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Gymnastics and trampoline lessons FAQs

Gymnastics and trampoline lessons FAQs

Gymnastics and trampoline lessons returning - Frequently asked questions for parents



Gymnastics and Trampolining at Queen's Park Sports Centre:

I have seen that my child must arrive for their gymnastic / trampolining lesson gym ready what does this mean?

‘Gym ready’ mean arriving to the centre with their training kit on and drinks bottle. On arrival you will wait outside the main hall at a fire exit point not within the centre, children will be collected from this point at the start of their new lesson slot and taken straight to the warm up area, they will remove their shoes (trampolinists) shoes and socks for gymnasts in the allocated area, after the warm up is completed the will take their items with them to their allocated apparatus.

Please note there will be no access to any changing facilities for participants as there will be a one-way system in place for lesson drop off and pick up to ensure social distancing can be maintained safely.

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Will I be able to watch my child’s lesson?

Unfortunately, at this time we cannot safely accommodate spectators for children’s lessons as we need these areas to ensure safe entry and drop off points can be maintained for the children and also to ensure the flow of the one-way system in the centre.

One adult may accompany one child to the drop off point and stay with them until they are collected for their lesson by their coach. Your child’s coach will then assume ‘loco parentis’ for your child until you return to collect the pick-up point which will be another fire exit route.

We are asking all parents to help us keep numbers of people waiting around the centre down by leaving the building whilst your child is in their lesson and returning in time to collect them at the end. Please make sure we have an up to date contact number should we need it to contact you during the lesson.

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Can we use the changing rooms after lessons?

No, access to the changing areas will not be allowed following the gymnastics and trampolining lessons, Parents will have no reason to access the site as they will drop off their child at one fire exit point and be collected at an alternate one where the coach will bring them to you.

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What are the main changes due to COVID-19 that we can expect to see within gymnastics and trampoline lessons?

  • Coaches and assistants will now be delivering ensuring social distancing is maintained
  • Lesson times have altered to 45 minutes to allow time to safely clean down equipment and teaching stations between classes exiting and entering
  • To ensure the same contact time between coaches and children during lessons we have reduced the occupancy of most classes 
  • Coaches will no longer be allowed to help with hair being tied up, jewellery taken off or adjusting clothing so please ensure your child comes ready for their lesson
  • Coaches will be unable to support the children by a hands-on approach, they will be using different teaching aids to help them but of course if they see something dangerous or an accident is about to happen they will intervene for the safety of the child and themselves. 

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Will my child be able to come on the same day and time and with the same coach?

Where possible we have tried to keep coaches days and teaching times as close to the old programme as possible but there are some parts where it has been necessary to make changes.

To accommodate our full programme and maintain social distancing, we will now have staggered start and finish times. Some lessons will start on the hour and at half past whilst others will start at quarter past the hour and quarter to.

Most lessons will run in the same area of the hall; however trampolining has been moved onto the opposite side for the time being to give us more space. You will be notified of any changes to your class in a separate email.

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Will there be fewer children in each class?

Yes, most lessons will see a slightly lower occupancy number so we are able to run lessons safely and in line with government guidelines and governing body guidance.

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What steps have you put in place to make sure children can socially distance in their lessons?

To ensure we have enough space within the hall to accommodate social distancing we have moved trampolining onto two separate courts and gymnastics will now be across four courts, this has enabled us to spread the equipment out and it has been assessed with government guidance how many children we can accommodate per piece of equipment.

Children will no longer be moving around different pieces of equipment in the same evening / weekend – they will complete their warm-up and then move to one piece of equipment for their lesson, the following week they will then move onto a different piece of equipment.

Trampolining children will be on a designated bed and that will be their coach and their bed for the foreseeable for their lessons.

Cleaning of equipment is done after every session (15-minute turnaround per coach) and hand sanitising stations will be available for the children at entry and exit points.

The teachers have been training and working hard to plan safe lessons for when we re-open; taking on board government and governing body guidance, looking at the best ways to manage, adapt and organise different abilities safely for our sites and keep the lessons developmental and enjoyable for all participants.

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My child is nervous about coming back to lessons, is there anything I can do to help them?

We understand that some children (and parents) may feel nervous returning to the centre after such a long break and with some necessary changes in place coming back to lessons. Our coaching team will do all they can to help ease the nerves when you return.

In the meantime, here are a few things you could do at home in preparation:

  • Speak to your child about what will be different when they come back, so they know what to expect
  • Remind them their coach is there to help and support them and it’s new for everyone to get used to, they are not on their own (coaches can still support verbally and provide good instruction and reassurance)
  • Don’t worry if they feel like they can’t remember how to do everything, we will be re-capping lots of skills and working at their own pace
  • Most importantly is that we just want them to try their best and enjoy being back in gymnastics and trampolining. 

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Get in touch

Please contact Rebecca Truman via email if you have any concerns. Coaches will make contact via email or telephone either directly or through Rebecca should they need to contact a parent.

Last updated on 22 September 2020