Well, what an eventful few months that was! Having got back to serious training and then holding a really successful competition in October 2020, the Covid-19 infections started to skyrocket and Bristol and S Glos were placed under tighter restrictions, so we had to cancel our November and December sessions. After Christmas, the whole country went back into lockdown, so we lost the next few months too.
April saw a slight relaxation, so we held a single-day session with limited numbers, which was over-subscribed. It was a huge relief for all to be back to training as a club! With the continued relaxation of restrictions, we’re now expecting to resume our normal training programme from May.
Consequently, as we’ve said before – what’s the point of training without a goal? So…
The details and entry form is on the web-page. Our number-one priority is always going to be safety – of athletes, coaches and staff, as well as families – so this event will be run to the prevailing rules and guidelines in terms of numbers and distancing, but we’re confident that we can keep everyone safe.
We’re introducing a ‘Challenge Trophy’ which will be awarded to the Club with the highest number of points, with the expectation that this can be carried forward to their next Open competition, so we’re throwing down a gauntlet to other clubs to enter teams! We hope to see you there…
As the UK starts to unlock from this dreadful COVID-19 pandemic, with further news on relaxation of social distancing expected imminently, we’re itching to get back to training – but what’s the point of training without a goal? So….
We will develop the planning for this over the next few weeks and further details will be released on our Facebook page. Our number one priority is always going to be safety – of athletes, coaches and staff, as well as families – so this event will be run to the prevailing rules and guidelines in terms of numbers and distancing.
We’re also hoping that we can re-start our regular monthly training sessions. We plan to train for one day only at the end of July, then moving to both days for September onward – so get the dates back into your diaries now!
As a consequence of the current Coronavirus pandemic, all our regular training weekends are cancelled until further notice. In addition, all domestic and international competitions for the 2020 season have also been cancelled.
Already looking forward, the dates for the National Series and Super League events for 2021 have been published and we will incorporate these into our calendar later in the year. Similarly, the international calendar for 2021 is being prepared and we plan to attend several open competitions, as we’ve done in previous years.
We recognise that this is frustrating for all of us. We will recommence training as soon as we are allowed. However, safety is always our number-one priority and so we will follow government guidelines and other best-practices to ensure that appropriate protection is in place for our athletes, coaches and other staff and our families. We are fortunate with our facilities that we can ensure adequate separation on our fixed range and also have an option to train on the grassed areas, also with adequate separation.
Meanwhile, our athletes have access to appropriate home-based training resources and coach-support via our TeamApp platform.