Colwyn Bay Athletic Club Covid-19 Return to Training Update 30th August 2020

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CBAC update regarding training and COVID 19. – 30th August 2020

The coaches and committee are continually appraising our return to training and wish to keep you all updated with our progress. At the end of July, it was announced by the Welsh Government that up to 30 people could meet outdoors for sporting activity. The figure of 30 includes any coaches or assistants required to ensure the safe running of a session. Unfortunately, there have been no further changes from this guidance and these restrictions remain in place.

As a club, we are affiliated with Welsh Athletics, and in order to meet the terms of their insurance, we must demonstrate that we operate utilising their pathway which guides our Club’s return to training. Their guidance continues to include factors such as ‘avoiding lift sharing’, continued social distancing at all times and parents/carers of under 18’s being available on site to administer first aid if the need arises.

Additionally, we hire the track from Colwyn Bay Leisure Centre and as such, we must agree to their ongoing conditions of use. This includes factors such as small groups sizes of no more than 6 per coach and the limited use of additional facilities such as toilets and the stands.

All these guidelines have been factored into a risk assessment and equate to a very different way of operating for the club and the coaches. Over the past few weeks, we have seen a return to training for some of our senior athletes. We appreciate that for those who are itching to come back but have not yet had the opportunity, this must be frustrating but we have had to allow time for our coaches to be able to adapt to a new way of coaching under very new conditions and also demonstrate to the leisure centre that we can operate safely and within their parameters.

We are now in a position where we can move to the next phase of our return. Given that there is no movement in the maximum number of athletes we can have on the track, we have managed to secure the track for a Saturday morning session between 09.00 and 10.30am. Over the next week, coaches will be contacting athletes in order to develop a ‘Saturday morning group’. Once again, athletes will be selected from the middle-distance group and the sprint group. We do have more athletes at the club than we have capacity on the track so please, do not attend without an invite.

We do appreciate that these limited groups may be disappointing, particularly for the development group (Mike and Linda’s) but rest assured we are using our time to develop an exciting new pathway which will give the fundamentals of all aspects of athletics; run, jumps and throws. In order to achieve this, we will be using the opportunity of smaller group sizes to develop the coaching skills of our newly qualified coaching assistants. We are always looking for volunteers to help with the operating of the club and would fully support volunteers who wish to develop along the pathway of coach or official.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you wish to discuss any aspect of this update.

Kind Regards

Committee and Coaches of Colwyn Bay AC