What are Satellite Clubs?
Satellite clubs are local sport and physical activity clubs that are designed around the needs of inactive young people (14-19yrs) and provide them with positive, enjoyable experiences that make it easy for them to become active or to develop more regular activity habits.
Supported by or linked to a local community sports club or physical activity opportunity (The Hub), satellite clubs should be designed in such a way that they respond to the demands for sport from young people.
Satellite clubs should also be designed to help shape the way in which existing sport and physical activity providers tailor their offer to meet the different motivations and needs of young people, particularly those who are less active or at risk of falling out of sport.
Understanding what is important to young people and what their needs and wishes are is the first step when developing a satellite club opportunity. Satellite clubs should then be designed to meet those needs and provide a positive fun experience, giving young people the confidence to take part.
Using sport facilities:
You may be aware as of the 13th May, that there has been some relaxing in the restrictions of using some sports courts including basketball and tennis courts, bowling greens and playing spaces, like golf courses.
There are however still strict restrictions around the use of these spaces –
- All activities must only be undertaken alone, with members or your household or, providing you are following social distancing guidelines, with up to but no more than 5 people from outside your household.
- Outdoor gyms, playgrounds and outdoor and indoor swimming pools will remain closed to the public due to the higher risk of close contact and touching surfaces.
It is important that when facilities reopen, they ensure that disabled people and those with access requirements are able to safely access the sports and activities on offer in line with social distancing guidelines.
Timetable for reopening
For the facilities that are now allowed to open, each venue, including council-owned sports facilities, will make their own decisions about when their facilities are ready to open and can be operated safely.
Government is working with National Governing Bodies of sport to determine what additional and specific guidance may be needed in future.
Government guidelines state that it is a decision for facility managers whether or not they hire out equipment. At Sport Birmingham we would advise that no or as little equipment as possible is used when opening your facilities or delivering sessions.
If you cannot avoid the use of equipment then you should follow sensible precautions and clean in between users , and to follow COVID-19 Secure guidelines.
It is recommended that you limit sharing of equipment, but if not possible, that strict hand hygiene is practiced. All participants and staff should wash their hands thoroughly before and after use.
Indoor facilities, apart from toilets and through-ways should be kept closed. When accessing and leaving facilities you should wipe down areas of contact, wash hands thoroughly and use paper towels where possible and avoid touching any surfaces in transit.
Personal trainers and coaching
Personal training or coaching is permitted if outside and if people are a minimum of 2 metres apart and providing there are gatherings of no more than 6 people from different households.
- Any sports coaches or trainers undertaking 1-1 sessions should ensure they are complying with relevant National Governing Body Safeguarding Policies and Procedures and conduct a thorough risk assessment before engaging in any sessions.
- Under the new social distancing guidelines, which allow up to, but no more than 6 people to gather, parents can take their children to a 1-1 coaching or training session, as long as the gathering does not exceed 6 people.
- This should include particular consideration for under 18s and vulnerable adults.
- People who play team sports can now meet to train together and do things like conditioning or fitness sessions but they must be in wholly separate groups of no more than 6 and must remain 2 metres apart at all times.
- While groups could practice ball skills like passing and kicking, equipment sharing should be kept to a minimum and strong hand hygiene practices should be in place before and after.
- Physical contact with anyone outside of your household is not permitted, therefore playing of any games (small sided or full) is also not permitted at this time.
- Avoid meeting in groups of 6 in busy or overcrowded areas, if it is so busy that it is not possible to maintain social distancing at all times.
Athletics tracks can re-open, but this is at the discretion of the facility and must be done in a way that adheres to guidance on social distancing.
You can play tennis providing you only meet up with no more than 5 other people from a different household and observe social distancing guidelines, remaining a minimum of 2 metres apart. You can also play doubles tennis with people from outside of your household as long as you remain 2 metres apart.
You can play golf providing you only meet up with no more than 5 other people from a different household and observe social distancing guidelines, remaining a minimum of 2 metres apart. Clubhouses must remain closed except for takeaway catering and toilets.
Lawn bowls and croquet
You can play lawn bowls and croquet where facilities have reopened, but you can only take part in these activities by yourself, or with members of your household or with no more than 5 other people outside of your household, as long as you are able to maintain social distancing.
Outdoor and indoor swimming pools cannot open at this time.
All forms of water sports practised on open waterways, including sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, rowing, kayaking, surfing, paddle-boarding and the use of privately owned motorised craft (in line with the guidance issued by the relevant navigation authority) are allowed provided that the guidance on social distancing is observed.
- You are allowed to visit venues like a sailing club to exercise.
- You should only do so alone, with members of your household or with 5 other people from another household as long as you can remain 2 metres away from them.
- No one should gather indoors with anyone from outside their household.