Monday, December 06, 2021

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
 
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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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Training Resumes in August

Glasgow Life stated today, their intention of reopening the outside track at Scotstoun Stadium on Monday the 17th of August.

We can’t be sure what the access to the track will look like as the Government guidelines are still developing.

We do know that there will still be restrictions on the size of coaching groups and there will still be social distancing measures in place.

Currently in Scotland, one coach can only train with athletes from two other households but in England one coach can train with 5 athletes.

Until we know what these restrictions will be in August, we can’t finalise our plans.

Initially, we may have to limit athletes who’re not in an event group to one session per week.  We’re investigating the possibility of having two sessions per evening, 6.05 till 7.20 and 7.30 till 8.45pm from Monday till Friday and if coaches are available, adding Saturday and Sunday morning sessions.

We do have the facility within our LoveAdmin system to create coaching groups which would allow our members to book for example, “Tuesday night U13-Early” or “Wednesday night U11-Late”.  The number of places available for booking each evening would depend on the restrictions that are still in place and the number of coaches available.

If we are to use the booking system, all members will be notified at the same time.

On the competition front, Scottish Athletics are hoping to have a limited return to action in August and September.  While there is unlikely to be a national championship, there is likely to be a national open graded competition which will be held over different dates and venues.

It’s a great disappointment to me and all of the coaches and committee at the club that we’ve lost most of the season, but the reward will be to see everyone safely through the current crisis.

We’ve waited a long time for this update and it’s very welcome.