Returning to sessions
We spoke to members of our team about how clubs are returning.
Date: 6 July 2020 Author: Energise Me
Atlas Fitness is an outdoor fitness bootcamp, providing fitness classes for all abilities. All the sessions are different and vary between the instructors. Sessions are typically attended by around 20 people, but numbers are sometimes higher.
Epsom Hockey club runs skill-based training sessions which involve some drills and practices as well as game play. A typical session is across the whole pitch and would involve between 25 and 50 people.
Winchester & District AC holds a variety of different running and athletics sessions. We spoke to David who runs some of their group sessions.
Atlas Fitness: We have organised a Sunday run club for six weeks. This was one thing we could not work into our virtual sessions. We are using these sessions to gauge members’ reactions to returning, as well as testing what works before returning to a full timetable. The run clubs are separated into groups of six, based on pace.
Epsom Hockey Club: Our outdoor pitch is now open. However, our indoor facilities (changing rooms and toilets) remain shut. We have started junior and adult training, but are limiting to groups of six. One coach and five players.
Winchester & District AC: Using a rota system, I am holding two sessions a week with five athletes invited to each.
Atlas Fitness: Our members have been extremely keen to return. They have voiced this to us frequently. We are aware some people have expressed a new concern, having to adapt to a new routine as people are still balancing their work and home life. Online sessions could be caught up on at any time, but returning to the park has meant they need to arrive at a specific time and factor sessions into their new routine.
Epsom Hockey Club: Most people have been keen to return. We’ve had positive feedback that they have really appreciated all of the hard work done behind the scenes to make sure the club is following the guidelines. Putting thorough processes and procedures in place to keep people safe has given our members confidence in returning.
I have 25 athletes wishing to attend sessions and I can only invite five per session.
Winchester & District AC:
Atlas Fitness: Communication is key. We asked members to remember that this is a first for a lot of us. If we get it wrong, don’t moan. We didn’t do it on purpose. Just approach us and let us know so we can make the changes.
Epsom Hockey Club:
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