📌 Coronavirus 2020 trials season – official position

“Now is the time for everyone to stop non-essential contact with others and to stop all unnecessary travel,” the Prime Minister says.

The UK Chief Medical Adviser Prof. Chris Whitty says it will be a “minimum of weeks to months”. “Depending how it goes it, it may be longer,” he adds. He says it is important that people realise the measures will need to be in place for the “long haul” if the NHS is to be protected. Under the guidance, people who should be “particularly stringent” in minimising their social contact are people over the age of 70 and other adults who would normally be advised to have the flu vaccine (such as those with chronic diseases)”.

This will impact on trials and ultimately affiliated societies will need to decide whether to cancel or postpone their 2020 trial.

The Society Trustees advice is that the most appropriate action is that Affiliated Societies  trials should not be held until the Government advice changes. We believe this is the correct decision to make.

Trustees understand that this will come as a disappointment and inconvenience but ultimately, we all want the same thing, the health and safety of our communities.

The ISDS has also issued an official statement (18th March) which is included below for information.

Consequently, it will be assumed that no trials in the 2020 diary will be held unless or until the Government advice changes. Any change to this will be posted on our website and Facebook page.

Public Liability insurance is purchased by the NWSDS through the ISDS and it is now null and void. In the event that Government advice changes later in the season any Affiliated Society trial will have to make their own arrangements for insurance (unless the ISDS position changes). In this case they will be held entirely independent of the Society which cannot and will not accept any associated liabilities whatsoever.  

Trials who have already paid NWSDS for this insurance will be credited for 2021. Other trials who have been insured still need to pay the NWSDS and will also receive a credit for 2021. Both are organised by NWSDS so no action is required by trials. The list of trials is on our website.


Thank you for your patience, understanding and cooperation.

The ISDS official statement regarding COVID-19

“The health and well-being of our members, competitors, sponsors, volunteers and staff is of paramount importance. Advice from the Government and health officials regarding COVID-19 is changing daily with stronger restrictions being implemented and enforced. Considering this, we have concluded that all National, International and World trials will not take place this year. We understand and appreciate the level of disappointment that this will create, however we need to act responsibly during these times of uncertainty.

Local Trials
Based on advice issued by the UK Government on March 16th, specifically regarding restrictions on non-essential travel and contact, we strongly recommend that all local trials are cancelled.

We are receiving cancellation notifications daily and will be updating the trials calendar accordingly.

Points awarded at any local open trials will not be accepted by the ISDS as of today, 18th March; and this will continue until further notice.

Any affiliated local society that has purchased the ISDS Insurance must contact the office to raise a credit, as this insurance will be null and void as of today, 18th March 2020.

Major Trials – National, International & World trial entry has closed, please do not complete any further applications for World Trial entry, and those of you that have already entered will be contacted shortly.

We have made the decision that all major ISDS trials will not take place in 2020. The ISDS will now focus on managing the consequences of this, and when this is completed, start to undertake preparations for planning the 2021 major trial calendar. Once a 2021 calendar plan has been formed, a further statement will be released with necessary details.

We appreciate your support during this period of uncertainty”.