Covid - How we are keeping out classes safe

Social Distancing

From the 6th September we will start to use partner work and reduce the need for social distancing during the sessions. The gymnasts will of course spend most of the sessions distanced due to the nature of the sport but these are the areas where we will no longer require gymnasts to social distance

Equipment

Our large equipment has been moved around in the gym to ensure that it is all 2m apart and we will limit the sharing of equipment. We have added sets of bars to the gym and beams to allow each gymnast too work on their own equipment without the need for as much sharing during the lessons.

We have also split the gym into 4 sections similar to an open plan classroom design in some of the newer schools and gymnasts will now be allowed to move around the areas in their smaller groups.

Hand Hygiene

All gymnasts will be asked to wash their hands as they come into the gym. 

Throughout the session, we may ask gymnasts to sanitise their hands using either their own sanitiser if they can bring one with them or ours - we have lots at the gym!

Gymnasts will need to bring their own water bottle as they do now and it is a good idea for gymnasts to bring a small bottle of hand sanitiser with them as well to use during the session, especially for those with sensitive skin who may need a specialist product. More advanced gymnasts will need their own equipment such as chalk with bag, water spray, elastics but your child's coach can clarify exactly what it is they will need.

Cleaning

We have increased our regular cleaning protocols which now include:

  • Disinfecting of our equipment, and touch points between each class.
  • Deeper cleans each day including disinfectant fogging.
  • Regular carpet washing.
  • Regular steam cleaning.

Stay Alert

We ask that you stay alert to the symptoms of Covid 19 and the regulations in place so that we can ensure no one coming into the gym poses a risk to others.

Class Procedures

Drop off

We are going to use our reception are again for all recreational classes. If you can come on time (not too early or late) to avoid congestion in this area. 

Face Coverings

We would like to ask all gymnasts aged 11 or over, and all parents coming into reception, to wear a face covering if they are able, when in the corridors or our reception area

Our coaches will also be wearing face coverings when coming down into the reception area or when physically supporting gymnasts.

We will not stop anyone coming into the gym who does not have a face covering on as we are aware that there are circumstances where this is not possible and do not want to put anyone under undue pressure or stress.

Class sizes

Our class sizes will remain smaller than pre pandemic to allow more space for each gymnast and adequate ventilation.

Timing

Our class times have had to change slightly with our hour classes reducing to 50 minutes (for our hour recreation classes) to allow us to implement cleaning procures in between classes and allow for gymnasts to come in and out of the building. We ask you to arrive on time not early or late to assist us with this.

Reception

We are now opening reception Monday - Saturday our reception team will be back in the building and available 3.30pm - 7.30pm each evening

Physically supporting

We will start to physically support gymnasts from the 6th September this will be for safety purposes when learning a new skill or to help show how their body should be (known as shaping). We will keep this as limited as possible and coaches will always wear a mask if physically supporting. Only those exempt from isolating (under 18’s and double jabbed individuals) will be allowed to support.

Ventilation

As you will be aware, the gym is a large area with lots of windows and doors as well as large fresh air fans in the roof. We have a CO2 Monitor at the gym and will use this to ensure we keep appropriate levels of ventilation throughout the sessions.