Dear Athlete/Parent

The government and England Athletics have confirmed that all athletic activities must cease from 5th November.  This despite England Athletics lobbying for some relaxation.

I’m sure you will feel, like me, very disappointed that we cannot continue with our activities, even with all the restrictions that the coaches have set up and you have all respected, thank you for doing so.

However, we must stay positive and look forward to early December when hopefully things will resume.  Meanwhile stay safe and well.  I’m thinking of you all and hoping that we can look at the light at the end of the tunnel. It is there!

Ian Deaves – Chairman

 

 

Covid-19 update

Dear Member

Given the level of enquiries and the, at times, circulation of confusing information, we feel it is necessary to now advise that the Club will remain closed to all training and other activities at least until 31st July.  

This decision has been largely influenced by the demands which would be made upon us to safely and confidently implement all of the restrictions and requirements as outlined in the Stage 2 update issued by England Athletics.  A summary of these requirements is attached for your information and includes such as:-

  1. Social distancing and the advice that a one lane gap is not sufficient (thus on an eight lane track, we would use lanes 1,4 and 7)
  2. Coach athlete group size limited to a total of SIX.
  3. Cleaning of ALL equipment before and after use
  4. Difficulty of ensuring social distancing in travelling through reception to the track.
  5. Constant Cleaning of all communal surfaces e.g:  Grab-rails in corridors and stairwells: Door handles: Toilets – if applicable
    1. AND – we have no control or influence over other facility users – how would this be managed? 
  6. Parental assurance that athlete and their family are virus free etc.
  7. No car sharing between different households.
  8. Health & Safety, cleaning protocols and coaching plans all to be co-ordinated between coaches AND Freedom Leisure.
  9. Dealing with the issue of body fluids – athletes do have a natural tendency to spit during training
  10. The arduous task of completing a thorough Risk assessment and ensuring it fits with that produced by Freedom Leisure

We trust you will understand and support this decision.  Rest assured we are all desperately keen to resume activities within the Club and once we can see further positive changes, which enable us to function in an acceptable way we will immediately and happily so advise.

By the way, regardless of all of the above – please note that Egley Road remains closed!

The next update will be issued circa 31st July, unless circumstances change such that an earlier update is required. In the meantime, we do hope that you and your family all stay safe and well

 

Regards

Ian Deaves – Chairman

On behalf of the Committee

 

2020/21 subscriptions   


You may be wondering about your subscription for this year.

In the light of the current situation, the Club is waiting to receive the decision of England Athletics regarding training, competition, affiliations and registration for 2020/21. Club membership will be reduced to take account of their decision and of the time the track is closed.

As soon as we have any information we will let you know.

Meanwhile keep fit and healthy and hope that we can soon be back to normal.

 

Coronavirus        


Dear All
In the light of the Government’s recent announcements, and even before any official notification from England Athletics, we feel it is prudent to cease Club activities immediately and until further notice. This is not just competition but training, and any other meeting involving our members and parents. You may know that the decision has already been taken to cease Academy activities.
As this was being prepared England Athletics have announced that this is indeed their instruction – to abandon all face-to-face activities within Clubs.
This also means that the AGM scheduled for 27th March is cancelled.
Joe Holden is being asked to communicate with all coaches asking them to make contact with all their athletes, and thus they will deal with any queries which you or your parents may have.
The Treasurer and others will be working on the matter of scale and collection of subs and will be in touch with you all before long.
Do please take heed of the health and well-being instructions being issued by the Government.
We are sorry that this is the current realistic situation, but it is vital that we acknowledge the Club’s duty of care to you all. Your health and well-being are paramount in our concerns in all of this.
Keep Well
Susan Deaves 
President         
Ian Deaves
Chairman

 

England Athletics statement (17th March):     


England Athletics advises that all face-to-face activity such as club training sessions, events, competitions, club committee and face-to-face meetings, athlete camps, running groups and social events should be suspended until at least the end of April

https://www.englandathletics.org/athletics-and-running/news/coronavirus-statement/

 

Current advice


At the moment it would appear that this part of England is a low risk area. However, we feel that we should take note of the advice being given and be watchful.

The most important advice is to thoroughly wash hands and more frequently (singing the National Anthem slowly is about the right length of time)

The infection is not serious for most people – they recover after a week or so with rest and hydration. However, if you do feel you have the symptoms, contact the NHS help line on 111.

Public Health England continue to monitor the situation closely and state that you can only catch the virus if you have been in close contact with someone who already has it.

At present, as far as the Club is concerned, we continue to function as before but suggest that extra washing of hands before and after training is a good move.

England Athletics registration packs go digital for 2020/21


From 1 April 2020, athlete registration packs will be sent out in digital form, via email, rather than as printed copies. With faster delivery, the new digital packs will also enable athletes to access key information at their fingertips and allow users to save their digital registration card to their desktop, tablet or mobile phone. To ensure athletes can receive their packs digitally, clubs must provide a valid email address for each athlete they register and athletes should ensure their email address is up-to-date on their myAthletics profile.

 

The Cock Crows No More


Editorial by Tom Rowley

All good things and the bad things come to end.
I joined the club in Nov. 1969 BC (Before Cars) and started the cockcrow 20 years ago most clubs had magazines those day’s so with a few chosen words from a Sinatra’s classic.

“And now as the time is near this will be my final cockcrow
And to my friends may I say, I had no regrets, just fun and enjoyment
I had abuse, but just chewed it up and put in the black-bin
Mistake’s I made them daily but none life threatening
And I guess you knew I couldn’t spell or use any comas
But looking back over 20 years I am just amazed
I DID IT MY WAY”

 

Read the final edition here >>>