SPORTCHEER ENGLAND RETURN TO PLAY GUIDANCE DOCUMENT (20th JULY 2020, 10:20am)

Please note: In accordance with the government’s requirement for sporting National Governing Bodies, this document is currently under review by the DCMS: SportCheer England Return to Play Guidance Document 19.07.2020 V2

 

LATEST SPORTCHEER ENGLAND ANNOUNCEMENT (11th JULY 2020, 12:10pm)

WHAT HAS TO HAPPEN NOW?

The government’s latest guidance on the return to indoor sport, included a clear series of steps that must now be taken:

  1. National Governing Bodies (NGBs) must submit to the DCMS (Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) a thorough “roadmap”, outlining in rigorous detail the risk management at every stage of their intended phased return to sport.
  2. Government must give approval to the plan.
  3. Sports must wait until their National Governing Bodies have received approval from the DCMS. NGBs will then issue clubs an approved date of return and the full roadmap, detailing their responsibility at each phase.
  4. Sports can reopen, in line with the roadmap.

WHAT STAGE IS CHEERLEADING AT?

Upon receiving these instructions on the 9th July, SportCheer England have taken the following steps:

  1. Discussed the requirements with the ICU (our international governing body) and sought their support.
  2. Begun conversations with other NGBs to establish best practices in drafting such a roadmap
  3. Begun in earnest to draft a robust roadmap that will meet government requirements.

So far only 2 NGBs that we are aware of have submitted plans: Cricket (approved) and Basketball (pending).

We know how critical to gym owners and coaches timescales are in this process, and are working at breakneck speed to create a submission for the DCMS. However, in order to gain approval, this roadmap must be thorough, and will require things like input from medical, legal and insurance experts; so while we are working as fast as we can, we  would also kindly ask for your patience and support over the next week, in undertaking this task. We will be unable to add any further clarity to our current statement until the roadmap document has been submitted and approved by the DCMS.

 

NEW GUIDANCE ON THE REOPENING OF CHEERLEADING GYMS IN ENGLAND (9th JULY 2020, 11:55am)

After careful consideration of the Government Guidance Protective measures for out-of-school-settings during Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak published on July 1st 2020, SportCheer England are pleased to support the reopening of Cheerleading and Dance clubs and gyms from the end of the 2020 Summer Term, providing that programmes are able to adhere to the required restrictions.

Programme owners and coaches are urged to ensure that they have read carefully through all the related government and Sport England guidance in full, and are satisfied that they can comply with the guidelines and legal requirements set out by the government and their insurance provider.

All clubs should ensure that they have effective infection protection and control measures in place specific to their setting to reduce the risk of transmission. Each programme should also consider first aid and safeguarding responsibilities when planning staffing, which in turn may have an impact on class sizes offered (for example if you require more than two staff members to fulfil these roles you should consider reducing the class size down from 15).

Please note that government guidance for a return to indoor sport states that in reopening, you must comply with the following ratios: No more than 15 children in consistent bubbles with at least one staff member. Please remember that social distancing is still advised, and that where possible we suggest this should remain at 2 meters.

You can find the direct link to the government guidance on class sizes here: tinyurl.com/yc2n63vj

It is also a requirement that programmes implement a Track and Trace system. You will need to keep registers and ensure you have up-to-date contact details for anyone attending your setting.  In the event of a report of someone experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19 you will need to advise anyone who had contact with that person so that they can self isolate. In this instance the facility will need to be deep cleaned and would only be able to reopen if it can do so with staff and athletes who did not come into contact with the person experiencing symptoms.

You can find a link to the legal risks and duties of care on the return to sport here: tinyurl.com/y84uvj5v 

In addition to the links provided in this statement, we recommend you visit the SportCheer England Coronavirus Hub (www.sportcheerengland.org/coronavirus-hub), where you can download Cheer specific Risk Assessment documents and watch webinars to help you think carefully through your plan for reopening.

Programme owners and coaches are reminded that new information may be released without notification so they should check regularly to ensure that they are following the most up-to-date guidance.

Coaches and programme owners should also direct parents and carers to the following guidance prior to reopening in an indoor setting: tinyurl.com/y9ft2k2j

 

LETTER TO GOVERNMENT (25th June 2020, 2:10pm)

In response to the latest government announcement regarding the phased return of sport (23rd June 2020), SportCheer England have written to Oliver Dowden (Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport), Jo Stevens (Shadow Secretary for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) and Tim Hollingsworth (Chief Executive at Sport England) to express our concern over the exclusion of indoor sport in the government’s current considerations, and to advocate on behalf of the hundreds of Cheerleading athletes, coaches and gym owners in our country who remain adversely affected. You can read a full copy of the letter sent here.

