Gymnastics restart

Our gymnastics programme will restart on Tuesday 18 May for our stage 1 and 2 customers who were taking part in classes towards the end of last year.  You will receive an email to confirm the changes to classes and payments on Thursday 29 April.

Please read our FAQs regarding the gymnastics programme and if you have any further questions please get in touch with our customer service team on 01475 674 666 or inverclydeenquiries@sportscotland.org.uk.

Vaccination centre information

National Centre Inverclyde is currently being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre by NHS Scotland and we therefore may need to cancel classes as dates are confirmed.  Your one off payment takes this possible cancellation in to account and there will be no refunds.  The dates we have confirmed are: Monday 7th to Thursday 10th June inclusive.  Please see the payment FAQ for further details

How has the programme changed?

During this time, we are following Scottish Government guidance on social distancing and indoor non-contact sport for children. We are therefore unable to run our Gym Tots and Gym Cubs classes. These classes involve either adults being with their children which is restricted at the moment or under-5s being required to socially distance from our coaches, which again, wouldn’t be possible for the programme.

Due to social distancing guidelines and guidance for sport for over 12s we can only accommodate children under 12 at this time. This is because children over 12 must socially distance from each other and the coaches and they may be in a mixed age group. 

We have also reduced the number of classes and allowed for time in between leaving and arriving to allow this to happen safely.

Please see the Scottish Government website for more information.

 

When will you be able to run a full programme again?

We must follow Scottish Government guidelines and level restrictions as we move forward, and we will evaluate the programme at every step. It is our plan to have a full recreational programme return to the centre when it is viable to do so.

My child was due to move up to Stage 1/Primary 1 – what happens now?

At the moment we cannot move children up from Gym Cubs to Stage 1. We will remove your bank details from our system in accordance with GDPR legislation (unless you have another child or membership with us) however to ensure that we can give you first chance at a place once we are able to run a full programme. Please submit your contact details to ensure you receive information about the new programme.

 

 

My child can return, will the direct debit be restarted?

We will restart your direct debit for ONE MONTH ONLY and take a one off payment covering classes between 18 May and 18 June of £16 for stage 1 and £24 for stage 2.

Will we always have to pay for classes in this way going forward?

We will be retaining our direct debit process however we see this as a temporary measure until June 2021.  We will be looking to bring back a full programme in August should restrictions allow and we will inform all customers beforehand.

What if my child misses a class?

We cannot refund any classes that your child misses for any reason, including self isolation, or, for children resident in a local authority other than North Ayrshire if restrictions limit travel.

Payment freeze option

For this time period only we are offering a payment freeze option should you not want to return at this time.  We will not take your June payment but your child will keep their place until after summer.  If you wish to take advantage of this please email us on inverclydeenquiries@sportscotland.org.uk before 14 May 2021.  Your child cannot attend classes if you choose this option.

Vaccination centre information

National Centre Inverclyde is currently being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre by NHS Scotland and we therefore may need to cancel classes as dates are confirmed.  Your one off payment takes this possible cancellation in to account and there will be no refunds.  The dates we have confirmed are: Monday 7 June to Thursday 10th June inclusive.  You will receive an email about this if your child's class is affected.

What if I want to stop coming to classes?

We would advise you to notify us in writing that you wish your child to be removed from the class list. Once you have been removed from the class list, if you ever wish to return you will be classed as a new customer.

What is the new procedure for arriving at class?

Similar to that of primary school drop offs, we are asking that no adults enter the building with the children at drop off time. Children should be brought, by an adult, to the main entrance from the car park and there the children will be met by a member of our coaching team at the main door and directed downstairs to the gymnastics coaches in our gymnastics waiting area (previously the café).  Adults must then immediately leave to allow for others to be dropped off. Children SHOULD NOT come to the entrance without an adult.

Children will meet with their gymnastics coach and line up in preparation to be walked round to the gymnastics hall. We ask that children are dropped off no earlier than 10 minutes before their class. Please ensure you arrive no later than the scheduled start time, our procedures require classes to run to an agreed timescale and format. Access to your child’s class cannot be guaranteed for late arrivals.

Where do we pick up our children after class?

All children will leave the building via our ground floor exit – this is our new one-way system exit for all customers. This exit is near our café, opposite the lifts. If you are driving to the centre for pick-up please park in our main car park and walk back down the hill and round the front of the glass wall to get to the new exit. Please DO NOT park on the hill as this will be a safety hazard for everyone trying to exit the building. Please ensure your child is picked up at the scheduled start time, our procedures require classes to run to an agreed timescale and format.

Can the children get changed in the centre?

All changing facilities are currently closed within the centre. We ask that participants arrive ready to take part. However, we would ask that all children wear clothing over their leotards as the new ventilation system means that it may be colder in the hall than normal at the start of classes. We recommend participants wear jogging/legging trousers and a non-hooded sports sweatshirt over their normal gymnastics attire. Participants should arrive wearing footwear that they can take on and off independently as coaching staff will not be able to assist. Additionally, those that require to do so must arrive with their hair suitably secured and tied back. No jewellery should be worn.

Do children need to wear face coverings?

In line with Scottish Government guidance, all children over the age of 5 must wear face coverings in public places, this includes inside the centre in the corridors. Their face covering can be removed once inside the gymnastics hall. If your child is exempt from wearing a face covering, please ensure they attend with a recognised exemption card or lanyard.

What about shoes and coats?

Within the gymnastics facility there are storage units provided for all the children to store their bags and shoes.

What can they bring with them?

We require all participants to bring a suitable bag that all personal items can be stored in during their class. In addition, participants should bring a face covering and a filled water bottle for their personal use. Please do not bring any additional unnecessary personal items.

Will there be any changes to the class delivery?

Yes, in accordance with Scottish Government and governing body guidelines, coaches are unable to physically support gymnasts during the class. Our coaches will amend their coaching style and class content to ensure the class is safe and suitable for the level of each gymnast. Each class will be delivered by a dedicated coaching team, or bubble, with no integration with other class participants. Our coaching staff will be wearing face-coverings and adhering to social distancing protocols throughout the duration of all classes.

What are the hygiene measures that will implemented?

The gymnastics facility has been adapted to ensure appropriate hygiene measures can be implemented. Throughout the facility hand sanitisers are located for participants to use throughout the duration of the class, in addition to scheduled cleaning procedures that will be conducted by the coaching staff and National Centre cleaning contractors. Participants will be encouraged to hand sanitise regularly between activity areas and equipment, with the coaching staff performing regular equipment cleaning.

What are the arrangements for access to toilets?

There are reduced toilet facilities in operation at the centre, please encourage your child to use the toilet prior to arrival. For those that require the use of a toilet, there is one located inside the gymnastics facility for the sole use of gymnasts. Coaches will encourage heightened hygiene and hand washing throughout the session.

Date published: 30 October 2020
Date updated: 29 April 2021