The committee has decided that there is no real date before we can return to the water.
I ask all parents to suspend their standing orders from the 1st of February until further notice.
The committee have also decided on the following payments required to be paid for swimming sessions from September 2020 to January 2021.
·Gold, Silver and Bronze will pay 2 months fees
·All other squads will pay 1 month fee
All over payments will be paid back via bank transfer.
Please contact Joanne Butler (firstname.lastname@example.org) with you bank details and any over payments will be transferred by the end of March. Any payment not requested by the 20th March will not be paid and any fees outstanding will go back into the club. This is to allow the clubs finances to be closed ready to be audited and submitted to Swim Wales.
Individual letters will be sent to all parents that have fees outstanding. These fees need to be paid before the end of March to allow the accounts to be audited. Failure to pay any outstanding fees will result in swimmers not being allowed to enter swimming sessions when the club restarts.
Last training session will be Tuesday 22nd December and return on Saturday 2nd January.
On behalf of the coaches, teachers and committee, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
With the Welsh Government announcing new restrictions will come into effect from 19th December at midnight instead of during the Christmas period. This will mean non-essential retail, close contact services, gyms and leisure centres and hospitality will close.
We will have to wait from the Welsh Government when these restrictions will be lifted. As a club we will provide online Zoom classes for land training. These will be posted via our social app.
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