SOLIHULL AND SMALL HEATH ATHLETIC CLUB

SOLIHULL AND SMALL HEATH ATHLETIC CLUB

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CORONAVIRUS CLUB STATEMENT

 

I hope you are all keeping well during this very difficult time.

The government has not yet decided when Leisure Centres can operate & it is unlikely the Norman Green track will open until Tudor Grange Centre does.

Abbey Stadium Redditch has been in use for some time but closes at 4.00 pm & limits numbers to only 6 at any one time & I believe field facilities are not available. Athletes have to book in advance at a cost of £4 per hour.

The Pingles track Nuneaton is also open on restricted hours & 15 athletes are allowed.

 

When Norman Green track opens, no doubt, it will also be on restricted use with athletes having to book in advance & under 18s being under the supervision of a qualified coach. The present guidelines allow a coach to look after a maximum of 5 athletes so you would have to check with your coach regarding available spaces before booking a session.  

So far there has been nobody available at TG Centre to start discussing possible arrangements. We will be liaising with all coaches to establish if & when they will be available to take group sessions. Maybe some of these could be during the day to reduce demand in the evenings but this would also depend on agreement from Everyone Active. Please see https://www.everyoneactive.com/reopeningmeasures/  which provides some info for their reopening.

 

Before athletes attend training they must have paid this year’s England Athletics affiliation fee via our WebCollect site.  EA requires £15 but we are being charged approx. 50p for each transaction so we need to increase the amount shown on our website to £15.50. In addition we shall require your commitment to renew your Club membership & we’ll advise you of the amount when we are more aware of future arrangements & timing. We shall obviously take into account if you are having to pay for each training session.

 

The health & safety for all of us is paramount & social distancing must be adhered to at all times & preferably it should be 2 metres. This applies to everybody including spectators.

All coaches must have the agreement/permission from parents of athletes aged under 18 before they attend sessions & also emergency telephone contact number. Please do not come to the track if you or anyone you’ve been in contact with at home, school or work has possible symptoms.

Guidance from England Athletics can be viewed on https://www.englandathletics.org/athletics-and-running/news/guidance-update-step-2/

 

Even when the Centre opens, there can be no group Club training sessions on the track or field until we give the go ahead as certain formalities need to be concluded including risk assessment & safety measures.

 

Unfortunately it will be some time before we can get back to normal & meanwhile we’ll have to make the best of what we can whilst keeping us all safe.

 

All the best

Robert Pinton

Club Chairman