As Covid 19 (Coronavirus) continues to dominate headlines, so to does it continue to cause great public anxiety and economic hardship.
We’ve spent years campaigning for martial arts to be more prominent, professional and safe in the UK. The immediate cashflow difficulties already been experienced by many clubs in the face of a chaotic public response to the virus has led the BMABA to deploy a full operational contingency plan for our registered clubs.
This includes a number of key provisions and measures aimed at helping our clubs – big and small – survive a period of immediate and acute financial duress caused from isolation and public concern following on from the widespread Coronavirus impact. Just some of these measures include;
> Allocating thousands of pounds of emergency funding and discounting to ensure clubs of all sizes can continue to access insurances and other key martial arts provisions – such as DBS checks, safeguarding training and first aid training – in the midst of an immediate cashflow crisis.
> Providing a dedicated contingency planning centre aimed at tying together a full response for clubs and instructors. This includes co-ordinated student press releases, best practice guidance and specialist instructor only COVID 19 forums to discuss commercial concerns.
> Providing our members with pre-packaged press releases which can be sent directly onto students and parents to help communicate key messages around the on-going practicalities of continuing martial arts training.
> Providing crisis management guidance to help clubs deal with cashflow crunches, as well as strategy and contingency plans to help clubs find the best way of surviving the COVID 19 illness and any knock-on economical impact.
> Rushing forward the design and implementation of a student portal to support our clubs in student retention and digital engagement during any Government imposed shut down of leisure facilities.
Internally, we’ve also deployed a full organisational contingency plan to ensure our office remains active and enable to support our clubs and students – even during the height of the virus.
Whilst Coronavirus and any subsequent economic effects are unlikely to resolve immediately, the BMABA remains resolute in standing shoulder to shoulder with the UK martial arts instructor community and providing resolute, immediate support.