Latest Covid updates for Savate training

last updated 19th May 2021

The GBSF are currently in the process of obtaining an official return-to-play mandate from Sport England for Savate. In the meantime, clubs wishing to return to training may do so by following the steps set out in the England Kickboxing Return-to-play Action Plan which has been approved by DCMS.

It is also advised that Instructors check the Government portal for the latest info in their region. Current Government guidance as of 17th May 2021:

Grassroots Sports Guidance – Step 3 (17th May 2021)
Outdoors, organised contact combat sport activities can resume at phase 2 for children, and phase 1 for adults. Organised sessions can take place in any number, but people must maintain the rules on social contact before and after the training session.

Indoors, organised contact combat sport activities can resume at phase 2 for children. Adults organised group session can resume indoors at phase 1. All participants should adhere to social distancing when not actively participating e.g. during breaks. Coaches must take steps to ensure the level of contact is reduced as much as possible. E.g. social distancing should be maintained during warms up and solo training.

Phase 1: return to equipment training
At phase 1, contact combat sports can resume contact training. They can train with others and do not have to maintain 2m social distance. This is solely for the use of training with handheld and wearable equipment (such as pad work), and during this phase there should be no direct personal contact or contact with clothing. Sports should provide guidance on whether (and what type of) personal protective equipment (PPE) is appropriate for individuals holding or wearing contact equipment.

Training which involves contact should take place within ‘training bubbles’, in accordance with the relevant social contact rules at that step of the roadmap. Individuals may only be part of a single bubble at an individual club/gym. Individuals may not be part of multiple bubbles at the same or at different venues (for example a coach may not train with a bubble of similarly experienced participants and then become a coach for a less experienced group; a children’s instructor may not coach more than one group of children, even on separate days). Coaches or participants holding or wearing the equipment are considered to be part of the bubble.

Coaches or officials who operate socially distanced from bubbles and are not holding or wearing equipment can operate across bubbles or multiple gyms. However, even when socially distanced, coaches or officials may wish to limit the number of bubbles or facilities they work with to limit exposure, and should make clear to facility operators if they work across multiple venues. Where possible, socially distanced training should be maintained for all participants.

For under-18s and where the activity is for educational purposes (e.g. students studying sport at further or higher education), the training bubble may be up to 15 participants. Participants in a training bubble should not mix with others in different bubbles, before, during or after the training activity.

Phase 2: return to contact training
At phase 2, contact combat sports may resume contact training which includes direct physical contact between participants.

Training which involves contact should take place within ‘training bubbles’, in accordance with the relevant social contact rules at that step of the roadmap.

Individuals may only be part of a single bubble at an individual club or gym. Individuals may not be part of multiple bubbles at the same or at different venues. For example, a coach may not train with a bubble of similarly experienced participants and then become a coach for a less experienced group. A children’s instructor may not coach more than one group of children, even on separate days. Coaches or participants holding or wearing the equipment are considered part of the bubble.

Coaches or officials who operate socially distanced from bubbles and are not holding or wearing equipment can operate across bubbles or multiple gyms. However, even when socially distanced, coaches or officials may wish to limit the number of bubbles or facilities they work with to limit exposure, and should make clear to facility operators if they work across multiple venues. Where possible, socially distanced training should be maintained for all participants.

For under-18s and where the activity is for educational purposes (e.g. students studying sport at further or higher education), the training bubble may be up to 15 participants. Participants in a training bubble should not mix with others in different bubbles, before, during or after the training activity.

The GBSF would like to thank its member clubs, instructors and participants for their patience in receiving an update on a safe return to training.

We look forward to seeing you soon and will provide further updates in due course.

Best wishes,
Sam Byford-Winter
President of Great Britain Savate Federation