British Gymnastics received a phone call at 16:41 today, to inform us that Northumbria University had made the decision to cancel our booking for the TeamGym Northern event this weekend, due to an emergent situation related to Coronavirus within the City of Newcastle.
Subsequently our Chief Executive and Events Director spoke to senior management at the University to understand the events that had led to their decision and to ask if they would be willing to reconsider this situation.
Unfortunately the decision they had reached was final and we have requested a formal statement from the University to explain their decision and why British Gymnastics were only informed at such short notice.
We have received the following from them: “Northumbria University has advised British Gymnastics at 4pm, 5 March 2020 that we have taken the decision to cancel the TeamGym Northern Qualifier 2020 event to be held this weekend. This is part of a review of all major events that are due to take place within our Sport Central facility over the coming months. We apologise for the inconvenience and disruption that this has caused to their members”.
We have since spent some time trying to source a suitable alternative venue, but we have been unable to do so. Unfortunately therefore we have been left with no alternative, but to make the difficult decision to cancel this weekend’s event.
British Gymnastics are so sorry that this has happened, as we are only too well aware of the disruption that this will cause to plans already made, for the disappointment for the gymnasts who were due to take part and the costs that will have been incurred at this stage. We are now focussed on ensuring that everyone involved in the event is aware of this cancellation, so that they do not make the journey to Newcastle.
In the coming days we will issue further communications with regard to the refund of entry fees and alternative arrangements that we will make with the Technical Committee regarding the qualification for the 2020 British Championships.
Once again, we are so sorry, this decision has been communicated to us with very short notice and we hope that you can appreciate that the decision was totally out of the control of British Gymnastics.