Covid: worried, Biterrois sports clubs are resisting somehow


While the world of sport had taken advantage of the start of the season to regain some momentum and tranquility, the evolution of the health crisis has plunged amateur clubs back into doubt.

If the last weeks of 2021 had brought a little joy and serenity around the sports fields, the emergence of the Omicron variant has reignited fear and concern in amateur clubs.

Because, well beyond the government measures announced in recent days, and the consequences that could result from them, it is indeed the fear of a return to the situation of a year ago that is of the utmost concern within sports associations in the country. « We inevitably ask ourselves questions. I’m a little afraid that they will give us restrictions on competitions. It would really be a huge blow to the head »dreads Thomas Ferrandez, coach at Béziers Table Tennis.

« The demonstrations are important for the dynamism and the evolution of the club »

« I also hope that we will not be confronted with problems of gauge on the events that we organize. I have positioned myself to organize a big national tournament in May at the Four-à-Chaux gymnasium. It is important for the dynamism and evolution of the club. So if we cannot organize such an event in good conditions, it would be a very big disappointment. »

Especially since this resurgence of the epidemic came at the worst of times for the world of sport, when most sports associations had just recorded an increase in membership over the first part of the season, finding figures much more in line with what they knew before the crisis.

« The start of the season has been relatively satisfactory, we have reached 315 licenseessays Sandrine Faure, the president of the ASC Béziers Handball, who did not hesitate to make considerable efforts to retain its members. We have put the license at 45 euros for the licensees of last year, the club having had to close on October 15. It’s an important gesture, but one that impacts our operating budget. »

Worried clubs

Suffice to say that after a successful and promising first half of the season, and even if the clubs want to remain optimistic, there are many fears at the dawn of the second half, especially since the postponements and sometimes the cancellations of certain competitions, have been increasing in number since the beginning of January.

« I want to remain confident for the future, even if the Covid figures worry us. Today, we live from day to day, hoping to avoid positive cases within the club and that the championships can come to an end. C is something very important for our licensees »confirms Sandrine Faure, whose opinion is shared by Thomas Ferrandez. We are asked to be very careful and to ensure that barrier gestures are well respected. This is what we will do throughout the next few weeks. We will do everything to continue to live our passion. »

Like the Christmas snack organized during the winter break, during which all the Béziers Table Tennis licensees spent « very good times » and found « a bit of friendliness ». The happiness of being together, far beyond the mere practice of sport.

And the arrival of the vaccination pass?

If sports clubs can still welcome their licensees for training and competitions, in strict compliance with barrier gestures and with very specific protocols, refreshments have been prohibited, as has the organization of snacks or any other convivial event. , and this until February 16th. Regarding the vaccination pass, voted in recent days in the National Assembly, its implementation is now effective within the clubs since Monday, January 24.

All French people over the age of 16 must now have a vaccination pass (vaccination certificate, recovery certificate, certificate of contraindication to vaccination) to go to establishments open to the public, indoors or outdoors. . Note that the health pass remains the rule for minors aged 12 to 15.

It remains to be seen what the consequences of these new restrictions will be for the country’s sports associations, in particular with the implementation of the vaccination pass, which could force some licensees to stop practicing sport. Case to follow.

Reinforced protocols

If sports clubs can still welcome their licensees for training and competitions, in strict compliance with barrier gestures and with very specific protocols, refreshments have been prohibited, as has the organization of snacks or any other convivial event. , and this until February 16th.

Regarding the vaccination pass, voted in recent days in the National Assembly, its implementation is now effective within the clubs since Monday, January 24. All French people over the age of 16 must now have a vaccination pass (vaccination certificate, recovery certificate, certificate of contraindication to vaccination) to go to establishments open to the public, indoors or outdoors. .

Note that the health pass remains the rule for minors aged 12 to 15. It remains to be seen what the consequences of these new restrictions will be for the country’s sports associations, in particular with the implementation of the vaccination pass, which could force some licensees to stop practicing sport. Case to follow.

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