FAQ's - New National Lockdown in England from 4th January 2021 - British Gymnastics

FAQ's - New National Lockdown in England from 4th January 2021

UPDATED: Monday 15th February at 10.45am

Gymnastics clubs fall within the category of sport and leisure services, businesses and venues which are identified within legislation as required to close under the new national lockdown from 4th January 2021.

It is important to remain conscious of the government’s key message of stay home to reduce the spread of Coronavirus. We understand that this is an extremely difficult time for the gymnastics community, and clubs, coaches and volunteers have worked hard to provide Covid-secure environments, however with Coronavirus (Covid-19) cases continuing to rise and the country having entered the highest Covid threat level, we must play our part in saving lives and protecting the NHS.

Please note, the below FAQ’s and guidance is subject to change.

National Lockdown – Stay at Home

Children of critical workers and vulnerable children who can access schools or educational settings guidance
15/02/2021 - Can online sessions continue to run?
British Gymnastics Membership includes access to, and fully comprehensive, insurance for British Gymnastics endorsed activity at home and virtual activities based around fitness, conditioning and flexibility.

For information on how to manage and deliver online floor-based activities safely at home please consult the Online activity session guidance.  

The Online Activity Skills List (Appendix 1) outlines approved and prohibited skills for gymnasts at home. The permissible insured ‘at home’ activity is limited to British Gymnastics endorsed programmes:  

GymFIT 
Jump into Gymnastics 
Core Proficiency Awards (specifically those made available during lockdown) 
FUNdamentals 
Activities centred around fitness, conditioning, and flexibility 

When planning your at home sessions and choosing activities and/or skills, please consult the Online Activity Skills List to ensure your delivery is in line with the following categories: 

Parent or Carer supervised training 
Online live supervised sessions 
Online live supervised sessions with competency 

#GymnastsatHome activity can be found here
12/02/2021 - Can clubs continue to operate under the childcare/supervised activities exemption?
Gymnastics clubs fall within the category of sport and leisure services, businesses and venues which are identified within legislation as required to close under the new national lockdown from 4th January 2021. It is important to remain conscious of the government’s key message of stay home to reduce the spread of Coronavirus as with cases continuing to rise and the country having entered the highest Covid threat level, we must play our part in saving lives and protecting the NHS.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) have confirmed general sports provision for children, and under 5’s (including one-to-one sessions), cannot continue to run and all other out-of-school activities (not being primarily used by key workers for childcare purposes), should close for face-to-face provision for the duration of the new national lockdown. This also applies to holiday clubs.

'Supervised activity for those children eligible to attend' is only in relation to childcare and does not apply to gymnastics activities unless registered childcare is provided by the club and accessed by eligible children of key workers.

If providing registered childcare activities to eligible children, clubs and coaches should work closely with schools and parents to ensure as far as possible, that children can be kept in a group with other children from the same bubble they are in during the school day. However, where it is not possible, schools or external providers should seek to keep children in small, consistent groups with the same children each time, as far as this is possible. 

It is recommended for parents of eligible children to limit the number of out-of-school or college settings attended in order to minimise mixing between different groups of children. 

Indoor disability sport is not permitted. Gymnastics clubs can continue to provide existing activities for the sole purpose of official respite care with the approval of their local authority. Organised outdoor sport for disabled people is allowed to continue.

Clubs should assess the financial support available to make informed decisions on whether to continue to run these sessions.
22/01/2021 - Can a coach deliver online activities whilst on furlough?
Delivering online gymnastics activities (Coaches/Employees)
You should not carry out any work duties, whilst on Furlough, this includes planning or delivering any online gymnastics activity or sessions, whether live or pre-recorded.  Please contact your employer for clarification if you are unsure as to whether this affects you or refer to the government guidance.

Delivering online gymnastics activities (Employers)
If you are planning to deliver online activity sessions, whether live or pre-recorded, and your staff are furloughed it is very important to review the government information about furlough to ensure you are working in line with the regulations.  Coaches on furlough cannot provide a service or volunteer to provide a service for your organisation or those linked to your organisation.
22/01/2021 - Do gymnasts need British Gymnastics membership to take part in online activity sessions?
All gymnasts must be British Gymnastics registered members to take part in online activity sessions. Those joining the club for the first time are entitled to two free taster sessions and should take out British Gymnastics membership thereafter.
18/01/2021 - Can elite gymnasts continue to train?
All gymnasts that are eligible to continue training as an elite athlete will have been contacted by the Performance department and will follow the Elite Sport Return to Training guidance.
12/01/2021 - Can clubs/coaches open for electively home education sessions?
Gymnastics clubs fall within the category of sport and leisure services, businesses and venues which are identified within legislation as required to close under the new national lockdown from 4th January 2021. It is important to remain conscious of the government’s key message of stay home to reduce the spread of Coronavirus as with cases continuing to rise and the country having entered the highest Covid threat level, we must play our part in saving lives and protecting the NHS.

