The Club's committee met last week to discuss the current Government restrictions and whether there is an opportunity to open up training in a limited capacity during Phase 1. The restrictions at present limit training to 14 year olds and older, within groups of 4, 3 athletes plus 1 coach, whilst adhering to stringent social distancing and hygiene standards.
We have decided to open up training to the oldest age groups, which are the U16/U17/U18's only, on a trial basis. We will use this training period as a pilot to see how we might be able to extend training to the other age groups at a later date.
At this time, it is not certain when (or if) we will be able to open up training to our youngest age groups (U13's and below). Realistically, we only expect to see our younger athletes back at training after the summer, and of course this will be dependent on the Government guidelines at that time. It's very disappointing for us all not to be able to come together as a club to train, and we do hope this will become possible again in the near future. In the meantime, we would really encourage all our athletes to continue taking exercise as much as possible. It's not only great for physical fitness but it's beneficial for mental well-being too.
As part of the Club's compliance with the return to limited training, we are required to appoint a Safety Officer, and this is Grainne Parker.
In our Covid-19 Information section you will find 3 documents issued by the Government, which outlines guidance for Clubs, Coaches and Athletes during Phase 1. Also in that section is our Athlete screening form which our older athletes will need to sign and bring to every training session. It is very important that this form is brought to training, as an athlete will not be allowed to train without it, and we don't want to turn anyone away!
Coaches will contact the athletes to arrange a time to train, and a record will be kept by the coach and club safety officer of all training sessions and who attended (Coach Screening Record & Training Log). This is necessary in the event of contact tracing being required by the HSE.
For the athletes returning to training please see the important points below:
- There should be no physical contact whatsoever between the members of the small training group. - Athletes must live within 5 kilometres of where they are training. - Social distancing of 2 metres must be strictly observed at all times between each member of the training group and the general public. - Please be mindful of other users of the park where you may be training - Please observe coughing and sneezing etiquette. - Wash your hands before you leave home and bring a hand sanitiser with you. - If you are stretching do not use railings or park bench etc for support while you stretch. - Do not share drinks, be absolutely careful that your drink bottle does not touch against another athletes drink bottle. It is very important that cross contamination is avoided. - If you have any symptoms of Covid-19 do not train, self isolate and contact your GP.
We are living in very uncertain and changeable times and we will continue to review Government advice and do our best to open up training when circumstances and resources allow.
Training Update - 14th March 2020:
* * * TRAINING CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE * * *
Following the announcement by An Taoiseach on Thursday 12th March, we regret to advise that we are cancelling all our training sessions with immediate effect and until further notice.
Training Update - 9th March 2020:
Monday:Kilbogget training is cancelled due to the wet weather forecast for the rest of the day.
Wednesday: Sallynoggin Indoors training for the following age groups: 6.45 - 7.30pm 2011/12 7.30 - 8.15pm 2009/10 All other age groups in Killbogget as usual 7-8pm.
Sunday training at the Kilbogget track 11.30am-12.30pm.
Warm clothing for training in Kilbogget
We would like to remind our athletes to dress appropriately for training outside.
Athletes should wear plenty of layers, which can be taken off during training and put on again afterwards. Thermal vests and thermal leggings are recommended. Gloves and a head bandana or woolly hat would be very beneficial. NO shorts or short sleeved tops should be worn during winter training.
Please also ensure that any clothing that your child can remove is labelled, as inevitably coats, jackets and hoodies are left behind.
... at Holy Child Community School, Pearse Street, Sallynoggin in the School's PE Hall at the back of the school.
We have two sessions of 45 minutes each (6.45pm-7.30pm and 7.30pm-8.15pm). Please ensure that your child arrives promptly for training, so that they can get the most benefit out of these slightly shorter sessions.
If your child is competing in Cross Country, they are very welcome to continue to train in Kilbogget on Wednesday evenings if they prefer, and will be accommodated in another age group.
We appreciate that there may be siblings training in Kilbogget and Sallynoggin at the same time, which may create logistics difficulties for parents, so we can make allowances for those siblings who wish to join indoors with their brother/sister.
Training in Kilbogget is on and around the rugby pitches by the container.
Please can we ask our athletes to bring a high viz vest to wear at training if they have one at home. We do have a small supply of vests in the container, but it would help greatly if athletes could bring their own where possible, they do make a big difference!