We are delighted the UK Government has today confirmed that gymnastics clubs in England can reopen their doors on Saturday 25th July.
This is hugely positive news for our community and we are excited to see our clubs reopen their doors and welcome back gymnasts in the near future.
In line with the announcement, the UK Government has published guidance for people who work in grassroots sport and gym/leisure facilities. In this document, they have provided some information on how to work, operate and participate in sport and leisure activities safely while minimising the risk of spreading COVID-19. It also gives practical considerations of how this can be applied in a gym/leisure facility or area of sport.
As our member clubs vary by size in terms of members and space, it is important to note that the guidance may need to be adapted to suit each club. Considerations made by clubs should include the number of participants in a session whilst maintaining social distancing, staggering arrival and leaving times to avoid congestion and allowing breaks to give time for equipment to be cleaned.
We will provide further guidance for all of our clubs based on what the UK Government has published once we have reviewed the information in more detail. We will then be able to advise on what this means for our members.
Where your club is based in a school or leisure centre, the timescales for reopening will be led by the opening date of that facility. We are working with the various operators, highlighting the measures we are putting in place to ensure safety and modifications to activity, meet government guidelines.
For clubs looking for further support we recommend our Step Forward Area where we have uploaded several useful resources. These include a video on how to plan and prepare your gymnastics sessions with social distancing in mind, a Step Forward Toolkit with cleaning guidance, health and safety information and a risk assessment template, plus much more.
Every British Gymnastics registered club is also entitled to a free COVID-19 resource pack that includes ‘gymnast wait here’ floor spots, socials distancing and hygiene posters and information to share with parents. This can be ordered from our Marketing Hub. Find out more.
We wish every club all the best with preparations in the coming weeks. For clubs who have any immediate queries, our Customer Support team is here to help.