Covid 19 (Coronavirus) update 19th March 2020

As the current COVID-19 situation is constantly changing we are looking at how we can offer sessions whilst keeping the children safe and occupied in the gym. We have been in touch with British Gymnastics again today who have informed us we are able to stay open as long as we continue to follow the Health and Safety advice. We are closely following Infection Control protocols and have sought the help of professionals to ensure we have excellent standards of cleanliness. Please ensure that you:-

  • DO NOT enter our facilities if you or your child are suffering from a new and persistent cough, fever or shortness of breath. Please contact 111 for advice
  • If you are in an ‘At risk’ category ie. immunosuppressed / asthma etc, please DO NOT enter our facilities
  • We will no longer offer our Tea & Coffee facilities at our Hewett Club.
  • Please wash your hands for at least 20 seconds before entering the gym and also when you leave
  • Where possible, please drop off at the gym doors where a member of staff will be on hand to receive gymnasts. Please have your gymnast ready to train and do not wait in the communal areas at gym.

Current situation:-

  • Normal training sessions at Hewett until the Easter shutdown – it is entirely your decision if you would like your children to attend.
  • All Long Stratton members should have received email offering alternative sessions at our Hewett club.
  • *NEW* Daytime sessions (9 to 3pm) at Hewett for families who need to work – these will be discounted from our usual workshop rate so will only cost £20 per day. Spaces will be limited and we will prioritise families of key workers. The sessions are open to gymnasts aged 4 years and above from any of our classes at either Long Stratton or Hewett and their siblings.

Booking link here:- https://forms.gle/iBuEXVPAuZbrozw4A

 April onwards:-

  • We will be pausing ALL fees for April and will not be running any sessions during the Easter Shutdown – Saturday 4th – Sunday 19th April.
  • The situation from Monday 20th April will be reassessed nearer the time with a view to offering daytime sessions if the schools are still closed.

As you will appreciate, this is a difficult time for us as a club, but we feel that pausing April fees is the fairest thing to do as we realise many children will not be attending their sessions.

We have had a fantastic response from some of our parents and carers who have said they are willing to support us so that Spring can continue to operate over the coming months and beyond. We are very touched by the support we have received. If you are in a position to be able to continue to pay fees or a nominal amount, please let us know (email tracey@spring-gymnastics.co.uk) and we will invoice on 1st April according to your instructions. Please be assured your fees will be paused for April unless you tell us otherwise. We appreciate any help possible with this very difficult situation.

For those that are housebound we will be posting videos on our social media for children and adults to follow and keep fit and active. Our squad coaches will also be emailing their groups with programmes and ideas to follow to keep their fitness levels up. We would also love to see what gymnastics you are all doing so please do share these on our closed facebook groups!

Our main aim in all this is to keep the children active, both mentally and physically in a situation that most don’t really understand.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email  heidi@spring-gymnastics.co.uk

Many thanks

Heidi Palmer and Paul Sprong

Directors and Head Coaches

Spring Gymnastics

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COVID 19 (CORONAVIRUS) UPDATE 17TH MARCH 2020


Dear Members,

We wanted to send out a further update regarding the evolving Coronavirus outbreak.

We have been in close liaison with British Gymnastics and can confirm that as of today, operations are continuing as normal. All classes are running as scheduled. We are closely following Infection Control Procedures and ask that you please ensure that you:-

  • DO NOT enter our facilities if you or your child are suffering from a new and persistent cough, fever or shortness of breath
  • If you are in an ‘At risk’ category ie. immunosuppressed / asthma / eplisepsy etc, please DO NOT enter our facilities
  • We will no longer offer our Tea & Coffee facilities at our Hewett Club.
  • Please wash your hands for at least 20 seconds before entering the gym and also when you leave
  • Where possible, we would politely request that parents and carers drop off at the gym and do not wait in the communal areas at gym – especially at Hewett where we have minimal space.

Obviously, the situation is constantly changing, we will continue to follow the direction from government agencies and will of course keep you updated with any changes as and when they arise. 

Competitions

As you may have seen, British Gymnastics have announced that all national events are being cancelled. You can read further information here:-  https://www.british-gymnastics.org/news-and-events/news/latest-news/9015-british-gymnastics-national-events-announcement-including-fig-world-cup 

We have also just heard that BG have also cancelled all regional and county completions too. Unfortunately this means that our County Grades and County General Gymnastics finals will not be taking place in the foreseeable future. This news has just been announced, so please bear with us. As more information comes to light we will share this with you.

Closure planning

In the event that we are advised to cancel classes, we will let you know and pause all fees. Please do not cancel your direct debit as we will be able to pause the fees at this end.

We will continue to email members, update our website and social media with any operational changes as and when they happen.

Thank you for your continued co-operation and support during these most uncertain times.

The Spring Team

 


COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) UPDATE

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The health and well-being of our members and staff is our top priority. I am sure you are all aware of the recent COVID-19 (coronavirus) illness that is spreading across the UK. At present, and until advice changes we will be operating as normal with all classes and the gym fully open (Please see government advice for sports teams below). All competitions are currently going ahead and we have not been notified otherwise, but event producers will keep us well informed if this changes.

With the nature of Gymnastics being a close contact sport, we would ask that the following measures are adhered to:

  1. All gymnasts must wash their hands upon arrival (for at least 20 seconds) before entering the gym.
  2. If your child or member of the family becomes poorly with any cold of flu like symptoms then please do not come to training and self isolate as instructed by the government.
  3. At Hewett, communal areas will be cleaned at the end of each session and high frequency contact areas will be disinfected mid session. At Long Stratton, the Leisure Centre will also be taking similar action.
  4. Please continue to follow government advice on the situation.

 

The Government has published an action plan to contain the possible spread of the virus.

This advises:

  • · That there’s presently no rationale to close or cancel sporting events, but this may change as the situation evolves.
  •  Anyone with flu-like symptoms should avoid the risk of spreading their infection, whatever that infection may be, by staying at home and recovering.
  • For those hosting sporting events, whatever their size, attendees and participants should stay up to date on the government’s latest advice on how to avoid catching or spreading the virus.
  • As the situation progresses we might advise the frail, elderly and those with pre-existing health conditions to stay away from gatherings as part of general advice aimed at minimising unnecessary contact with others.
  • For those travelling to sporting events overseas, the Foreign Office’s travel advice should be followed and travellers should note that apart from the countries and territories named in that advice, the government isn’t presently advising against travel to anywhere else.
  • For those who offer community and leisure services, such as running a local football team or running a gym, hand hygiene should be strongly promoted and encouraged and equipment and facilities should be thoroughly cleaned and wiped down as usual following use.

The government is planning to publish specific advice on this shortly. There’s presently no reason people should stop doing their daily sport and physical activities as they normally would. These should be our guiding principles

We will continue to review the advice from the experts and will update via email, website and social media with any news from the event organisers

For more information on COVID-19, please visit the NHS information page on https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ and use the 111 emergency number if you or your child are displaying symptoms.

 

Many thanks

The Spring Gymnastics Team