Club Coronavirus Update – 21st March 2020
England Athletics advised:
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.
The following action was taken by the Club:
1. The Bournemouth 10 was postponed to 1st November 2020. Entrants will receive further information
2. The Bournemouth Open scheduled for Sunday 29th March was cancelled. The club has managed to recoup almost all of its costs and refunds will be processed over the next few weeks.
3. The AGM and Executive Committee meetings due to be held on 17th March were postponed.
4. Wednesday Development Night and all club training sessions were suspended until further notice.
5. Club bookings of KIngs Park Athletics Centre have been suspended until further notice.
In addition all athletics leagues have been postponed for the foreseeable future. A decision on the County Championships and Dorset Schools is expected in the next few weeks.
Coaches are licensed directly by England Athletics. EA advice on coaching is:
Where possible, athletes and runners at all levels are encouraged to maintain their own personal fitness and keep active during this time, while following government guidelines about safe distance and safe exercise environments.
Following an enquiry to EA by Poole AC further advice was received:
There will be no suspension of licences but we are asking that coaches follow government and England Athletics advice. If you wish to conduct smaller training sessions you must follow the advice of the government with regards to the relevant distance between individuals and the length of time involved. As long as you are within the guidelines than insurance will be valid.
Coaches will, no doubt, wish to liaise with their coaching group about the best way of enabling athletes to maintain their fitness levels. However, any training sessions until further notice will be arranged by coaches not the club. In addition club equipment, including the gym is not to be used. The club cannot guarantee its safety as it may become contaminated if touched by someone with Coronavirus.
Kings Park Athletics Centre
The BCP Council website updated 20th March 2020 states that Two Riversmeet Leisure Centre and Kings Park Athletics Centre will remain open as long as it is safe to do so. Season Ticket Holder can use KPAC free of charge – others will need to pay the track fee.
Finally, following the cancellation of the South West Sportshall competition refund arrangements are currently being sorted out. Parents of team members will be contacted in the next few days.
For updates please watch the BAC website and BAC Athletes page on Facebook. Alternatively, contact your coach for updates.
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