Return to limited activity from Monday 18th May

14th May 2020
Dear Member,

I hope this message finds you well. Like so much of our lives today training of all forms has had to take a back seat to the challenges we are all facing.

However for Athletics some good and welcome news at last.

From next Monday May 18th, as part of the Government's programme, athletics clubs will be allowed resume limited training. Athletics Ireland in conjunction with Sports Ireland and the HSE have issued guidance to clubs on how and when to resume organised training.

We are hugely conscious of the positive effects of training and social interactions on all of us, and in as safe a manner as possible, we are doing all we can to resume training. St Cocas AC is committed to contributing positively to our community and with that in mind the club will from this coming Monday resume the following:

For children over the age of 13 yrs a limited programme of training will resume in accordance with the guidelines set out by AI.

For the moment there is no plans to resume training for younger children.

Our coaches will contact parents directly to invite those children to attend.

A timetable will be in place with sufficient coaches to ensure maximum numbers per group and appropriate physical distancing is in place.

The club is arranging signage and sanitary products for the track and the cabin will remain closed during training sessions.

Mr Michael Reidy has been appointed as the Heath and Safety Officer for juvenile training and he will conduct the required risk assessments for training resumption.

Each training session will include the recording of those attending along with contact details and the club will maintain those records for the period required should contact tracing arise. Such records will be destroyed once that period has passed and arrangements will be in place to protect people's data and to ensure it is used only for the purposes stated.

We have been in touch with our insurance company and our policy covers the resumption of training as set out here.

Our senior and fit for life groups have been continuing with limited programmes using David Walsh's excellent community challenge and Martin's virtual 5k plans and both will continue to put up programmes/challenges over the weeks ahead.

For the moment the club has no plans to resume organised training for either adult groups but we will continue to monitor and we look forward to shortly being able to resume organised and coached track activities for these groups.

Given that so many of the road races have been or will be cancelled, the club will also be looking at what we can organise for club members only to give you something to aim at and challenge yourself. Obviously we are going to have to be creative but there are ways to get things done and we have some absolutely fantastic people involved with this club who can and will make those things happen.

Finally if you have any questions and more importantly if you have any concerns please feel free to contact us. There is a contact email address on the club website or use the email address to contact me directly.

Yours in sport.

Bernard Phelan

St Cocas AC Club Secretary

Further official government advice on protecting yourself and others from the spread of the COVID-19 disease can be found here.