Track use update

18 Jun

The Club’s Management Committee is working hard to restart training at Whitehall, putting in place risk assessments and procedures to allow training to run safely and in line with current government guidance.

What is the England Athletics guidance, and what are other clubs doing?

EA has advised all clubs that so far about 43% of tracks across the country have resumed training. They expect that this might rise to 50% by the end of July.  Indoor activities are still forbidden.  Many of the tracks that are open are still operating on a 1:1 coach to athlete ratio and are taking a cautious approach with only a small number of people present at a time.  Everyone is still in a learning phase at the moment and what is permitted is continually evolving too. Procedures will need to be continually reviewed, discussed and agreed with all relevant parties to ensure that we all stay safe.

We all need to work together

The understanding and cooperation of everyone involved – coaches, athletes and others – is key during this period. It is critical that all individuals are aware of the risks specific to them and follow processes to mitigate those as far as possible. The procedures and knowledge developed through restarting training at Whitehall will be applied at other facilities such as WISE as and when they re-open, although this is not likely to be until August at the earliest.

What’s happening at Whitehall?

Whitehall is closed this week (w/c 15th June) for planned maintenance. When it reopens on the 22rd, track usage will be limited to small groups, pre-booked and pre-paid only.

We want to enable as many athletes and coaches to use the track throughout the week as possible and hope the facility can be open longer than normal to accommodate this.

  • Athletes should contact their coaches about booking a slot on the track.
  • Coaches must book through the Coaching Coordinator, Paul Filer, paulf@bristolandwestac.org.
  • Details of the current procedures and how to pay for track use will be sent with confirmation of booking.

Any further queries can be addressed to the Club Secretary, Owain Jones, secretary@bristolandwestac.org