Welcome back to gymnastics

Welcome back to gymnastics

We have missed you and we are so excited to welcome you back to gymnastics!

Gymnastics Coordinator Shelley goes over some of the changes you can expect when coming back to classes in the video below.

Apply for gymnastics lessons and coaching

Apply online now or for more information or to book please contact the Gymnastics Aberdeen administration team on gymnastics@sportaberdeen.co.uk or call 01224 047934 – if engaged please listen to the recorded message.

Gymnastics Lessons FAQ’s
My child is nervous about coming back to gymnastics, is there anything I can do to help them?

We understand that some gymnasts (and parents) may feel nervous returning to the class after such a long break and with some necessary changes in place. Our coaches will do all they can to help ease the nerves when you return to the class.

In the meantime, here are a few things you could do at home in preparation:

  • Speak to your child about what will be different when they come back so they know what to expect.
  • Remind them their coach is there to help and support them and it’s new for everyone to get used to, they are not on their own.
  • Don’t worry if they feel like they can’t remember how to do everything, we will be re-capping on skills.
  • Most importantly, we just want them to feel supported, confident and enjoy being back at gymnastics.
Why is my child’s class not restarting?

We are looking at a phased return to the coaching programme to ensure we can deliver safely within the relevant guidelines and offer your child an enjoyable return to gymnastics activity. We will communicate will you as we look to rebuild the different aspects of the programmes.

When will my Direct Debit restart?

We will look to re-activate your DD once we have a class space for your child and a confirmed start date. You will receive a correspondence detailing when the first payment will be due.

What if the class we are allocated isn’t suitable?

The team have worked hard to take account of your availability as detailed in the recent customer survey. If the class you have been allocated is not suitable, please contact us on the details provided and we will find a relevant alternative.

There may be instances where your child’s class will need to be further reviewed, either due to age or ability, and this will happen over the first few weeks of the classes operating.

What should we do if my child is showing any symptoms of COVID-19?

Do not come to the facility if you are showing any symptoms of COVID-19 (temperature, cough, difficulty breathing, or anosmia e.g. loss of taste or smell), you can find the latest guidance on NHS Inform.

People who are symptomatic should self-isolate for 10 days and household members for 14 days as per info on NHS guidance. No one who is self-isolating should attend a sports facility or activity.

Gymnasts must arrive for their session ‘class ready’, what does this mean?

‘Class ready’ means having their gymnastics outfit on underneath their clothing when they come into the venue. On arrival gymnasts will be directed to go straight to their allocated lesson waiting area and there they can remove clothing and wait to be collected for their lesson.

Gymnast belongings should be placed in their bag and either removed by the parent or left in the designated area until the end of their class.

Please note there will be no access to any changing facilities to ensure social distancing can be maintained safely.

What do we need to do when we arrive at the facility?

You will be asked to wait near the venue entrance until 5 minutes before your class time

In line with government guidelines, relevant participants and visitors to facilities should wear face coverings before and after activity in areas of the facility such as reception, changing rooms and corridors

Please adhere to the signage and guidance on physical distancing, direction of travel and other risk control measures that are put in place.

  • Use hand sanitiser/wash stations wherever made available.
  • Spend as little time as possible in the toilet facilities, whilst following the signage on maintaining safe levels of distance
Will I need to stay with my child for the class?

Kindergym classes parents are required to stay with their children for all kindergym classes.

Please do not bring any other siblings along to the classes.

Pre-school classes

As it is challenging for children under the age of five years to maintain the models of physical distancing suitable for older children, we are asking that one parent stays with their child for all pre-school classes while social distancing from the coach is required.

Please do not bring any other siblings along to the classes.

Gymnastics 1 and 2 classes

Parents are not required to stay for these classes. We are asking all parents to help us keep numbers of people waiting around the centre down by leaving the building whilst your child is in their class, returning in time to collect them at the end.

If your child is under eight years you must, however, remain within the facility grounds/parking areas.

Please make sure we have an up to date contact number should we need to contact you.

Will I be able to watch my child’s gymnastics class?

Unfortunately, at this time we cannot safely accommodate spectators for classes within social distancing regulations.

For participants aged eight years and over, they should enter the building unaccompanied, and will exit and be reunited with their appropriate adult at the exit or collection point.

For children under eight years, one adult may accompany one child to the waiting area and stay with them until they are collected for their class by their coach. Your child’s coach will then assume ‘loco parentis’ for your child until you return to collect them from the collection point at the end of their class.
No siblings can be admitted at this time.

We are asking all parents to help us keep numbers of people waiting around the centre down by leaving the building whilst your child is in their class returning in time to collect them at the end.

If your child is under eight years you must, however, remain outside within the facility grounds/parking areas.

Please make sure we have an up to date contact number should we need it to contact you during the lesson.

What are the main changes due to COVID-19 that we can expect to see within the classes?
  • Where possible, there will be a one-way system in place.
  • Gymnasts, parents and staff will be socially distancing in line with government guidelines.
  • Coaches will not be allowed to provide physical support for activities. Only activities that are designated safe to take place without support will be delivered.
  • Short gaps have been introduced between classes to allow for enhanced cleaning requirements, social distancing and reduce footfall at the entrance/exit and in the changing areas.
  • Coaches will be required to socially distance from the gymnasts throughout the session.
  • Equipment will be cleaned between classes as required in line with Scottish Gymnastics guidance.
What will happen after the class?

We would ask you to help us maintain a safe environment by collecting your child and exiting the building via the designated exit in a timely manner after their class.

When can I expect my child’s assessment to be updated?

In the first few weeks, coaches will focus on aspects such as safety skills, re-capping core skills, confidence building, getting comfortable with new methods of operations, travelling and spacing out, as well as enjoying being able to be back in the class of course!

Once gymnasts have had a few weeks to settle back in, coaches will begin to update the online portal assessments. Please don’t be alarmed if there is a drop in percentage on your child’s initial re-assessment. Gymnasts will be returning with differing levels of stamina and skills to where they were previously at and it is important for coaches to have an accurate record of assessment so they can plan their sessions accordingly to cover the needs of each child in that group. Gymnasts will be supported and encouraged at their own pace of learning by our coaches.

Our main priority will be ensuring all of our gymnasts have a positive and safe experience returning to lessons. We will work with all gymnasts to progressively build them up at their pace.
If you as their parent/carer have any concerns the coordinator will be happy to discuss to ensure we are fully supporting your child and can allay any fears.

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