Advice and updates on Coronavirus - British Gymnastics

Advice and updates on Coronavirus

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UPDATED: Monday 23rd March - 11.15am

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British Gymnastics statement - Friday 20th March - 20.45pm

Further to the UK Government’s advice this evening British Gymnastics, Welsh Gymnastics and Scottish Gymnastics now ask for all gymnastics clubs and providers within the UK to follow the directive and temporarily close their physical premises as soon as they reasonably can, to ensure social contact across the UK is minimised as much as possible.

The Government issued a mandate for venues including gyms, leisure centres, clubs, cafes, pubs and restaurants to close from this evening, Friday 20 March. The Government also announced an extensive package of further financial support to minimise the financial distress this UK wide directive will have on everyone concerned.

We will all ensure in the coming days that we understand the financial support that you can access. We’d urge our clubs to continue to monitor communications as we share with you further updates on our dedicated Club Support page.   

Please bear with us over the next few days while we work through your questions and gather the information we need to support you early next week.

Rest assured that British Gymnastics and the home nation governing bodies will be focussed on helping you through these uncertain times.

British Gymnastics national events announcement, including FIG World Cup - Monday 16th March - 17.45pm

In light of the UK Government’s move from the ‘contain’ to the ‘delay’ phase of their coronavirus action plan, and the updated advice with respect to the hosting of mass gatherings British Gymnastics has made the difficult decision to cancel all national events from today until Tuesday 30 June.

Jane Allen MBE, Chief Executive Officer, British Gymnastics said, “This was a very difficult decision and we share the disappointment of members, gymnasts, coaches, clubs and volunteers. However, our number one priority is the health and wellbeing of the whole gymnastics family.

We have made the decision to cancel all events until the end of June in the hope that this decisive action will remove uncertainty and take the pressure off clubs, coaches and gymnasts. We hope removing the pressure of preparing for these events will allow clubs to more effectively manage the challenges they are facing.

This announcement is focussed specifically on national events. Please understand, all other British Gymnastics activities continue as usual. We will continue to review our activities daily based on advice and guidance from the Government and Public Health England.”

Whilst the cancellation of these events will have an impact on everybody, it is important to note our elite gymnasts will continue to train and compete where possible, and we will continue to support them in their goal to be selected to compete at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games.

Anyone with tickets for the FIG World Cup or British Artistic Championships will receive a refund directly from the respective venue in Birmingham or Liverpool. You can find more information on The Ticket Factory and M&S Bank arena websites.

Entry fees and spectator tickets for other British Gymnastics national events will be refunded, and we aim to process refunds as soon as possible.

We’re mindful of the impact cancellations particularly has on qualification and selection. We’re working closely with technical committees and relevant parties to identify what steps we need to take to resolve any issues caused by cancellations.

Please note: This page will be updated if any of our guidance changes or more information be available.

Status of events

 

Status of events

Name of event Location Dates Status
Trampoline and Tumbling Spring Event Series 1  Telford International Centre  21st - 22nd March  Cancelled
Rhythmic Open Apparatus Championships (Junior & Senior) and Group Seeding  Fenton Manor Sports Complex  21st - 22nd March  Cancelled
Gymnastics World Cup Arena Birmingham 28th March Cancelled
Gymnastics British Championships M&S Bank Arena 16th - 19th April Cancelled
Women's Artistic National Compulsory Levels 4, 3, 2 Fenton Manor Sports Complex 9th - 10th May Cancelled 
Gymnastics for All - GymFusion London Copper Box Arena 9th May Cancelled 
Trampoline & Tumbling Spring Event Series 2 Telford International Centre 16th - 17th May Cancelled 
Acrobatic NDP & IDP Finals and Disability Acrobatic Finals Fenton Manor Sports Complex 16h - 17th May Cancelled
Women's Artistic NDP 4, 3, 2, 1  Fenton Manor Sports Complex 23rd - 24th May Cancelled
Trampoline and Tumbling NDP Individual & Regional Team Finals Arena Birmingham 6th - 7th June Cancelled
Rhythmic NDP Finals and Group League Round 1  Fenton Manor Sports Complex 13th - 14th June Cancelled
Gymnastics for All - GymFusion York Barbican, York 27th - 28th June Cancelled

 

Information on the coronavirus
The UK Government has published its action plan on containing the possible spread of the coronavirus.

We have recently received a lot of calls from members on the subject and so we have set out below our advice and some recommendations based on what has been published by the Government and the NHS.
 
Preventing the spread of COVID-19
As with any other illness, all those involved in gymnastics in the UK are encouraged to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and avoid catching it by following Public Health England and NHS guidance.

Information on how to do this is provided on the NHS website with additional information available on the Public Health England blog.

For clubs and partners offering community and leisure services, we support the Government advice that hand hygiene should be strongly promoted and encouraged, and equipment and facilities should be thoroughly cleaned and wiped down as usual following use. Materials including posters from Public Health England’s campaign to help stop the spread of viruses can be downloaded from their resources website.
 
Resources for your club
Below are some more resources from the NHS that may be useful to print and display at clubs and share with other members.

How to wash your hands - guidance

Catch it, bin it, kill it - poster

Handwash - poster.
 
We do not plan to postpone or cancel any education courses or assessments, but we are regularly reviewing government advice and liaising with the venue operators.

If you are attending a course or assessment in the near future, we would advise you follow the guidance set out by the UK Government.

In the event your course or assessment is cancelled, our primary method of communication would be to contact you using the telephone number provided through your membership/registration. To ensure British Gymnastics, tutors or assessors are able to contact you, please log-in to GymNet, update your membership profile and check your phone number is correct. If you need to update your email address, please contact British Gymnastics customer support on 0345 1297129 or email [email protected] Being able to contact you will ensure your safety and avoid you incurring unnecessary travel expenses.
 

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