What guidelines are in place to ensure a safe return for gymnastics - British Gymnastics

What guidelines are in place to ensure a safe return for gymnastics

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Many clubs registered with us run sessions out of leisure centres, schools and community halls and so it’s important that the providers who hire these spaces out for gymnastics are aware of the guidance that has been issued to our members.

We have been working hard with the gymnastics community over the last few months to ensure that gymnastics can safely return following the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Guidance around cleaning, risk assessments, activity delivery, sessions sizes and social distancing have been provided to all of our registered clubs through resources in our Step Forward Plan - our three step roadmap, created in consultation with our Home Nations, and in line with the UK Government’s advice. 

Clubs registered with us are required to follow these main points:

  • Follow the guidance issued by their relevant government, public health agency (Public Health England, Public Health Scotland, Public Health Wales, Public Health Agency in NI) and the Health & Safety Executive
  • Complete a Covid-19 risk assessment
  • Appoint a Covid-19 representative
  • Demonstrate increased hand hygiene
  • Meet the relevant government’s guidance for capacity
  • Regularly communicate with club stakeholders the measures taken to reduce the risk of transmission of Covid-19
To mitigate the risk of transmission there are number of responsibilities that clubs must also take on, including:

Communication
All operations must be agreed with venues and communicated with members so they’re aware of any changes to the gymnastics programme. The workforce must also be made aware of any new procedures and policies.

Monitoring capacity for gymnastics activity
Individual groups must not exceed 15 gymnasts plus coaches. Multiple groups of 15 are allowed within a gymnastics space as long as social distancing is adhered to and it doesn’t exceed the venue’s maximum capacity.

Cleaning and management of equipment & apparatus
A planned cleaning schedule should be in place along with procedures for cleaning gymnastics areas and equipment. Clubs should consider minimising the use of hard-to-clean equipment and should review the use of hand equipment. Clubs should also advise members to bring their own training aids such as chalk

Changes to timetabling
Clubs will need to consider adapting their sessions times to avoid large numbers gathering at cross over times. Time should also be given for cleaning in between each session.

Adapting gymnastics activity
Social distancing must always be adhered to and no contact, close spotting or supporting is permitted between coaches and gymnasts, or gymnasts and gymnasts.  Sessions should be appropriately planned to consider social distance regulations.

Test & trace
Keep a register of all members, staff and visitors on site, including contact details and the dates and times they visited. Clubs should also carry out a form of screening before members enter the gymnastics area – this could be a Covid-19 questionnaire.

If you are a host venue for a gymnastics club and would like to find out more about what guidance has been provided to our registered clubs, pdf click here (277 KB) .

We have also created an example agreement for host venues and clubs to use to outline some of the key principles and responsibilities that must be agreed upon prior to returning to activity and recommencing hire. This is an editable document and can be amended to suit the needs of the agreement between the two parties. To access this, document click here (653 KB) .

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