A GREEN LIGHT FOR COACHES POST BREXIT
Further to our previous announcements regarding Brexit, Snowsport Scotland are pleased to provide an update on the legality of UK coaches working in Europe.
For clarity and to reiterate, our concern was that under the new Brexit regulations public liability and professional indemnity insurance for coaches, leaders and instructors might be invalidated if, due to the loss of working rights in EU countries, they were deemed to be operating illegally if undertaking work without a work visa. (The principle being that illegal activity cannot be insured).
Having contacted the consulates and embassies of the EU countries listed below, each has now confirmed in writing that UK coaches, contracted and paid in the UK can travel and legally deliver competition coaching support and performance training camps for athletes and club trainees without the need for a work visa.
On the strength of these confirmations our insurance brokers, Bluefin Sport have therefore now provided Snowsport Scotland with the following letter confirming that coach insurance remains valid for the activities noted above in these specific countries.
At present France have indicated that where work is “less than or equal to 90 days and concerns sporting events” the employer is exempt from needing to obtain prior authorisation to work. This statement does not explicitly state that training camps are also exempt, so we are continuing discussions to explore the matter further and will update in due course. For more information click on this link and select “Recruitment of employees and seasonal workers” and then “Short or long-term recruitment”
The Netherlands and consequently Landgraff currently do not require coaches to apply for a visa, however they do require you to apply for a work permit. It is quite a convoluted process so to assist please use the following 3 links:-
We are in regular contact with the Netherlands Embassy to appraise the situation and will update if this changes.
Norway and Finland have at present failed to offer responses to our questions and again, we will update once we hear.
Whilst the above situation stands as at the end of March 2021 it is important for clubs and coaches to be aware that many EU countries are currently working on legislative changes. It is therefore critical that before travel bookings are made you conduct a further check to confirm the situation. For a full list of EU country embassy contacts please use this resource provided by our solicitors Harper McLeod.
In addition please note that if you choose to work in any countries other than those listed above, you will require to ensure you are operating legally for insurance to remain valid.