In light of the government’s announcements during the last week England Athletics have produced guidance notes for athletes, coaches and facilities. The link for this is below. However the situation for the Club is as follows:-
SBC have decommissioned all their pavilions including Ridlins Stadium. In effect this means there will be a 3 to 4 week delay in re opening the facility when such facilities can be reopened. All systems at the Stadium will need testing and full risk assessments completed before any use of the stadium and track will be allowed. SNHAC’s committee are in the process of working out the processes which will need to be in place before small groups of users will be able to use the facility and these will include risk assessments, social distancing, equipment cleaning and facility cleaning.
In the meantime additional suggestions will be added to the Home Training page (under Club information on the website), Zoom sessions will continue for the Year 4, 5 and 6 group, LJ/TJ group and older PV athletes. Club members can contact their coaches to discuss training issues.
We will continue to keep you updated as the picture becomes clearer but currently we do not envisage Ridlins Stadium being open for training before late August or early September.
It is with great sadness that we have to report the sudden death last week of former club member Marc Green. Marc was a key member of our teams when we first entered both the Midweek 10k league and the Southern Vets track and Field League. He was also an important part of the senior mens' cross country team. Many will remember Marc from matches at the track where he was always so supportive of our younger athletes. Marc's cheerful nature always brightened up people's day. He will be sorely missed and the club sends it heartfelt condolences to Kim, his partner, and the rest of his family.
UK Coaching have made a number of their coaching courses free to sign up for provided you register by 3rd May. The courses look at a number of important aspects of being a successful coach.
Full details can be found by following the link below.
England Athletics along with UKA and the other home nations yesterday extended the suspension of competition until at least the end of June. Many of June's fixtures had already been cancelled or postponed by the organisers.
Current;y this extension only applies to competition, an update on training and other activities will be given by EA once the Government update their guidance next week.
Following England Athletics' latest announcement all athletics activities have been suspended until at least the end of May although this may be extended further. All fixtures and training sessions in April and May have been cancelled. Some competitions scheduled for later in the year have also been cancelled. This includes English Schools, June's Southern League match and all of this years' YDL fixtures. We are receiving more information on cancellellations on an almost daily basis and will aim to keep you updated.
Don't forget that we have added a number of training at home activities to the club information page. These are generally suitable for anyone and many can be done with no equipment and very limited space. We are adding to this list all the time. If you have any ideas please do let us know and we will add them in!