|As the juniors Covid-19 coordinator, I stressed to everyone in the communications that were sent out that we would be under scrutiny and so it was essential that we got off to a good start with everything in place to meet our obligations.
The consensus afterwards from the AGLs, athletes and coaches was a resounding “it’s good and exciting to be back” and everything generally went well.
After a discussion with the school representatives about a few “do’s and don’ts” the Under 11’s welcomed the 10 athletes back who had competed in the Pentathlon that Carolyne and Michelle had organised in recent weeks.
Limiting the numbers also allowed Carolyne and I to assess the protocols with parents, coaches and athletes and it was good to see everyone was well briefed regarding what they were expected to do and they followed the instructions to the letter.
Whilst the vast majority also followed the instructions to the letter, what was a bit disappointing was that after observing the next groups coming in over the evening, it was easy to see who had read the “very clear and precise” communications that were sent out and who hadn’t. As an example we had athletes from the wrong groups turning up far too early which unnecessarily complicated the registering and social distancing.
Regarding social distancing, we’ve said 2 metres and we will continue to reiterate that message because it’s obvious many have no idea what 2 metres means and looks like particularly when we are trying our best to protect everyone in the club and the wider community.
After a successful and busy Under 13 session, Paivi McMillan, one of our AGLs observed…..
“It was so good to be back at the track! Once we got the final go-ahead to start training at the track we only had few days to find out who would be joining the first wave of athletes to start training.
WhatsApp’s, texts and email replies were flooding the inbox. We were thrilled to hear all U13s athletes wanted to start training either this week or after the own holidays.
We had some experience of running training using the Covid protocols and the training format with social distancing and smaller groups was a bit different compared to the life before Covid.
With no throws, the middle of the track and the back field was in good use for warm ups, drills and circuits. What was impressive is that the training was full of great commitment, enthusiasm, concentration and dedication….not just the athletes but the coaches too.
The welcoming group of Julie, Martin and Nikki, were busy meeting and greeting, registering and sanitising the hands of the athletes and guiding them to the “bubble” meeting and warm up area to be met by the coaches.
Although we were planning to limit the number of athletes to just 20, with all 34 athletes keen to return to training and 8 coaches, Cait, Elaine, Emma, John, Lucy, Maddy, Mandy and Sandy available we were able to accommodate all the athletes in separate bubbles.
A big thank you for the athletes and the team running this week’s training!”
It truly is great to be back and thankyou to the AGLs for their expertise in planning their return to training and to the coaches and helpers for sticking to the protocols and making it all work safely and also for making it enjoyable for everyone.