Coronavirus / COVID-19 Update

Updates: 18th March 2020

It is with great sadness that we are announcing the closure of the Meapa Gymnastics club at the end of Friday 20th March until further notice. This is inline with the government policy on school closures.

We wanted to keep the club open as we are passionate about keeping children fit and active. However with the volume of children in the gym we have no choice as there is no safe way to maintain personal contact at a safe distance.

With the new centre opening the timing of this couldn’t have been worse. As a charity our next focus is to make sure that we are in a position to re-open and thrive at the other side of this closure. Due to this we are asking for your support in this period of unprecedented uncertainty. We ask that all fees are still paid for the next block we will be arranging catch up sessions for those that are missed. We will also be rolling out an online tutorial so you little gymnasts can train at home. Your continued support and understanding at this time is appreciated by the whole team.

We will be working behind the scenes to make sure that the new venue is not dramatically delayed by this. We are taking steps to secure funding to make sure when we re open we are back to running at full strength.  We will keep you informed with developments as we get them and will look to reopen when the government guidance deems it is safe to do so.

Stay safe and we look forward to seeing you when we reopen.

Updates: 17th March 2020

Corona Virus Question and Answers

Will the Meapa be staying open due to the current Corona virus? 

Yes, we have no plans to close the gym at this time. We are closely monitoring the government guidance and that of Gymnastics governing bodies. We are committed to trying to keep kids active where possible they should still have access to gymnastics. We have implemented some new policies to try and protect our members and staff.

What will happen if my child misses sessions? 

If you think your child could be ill we ask that you do not bring them to their lesson. Also if they have been in contact with someone with confirmed or suspected corona virus we ask that you do not attend sessions for 14 days as per the government guidance. In the event that we have to close the gym we will make sure that catch up sessions will be arranged.

Is it worth paying my next block of fees? 

If we close it will be in line with school and British Gymnastics advice due to this we are still running sessions. We are unable to guarantee that your child will be able to get into a class if you chose to opt out, due to the size of our waiting lists. We appreciate that you may be worried you will lose your money if the gym is to close. We will be implementing catch up sessions. If we end up with a prolonged closure and it is impractical to catch up on we will introduce either a refund policy or roll the fees over onto another block.

What are you doing to limit the spread at the gym? 

  • Additional daily cleaning of high contact points and equipment.
  • Educating staff on prevention
  • Basic hygiene and hand washing being adhered to by all coaching staff and encouraged for all gymnasts.
  • Posters to show the correct technique have been installed in facilities.
  • Providing Sanitiser gel – this is available in the gym for all to use on admission and after using the toilets.

What can you do to help?

  • Encouraging your child to wash their hands before and after class
  • Talking to your child about the importance of using tissues and keeping their hands away from their face.
  • If tissues aren’t immediately available please encourage your child to cover their mouth with their hand crook of elbow when they cough or sneeze and to then wash their hands immediately.
  • We will have a member of staff at the door to welcome and take in all gymnasts in the 5pm & 6pm classes and would ask that parents do not enter the gym unless in exceptional circumstances. If you believe your gymnast in a class will require additional help, then please let us know.
  • We would also ask everyone not to arrive earlier than 15 minute prior to your gymnastics class.
  • In order to minimise overcrowding of the changing areas all gymnasts will be allowed to enter the Gym straight away and wait until their class start in the Gym area.
  • If your child is showing any symptoms or have been in contact with suspected or confirmed cases  please don’t bring them to the gym for 14 days. Catch up sessions will be put in place so they won’t be missing out.

How will you communicate the closing of the gym?

We are monitoring the situation on a daily basis. We will keep in contact via email, the website and socials.

Updates: 16th March 2020

The Meapa will be implementing from today in relation to Covid-19 (Coronavirus).

Whilst we are continually monitoring the situation and following guidance issued from Public Health England, NHS UK & British Gymnastics, we would like to inform all of our members of the following:

• The open week that was scheduled to run this week will be cancelled and we will re-schedule this at a later date. This will help us to alleviate the numbers of additional people in the gym.

• London gymnast will also not be in the gym this week.

We are also taking following precautions in order to minimise risk of spreading disease with immediate effect:

• We will have a member of staff at the door to welcome and take in all gymnasts in the 5pm & 6pm classes and would ask that parents do not enter the gym unless in exceptional circumstances. If you believe your gymnast in a class will require additional help, then please let us know.

• We would also ask everyone not to arrive earlier than 15 minute prior to your gymnastics class.

• In order to minimise overcrowding of the changing areas all gymnasts will be allowed to enter the Gym straight away and wait until their class start in the Gym area.

• If your child is unwell – please do not send your child to the Gym.

We will continue to be asking all gymnasts and coaches to wash their hands on entry and to the use the hand sanitiser that is available in the gym.

At this stage and in line with government guidance we are continuing to operate all classes as usual. If the advice from the government changes then we will of course keep you all updated via social media, here and by email.

Thank you for your support, co-operation and understanding at this time. We apologise for any inconvenience these measures may cause.

Update: 12th March 2020

We are continually monitoring the situation and following guidance issued from agencies including:

· Public Health England

· NHS UK

· British Gymnastics

We have been increasing our efforts to ensure that the health and wellbeing of our gymnasts and coaches are protected and precautionary safety measures have been implemented including:

· Educating staff on prevention

· Basic hygiene and hand washing being adhered to by all coaching staff and encouraged for all gymnasts.

· Posters to show the correct technique have been installed in facilities.

· Providing Sanitiser gel – this is available in the gym for all to use on admission and after using the toilets.

· Additional cleaning of high contact points.

We would appreciate it if all members could support us with the following:

· Encouraging your child to wash their hands before and after class

· Talking to your child about the importance of using tissues and keeping their hands away from their face.

· If tissues aren’t immediately available please encourage your child to cover their mouth with their hand / crook of elbow when they cough or sneeze and to then wash their hands immediately.

At this stage and in line with government guidance we are continuing to operate all classes as usual. If the advice from the government changes then we will of course keep you all updated via social media and by email.

Thank you for your support, co-operation and understanding.