As the UK begins to phase out of lockdown, we have been receiving lots of questions about what this will mean for our Community Clubs across London.
We run Community Clubs that offer inclusive sport and physical activity for disabled people across 14 London boroughs.
With restrictions gradually being eased, we are hard at work planning when and how we can reintroduce our Community Clubs and other services in a manner that is safe for our participants.
In this blog, we've answered a few of your questions about when our clubs and other in-person sessions might return, and what they could look like...
The COVID-19 virus meant that we had to shut all our Community Clubs on the 17th March, and they must remain closed until it is safe to return. As you will have heard, leisure centres and many other sporting facilities will be opening their doors from the 25th July 2020.
Unfortunately, this does not mean that we can automatically return to normal because we need to make sure our Community Clubs will be safe for our members, coaches, and volunteers.
We are working with facilities to enable our Community Clubs to return as soon (and as safely) as possible. We are making every effort to ensure that our community clubs can re-open in September 2020 for the start of the next academic year - when our Community Clubs normally restart after the summer break. This, of course, will be led by the government safety guidelines.
Currently, the specific details of how the clubs will work remain unknown, as we work with a variety of different facilities, meaning there could be differences across our network of Community Clubs.
We are envisaging that in the short term this may mean a restriction on the number of disabled people able to join our face-to-face sessions at any one time. This would require us to put systems in place allowing people to book.
A further update explaining changes to how our Community Clubs will run will be released before their return in September.
We receive funding and donations to send out our equipment packs to those most at need during this time.
If you are a Community Club member and have attended either our Community Club sessions or online Zoom sessions more than 10 times, you will automatically be in line to receive a pack. If you haven’t attended this many times, but would like to receive a pack, we would require a donation of £25, which you can give through our Virgin Giving page by clicking here: https://bit.ly/3jgU6Iz
These donations help us to keep supporting our members and the wider disabled community during the COVID-19 pandemic through our #DSCAtHome programme.
You can download our free Home Activity Programme by clicking here: https://bit.ly/3eBKFjt
If you are unable to download the programme, require it in a different format (where available) such as a hard copy, or need any other assistance, please email Clubs@disabilitysportscoach.co.uk
Our face-to-face coaching services are slowly coming back and are currently available on request. However, at this time we are only available to provide coaching in a suitable outdoor space, with a limited number of participants at each session.
If this is not possible for you right now, we also deliver online live sessions for groups or individuals, subject to availability. These sessions are chargeable.
As with all charities providing direct delivery, we have had to temporarily suspend our training courses for the time being until it is safe to return. Currently, we are unable to give you a specific date for this, but we do hope that it won’t be too long, and that we will be back up and running before the end of the year.
In the meantime, we do have an E-learning course in Disability Awareness in Sport which you learn more about and book onto by clicking here: https://bit.ly/2OwbB9K
If you would like to know more about these services please contact
Hugh@disabilitysportscoach.co.uk or call 07772 677259.