COVID-19

We have worked hard to get the gym up and running for September and we will continue to work hard to maintain the opening of the gym in this difficult time. As it is everywhere at the moment things have changed in daily life to try and keep everyone safe and we have also made changes to our classes to keep the gymnasts and staff as safe as possible. Please make sure you read the new guidelines below before coming to class in September and that you have explained it to your child so they know what to expect. 

HEALTH AND SAFETY
Please only send your gymnast to training if they are fully fit. If they show any signs of Covid 19 - a temperature, cough, loss of taste or smell, sore throat etc then please let us know and keep them at home. If your gymnast has been in contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with Covid-19 then you should get a PCR test, if your waiting for results or your child is displaying symptoms then please don't send them to training. We will follow BG and Government guidelines on how our sessions should be best run and the best way to keep the classes operating. 

Our coaches will be doing lateral flow testing every week to help ensure the safety of the children and your families and also the coaches and their families. We also hope parents have taken up the offer of free lateral flow testing as well, which will help even more in protecting us all.

DROP OFF PICK UP
Evening/weekend classes

We're going to keep the 15 minute gap between the Primary to Junior classes so we can get the younger gymnasts out and to their parents safety. 

For the Primary drop off please wait with your gymnast next to your car.

One of our coaches will call them over to the door and they will be sent through to the changing room (EITHER TO THE RED OR BLUE CHANGING AREA) and into the gym where another coach will greet them.
At home time again please wait next to your car and we will direct the gymnasts to you. (They will go into the gym and come out within their allotted class time - please do not arrive too early or late as we need the car park clear for each class.)

For the Junior and Senior drop off there will be no break in between these sessions, we will have a barrier by the roller shutter door where they can line up and wait, while the current class is leaving. 

Once clear they will be sent through to the changing room (EITHER TO THE RED OR BLUE CHANGING AREA) and into the gym where another coach will greet them.

At home time please wait next to your car and we will direct the gymnasts to you. (They will go into the gym and come out within their allotted class time - please do not arrive too early or late.)

Please can you make sure you drive slowly into the car park. Between the junior and senior classes there will be gymnasts leaving the gym and walking across the car park as the next group are arriving. Please take extra care.
You may now leave the venue but please make sure we are able to contact you if need be. 

Pre-school classes

Please make sure you don't arrive too early as we need time for earlier sessions to vacate the premises and to clean the gym before we can let you in. 

A couple of minutes before the start, wait by your car with your child (please keep belongings at a minimum) we will call you in the building one by one. 

Parents/Carers are not required to wear a mask when inside and throughout the session but we would advise to do so.

 

When you enter, please sanitise your hands, then make your way through to the changing area.

Place all your belongings in one box to keep them from getting mixed up with anyone else's. 

Next go into the gym with your child and you will be greeted by another coach who will show you where to sit while we wait for everyone to come in. 


PERSONAL BELONGINGS

Evening/weekend classes
We request that gymnasts bring as little as possible into the gym.

They should arrive in a clean leotard or shorts/ T-shirt with only an extra training top if cold, and wearing flip flops/ crocs/ wellies.

They will take their shoes off in the changing room and go straight into the gym.

Please don’t bring bags, coats, snacks, phones, cuddly toys!
Gymnasts should bring a water bottle with a sports top (containing water not juice) and take it into the gym.

Girls - long hair should be plaited before entering the gym, please no long flowing ponytails.

All jewellery should be removed before entering the gym - any newly pierced ears need to be covered before they come in.
Any gymnast who needs an inhaler or other medication please bring in a sealed plastic bag.

Pre-school classes

We request that you bring as little as possible into the gym and to keep all your things in one place in the changing rooms, so not to mix with anyone else's. 

They should arrive in clean clothes and have an extra top if cold. Please avoid clothing with zips, hoods and dresses/skirts. If they can wear easy to put on/off footwear so it will make coming in/leaving the premises a bit quicker. 

