Covid-19 updates

Re-opening of the gym

British Gymnastics roadmap for the return of gymnastics in England following Prime Minister announcement

Following the latest announcement from the Prime Minister, we’re delighted to communicate the roadmap for the return of gymnastics in England.

We understand and appreciate how difficult this time continues to be for everyone involved in the sport, from club officials and coaches, to gymnasts of all ages, but we hope that this news brings some hope that a return to normality isn’t too far away.

At this stage it is important to note that the guidance and dates announced could change depending on how successful the easing of restrictions are.

Full guidance is expected to be published on the government website, and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) FAQs in the next week which will hopefully provide further clarity.

Please find below our understanding of government’s four-step roadmap and how this could affect gymnastics;

Step 1 – (not before 8th March)
Under 18 sport can take place at school as part of educational provision, or as part of wraparound childcare (where it is needed to enable parents or carers to work, seek work, attend education, seek medical care or attend a support group), but should not otherwise take place at this time.

Gymnastics activities not being primarily used by parents for childcare purposes should remain closed for face-to-face provision unless registered childcare is provided. Unfortunately, this means Easter Holiday Clubs may not go ahead unless they are part of pre-existing childcare agreements.

Step 1 (not before 29th March)
Under 18 sport should not take place indoors at sports clubs at this time and therefore indoor gymnastics activity is not permitted.

Formally organised outdoor sports – for adults and under 18s – can restart, but will need to be compliant with the outdoor gymnastics activity guidance. This will be updated in the Step Forward Plan in due course.

Step 2 (not before 12th April)
Clubs and leisure centres in England can reopen their doors to under 18’s, ensuring that social distancing* measures are in place. We’re anticipating DCMS guidance to be updated in the coming weeks and we will update our Step Forward Plan when this is available.

This includes pre-school gymnastics sessions and parent and child groups also being able to resume indoor activity.

Gymnasts over the age of 18 will be able to return to clubs and leisure centres for individual training or to train with adults from the same household. Group sessions for over 18 gymnasts will not be permitted.

Step 3 (not before 17th May)
Group adult gymnastics sessions can resume with social distancing* in place.

At this time, all age groups will be able to take part in socially distanced gymnastics sessions.

Step 4 (not before 21st June)
Dependant on the successful lifting of restrictions, we hope that at this step in the roadmap, a level of normality can return. Here we will hopefully see gymnastics sessions run with fewer restrictions. We’ll continue to communicate with you throughout this process.

As restrictions do ease, we’ll continue to communicate the latest guidance with clubs and partners.

We’re excited by the prospect that gymnasts of all ages and abilities across England will hopefully be able to return to their gyms in the coming months.

Returning to training

Following guidance from the UK Government & British Gymnastics, all classes are planned to return to training on Monday 12th April. We have made some changes to lesson times in order to allow us to minimise congestion in the building to help ensure gymnasts can return to training in the safest way possible. More information can be found below.

Return to Coach Contact

British Gymnastics have issued a “Coach Contact Framework Action Plan” to allow for the phased re-introduction of contact between gymnasts and coaches. Please click on the buttons below to review:

British Gymnastics Coach Contact Framework Action Plan

Parent and Gymnast Guide

Code of Behaviour for Clubs, Coaches and Gymnasts

Gymnast/Coach Opt-in agreement

We require a signed copy of this form to be returned before a gymnast can be supported by a coach


Safe training during the Covid-19 pandemic

We have put together a Parents Information Document to provide guidance on how we intend to return to training safely.  This  can be downloaded by clicking on the button below.  This document will be updated from time to time with new and additional information.  We will email all members every time a change is made to this document.

Parent Information Document

Covid-19 Health and Safety form

Below is a link that will take you to our new Covid-19 health and safety form that will need to be signed by the gymnasts, and by a parent/carer prior to them being allowed to train. If you have access to a printer, to save time please print out and sign before arriving at the gym (make sure you bring it with you). If you do not have access to a printer, then there will be printed forms for you at the gym – please give them a read, and sign them, at the desk before your lesson.

