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July 24 2020

GREAT NEWS!

We are now able to restart activities such as Badminton, Short Tennis and Squash and you can now book our 3G pitches.

Please see below for information and guidelines for your chosen activity. 

Football Bookings on the 3G for clubs and organisations.

The 3G will be available for pre-booked sessions only from Monday 3rd August,    contact reception on 01243 826 612 or email arunlc@freedom-leisure.co.uk to book a pitch.

All participants should access the facility via the gate numbered for their pitch only, only those on pitch one should use the gate nearest the centre

Sessions will be strictly 55 minutes and all you must vacate the 3G via the gate numbered for their pitch only.

The leisure centre will carry out a disinfection of the goals and entrance gates each day, however we will not be disinfecting the pitches or the goals between each session,  therefore you should supply and use your own disinfectant before and after your booking to clean goals alongside you’re own equipment.

All clubs and organisations will need to supply a complete Covid risk assessment in advance of their first session.

All clubs and organisations will have to complete a track and trace register for every session, you must let us know in advance the contact details for the person responsible so should we require these details there is no delay.

Payment is required in advance of your booking via invoice or by card or contactless payment only.

All participants should arrive ready to participate, changing rooms and showers are not available

The football Association Guidance states the following:

  •  Everyone should self-assess for COVID-19 symptoms before every training session or match. If you are symptomatic or living in a household with possible or actual COVID-19 infection you must not participate or attend;
  •  Competitive training is now permitted, with groups limited to a maximum of 30 people, including coaches;
  •  Competitive match play is permitted, with social distancing in place before and after the match, and in any breaks in play;
  •  Players and officials should sanitise hands before and after a game as well as scheduled breaks throughout a game or training session;
  •  Ball handling should be kept to a minimum with most contact via a boot and the ball disinfected in breaks of play;
  •  Youth football coaches are encouraged to limit persistent close proximity of participants during match play and training;
  • Goal celebrations should be avoided;
  •  Equipment should not be shared, and goalkeepers should ensure they disinfect their gloves regularly in breaks in training or matches and thoroughly afterwards. Where possible, coaches should only handle equipment in training;

 Badminton and Short Tennis

Badminton and Short Tennis  is available from Wednesday 27th July

Badminton will be available to book online and via the phone for 60 minute slots at 5pm, 6.15pm & 7.30pm Monday to Friday and between at 10am, 11.15am, 12.30pm, 2.00pm in the main sports hall at weekends

Courts can be booked by members up to five days in advance, and one day in advance for non-members.

Non-Members will be required to pay a non-member entry fee at reception upon arrival.

Both singles play and doubles play can now take place in groups of people from different households, as long as you remain 2 metres apart as far as possible – meaning that four people from different households can play doubles.

Other than where players are from the same household or part of a support bubble, follow Government advice on staying alert and safe, and: Playing badminton

  • Stay at least two metres away from other players (including during play) as far as possible, when taking breaks and before and after play
  • Do not make physical contact with other players (such as shaking hands or high fiving) n
  • Avoid chasing the shuttle down towards another court if other players are using itn
  • For doubles, consider agreeing in advance which player will take the shot if a shuttle travels to the centre of the court

Please do not arrive more than five minutes before the start of your booking.

You should arrive ready to play, changing rooms and showers remain closed.

We will need to take details of all the players in your booking and record this on our booking system.

You should not share equipment

Social distancing should be maintained before your booking, during drinks breaks and after you have finished. We have removed benches and chairs from the hall.

As soon as your session time finishes we ask that you leave straight away either via a fire exit and walk around the building or via the directional arrows we have put in place in the corridors around the building.

Squash

Squash is available from Wednesday 27th July………

Squash will be available for booking at 4.20pm, 5.20pm, 6.20pm, 7.20pm & 8.20pm

Courts can be booked by members up to five days in advance, and one day in advance for non-members.

Please do not arrive more than five minutes before the start of your booking.

You should arrive ready to play, changing rooms and showers remain closed.

We will need to take details of all the players in your booking and record this on our booking system.

You should not share equipment

Social distancing should be maintained before your booking, during drinks breaks and after you have finished. We have removed benches and chairs from the hall.

From the NGB "As social distancing cannot be guaranteed, the normal game of squash should not be played by players from different households (except those from a support bubble). Therefore courts are only available for ‘Sides’

‘Sides’ is a modified version of the game that allows two players from different households (not in a support bubble) to play on court at the same time:

  • Only two players permitted
  • The aim is to hit a winner or force an error from your opponent as in regular squash
  • Only one player serves / touches the ball with their hand during the match
  • Both players must keep to their side of the court throughout each rally, using the full length
  • of the court whilst maintaining safe social distancing throughout
  • If a player crosses into the other side of the court, they immediately forfeit the rally
  • If there is a danger of players breaching a safe social distance, they must call a let and
  • replay the rally
  • Once a rally is complete, player’s switch

 As soon as your session time finishes we ask that you leave straight away via the directional arrows we have put in place in the corridors around the building.

contact us for more information or call 01243 826612