CORNA VIRUS UPDATES
Thursday 25th June 2020
Hardship Grants funding available for British Gymnastics members
What is a Hardship Grant, and when do applications open?
The Hardship Grants Programme is an initiative from the British Gymnastics Foundation and was initially designed to provide financial assistance to British Gymnastics members to help them continue participating in gymnastics through times of significant financial hardship. The British Gymnastics Foundation has been running the programme for over five years now and has helped over 300 individual British Gymnastics members through the fund.
Due to the current crisis, we have been working hard alongside the Foundation to make more funds available, enabling us to deliver a special round of funding which supports British Gymnastics members suffering financially in these difficult times. The grants can be used to help pay for the costs of participating in gymnastics for individual participants.
Applications will open on 1st July, remaining open throughout July and August.
Who can apply for a Hardship Grant?
In this special funding round the grants are open to current British Gymnastics members who are in significant financial hardship and are at risk of dropping out of gymnastics as a result of COVID-19.
Funding will not be awarded to any of the following:
British Gymnastics members who are deemed to be financially capable of/or have the means to fund their involvement in gymnastics.
Any person who has made a false claim in the past.
Gymnasts in receipt of UK Sport Lottery funding.
British Gymnastics staff members.
Tuesday 23rd June 2020
Statement from British Gymnastics:
Dear Club Member,
The Government today announced the next stage of the lifting of restrictions and unfortunately indoor sports have NOT been given the green light to return.
Their statement today was confusing but we have received explicit advice from the Government that indoor sports cannot return and this includes gymnastics clubs. We are as disappointed as you at this decision and are lobbying hard on your behalf.
Jane Allen MBE
CEO British Gymnastics
Monday 18th May 2020
Last week the UK Government outlined their conditional plan into the steps they will take to gradually lift the lockdown restrictions put in place to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). British Gymnastics understands and acknowledges there will be minor differences across the home nations, however, what is clear is there is no change for our sport, our club must remain closed at this time to keep our members and your families safe.
While BG is very keen to get us back to the sport we love, it is clear this is just one stage in a long journey. They're working across sport, with the Government and with other national governing bodies to discuss the impact of the virus on the sports sector and to map out the support required when restrictions are lifted. There are some outdoor sports that can now get back into training, however, that is not true for gymnastics. Gymnastics is an indoor coached sport, classes cannot be safely carried out outdoors and government social distancing restrictions mean that clubs should continue as they are now until new guidance becomes available.
The latest announcement does not give a clear indication when indoor sports clubs and centres may be able to operate again, however, BG is preparing for that time. They are working hard to build a package of support that they hope will help us create a plan for reopening. This will include guidance on everything from, resuming sessions on a staggered basis, gymnast health and safety, non-contact coaching, deep cleaning our club and sustaining social distancing for parent drop off and pick-ups.
Please take care of yourself.
Wednesday 8th April 2020
A brand new Home Gymnastics Page is now available, where you can find lots of activities to watch, participate in and print off for members and parents to enjoy during this time - Home Gymnastics
Monday 6th April 2020
Mental health support
There is some great information regarding mental health through these challenging times. Follow the links below to websites for further information.
Talking to your child about coronavirus – Young Minds
Looking after your mental health while self-isolating – Young Minds
Mental wellbeing while staying at home - NHS
Wednesday 18th March 2020
GYMNASTICS SESSIONS ARE CANCELLED FROM SATURDAY 21ST MARCH 2020, UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE!!!
Monday 17th March 2020
ALL SPRING AND SUMMER COMPETITIONS & EVENTS ARE CANCELLED UNTIL 31 JULY 2020
Monday 16th March 2020
Malta international competition has been postponed to 2021
Saturday 14th March 2020
Please follow these guidelines for entering the gym COVID-19 Doc
Wednesday 12th March 2020
Here are ways to keep safe during this time How to wash your hands' Poster, Catch it, Kill it, Bin it Poster & Public Health poster
Catch the Sneezes and coughs in a tissue
Bin tissues straight after use
Kill germs by frequently washing your hands with soap
Thursday 27th February 2020
As you know there has been news coming in about the Coronavirus. Here you can keep updates ib the NHS to keep safe. We have provided a link for anyone with any concerns.
LONDON GYMNASTICS, AND BRITISH GYMNASTICS STATEMENTS
Wednesday 11th March 2020
Statement regarding the impact of Coronavirus on London Gymnastics activities.
London Gymnastics Events and Activities
Like everyone else, the London Gymnastics Management Board is closely monitoring Government and National Governing Body advice.
It’s completely expected that we are receiving increased enquiries with regards to activities and our stance on this.
As of 11th March 2020, we do not plan to postpone or cancel any London Gymnastics events, but we are regularly reviewing government advice and liaising with the venue operators.
Working closely with our venue operators, we are monitoring the situation, and work with them on how to apply necessary prevention measures as advised by official Government advice.
We also have to consider the considerable financial risk of cancelling events at short notice, obligations to venue hire in some of our larger venues, and of course, the disruption and cost to our parents should cancellation become necessary. This is why we are reviewing advice regularly, and any subsequent decision to cancel events will take into consideration the safety of all concerned, and the necessary financial and legal impact.
At this current time, all London Gymnastics event venues have been contacted and remain open for public events, unless Government advice forces a Closure Notice or a Deep Clean of the venue.
If this was to happen London Gymnastics Management Board would move into a crisis management mode and work closely with venues to consider cancellation or rescheduling of events and immediately communicate with our members, this would include issuing details of any refund policies.
At the current time, all entry conditions for participants in these events, along with terms and conditions for ticket holders remain in place.
As you are aware the UK Government has recently published its action plan on dealing with the spread of the coronavirus.
We advise clubs and members who have concerns about coronavirus to read and follow the current advice published by the UK Government. This advice is updated regularly and includes the latest information about the virus, preventing the spread of infection, the current risk level, advice for and about returning travellers and what to do if you believe you have symptoms associated with the virus.
The Government’s current advice is available online and you can access it by clicking one of the following links.
NHS information about risks, symptoms and avoiding the spread of the virus
Travel advise from the Foreign & Commonwealth office
Department of Health & Social Care latest information & advice
Also, British Gymnastics now has a page set up to regularly update members on its activities.
Friday 6th March 2020
British Gymnastics Statement of the effects of the Coronavirus
Attached statement release from British Gymnastics