More information on Team Keele's return to training and fixtures

Return to Play

More information on Team Keele's return to training and fixtures

This page is for Keele Athletic Union members to help keep you up to date with what is happening with University sport for the 2020-21 season. 

All infomation on this page is subject to change based on University and Government restrictions. 

 

When can we return to training? 

Government Roadmap: 29/03/2021 (no earlier), Outdoor sport and leisure facilities can open. Formally organised outdoor sport is allowed. Rule of 6 or 2 households 
  • Easter break is Sat 27th March – Sun 18th April.  Reopen external pitches for Athletic Union activity (e.g. club training) on Monday 19th April following Easter vacation. Clubs will only access facilities if NGB guidance has been issued and the club has completed necessary risk assessments, which reflect the new guidelines and approved by the AU.  
Government Roadmap: No earlier than 12th April Indoor leisure facilities, such as gyms and swimming pools, will also reopen - but only for use by people on their own or within their household. · Rule of 6 or 2 households.   
  • From the 12th April, if you want to make use of the Sports Centre indoor facilities, you can do but please see the Sports Centre website for up to date for details. Access to Strength and Conditioning (S&C) room TBC. Please note that that there will be less indoor space available due to the Covid Test Centre and social distancing measures.   
Government Roadmap: no earlier than 17 May: Outdoors, most social contact rules will be lifted - although gatherings of over 30 people will remain illegal. Indoors, the rule of 6 or 2 households will apply - although we will keep under review whether it is safe to increase this. Indoor hospitality, entertainment venues such as cinemas and soft play areas, the rest of the accommodation sector, and indoor adult group sports and exercise classes will also reopen. 
  • Clubs who train indoors will be able to return to indoor training no earlier than 17th May, in line with the Government roadmap. Clubs which use indoor facilities will only be able to access facilities if NGB guidance has been issued and the club has completed necessary risk assessments, which reflect the new guidelines and approved by the AU.  Please note that that there will be less indoor space available due to the Covid Test Centre and social distancing measures. 

We know that this will have an impact on you as a club and we are committed as a Students’ Union to work with you and the relevant stakeholders to ensure we provide the best possible experience we can.  

We are working closely in partnership with Keele Sport to ensure that bookings and sessions will run smoothly and safely. This will also involve ensuring we work in line with Government, NGB (National Governing Body) and University guidance. 

 

FAQs

+ Can we train on campus if we are not on a “practical course”?

Only students who have been formally told by the University that they can return to in person teaching will be able to train using campus facilities. Under Government guidance, students on non-practical courses should not be returning to campus for in-person lectures, as these should remain online. Therefore, we cannot permit students on non-practical courses to return to campus for training purposes.

+ Previously our indoor team could train outside. Can we return to outdoor fitness training like we did before?

From the 17th May fitness classes indoor/outdoor can resume under guidance from the new Government roadmap. Please note that that there will be less indoor space available due to the Covid Test Centre and social distancing measures. We cannot permit traditional indoor sports to train outdoors for fitness sessions until the 17th May.

+ My NGB hasn’t provided a return to play, can we start to train at Keele?

Unfortunately, no. Unless your NGB provides current return to play guidance and this is reflected in your updated risk assessment, your club cannot return to training.

+ Can teams book an external venue for hosting training sessions?

Yes, clubs can book external venues for training, if the facilities on campus do not meet the need of the club (i.e. hiring a swimming pool). The AU will need to see a copy of the clubs updated risk assessment to reflect NGB guidance, how students are to travel to this venue and we will need a copy of the external venues risk assessment. If you do not live in the area, you are not on a practical course and have not been told to return to in person teaching, please do not travel to the area to train with teammates. The ‘stay at home’ rule will end on 29 March, but many restrictions will remain in place.

+ Can external teams (non-Keele) use campus facilities?

The University will continue to review this but, for the time being, external clubs will not be able to use campus facilities.

+ Will training slots remain the same as before / can we change them?

If you are in a club that trains outdoors, we aim to keep the same training times that you had in October / November. Should you wish to change these times you may contact the AU. If you train indoors, when training resumes, we will offer you training slots in your usual/preferable locations (where possible) at times that suit your club. As we get nearer the time for indoor training to resume, all indoor teams will receive an email to look at available training slots.

+ How will the booking system work?

Some slight changes have been made to how clubs access the external facilities ready for the re-opening of the Sport Centre.

  • Users will book onto their session via Sport Centre online booking system prior to their visit. https://sportbookings.keele.ac.uk/Connect/MRMLogin.aspx
  • On arrival, students will go straight to external activity area, bypassing the Sport Centre building – you will not need to enter the building.
  • NHS test and trace QR code displayed at all outdoor facilities and scanned on arrival.
  • Staff will check Club register against Sport Centre booking information.
  • If user is not booked on, they will be asked to go to Reception to do so or asked to leave if session capacity is exceeded.

+ Can we return to playing in local leagues?

If teams wish to partake in a local league, you must give the AU 4 weeks notice in advance of signing up, even if you have previously played in that league. We will review each team entry on a case-by-case basis. Teams need to follow NGB guidance that has been issued and the club must have completed necessary risk assessments, which reflect the new guidelines and approved by the AU. Clubs will have to cover any associated costs.

+ When restrictions allow can we book a friendly match?

If you wish to play an external friendly you need to let the AU know 4 weeks in advance of the match. Teams need to follow NGB guidance that has been issued and the club must have completed necessary risk assessments, which reflect the new guidelines and have been approved by the AU. Fixtures will need to be played off campus and we will need copies of the external venues risk assessments. Clubs will have to cover all associated costs.

+ Can we enter summer BUCS events?

The only event planned by BUCS at the moment is Outdoor Cricket. Any other events that teams wish to enter will need to be taken on a case-by-case basis, with clubs covering all associated costs and administration. Please let the AU know well in advance of any events teams are attending so that we can ensure the correct risk assessments are in place can have enough time to be signed off and approved.

If you have any questions about anything from the above statement or indeed our plans for the coming months, please contact us via su.athleticunion@keele.ac.uk