Netball Scotland have updated our guidance to reflect this new information.

We remain in Phase 3A of our Return to Netball Route Map, which permits non-contact training and netball fitness activities, both indoors and outdoors for all age groups 11 years and under, 12-18 and Adult, providing the 4 step #NetballReady process has been carried out by clubs and approved by Netball Scotland.

Key updates and Guidance:

The immediate impact of the recent announcements on netball are limited, however, our document contact key updates and guidance related to:

Events and competitions people limit*
Private gatherings
Car sharing
Hospitality curfew

* Please note both Netball Scotland organised competitions and local club/association competitions (including friendlies) remain suspended pending the launch of our modified game Return to Netball Guidelines. For further information please refer the Netball Scotland website.

At this point we are also able to share information regarding our Modified Game Plan submission to Scottish Government. The statement can be accessed here.

To support Players, Coaches & Officials Return to Netball over the coming weeks we will be offering webinars which will cover the key adaptations to enable you to confidently #PlayTheModifiedGame.

There will be 3 webinars which will each have a specific focus on the key changes the modified game will have on our Players, Coaches & Officials.

Our aim is to ensure all our membership groups are confident with the new rules and can return to the sport assured it will be conducted in a safe way. To access the webinars clubs must firstly complete the #NetballReady process. Further information will follow shortly.

Are you #NetballReady?

All netball ready guidance is available on the Netball Scotland website through the #NetballReady Hub. As you know, we require you all to put a number of steps in place now to ensure you are able to come back safely and confidently.

The four key steps are: –
Appoint a COVID Officer
Covid Officer Role Description can be found on the #NetballReady Hub here!
All Covid Officers must be registered with Netball Scotland
Covid-Officers should also complete a the sportscotland e-learning module. It should take no more than 20 minutes and can be found here!

Create a Club Management Plan
The Club Management plan is created by completing the #NetballReady Plan and Prepare Checklist and Completing a Risk Assessment both of which can be found on the #NetballReady Hub here!

Ensure all Members are affiliated for the new season
All club committee members, volunteers and returning players must be affiliated before returning to any form non-contact training or netball fitness activity. This applies whether non-contact training and fitness is carried out in person or digitally.
Affiliation guidance can be found here!

Volunteers to attend #NetballReady Forums
More dates for the Netball Ready forum will be released in due course.

What’s Next?

Each and every one of us have a personal responsibility to be informed and to follow the Scottish Government’s guidelines to keep ourselves, our families and friends as safe as possible in our everyday lives.

Alongside this, every sector has a responsibility to identify potential risks to public health and to find solutions to mitigate these, which is why over the past few months, the Netball Scotland team have been working tirelessly in partnership with sportscotland, the Scottish Government, Local Authorities, Leisure Trusts, the Third Sector, Further and Higher Education institutions and the Home Nation Netball Governing Bodies to ensure a coordinated safe return.

More information will be communicated through our digital platforms and #NetballReady Hub. To ensure our clubs and members are informed and ready, during Phase 3A we will work with the Netball Family to provide training and education as we look to ensure our affiliated members, clubs and Local Associations can implement a modified game.

Please note, as we remain in Phase 3A small sided games, match-play and competitions remain suspended until further notice, pending the launch of our Modified Game Return to Netball Guidelines.

Protect Scotland App:

The Protect Scotland app from NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect is a free, mobile phone app designed to help us protect each other, reduce the spread of coronavirus and avoid further lockdowns.

We recommend using the Protect Scotland app, along with adhering to current public health measures, this will help us to stay safe when we meet up for non-contact netball training and fitness activity.

Whilst all the information for a safe return to netball is available on the #NetballReady Hub we understand there may be questions. If you have read through the guidance and have any questions, please submit them through the link below.

Submit your question here!

*These questions will be gathered, and FAQs will be created, they will not be given individualised responses.

Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to thank those who have already pledged their support through renewing their affiliation and by getting their club #NetballReady. We also want to say a huge thank you to our Members, Clubs and Local Associations who have continued to champion our sport during lockdown, your dedication and passion for netball drives the sport forward and we are sure that with your support we will weather this storm and emerge as a sport stronger than ever.