a Lateral Flow Test. If the Lateral Flow Test result is positive or the close contact player becomes symptomatic they MUST isolate for 10 days. Only a close contact player who receives a negative Lateral Flow Test result and is asymptomatic can return to training.

Note: Please follow national guidelines and additional information as above.

If After a Match -

The Club Lead COVID Officer or Club Lead Coach will immediately inform the 'MATCH' COVID Officer who will advise the opposition who are responsible for notifying all attendees so that they can follow the prevailing UK Government guidance on self-isolation and Lateral Flow Test.

Note: Please follow national guidelines and additional information as above.


1. BJNL (DATED 8th January 2022)

- Max number of persons on the bench = 15

- Following recent BNB discussions, it has been agreed that spectators will be permitted to BJNL matches from November 7th. The Berkshire Netball COVID 19 policy must be strictly adhered to, each team maximum of 6 spectators on a balcony/gallery and they MUST wear masks and be socially distanced where possible. If there is no balcony then parents may be courtside BUT this is the responsibility of the club COVID officer at the match to ensure they are socially distanced AND wear masks.

- EXCEPTION TO WEARING MASKS - If someone is medically exempt they should be wearing a lanyard to indicate this. Anyone who is not wearing a mask or a lanyard will be asked to leave the venue.

- Please ensure that all players and bench and match officials take an LFT before attending. Anyone with a positive result or who is already isolating or lives in a household with someone with COVID must not attend.

- Wherever possible doors should be opened to provide maximum ventilation.

- Please note that spectators for BOTH teams on Court 1 at Wellington should be up on the balcony and not courtside.

- BJNL league rules requires Hands and any balls used to be sanitised every 15 minutes during the warm-up, before play starts and then at every quarter during the match.

- BJNL league rules requires Magnets to track & trace the players and keeping a record of players at the match and supply BJNL with their contact details encase they need to contact them direct. These records MUST BE HELD for 21 days.

PLEASE NOTE IF BNB REQUESTS REGARDING MASKS, NUMBERS AND SOCIAL DISTANCE ARE NOT FOLLOWED SPECTATORS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED FOR THE REST OF THE SEASON.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE BJNL SEPT 21 COVID POLICY


2. Training/Coaching Sessions

All players MUST COMPLETE the Track & Trace CHECK IN within the Teamo app before any match and training session.

No specific training kit needs to be worn, but we do require that all kit is washed after every training session to prevent the risk of infection spreading. Girls must have appropriate netball trainers (please check they fit and have a good tread still!), no jewellery or taped earrings, short nails and hair up.

All players must bring the following with them to the session:

• Size 5 netball, pumped up & ready to play

• Disinfectant wipes

• Hand sanitiser (alcohol gel)

• Small first aid kit, containing plasters, tissues, nail file, spare hair band etc.