The Northern Ireland Executive has announced that from Saturday 26th December, Northern Ireland will re-enter a six-week national lockdown. Sport will not be permitted, except for elite training, and, as a result, we understand that this will mean that all clubs will need to shut for this period. Ministers will review the measures after four weeks.
At the end of a very difficult year for the sport, this news is very hard to take especially after it felt like restrictions were beginning to ease. But what has been made apparent by the Executive and its Chief Medical Officer, is that further interventions are needed to keep the coronavirus under control, protect the health service and save lives.
The safety of the gymnastics community is of paramount importance and so we must work together and follow the measures put in place so that we can hope for a return in the not too distant future.
We hope that clubs can continue to engage with its members during this difficult period in other ways, for example through online activity and video sessions. More support related to this, particularly around gymnastics at home activities, can be found on our Step Forward area.
Looking ahead, we are working hard to see a level or normality return to gymnastics sessions in the New Year when it is safe to do so. Take a look at our end of year gymnastics update.
Sport Sustainability Fund
We want to ensure that clubs are able to access all the financial support available to them and we encourage any clubs in need of further support to look at the Sport Sustainability Fund set up by Sport Northern Ireland. This is available to all clubs registered with British Gymnastics, regardless of your organisational structure. We did a webinar about the Fund which you can watch here.
All applications must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 5pm on Tuesday 12th January 2021.