Like all sports, 2020 has been a challenging year for Badminton. COVID 19 continues to impact our daily lives and has affected everyone in some way. As an indoor Sport, Badminton has been heavily affected by this virus. The second lockdown has had a huge on our members, our clubs and the Sport as a whole.
As we prepare to exit level 5, much uncertainty remains in terms of what activity can take place and for how long. Badminton Ireland will continue to liaise with Sport Ireland and advocate on behalf of our members for a safe return to play. Badminton Ireland recognises that this is a difficult and uncertain time for all our members.
Therefore, the Board of Badminton Ireland, in conjunction with our Branches have decided to waive affiliation fees for the 2020-2021 season. This decision was made to support and protect our club network and the volunteers who give up so much of their time for the Sport. It is also intended to ensure that any member of a club, both old or new, is protected under our insurance and our governance policies.
Badminton Ireland wishes to acknowledge the support of the Branches in making this decision. Members affiliation fees contribute not just to the running of Badminton Ireland, they also support the activities implemented by the Branches. However, each Branch has also agreed to waive their fees for the 2020/2021 season to support their clubs and members further.
The decision to waive means the following:
All members who were affiliated to Badminton Ireland in the 2019-2020 season will remain affiliated until 30/11/2021
- Clubs will not be required to pay the club fee for the 2020-2021 season
- All affiliation received for the 2020-2021 season-to-date will be refunded, a member of membership team will be in touch with the club secretary.
- Any new members for the 2020-2021 season will need to get a BI number
A member of the Badminton Ireland team will be in touch with club secretaries to confirm the next step to ensure their club in covered. Badminton Ireland hopes that our Sport will resume soon, and further information will follow this press release detailing new guidelines under level 3 of the “living with COVID” plan.
We will continue to update our members with activities on our website and social media platforms.
While our offices remain closed, our staff are continuing to work from home and remain available to answer any of your queries.
Any questions in relation to membership, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Chief Executive Officer
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