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Following the latest Welsh Government announcement that outdoor activities for children Under 18 may resume on the 27th of March, the Welsh Government Guidelines have been updated.

Welsh Gymnastics have updated their guidance based on the Welsh Government Guidelines. Please find information below on the Return to Outdoor Activity. 

  • Welsh Government states there is no limit to the total number of children that can attend organised activity. To mitigate transmission, groups within the activity should not exceed 15 and we ask organisers to be mindful of the space available and the number of groups that are able to fit in the space whilst social distancing. Coaches should not exceed the ratios within the WG/BG Gymnast to Coach Ratio document
  • Children and young people aged 18 (or persons who were aged under 18 on 31st August 2020) can take part.
  • Adults, including volunteers and qualified professionals may attend these activities where they are involved in running them.
  • Adults including parents should always maintain social distancing. Wherever possible efforts should be made to socially distance everyone. Coaches and gymnasts should remain with the same group to reduce the risk of transmission. 
  • Whilst it is not mandatory for face coverings to be worn outside, organisers should consider whether or not they should be used in spaces where it is difficult to maintain social distancing. Face coverings are not recommended to be worn during sporting activities, games etc. where physical exertion is likely. 
  • WG will shortly circulate guidelines to clubs on the TeamSport Framework.
  • The Return to Coach Contact Framework is not allowed outdoors and coaches must remain socially distanced from gymnasts. No contact is permitted between coach and gymnast (unless in an emergency).

Activities

The permissible insured activity is limited to Welsh and British Gymnastics endorsed programmes: 

  • GymFIT 
  • Jump into Gymnastics 
  • Core Proficiency (specifically those made available during lockdown) 
  • FUNdamentals
  • Activities centred around fitness, conditioning, and flexibility 
  • A-Z (Bronze to Silver)

The variables of the environment will determine which skills are appropriate for the session. A thorough Risk Assessment of the environment and activity should take place before each session which is clearly communicated with staff and members. Activity should not include the development of new skills. 

In a recent communication to all clubs, we have set out the range of activities that are safe, and the measures they can put in place to ensure that this is done safely.

The safety, experience and wellbeing of gymnasts and all those involved in delivering gymnastics is our highest priority and we hope the option of some activities outdoors will help in reconnecting our members.

If you have any queries or would like additional information please contact development@welshgymnastics.org.