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Garioch Gymnastics Club plans for reopening

By Rachael Glennie

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As clubs and sports facilities are beginning to reopen again following the easing of lockdown, Garioch Gymnastics club are preparing the gym to welcome back members.

Garioch Gymnastics have been working towards reopening.
Garioch Gymnastics have been working towards reopening.

Although indoor sporting facilities are to remain closed and haven't yet been given a date to reopen, the club have been busy preparing the facilities for when they are able to reopen.

British Gymnastics have also developed an extremely comprehensive step forward plan to aid the return to the gyms which includes signs they require, risk assessments and suggestions on products to buy.

The Garioch Gymnastics Club facility which is located in Kintore is currently being thoroughly deep cleaned by staff and a one way system has been put in place with paths clearly marked to access rooms.

Hand sanitisers are at every apparatus station and there are markets and matts for children to stand on so they can remain two metres apart.

The Club have also purchased covers for beams and vaults which are wipe clean so the team are able to clean them quickly after each group has used them and they have recommended to some gymnasts to purchase their own equipment which would normally be shared.

As Gymnastic Clubs in England have returned from Saturday 25, Garioch Gynmastics Club are hoping to get some tips on what has worked for them so the club are at an advantage for when the Scottish Government gives them the go ahead to reopen here, Club Manager, Janine Robertson, said:“We are very much looking forward to re-opening.

“Although naturally a bit nervous about it we have missed all our members and their families and can’t wait to see them all again.

“The gymnastics clubs in England can return from this weekend.

“As we have many friends that run clubs south of the border, we will be able to chat to them and find out what has worked and what has not so in a sense we are at an advantage.

The size of the building meant that the club were lucky enough to not have to reduce the class sizes but they have staggered everyones finishing times so that only eight gymnasts will be able to access and leave the building at the one time without any crossovers.

GArioch Gymnastics
GArioch Gymnastics

After a group of eight have been at an apparatus station that station will be cleaned before the next group of eight arrive.

There will be a 15minute gap between each group at an apparatus station to allow for cleaning to take place.

Janine added: “Our coaches will have to work very hard to ensure everyone is following the rules in relation to where they have to stand and which way they walk around the gym.

“It will be very strange to operate in that way but full training will be given to all our staff before we open and fingers crossed all the gymnasts and coaches adapt to our new “normal” quickly and efficiently.”

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