Home Country Guidance - British Gymnastics

Home Country Guidance

The tabs below outline the current position in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales with regard to Covid 19/Coronavirus and the current regulations for gymnastics.  It outlines the rules/guidance for indoor and outdoor activity, education/courses, events/competitions and performance/elite programmes based on the appropriate home country government guidance and the relevant governing body.

This guidance was last updated on 1st September 10.50am


England
Northern Ireland
Scotland
Wales

Outdoor Activity

(Appropriately risk assessed and safeguarding in place)

Max 30 people from different households

Only essential personnel, no spectators

Some British Gymnastics endorsed programmes and activities centred around fitness, conditioning, and flexibility

No physical support from coaches permitted.

1 metre + social distancing applies.

Indoor Activity

Indoor activity permitted from Saturday 25th July.

Clubs and partners will need will need to define the maximum capacity that can reasonably follow social distancing at the venue. The maximum occupancy of each indoor facility should be limited by providing a minimum of 100sqft per person. Individual groups should be no larger than a group of 15 gymnasts plus coaches. British Gymnastics gymnast to coach/teacher ratios and safeguarding policies should be adhered to at all times. Multiple groups of 15 are allowed within a venue, ensuring social distancing is in place and maximum capacity is not exceeded.

It's advised to keep changing facilities and showers closed yet still accessible for participants with specific additional needs.

Clubs who operate within a leisure centre/school hall, will need to speak to the venue regarding total capacity available within the hired gymnastics space.

No physical support from coaches permitted.

1 metre + social distancing applies. Social distancing and hygiene regulations must be adhered to.

Only essential personnel, no spectators.

For further information – Working safely during Covid-19 & Capacity, group size and ratios guidance.

Education

All face-to-face education courses and assessments have been postponed until the end of October (November onwards, subject to further review). Some courses and CPD available online

Events

Cancelled until further notice.

Discipline specific event information can be found here.

Performance

Eligible elite athletes allowed to resume training at indoor facilities with British Gymnastics sign off.

Outdoor Activity

(Appropriately risk assessed and safeguarding in place)

Max 30 people from different households

Only essential personnel, no spectators

Some British Gymnastics endorsed programmes and activities centred around fitness, conditioning, and flexibility

No physical support from coaches permitted.

1 metre + social distancing applies.

Indoor Activity

Indoor activity permitted from 17th July.

Clubs and partners will need will need to define the maximum capacity that can reasonably follow social distancing at the venue. The maximum occupancy of each indoor facility should be limited by providing a minimum of 100sqft per person. Individual groups should be no larger than a group of 15 gymnasts plus coaches. British Gymnastics gymnast to coach/teacher ratios and safeguarding policies should be adhered to at all times. Multiple groups of 15 are allowed within a venue, ensuring social distancing is in place and maximum capacity is not exceeded.

Changing facilities and showers must remain closed.

Clubs who operate within a leisure centre/school hall, will need to speak to the venue regarding total capacity available within the hired gymnastics space.

No physical support from coaches permitted.

1 metre + social distancing applies. Social distancing and hygiene regulations must be adhered to.

Only essential personnel, no spectators.

For further information - Northern Ireland Return to Gymnastics Protocols.

Education

All face-to-face education courses and assessments have been postponed until the end of October (November onwards, subject to further review). Some courses and CPD available online

Events

Performance

Eligible elite athletes allowed to resume training at indoor facilities with British Gymnastics sign off.

Outdoor Activity

(Appropriately risk assessed and safeguarding in place)

Permitted Numbers for endorsed outdoor gymnastics for under 18s.

At all times 2 qualified coaches must be in attendance, with one coach being a minimum level 2 or above to lead the session.

Up to 24 gymnasts in a group session – clubs can run multiple group sessions in outdoor venues, 2 coaches must be in attendance in each group of up to 24 gymnasts.

Option 1

Level 2 (or above) coach can supervise up to 16 gymnasts.

and a level 1 coach can supervise up to 8 additional gymnasts.

Option 2

Level 2 coach supervises up to 8 gymnasts.

Level 1 coach supervises up to 8 gymnasts.

Level 1 coach supervises up to 8 gymnasts.

Physical Distancing

Children aged 11 years and younger are not required to physically distance at any time, as set out in Scottish Government guidance.

For those over 12 years of age taking part in an organised outdoor activity, a ‘field of play bubble’ can be created whilst a sporting activity is taking place, in effect suspending physical distancing guidelines for the duration of the activity. Normal physical distancing guidelines will however apply before and after the activity takes place.

No limits on number of households in a session.

Over 18s must follow the current government guidelines.

Clubs can only deliver permitted activity outdoors.

Clubs must follow Test and Protect guidelines.

Indoor Activity

Can recommence from 31 August.

At all times adhere to Scottish Gymnastics’ minimum operating requirements including 2 qualified coaches must be in attendance at all times, with one coach being a minimum level 2 or above to lead the session.

Clubs and leisure facility operators must abide by facility capacity guidelines, calculated using a minimum of 9. square meters per person.

Children aged 11 years and younger are not required to physically distance, as set out in Scottish Government guidance.

For those 12 years of age and over taking part in indoor sporting or leisure activity normal physical distancing rules should be followed.

Coaches, officials, parents and guardians should continue to observe physical distancing when involved in children’s activity as a coach, official or spectator. Supporting gymnasts as a normal part of a coaching activity is not permitted.

Participants and visitors to indoor sports facilities should wear face coverings before and after activity or when in non-playing areas of the facility (e.g. reception, locker rooms and storage areas).

Use of changing rooms and showering facilities should be avoided where possible, although from the 31 August 2020 they may be made available for participants with disabilities or special needs.

Clubs must follow Test and Protect guidelines

Education

To be reviewed for October onwards

Events

Cancelled to the end of December

Performance

TBC

Outdoor Activity

(Appropriately risk assessed and safeguarding in place)

Up to 30 people maximum able to train outdoors, using Welsh/British Gymnastics permitted programmes.

For under 11’s, the Welsh Government guidance highlights that it is less essential to rigidly maintain a continual 2m distance, however as they can still transmit the virus and to ensure a safe return to the sport, as a governing body we are requiring at this time that gymnasts (of all ages) and coaches maintain social distancing.

No physical support from coaches permitted.

Existing ratios for coach:gymnast will need to be adhered to.

Indoor Activity

Clubs can re-open indoors from the 10th August.

All adults and children will need to adhere to 2 meter social distancing indoors.

Maximum 30 occupants per closed room of a facility, this includes coaches, gymnasts and any parent/carer required to be in attendance. Coaches can work with a group of up to 15 which includes the coach.

No physical support from coaches permitted.

Safeguarding policies should be adhered to at all times.

It is advised to keep changing facilities closed yet still accessible for participants with specific additional needs.

Only essential personnel, no spectators.

Our progress along the Step Forward Plan will be reviewed in line with the next Welsh Government announcement. For further information please refer to our social media platforms or contact Welsh Gymnastics, or refer to the following pages: Welsh Government: Sport, recreation and leisure: guidance for a phased return
or Welsh Gymnastics: COVID-19 Updates

Education

Face-to-face courses suspended until further notice.

Some courses and CPD online

Events

Many events cancelled until the end of December.

Please see our website for more details about events which may have been postponed to another date

Performance

Elite athletes allowed to resume training at indoor facilities with Welsh Gymnastics and Sport Wales sign off.

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