Parent/Gymnast Consent Form

Please note, your gymnast will be unable to train with us until this form has been read and signed.

Playtime

Changes to Playtime due to Covid-19

Due to current restrictions, playtime will not be returning until May 17th at the earliest

Please note that we now have two, 2-hour sessions on Mondays and Thursdays at a cost of £5.00 per child, per session.  The gym will be cleared after each session to allow for Covid-19 cleaning.  Numbers may be limited and a waiting list introduced for the following session.  Please arrive early for each session and pay at the door.

  • Mondays:    Session 1; 9:30am – 11:30pm,    Session 2; 12:30 – 14:30
  • Thursdays:  Session 1; 9:30am – 11:30pm,    Session 2; 12:30 – 14:30

This is ‘parent supervised’ play (without formal coaching, although a supervisory coach will be present) on our soft play equipment and gymnastics apparatus. It is a great way for kids to familiarise themselves with the gym environment, develop coordination skills and prepare for pre-school classes. Come and enjoy a huge space with lots to play with!

£5.00 per child per session

Babies under 9 months old are only admitted free with an older paying sibling; otherwise the £5.00 fee will be charged.

The Café will be open serving coffee and cakes only (no hot food is being served at the moment).  Personal food and drink cannot be bought into the café/premises.  There is strictly NO FOOD or DRINK allowed in the gym area.

Please note that sometimes a 1/3rd of the gym may be cordoned off for use for School or Elite Classes.

Parties

Changes to Parties due to Covid-19

Parties can now start under current government guidelines

Suitable for children up to the age of 9 years, our very popular children’s parties give your guests 1 hour’s exclusive use of the gym with pit and wide variety of play apparatus, supervised by our staff (though additional parent supervision is required) and 45 minutes for food and party games in our party room. ( Self catered )

PARTY TIMES

Sundays Only

[P1] – 11:30 – 13:15
[P2] – 13:00 – 14:45
[P3] – 14:30 – 16:15
[P4] – 16:00 – 17:45
Party prices- £250 per party (£230 for members) for up to 30
Current Covid-19 regulations for parties
Structured Gymnastics Parties
Structured gymnastics parties (including supervised structured adult and child parties) can continue to run as long as they are following the existing Step Forward Plan and DCMS guidance. All parties must not exceed capacity regulations and ensure social distancing is maintained throughout. Within the party, group sizes must be limited to 15 however you can have multiple groups of 15 depending on the space available.

In line with current guidance it is recommended to refrain from singing during parties. Throughout the party, encourage coaches to avoid raising their voices and be creative when interacting with children. The use of music (at a low volume) is allowed.

Where possible attendance by spectators (parents watching the party) and non-participating children at parties should be avoided and minimised, especially within indoor facilities. Processes should be in place to carefully control numbers (for more information see Viewing FAQ).

Parent and Child (under 5) Gymnastics Parties
Gymnastics parties that are overseen by a supervising coach, where children under 5 and adults have free movement of the gymnastics space, can continue to run as long as they are following the existing Step Forward Plan and DCMS guidance. All parties must not exceed capacity regulations and ensure social distancing is maintained throughout. A supervising adult should be in attendance for each child to ensure social distancing can be adhered to. Clubs should discourage parents and guardians from gathering in groups inside or outside the premises, including before, during and after the party.

In line with current guidance it is recommended to refrain from singing during parties. Throughout the party, encourage coaches to avoid raising their voices and be creative when interacting with children. The use of music (at a low volume) is allowed.

Where possible attendance by spectators/parents who are not supervising the child and non-participating children at parties should be avoided and minimised, especially within indoor facilities. Processes should be in place to carefully control numbers.

*Social distanced party games e.g. musical statues can be played in the gym as part of the gymnastics activity.

N.B. to get the reduced members’ rate the party must be for a current Spelthorne Gymnastics member who has paid fees for the current term.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

To read the Terms and Conditions for party bookings please click here.
N.B. to get the reduced members’ rate the party must be for a current BG member who has paid fees for the current term.

Terms and Conditions

To read the Terms and Conditions for party bookings please click here.