Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Scotstoun Access

We had hoped to bring everyone some good news regarding Scotstoun but unfortunately, we've still to reach agreement with Glasgow Life.
 
We're hopeful that a return is imminent but until the start date is confirmed and we know how many hours we’ll have access to the facility, we’re unable to make bookings for track access.
 
We have however been busy with our own preparations. This weekend, we’re starting to roll out our updated risk assessment and training plans to our coaches and we’ll give a full update to our committee on Sunday evening.
 
One piece of good news is that Scottish Athletics have relaxed their rules for areas affected by local restrictions and when we return, athletes will be able to train in close proximity to those in their training bubble. No physical distancing will be required.
 
It’s now been six and a half months since our last training session at Scotstoun and I appreciate that everyone is keen to return but I’ll have to ask you once again to please be patient.
 
I’ll update everyone as soon as I can.
 
Gordon Innes
Club Manager - 07983360804

Training To Resume

The club received some very welcome news today.  We’ve been notified by Glasgow Life that Scotstoun will be available for hire by Athletic Clubs from Tuesday the 29th of September.

As the Stadium will only accept bookings from clubs wishing exclusive use of the facility, we hope to secure sufficient time and space for our members to return to training.

Unfortunately, due to local restrictions to control Covid-19, we will only be able to train in multiple group sizes of 8 physically distanced athletes per coach.  This will make it impossible to accommodate all of our members within our usual sessions.

We’re investigating hosting two back to back sessions each evening and adding Friday evening and Saturday morning sessions to accommodate our large membership but that will more than double the cost of hiring coaches and greatly increase the cost of track hire.  We may not be able to accommodate all of our current membership.

We’ll continue discussions with Glasgow Life meantime and hope to notify everyone of our plans in the next two to three days.


Gordon Innes

Club Manager

 

Scotstoun - No Start Date

I’m afraid that following a meeting with the management at Scotstoun on the 19th of August, I’m unable to provide a date for the opening of the track.
 
All of Glasgow Life’s running tracks remain closed.
 
While we’re all disappointed by the lack of a start date, there was some cause for optimism.  We were able to discuss at length how the track and field will be organised when we return and a risk assessment has been completed.
 
I intend to start briefing coaches via zoom on the procedures required to conduct our sessions in what will be a very different environment when we return to training.
 
Our athletes are returning to competition this weekend in the National Open series at Tranent.  Good luck to everyone taking part, at least there’ll be a lot of season’s best performances.
 
Any event groups are welcome to join us for training at Wishaw Stadium on Friday evening 6 till 8pm and Sunday afternoon 1 till 3pm. Please contact me in advance to arrange a space.
 
Gordon Innes
 
07983360804

Return to Scotstoun - Postponed

Following the Scottish Government’s announcement on Thursday 30th July regarding Phase3 of its Covid-19 route-map Glasgow Life were forced to review what this would mean for the venues previously identified in their reopening plans, including Scotstoun Stadium.

 

They have decided to postpone the reopening of the Stadium for the time being.  The decision to reopen the Stadium is dependent on the managements ability to open the majority of the campus and the return from furlough of the staff.

 

Further meetings are planned with the management and we’re hopeful of better news in the coming weeks.

 

 

Gordon Innes

 

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