Virtual training sessions are starting this week, the first having been held on Tuesday, led by our Coaching Coordinator, and qualified PT, Mr Rob Mayes 👏👏 All sessions via Google Hangouts, which you may need to download.
Twenty two members tuned in for Tuesday’s session … here’s hoping fitness was actually being done and that lying on the sofa just watching and thinking about it wasn’t occuring 🙂
Tuesdays, 7pm Broxbourne Circuits
Saturdays, 8am to sub in for no rowing
Sunday, 10am in place of the indoor rowing class
As I’m sure you are aware, the government is taking drastic steps, with advice that everyone should stop non-essential contact with others, this is particularly important for those over 70 and those with underlying health conditions. There are additional restrictions for anyone showing symptoms or living with someone showing symptoms, which is not to leave their homes (please see the latest government / Public Health England guidance). The hope is that these measures will help reduce the death toll from over 250,000 to around 20,000.
The Committees are acting in the best interests of all of our members and we do appreciate that there are mental health as well as physical health implications.
With immediate effect:
– If you or anyone in your household has any symptoms you are not to come to the club (inline with the self isolation periods recommended)
– Only small boats to be used (no 8s and no stern coxed boats where the cox faces the rowers). Ensure that the boat and blade handles are washed after use. For those that would like to improve or learn to single scull, we will try to arrange sessions similar to Chris Moody’s sculling sessions to support you. If you are interested please let your VC or Captain know.
– The gym will remain closed and its equipment out of use.
– The Clubhouse is not completely out of bounds yet, but please aim to go straight out on the water and then home again, to minimise contact.
Management Committee are meeting (virtually) on Thursday and will issue a further update after that. The Committees will continue to review the advice that is issued and will provide further updates as required.
Please be responsible and carefully consider your health as well as anyone you come into contact with (both at the club and outside) before deciding to come down to the club
Management and Rowing Committee
The Management Team has taken the difficult decision to step up its response to the threat of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic in line with guidance and with other similar clubs in the region.
With immediate effect the following will apply:
1. There will be no breakfast service
2. Gym will be closed for 2 weeks
3. We will be offering water sessions only
4. Oar handles must be cleaned before and after use
5. Cox boxes wiped down with antibacterial wipes
6. No access to the kitchen
7. Water can be refilled in changing rooms or toilets
Whilst the clubhouse will remain open, members are encouraged not to congregate there and to just use the time on the water and access toilet facilities as needed and specifically to ensure handwashing is maintained.
The club can only issue and respond to guidance coming out from Public Health England and that may be rapidly changing.
** Do you have an underlying health condition or compromised immune system?
** Do you live with/care for anyone who falls within this category and is considered vulnerable?
If you have answered yes to either of the above, we would ask you to seriously consider the risks coming to the club may pose and if you need to drop out of any planned sessions, please liaise with you VC. Don’t be heroic and carry on regardless!
Please continue to observe the guidance sent yesterday about attending the club if you fall into any of the risk categories outlined, ie. displaying symptoms, been to a high risk area, etc.
This is a worrying time for all, but we are trying to maintain a sense of perspective. We trust that members understand why we have had to make these decisions. Our primary aim in putting these restrictions in place is to safeguard you and your loved ones.
If you have any concerns or queries please speak to you a member of the rowing committee or management committee. All members who test positive for Covid 19 should contact Paul Breheney at the earliest opportunity.
We will keep members updated as and when things change.