Waikato Badminton at Alert Level 1 – As at 09 June 2020

Waikato Badminton is very excited to announce that following the latest Government announcement moving the country to Alert Level 1, all our operations can return to normal as of 9 June 2020 with no physical distancing and no gathering limit requirements.
24/7 access to Eastlink Badminton Stadium will resume for all annually paid stadium accounts which are allocated a doorcode. Waikato Badminton will replace the current CHECK-IN code with the Ministry of Health’s COVID Tracer Code to allow everyone to keep a personal diary. 

Although we are able to get back to normality, we will still be practising high standards of hygiene at all times and ask all badminton players and visitors to continue to do the following:

  • Ensure individual Pay2Play bookings contain registered names of all players for each booking;
  • Bring and use your own equipment, towel, water bottle;
  • Wash or sanitise your hands regularly;
  • Clean the courts at the end of each booking;
  • Be kind to everyone.

Enjoy your badminton!


Clubs, Training, Programs, Events to resume at Eastlink Stadium from 02 June – As at 28 May 2020

Following the announcement from the New Government on increasing the size of gatherings to up to 100, WBA will make 10 courts available for booking again from next week. All other updated booking parameters are available here: https://mailchi.mp/eab6159c7660/waikato-badminton-news-may202


Eastlink Stadium Courts to re-open Monday 18 May – As at 15 May 2020

Read all the news and booking parameters here: https://mailchi.mp/5e4678d77ed7/waikato-badminton-courts-reopen18may

Please note the link to the Booking Tips has been updated.


BACK2BADMINTON at Alert Level 2 – As at 13 May 2020

With guidance from Sport New Zealand and Badminton New Zealand, we are currently preparing the Eastlink Badminton Stadium to ensure it is safe to open. As we continue to get clarity on the COVID-19 requirements around gatherings of 10 for sport at Alert Level 2, we will communicate with you the details of how you’ll be able to get back to play the game of badminton that both you and us love with a target stadium reopening date of Monday 18 May 2020.

In the meantime, due to physical distancing requirements and gathering limitations, Waikato Badminton sanctioned events, programs and training continue to be suspended until 1 June, with a review on 25 May. Keep an eye on email communication from staff, along with our website and social media platforms to ensure you don’t miss out on key deals, dates and information.

Here are some additional measures we are taking to ensure the continued safety of players, visitors, and staff at the Eastlink Badminton Stadium. This includes:

  • Brightcoloured tape marking physical distancing requirements at the stadium foyer and general seating areas.
  • Hand sanitiser made available at the stadium foyer and computer kiosk, essential for all to use before and after signing into the stadium. 
  • Regular cleaning of common contact surfaces will take place within the stadium. We also ask that users keep the court surfaces clean as per the Court Bookings & Stadium Users Policy.
  • Equipment hire is suspended for the general public. Water fountain use is also discouraged so bring your own filled water bottle, towel, rackets and shuttles. New entry-level rackets can be purchased for $25 per racket fromthe Waikato Badminton office.
  • Reduced court capacity and time as a limited number of courts will be available for bookings during specified staff hours for an initial two-week period, and only for Individual stadium account holders (no Club Accounts) will be able to make bookings. More details about the booking parameters and process will be announced separately to this update.
  • Contact tracing options will be enabled at the venue so be prepared to scan a QR code or sign in manually upon entry.
  • Only participants with existing bookings can enter the stadium at the time of their booking. A staggered entry and exit process will be managed by WBA Staff. We recommend that players wait in their vehicles and not to congregate around the outside of the stadium in order to maintain appropriate (2m) physical distancing.
  • Contactless payments mean that cash will not be accepted but EFTPOS, bank transfers, and credit card payments via Pay2Play can be accepted. 
  • COVID-19 Work Safe Plan developed and familiarised by Waikato Badminton staff.

Many of these measures will be continuously monitored and reviewed. In preparation to return to badminton, we encourage everyone to familiarise themselves with Waikato Badminton’s safety considerations below, along with information and resources available on the Badminton New Zealand website. We understand this is vastly different from what our clubs, schools, communities, parents, players, officials and volunteers are used to but we ask everyone to be kind, and work together to adjust to this new reality.


PLAY IT SAFE at Alert Level 2 – As at 11 May 2020

Please remember that at Alert Levels 3 and 4, badminton facilities, programs and events are closed or suspended. All organisations and individuals should follow the advice and regulations provided by the New Zealand government and Ministry of Health. The information on this page is a guide only for a variety of stakeholders within badminton, and has also been created based on guidance from Sport New Zealand and Badminton New Zealand, where badminton activity is allowed under additional precautions. 

It is important to remember that badminton facilities, staff, clubs, coaches and players across the region are all different and operate in different local contexts. Making an assessment of whether a safe exercise environment can be provided also depends on a range of factors, which will apply differently at each venue – it is the responsibility of each person to make that assessment based on their local environment.

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