We hope you are all keeping well, fit and active during these uncertain times.
As a committee, we just want to reassure you that our club’s committee and coaches are working hard to plan a safe way back to training and competition for all our athletes. At present, we are liaising with Conwy Borough County Council (operators of our track) and utilising guidance from Welsh Athletics to devise a way of operating which will be as safe as possible for our athletes and coaches, and essentially all of our wider families and communities.
At present, we are limited with regards current governmental guidelines which include social distancing and also the number of different households who can meet together. With the situation changing on a frequent basis we will be endeavouring to progress when the situation is safe to do. The health and safety of our athletes is our main priority and as such we will have to consider some of the following; operational risk assessments, the health of vulnerable/high risk athletes and coaches, group sizes and track availability for evenings and weekends.
Given the large number of variables which are affecting coached group activity at the track, we are unable at this stage to name a date for when we expect training could resume. It is anticipated that in the early days, group sizes will have to be significantly reduced. Current guidelines also mean that coaches cannot coach small groups/individuals concurrently or consecutively. We also have to consider the logistics of different groups being able to train at the same time on the track. As a club we pride ourselves on our inclusive and transparent approach to athletics. Small groups which would have to be pre-selected completely goes against our ethos and we apologise in advance as it is inevitable that there will be disappointment amongst athletes who may not be selected in the early stages of return. Please rest assured that our long-term aim is to have a club where everyone can return to training however in order to protect health and wellbeing, an open access club will just not be possible at present.
On a more positive note, the leisure centre at Colwyn Bay (CCBC) are now able to book a limited number of individual hourly slots on the track between 09.00 and 4.00pm. These slots are booked online via the leisure centre. Please note if you are considering booking a slot on the track, the leisure centre is strictly monitoring that all participants are following social distancing guidelines; keeping two metres apart and with no more than two households meeting at any time. Slots have to be pre-booked, signed in and a one-way system onto and off the track followed. Toilets or handwashing facilities are not available. As a club, we ask that these rules are fully respected at all times. Any breaches or deviations could impact on the leisure centre’s own risk assessment and may result in athletes being asked to leave the track.
Finally, each year we ask that our athletes are up to date with club membership ensuring affiliation to Welsh Athletics. Affiliation with Welsh Athletics means that all athletes are covered by insurance during training and competition. We strongly advise that any athletes who are using the track via the leisure centre to train or are competing in virtual challenges are up to date with their club membership. When club membership is paid the membership secretary will affiliate each athlete individually with Welsh Athletics. It must also be noted that when we are able to offer a return to training, club membership will be an absolute essentialrequirement.
Given the uncertainty with training and competition, we have drastically reduced the price of club membership and as such, junior membership is now £15 and seniors £20 (previously £33 and £38). This fee covers WA affiliation plus a very small administration charge. I know we have a few members who renewed their membership prior to this discount being implemented and we will be in touch in due course to refund the difference. Club membership expires each year on March 31st.
As a club, we have never had a situation like this before and it is a learning curve for us all. Please bear with us while we try and roll out any training and please do not hesitate to contact us via the club email if you have any further enquiries; firstname.lastname@example.org
We would like to thank you all for your patience and understanding and look forward to the day when we can see you all back on track.
Committee and Coaches of Colwyn Bay Athletics Club