What to expect when you return to gymnastics

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We’re pleased to see that many of our gymnasts are now able to make their return to gymnastics following lockdown and the impact of the coronavirus (Covid-19).

We know that for our members in Scotland that time is close, and for many of our clubs and registered leisure and school partners, they have decided to wait until September. In the meantime, we’re here to provide some guidance to parents and gymnasts about what to think about and what to expect when returning to gymnastics.

Each gymnastics facility will have their own procedures and guidelines; therefore, we recommend referring to relevant websites, social media pages or information packs that are provided to ensure that you are kept up to date with the most current information in relation to your child’s gymnastics sessions. There is no “one size fits all” regarding how a facility is restarting their gymnastics activity so be mindful of this if comparing to how another venue is operating.

Think before you go
It’s important that we enjoy our return to gymnastics in Covid-secure environments and we continue to follow the recommended guidance that has been implemented to combat the coronavirus. This includes:

  • Washing hands regularly
  • Staying away from gymnastics if you feel unwell
  • Social distancing
  • Listening to instructions from your coaches and instructors
  • Getting ready before your session as changing rooms may be unavailable
  • Bringing your own training aids if necessary

New procedures in place
It is likely when you return your club or facility will have a number of procedures in place for before, during and after your session. This could include:

  • Set arrival and pick up times
  • Directions for entering and exiting
  • Capacity restrictions
  • Additional hand washing and hand sanitising stations
  • Floor markers and signage

Session changes
After months of inactivity, clubs, delivery partners and coaches have been advised to plan a phased, fun, and inclusive return to activity, ensuring that all gymnasts’ physical and mental health is considered. This means gymnasts may have to practice certain skills more than others at this time. Due to capacity restrictions, groups may be split and gymnasts may be asked to practice in certain areas of the gym to ensure social distancing guidelines are adhered to. Sessions may also be shorter in length to allow time for extra cleaning and crossover of classes within the venue.

Post session
Due to the timings of sessions, parents may not have the opportunity to discuss their child’s progress with their coach after their class however, we advise that you contact the relevant person via phone or email to discuss any queries, concerns or questions you may have about your child or their session. Of course, if you have any immediate concerns regarding Covid-19 or a child’s welfare then this should be reported immediately to your club or facility’s Covid-19 representative or the Welfare Officer or Safeguarding Officer.

To read our guides on returning to gymnastics, click on the links below.

Parents’ Guide
Gymnasts’ Guide

British Gymnastics – British Gymnastics

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