Breaking News – please note

Following the Government announcement earlier Lord Butler Leisure Centre will close at 10pm tonight (Friday, 20th March 2020) for an indefinite period of time.

Therefore from tomorrow Seals training is suspended until the leisure centre reopens. So to be clear tonight’s training is the last for the foreseeable time.

The coaching team and Committee hope everyone stays fit and well over the coming weeks, perhaps aided with some indoor land training!

Take care

Seals Coaches and Committee.

CORONAVIRUS – COVID-19 (issued 20th March 2020)

Training is on this weekend but please see the change below for Saturday and the general reminder on hygiene.

Friday Training: As usual

Saturday Training is only from 6pm to 8pm. Black and Yellow will train 6-7pm and all other groups will train 7-8pm.

Please remember the LBLC and poolside hygiene steps emailed earlier this week, especially in relation to parent/guardian self-distancing and encouraging swimmers to shower and change quickly, minimising the time in the changing rooms as much as possible.

In addition we are implementing the following changes:

  1. There will be no poolside land training for the foreseeable future. Please perform this at home and arrive at the pool ready to swim only.
  2. We may alternate groups starting their training between the shallow and deep ends to reduce out of pool “close” contact.

We will review on Sunday whether or not training continues next week.

CORONAVIRUS – COVID-19 (issued 18th March 2020)

The Committee met yesterday evening and along with the latest guidance from Swim England discussed the next steps for the club in relation to its swimming activities.

The Committee decided that for the time being training would remain open for the following reasons:

  1. The coaching team are happy to continue to be poolside and lead training
  2. The schools are still open and as such the swimmers continue to have regular and close interaction at school with themselves and teachers
  3. The pool environment, with the chlorine element, is a relatively “safe” one
  4. Training is not compulsory and the club and coaching team fully understand if the swimmer/ their family wish to miss training for the foreseeable period.

To support training continuing we ask the following:

  • No swimmer attends if they or anyone in their household are showing symptoms
  • All swimmers follow the hygiene guidance of showering before and after and keeping a safe distance, in cubicles while changing
  • All parents who drop off, watch, pick up the swimmers ensure they maintain a safe distance from each other.

We will review the training status daily and update of any change via email, WhatsApp and the website.

The Committee also discussed the matter of fees. The Treasurer highlighted that the club has substantial fixed expenditure (pool fees and coaching fees) that it cannot terminate if it wishes to continue as a swimming club. In addition, as a not-for-profit organisation it does not have access to insurance to protect it in a scenario of lost income and nor does it have substantial financial reserves.

The Committee also recognise that the upcoming months are likely to be a period of financial hardship for a number of families and therefore agreed the following in terms of fees:

  1. While open the club will continue to collect fees as normal
  2. If and when the club does temporarily close to training we will offer parents the opportunity of a 50% reduction in fees. However, if you can afford to continue to pay the full amount it will significantly help the club’s medium term survival
  3. As is always the case if a family is in significant financial hardship then please contact the Treasurer or a member of the Committee.
  4. If you cancel your fees then we cannot guarantee your swimmers place at the club.

The Committee understands that this decision will surprise a number of parents (and please many others). The latest Swim England advice makes clear that the final decision on training rests with each club. Our decision last night was not taken lightly but was unanimous and as already mentioned we will monitor the position daily.

Seals Committee

CORONAVIRUS – COVID-19  (issued 17th March 2020)

The most recent guidance from Swim England is given below. All swimmers should note the guidance on pre and post swimming procedures.

Swim England advice and guidance regarding novel coronavirus (COVID-19): 10 March 2020
Swim England has issued the following advice regarding novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

The health and wellbeing of anyone who takes part in any aquatic activity is of paramount importance to everyone at Swim England.

Swim England is currently following the latest guidance from the Government and Public Health England and is advising its members, clubs, learn to swim providers and volunteers to do the same.

At this time, Swim England is continuing to plan for events as normal. [Note this has changed since 10 March with the cancellation of all events organised by the National Governing Body between 16 March and the end of May.]

However, the national governing body will be following the latest information and assessing risk as appropriate. Specific guidance regarding forthcoming Swim England events will be issued as necessary to those who are due to attend.

Due to the ongoing spread of novel coronavirus, there have been a number of calls to Swim England about whether it is safe to still go swimming.

The Pool Water Treatment and Advisory Group (PWTAG) has been in contact with Public Health England regarding novel coronavirus.

A spokesperson for PWTAG said: “Public health opinion is that it is generally safe to go swimming at this time.

“Water and the chlorine within swimming pools will help to kill the virus.

However, visitors to swimming pools are reminded to shower before using the pool, to shower on leaving the pool and to follow the necessary hygiene precautions when visiting public places to help reduce the risk of infection.”

CORONAVIRUS – COVID-19  (issued 16th March 2020)

The Committee and Coaching Team have reviewed advice regarding Coronavirus from Swim England, Lord Butler Leisure Centre and of course the general guidance from the Government.   Attached is the most recent information received from LBLC.

LBLC Corona virus notice

For the timebeing we have agreed that training will continue as usual, with a few matters to be aware of:

1. Please do not come to training if you have any concern about your health and especially the early symptons of Coronavirus, such as a dry cough. However, please do let the coaching team and Jan Bright know you will not be training.

2. We may have to cancel or amend training sessions at short notice due to coach unavailability or due to changes in the numbers of swimmers training

3. The situation is fast moving and therefore could change in the next few days if Swim England, LBLC or the government revise their guidance.

4. It is important to ensure you come to training with your own water bottle and towel and that swimmers follow the hygiene guidance provided by the NHS and Government.

Please therefore keep a regular check for emails, website updates, and messages on the Saffron Seals WhatsApp group set up by Victoria Bari.

Attendance Registers

Swimmers (and parents) should be reminded about the need to record  attendance at training sessions.   This is not just an admin peculiarity, it has two separate but equally important functions:

1.   When considering training group movement, or inclusion into those ‘by invitation’ sessions, regular and recorded attendance is a criteria that is taken into account.

2.  Even more importantly, this is a health and safety issue.   In the case of an emergency requiring the pool area to be cleared, it is necessary to have a full and complete listing of everyone attending training at that time.

This is yet another thing to remember before the start of training but hopefully everyone will understand why it is necessary to record attendance at each and every session.

Training Groups re-organisation

The new training groups will start from Monday, 2nd March 2020.