You will take your shoes off in the changing room and go straight into the gym. If they have socks with grips on, then bring them for them to wear it can be cold in the gym, but normal socks will be too slippy for some equipment. 

Gymnasts should bring a water bottle with a sports top/sippy cup (containing water not juice) and take it into the gym.

 

If their hair goes over their eyes, then please try your best to tie it up 

 

All jewellery should be removed before entering the gym - any newly pierced ears need to be covered before they come in.



CONTACT DETAILS
Please make sure that we have up to date emergency contact details on the “classes for kids” system. We will take a register each class and use the details on the system for emergencies. Please note that parent and gymnasts details will be passed on to the Government test and trace service if requested.

CLEANING /SANITISING
Our gym, toilet and changing room will be thoroughly cleaned each day.
There will still be sanitise stations when you enter the building and around the gym.

Please get them to wash their hands before leaving home and then when you get them home please wash them again and put all kit in the wash!
Masks - gymnasts are not required to wear masks. Coaches are not required under BG guidance to wear masks unless there is a chance they have to break social distancing requirements. When coaches do return to contact coaching, they will be required to wear a mask and will only support one child for a max of 15 mins.

Parents/guardians that attend the pre-school classes are not required to wear a mask but we would advise to do so. 
Ventilation - while the weather permits we will open the front roller shutter door to allow fresh air to circulate. We are looking into the possibility of a ventilation unit.


CLASS ORGANISATION
Evening/weekend Classes

From September 2021 will be cautiously increasing our class capacity and coaching team. 

We're going to increase our class sizes to 20 gymnasts with 4 coaches.

We're going to work the class in 4 groups, these groups will be based on age/ability they will stay in these groups most weeks unless we feel they're more suited in a different one. The reason for this is that if a child in one group has a positive case it is just the people in their group that will have to isolate/get tested rather than it being the full class, we feel this is the best way to try contain the spreading whilst trying to training to go back to normal. 

These groups will work be split between Floor, Beam, Trampette/Vault and Bars. 

We will be unable to physically support the gymnasts so will ensure that all activities are set up to challenge and be fun, but are within your gymnast’s capabilities.
 

Pre-school classes 

From September 2021 we will cautiously start to increase our class sizes.

Parent & toddler: You will be spread out on the floor area (there is no social distancing in place, but we do advise it the best you can). Hand held apparatus will be used within the warm up.

Once the warm up is compete we will have various stations round the gym we will give you each a station to start on and you can work round from there.

 

If your child needs the toilet, please let one of the coaches know so we can make sure it's free to use.

When the session comes to an end, we will send you out one by one to collect your belongings and exit the building. 

Please make sure you don't arrive too early as we need time for earlier sessions to vacate the premises and to clean the gym before we can let you in. 

 

 

Independent Class:  They will be spread out on the floor area and held apparatus will be used within the warm up.

Once the warm up is compete we will have various stations round the gym we will give you each a station to start on and you can work round from there.

For the independent class they will be split in to two group to work round 2 circuits around the gym.

Unfortunately we don't have the space or ventilation to have parents sit in the waiting area, so parents will have to wait and stay in the car (please do not leave the carpark). If your child needs you or needs the toilet then we will come and get you from the car park so you can assist them to the toilet. 

When the session comes to an end, we will send you in to collect your child and their belongings.

Please make sure you don't arrive too early as we need time for earlier sessions to vacate the premises and to clean the gym before we can let you in. 



INJURIES
Our coaches are first aid trained. If there is an injury coaches will use gloves, mask and apron before touching a gymnast.

 


SUPPORTING

From September 2021 we'll start to do some contact coaching with our competition groups who are at the point that the need to be safely supported to progress their skills further. For our 1 hour classes will not be supporting in these classes yet, the skills that they're doing we're able to set up many preps for them to practise those skills safely and we've spent money on buying more training aids so they're able to practise skills safely without the need of a coach supporting.

We'll keep revising this and we'll update you on any changes. 

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