The IWAC, like many sports clubs, has been reviewing advice as it has changed throughout the period of lockdown. The committee had a meeting to discuss next steps and how to start club activities safely and within current rules. The main advice we are using is from Public Health England, the UK government and England Athletics. The Track is managed separately and our landlord is also involved in allowing access when appropriate.
The meeting was held with the principle that no club member (athlete, coach or volunteer) should be expected to do something that is not right for them. Although some Island sports clubs have re-opened at the IWAC we believe we can not do this safely at the current time. The track is not able to be used for training and this is likely to remain the case for the coming weeks.
Some coaches are able to take small groups when the track does re-open, but this will vary between discipline. For example managing throws and jumps equipment is different from a sprint group. It is also the case that whilst there are very unlikely to be any U11 competitions this season (with the Wessex League having been cancelled) there are likely to be Cross Country races in the Autumn. It is a complicated background.
Coaching volunteers at the club will be looking to discuss with some athletes training sessions. This won’t, unfortunately, be for most of the club membership in June, and for the 5-6 pm group on a Monday it won’t be before September. Whilst this is disappointing for many we trust that our members understand the situation – and the club is trying very hard to enable as many athletes as possible to be involved in a session as soon as possible. Please wait for the coach to contact you – and look out for future announcements here on the website. There are also club records to look through as well as an archive of club achievements from the past few years.
Things can change quickly, and the committee and other volunteers aim to re-start as soon as it is safe and practical to do so.
On behalf of the club.
Simon – Chairman