Quarter of Badminton England staff face redundancy due to coronavirus pandemic

Ben Rumsby
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Quarter of Badminton England staff face redundancy due to coronavirus pandemic
Quarter of Badminton England staff face redundancy due to coronavirus pandemic

A quarter of Badminton England staff are facing redundancy due to the coronavirus crisis.

Chief executive Adrian Christy confirmed the wave of job losses as part of a restructure of the organisation focused on protecting the core elements of the sport, including its preparations for next year’s postponed Olympics and Paralympics.

Announcing it had lost more than £1m in income during the pandemic, Christy said: “This is a really sad day for us. I am privileged to work alongside an amazingly talented team who, through this period, have shown the most extraordinary commitment to get badminton back, despite the many hurdles that stand in our way. Unfortunately, because of the pandemic, some valued colleagues will leave the organisation.

“Badminton England has been hit extremely hard financially by the global coronavirus pandemic with the lockdown measures resulting in a loss of more than £1m of income, along with the continued disruption to the game. This is having a material impact on the finances of the organisation now and is expected to in the months ahead.

“While we undertake the consultation process with our team, there will inevitably be some disruption and I thank everyone in advance for their understanding during this period.

“The restructure reflects the immediate priorities for the organisation and will ensure that we remain financially secure and come through this in good shape, ready to manage the challenges ahead and embrace the opportunities also.”

Last month, Christy warned of the threat to the YONEX All England Championships, scheduled to be held at Arena Birmingham in March 2021, after the Government scrapped the return of crowds to sporting events.

Christy added: “The All England is a critical part of Badminton England’s economy and we were already preparing for a limited audience next year. However, we are now working with our international federation and our Government to secure the support that helps to protect the Championships, and consequently, the organisation.”