Yesterday (Fri 1st May 2020), the States of Guernsey published updated guidance for recreational activities in the Bailiwick. This is good news for the sport of athletics which has been brought about by the hard work of a number of people within the relevant States committees.
The States’ document can be read in full here or downloaded below. It is recommended for all athletes, parents and coaches to read the document in full. It is stated in the document that Footes Lane remains closed at this time.
The two key advancements in terms of athletics activity are:
It should be noted that all previous guidance regarding 2m social distancing and hygiene precautions still stand in both of these scenarios.
‘Normal’ club activity is still a fair way away as things stand. Therefore, athletes and parents are asked to be considerate of volunteer coaches’ time constraints and realise that it is the opportunity for athletes of all ages to train/exercise with another individual from outside their household that is likely to be the practical change at this point. Athletes on the Elite Athlete Development Programme are advised to contact their coaches or Athletics Development Officer Tom Druce to ascertain the viability of any coaching.
Thanks goes to Steve Sharman of the Guernsey Sports Commission for his help and guidance during this unprecedented process.
The club previously cited following National Governing Body guidance regarding ceasing all club activity including coaching. The variance in Guernsey government guidance from the UK however means that we will deviate from this at this point, and dialogue with England Athletics has been ongoing regarding our unique situation.
As per instructions delivered in Friday’s live broadcast, Guernsey Athletics submitted a Business Notification Form to the Office of Environmental Health to advise of recommencing club activity in the form of one-to-one coaching. Confirmation of the ratification of this request was received late on Friday.