Dear Club Member,
Following yesterday’s government announcement, please find below an update regarding new restrictions linked to the spread of Covid-19. The announcement included a new restriction to have a maximum of six people taking part in ‘adult indoor team sport’.
- We are pleased to be able to confirm that children are not impacted by this change. The restriction only applies to those aged 18 and over, and not the majority of gymnasts who are children and young people.
- This ruling may apply to adults participating in ‘Team Sport’ specific elements of gymnastics, which are identified within the recently published Team Sport Framework; namely Acrobatic Gymnastics, TeamGym, Festival Display Gymnastics and the group elements of Aerobic Gymnastics and Rhythmic Gymnastics. We are seeking clarification from Sport England and DCMS on this.
- All other disciplines, activities and the individual elements of the identified disciplines are unaffected by this change.
- We are also seeking clarification from Sport England and DCMS on how the rule of 6 would be applied to adults participating in the ‘team sport’ disciplines.
- For the disciplines and activities that this ruling may apply to, it would not ban adults from participating, it may mean that a maximum of 6 adults can take part in a group.
- Parents that are present in either preschool parent and toddler classes or parents/carers/helpers that may be present during disability specific sessions must work in groups of six only and groups should not be changed during the session.
Clubs and delivery providers must follow the guidance within the British Gymnastics Team Sport Framework prior to resuming delivery of pair and group activities.
We appreciate there may be some further clarification required for some clubs impacted by this update, and we will work to provide further guidance as soon as possible.
We’re asking clubs to keep following the guidance provided within the Step Forward Plan for the delivery of activity and continue working to help contain the spread of the virus.
In addition to this, we have published information relating to a new legal requirement for clubs in England regarding QR codes which comes in as of tomorrow (Thursday 24th September). More information about this, including how to create a QR code for your club, can be found on our website.
We would like to thank all clubs, coaches, staff and participants for their continued great work in helping to rebuild the sport following lockdown, and for continuing to follow the guidance provided.
Community Services Director
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- Gymnasts should come ready dressed to participate, wherever possible leaving outer clothing with parents.
- Gymnasts will need a bag which is big enough to contain all their possessions as they will need to carry this around the gym with them and deposit it in the spaces provided at each piece of equipment.
- Gymnasts should bring a drink (bottles can no longer be refilled at the gym ) and their own chalk in an appropriate small box, (blocks of chalk are available to purchase at £1.50).
- We ask that gymnasts use the toilet before they come to gym as we want to keep the use of toilets to a minimum.
- All hair should be tied up as we are no longer allowed to supply bands and all piercings should be removed and any new ones (6 weeks or less) should be covered with tape as we are also no longer allowed to supply this.
- ON ARRIVAL , gymnasts should wait outside on the painted circles 1 metre apart outside unit 4. When their session starts , one of the coaches will let them in, take their temperatures and tick them in on the register.
- Once registered, gymnasts will sanitise their hands (sanitiser will be available, but gymnasts may wish to have their own in their bag.) They will then enter the gym where they will be instructed where to go for their warm up. Participants will be further required to wash their hands or sanitise them after each piece of equipment and before leaving the building.
- Coaches will clean and sanitise each piece of equipment they have used at the end of each rotation.
- Parents are asked to arrive promptly at the end of sessions and collect gymnasts from outside the door in unit 3.
- NO parents are allowed in the building during sessions
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