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IMPORTANT CORONAVIRUS STATEMENT

Updated: Mar 29

Good morning everyone. In light of UK Government and subsequent England Athletics advice all GYDAC training sessions, competitions and face to face meetings are SUSPENDED WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT upto and inclusive of 31st May 2020.


England Athletics have directed ".Good morning everyone. In light of UK Government and subsequent England Athletics advice all GYDAC training sessions, competitions and face to face meetings are SUSPENDED WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT upto and inclusive of 31st May 2020.

England Athletics have directed "Following the further restrictions on movement put in place by the UK Government last night, UKA and the Home Country Athletics Federations have made the following updates to our previous statement issued on 17 March:

Extending the suspension of all athletics activity in England to the 31 May. [Initially this had been agreed to the end of April]. This suspension includes all organised athletics activity in the UK, including all competitions, formal club activities, running groups, and all Education activity (coach, official, teacher).

Strengthening our position on coaching activity – We are now mandating that all physical coaching ceases, and only be conducted via virtual means during this period. Bringing groups of people together to train, however small, can no longer be permitted under the strict ‘Stay at home’ measures implemented by the UK Government.

These decisions have not been taken lightly and have been made in light of the continuing and real risk to life and to the NHS posed by the spread of the COVID-19 virus in England. We must now to all we can do. We would ask that the athletics community in England continues to help one another by staying connected and supportive of each other whilst at home in these unprecedented times. We will continue to review the situation in line with Government and Public Health guidance.

In addition to providing clarity to clubs, athletes, runners, coaches and officials, we are acutely aware that a number of competition providers have already made the bold decision to postpone their events in recognition that they stand to incur additional contractual costs on facilities that they have booked should they not make that decision now. We will continue to review this decision as the government guidance evolves but one thing is clear and that is that athletics, running and sport in general is special and is an important contributor to our way of life but it is very much secondary to protecting and saving lives at this current time".

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