Electively home educated children, who are not eligible, are not permitted to attend out of school settings for face to face provision for the duration of the national lockdown. However, eligible children (vulnerable children and young people, or the children of critical workers) who are electively home educated can attend out-of-school settings for face-to-face provision, if this forms part of their existing arrangements to receive a suitable full-time education. Clubs wishing to continue to provide this service should seek to gain evidence of eligibility.

Clubs should assess the financial support available to make informed decisions on whether to continue to run these sessions.
12/01/2021 - Can clubs/coaches still deliver after-school clubs for eligible children?
British Gymnastics clubs operating from educational premises must close.

Where schools are offering wraparound childcare activities (before and after school clubs) they should only be accessed by eligible children of key workers for childcare purposes. Coaches may continue to deliver these activities on behalf of the school if it part of their normal provision for eligible children.

Clubs and coaches should work closely with schools and parents to ensure as far as possible, that children can be kept in a group with other children from the same bubble they are in during the school day. However, where it is not possible, schools or external providers should seek to keep children in small, consistent groups with the same children each time, as far as this is possible. 

It is recommended for parents of eligible children to limit the number of out-of-school or college settings attended in order to minimise mixing between different groups of children.
05/01/2021 - Can gymnastics activity take place outdoors?
Government guidance allows exercise outdoors in a public place with people you live with or a support bubble. When on your own you can meet with 1 other person from another household.

Therefore, no group gymnastics sessions can take place outdoors under the new national lockdown. Individual outdoor sessions are not permitted due to British Gymnastics Health and Safety and Safeguarding policy requirements.
05/01/2021 - Can online sessions continue to run?
British Gymnastics Membership includes access to and fully comprehensive insurance for British Gymnastics endorsed activity at home and virtual activities based around fitness, conditioning and flexibility including Core Proficiency Awards 8-4 and the FUNdamentals activity cards. Practicing skills, coaching skills or providing developmental programmes will not be covered.

We encourage you to continue to engage with your members throughout this lockdown period. For information on how to manage and deliver online floor-based activities safely at home please consult the Online activity session guidance. #GymnastsatHome activity can be found here.
05/01/2021 - Can staff access the closed facility?
Gymnastics clubs fall within the category of sport and leisure services, businesses and venues which are identified within legislation as required to close under the new national lockdown from 4th January 2021.

It is important to remain conscious of the government’s key message of stay home to reduce the spread of Coronavirus as with cases continuing to rise and the country having entered the highest Covid threat level, we must play our part in saving lives and protecting the NHS.

To help contain the virus, all staff, coaches and volunteers should only leave home for work if they cannot reasonably work from home. Employers and employees should discuss their working arrangements, and employers should take every possible step to facilitate their employees working from home, including providing suitable IT and equipment to enable remote working.

Gymnastics clubs are required to close, however staff may access the facility to complete work that cannot be completed at home. For example, to perform essential maintenance and/or cleaning. In such circumstances, the risk of transmission should be substantially reduced by following COVID-19 secure guidelines.
05/01/2021 - Can coaches still deliver to eligible children attending school and/or college, and at universities for students on eligible face to face courses?
As long as this is part of normal provision for the education establishment, coaches can still deliver curriculum activities.

Schools, colleges and universities are able to work with external coaches, clubs and organisations for curricular activities where they are satisfied that it is safe to do so.
05/01/2021 - Can clubs open their venue for schools/colleges/universities to access?
Gymnastics clubs fall within the category of sport and leisure services, businesses and venues which are identified within legislation as required to close under the new national lockdown from 4th January 2021. It is important to remain conscious of the government’s key message of stay home to reduce the spread of Coronavirus as with cases continuing to rise and the country having entered the highest Covid threat level, we must play our part in saving lives and protecting the NHS.

If an educational establishment hires a gymnastics facility as part of their normal provision and wishes to continue to do so for eligible children during the lockdown then this is permitted within the guidance. Gymnastics clubs and schools should consider carefully how such arrangements can operate within their wider protective measures.

Training at and for universities for extra-curricular purposes, for instance as part of clubs, should not take place.

Clubs should assess the financial support available to make informed decisions on whether to continue to run these sessions.
05/01/2021 - Can clubs offer one-to-one sessions for vulnerable children?
Gymnastics clubs fall within the category of sport and leisure services, businesses and venues which are identified within legislation as required to close under the new national lockdown from 4th January 2021. It is important to remain conscious of the government’s key message of stay home to reduce the spread of Coronavirus as with cases continuing to rise and the country having entered the highest Covid threat level, we must play our part in saving lives and protecting the NHS.

For vulnerable children and young people, at the discretion of the local authority, if this forms part of their normal access to remote education and the club has previously provided this service, then they can continue to run the sessions. If offering one-to-one sessions, there must always be two responsible adults in the room who are safeguarding trained e.g. the coach and a social worker/club welfare officer.

​ Clubs should assess the financial support available to make informed decisions on whether to continue to run these sessions.
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