Under current Government guidelines as they currently stand to prevent the transmission of Covid-19, training athletes indoors is simply not practical and as the Sports Complex will not be available due to its use for classrooms, our Primary School groups will be moving outdoors over the winter.
This will mean that our athletes will be divided into different groups based on the year of their birth so that we can comply with Government regulations on group sizes. These training sessions may take place at different times and different venues to what we are normally used to, but we are trying to accommodate our members, our coaches and comply with the Government regulations.
Unfortunately, with the logistics of trying to organise different sessions at various times and at different venues, we will be restricting our primary school group sessions to fully registered club members born in the years 2007, 2008, 2009 & 2010 and we CANNOT take in any new members before the end of the athletic year on December 31. The situation regarding new members will be reviewed in January.
All of these measures are subject to whatever Government restrictions/Athletics Ireland guidelines are in place at the time but we are in the process of trying to determine how many members want to attend training, what venues we can use and what help we can get to organise the sessions.
We would ask the parents of our primary school members to inform our coaches and officials if their child will be returning to outdoor training.
More importantly, we will need more help than ever before from parents at training - we will need people willing to help our experienced teams of coaches with practical coaching (courses will be arranged by the club) and we need volunteers to help with the administrative work around contact tracing and the collection of fees and Covid-19 Questionnaires.
Unless we get extra help to assist us, it is unlikely that we will be able to hold any Primary School group training this year due to the restrictions and workload involved for our volunteers.
For our Post Primary group, we make the same request so that we can finalise if we need to have separate training nights for the various activity groups: i.e. sprint or distance running.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are available to help us or via the WhatsApp group for your child’s training group before Tuesday, September 22, at 5pm.
We look forward to hearing from you.