Below is an extract from the Swim Wales Return to Water Policy.
If a swimmer/volunteer is told to self Isolate by either their school, college or work place then they must comply with option 2.
It is everyone’s responsibility to comply with the Governments rules and regulations. If these are not followed, then there is a potential to put the volunteer’s and swimmers at risk. As a club, we will not tolerate this behaviour and swimmers will be excluded from further sessions.
COVID-19 TESTING OPTIONS:
1. If an individual has received a positive test result for Covid-19 infection, they will be informed to self-isolate at home in line with the UK Government self-isolation guidance: https://gov.wales/self-isolation-stay-homeguidance- households-possible-coronavirus
2. If an individual has received a negative test result for Covid-19 infection and has been identified as a contact of someone who has tested positive of Covid-19 (with symptoms or without), they must continue to self -isolate until the 14 day incubation period is over.
3. If an individual has received a negative test result for Covid-19 infection, has not displayed any symptoms and has not had a known contact of someone who has tested positive of Covid-19, there is no need to self-isolate. If they subsequently become unwell, they should self-isolate, and may need a further test.
I hope this post finds you and your families well as we come out of the current national firebreak on the 9th November. As many of you would expect, Swim Wales (the National Governing Body), the Club and the Trust have been in regular discussions on the best solution for the swimmers to return to training.
We have specifically focussed on the change from 30 to 15 being allowed to train indoors. This will take effect from Monday 9th November. With this in mind we have made significant changes to the way and times we can allow or swimmers to train.
Please review the documents attached prior to returning to training.
Following the First Ministers announcement on the Circuit Breaker lockdown this afternoon, it is regrettable that all Aquatic activity will cease from 6pm Friday 23rd October until Monday 9th November.
After 7 months of hard work and dedication behind the scenes to support your clubs and your members to return to the water safely, we appreciate that this will be frustrating for many of you. We have collaborated well as an aquatic community, we have demonstrated high levels of resilience and we have the tools and skills to get through the next few weeks. This will be a short disruption to your activity and we encourage you to keep in touch with your operators. We will now increase our usual levels of support across all of our partners through the usual channels.
In response to this announcement, we have revised the Swim Wales Super Series WHICH WILL START TODAY AS PLANNED and more communications will follow this week re the Swim Wales 2020 Annual Awards.
Please stay positive and safe, and we look forward to seeing everyone back in the water very soon.
Head of Aquatic Development
For the Heads of the Valley Swimming Club – last session will be on Thursday evening.
Hopefully when we do get back into the pool, it will be in Ebbw Vale Leisure Centre.
There will be more details posted when we have a confirmed date for return to swimming.
Children will be allowed to leave areas under lockdown in order to play sport, following an outcry over coronavirus regulations.
Wales’ First Minister Mark Drakeford said the regulations would be amended. Under coronavirus rules, amateur sports are not currently classed as a “reasonable excuse” to travel in or out of an area subjected to local lockdown.
Speaking at the Welsh Government’s coronavirus briefing on Friday, Mr Drakeford said he “intended” for the regulations to be amended to “allow children to take part in organised sporting activities if these take place outside their county boundaries”.
Those living in areas not subject to lockdown restrictions would also be permitted to enter locked down areas to play sport.
It is not yet clear what age range the exemption will apply to, or if parents will have to stay in their cars after dropping children off for training.
The Welsh Government said details would be published as soon as possible.
At this moment in time we have not be told what date this will be implemented within our region.
The governing body have been contacted for more details. When this is a available, it will be posted on our social media accounts
This is a message to inform the swimmers and parents of HVSC the clubs plan to restart swimming club.
We have been informed that Ebbw Vale Leisure Centre is currently closed until the beginning of September due to ongoing maintenance.
Therefore, for a trail period of time, swimming will re-start for MP1 and MP2ONLY in Abertillery Leisure Centre from Monday the 17th August 20.
MP1 and MP2, all information will be posted via the Team APP.
As part of the return to swimming, there will be paperwork required from every swimmer. This will be posted via the team APP and available on the Web Site.
All other squads will not be allowed to swim and will be turned away. The committee/Head Coach will be re-assessing the situation every 2 weeks where we will be looking to bring back further squads. As and when squads return you will be contacted via the APP.
The way we operate/train as a club has had to change to ensure compliance with Aneurin Leisure and Swim Wales rules, guidance and protocols due to the COVID 19 pandemic.
PLEASE DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD SWIMMING IF THEY HAVE SIGNS OF COVID 19 AS THEY WILL BE REFUSED ENTRY TO THE POOL.
WASA Fees will need to be paid prior to entry and parents will not be allowed to watch their child swim via the balcony so it will be pick up and drop off only for their allocated training times.
The safety of our coaches and swimmers are our priority so please bear with us while we are restarting the club in these strange times.
We very much look forward to seeing you all back at training very soon!
Any queries at all then please do not hesitate to ask.
There was a meeting with our governing body Swim Wales on 17th June 2020 to discuss the on going issues and time frames for swimming to restart in Wales. Below are the items discussed and answers given.
Swim Wales will:
Ø Wait for the ‘‘Green light’ from Welsh Government on Swim Wales Return To Water plans for elite swimmers before implementation.
Ø Roll out our protocols for first post lockdown pool engagement.
Ø Engage with the PIG review on Bath & Loughborough GB squad experience.
Ø Communicate direct to Club Chairs on the return of elite Vs others (Estimated timeline).
Ø Create & communicate guidance to give WG, SW & LA decision makers confidence in our ability to support the 8 other ‘non elite’ user groups (Estimated Friday 3rd July).
Ø Engage a small consultation group on the Club Training Guidance.
Ø Continue to develop club support resources.
Swim Wales Aquatic Development Team
Also presented at the meeting was the two following items :-
Swim Wales – Affiliated Aquatic Clubs Consultation 2