Dear swimmers and parents/carers
Further to the Government’s Corona virus update yesterday we have today had confirmation that Godolphin Pool will be closed indefinitely after tonight’s Water Polo session. In addition, South Wilts are shutting to outside bookings as of today which will mean that Friday land training sessions will not be taking place.
As yet we do not have an update from Five Rivers about whether they are closing, and we will continue to work with them to try and understand their forthcoming plans. Cross Fit has advised they are open but “classes are running with reduced numbers running for 45 mins with 15 mins to wipe sown equipment and clear the building before the next class”.
Considering the position, we are sure you are all concerned about whether it is a good idea to continue training as normal. We are monitoring all Government announcements as well as communications from Swim England and following their advice closely. We are cognisant of yesterday’s Government advice that if one member of your family is displaying any of the recognised symptoms that all in the household must stay in isolation for 14 days. If this is the case for your family, we would be grateful if you could let us know and abide by this advice. You can read latest NHS guidance here – https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Swim England yesterday cancelled a number of forthcoming events until the end of May. They also advised that “at present, as the Government has not closed schools or restricted school activity, we do not see any reason why clubs should not continue with their training programmes in their own environment within the guidelines of the facility”. Today Jane Nickerson who is CEO of Swim England posted on her Twitter feed the following – “I appreciate there are many interpretations on what should now be happening re training and @Swim_England club sessions. We are taking more advice today and will issue updated guidance re training and clubs as soon as we can.”
In light of the above and until we get certainty from Five Rivers and further updates from the Government or Swim England (anticipated tomorrow) we will continue with training at Five Rivers and Crossfit including the Swim School lessons on Sunday evenings. However, we would like to make it clear that attendance at swim and land sessions is not paramount, and it is entirely understandable if you prefer to stay away from training for the time being, especially if you have vulnerable family members. The committee are meeting tonight at 1830 to discuss the matter further. We will discuss potential changes to the programme and also how the club can adapt to offer more home exercise routines as continuation of exercise is especially important at this time for physical and mental health and wellness.