 

ANNOUNCEMENT OF FREE WEBINAR (6th June 2020, 7:30pm)

In conversation with Kimberley Ramsay on opening your gym after Coronavirus: in this webinar, taking place on Thursday 11th June at 8:30pm, Kimberley will talk about the various measures her company took in reopening their cheer gyms, following the lifting of the lockdown in New Zealand. Visit the SportCheer England Coronavirus Information Hub for details and to book.

 

SPORTCHEER ENGLAND GUIDANCE REGARDING THE LATEST GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCEMENT ON A RETURN TO SPORT (3rd June 2020, 12:25pm)

On the 1st of June the UK government announced new guidelines and measures regarding the lifting of lockdown across England, and a phased return to sport. The SportCheer England Coronavirus Information Hub has been updated to include the latest guidance plus two FREE template Risk Assessment documents.

 

SPORTCHEER ENGLAND COVID-19 (Coronavirus) UPDATE STATEMENT (16th May 2020, 6:30pm GMT)

During these challenging and unprecedented times, SportCheer England are committed to supporting coaches and gym owners. We will release guidance on returning to Cheerleading and gyms, but only when the government explicitly advises that it is safe to do so.

You can access the government advice and many other resources on our Coronavirus Information Hub: https://sportcheerengland.org/coronavirus-hub

We would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that the current government ‘back to work’ guidelines* only apply to those in essential retail, and that returning to sport is limited to outdoor courts (tennis, golf, basketball etc) alone, with members of your household, or with one other person from outside your household, while practicing social distancing. While we appreciate it is frustrating, it is clear at this present time that the government guidance does not include a return to cheerleading or cheerleading gyms.

*www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do  

 

SPORTCHEER ENGLAND CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION HUB (13th May 2020, 4:20pm)

The SportCheer England Coronavirus Information Hub is now available.

 

FINANCIAL SUPPORT DURING COVID-19 (10th April 2020, 12:25pm)

The following information is now available on the Financial Support during COVID-19 page:

  • A recording of the SportCheer England & Scrutton Bland financial advice webinar and a document containing Q&A.
  • An update on Sport England funding.

 

STRONGER TOGETHER (3rd April 2020 5:00pm)

At this difficult time, SportCheerUK wanted to send a message of support to cheerleaders and coaches everywhere across the UK. 

We truly believe that as a sport, we are #StrongerTogether, and to demonstrate this, SportCheerUK (comprising SportCheer England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland) and many of the UK’s competition event providers, have come together to create this sharable graphic. 

Please share, repost and retweet this image on your Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, make it your profile or banner, and let’s all show the world that Cheerleading has the power to bring people together. Post it using the hashtags #StrongerTogether and #UKCheerleadingStrongerTogether and let’s flood the internet with a positive message of solidarity.

 

SCE COVID-19 (Coronavirus) GUIDANCE FOR CLUBS (20th March 2020 6:45pm GMT)

In an update to the information provided below, please be aware the UK Government has today announced gyms and leisure centres should close as of tonight.

SportCheer England

 

SCE COVID-19 (Coronavirus) GUIDANCE FOR CLUBS (18th March 2020 2:00pm GMT)

We understand that this is a difficult and challenging time for all coaches, athletes and programmes. We hope to offer help and support in any way we can to get us all through this time with minimal impact on our clubs and livelihoods.

As a minimum standard, all clubs must follow and promote UK Government and WHO guidance:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/technical-guidance/guidance-for-schools-workplaces-institutions

We understand that programmes are working hard to maintain a balance between continuing to be able to provide members with an ongoing service, while bearing in mind possible health implications. There is currently no direct instruction from the government to cease activities, so we understand that some programmes may wish to continue to deliver their scheduled services. If you do choose to continue delivery, please ensure you are following the most current government guidelines, and are keeping up to date regarding any new instructions. 

CLOSURES:

In the event of closure of your gym, please do the following:

 For gyms who hire their facility hourly:

  • Aim to cancel your booking within the given notice period as per your contract. If you have pre-paid an organisation for hire this may be carried forward to when you resume your activities. Get confirmation in writing if this is the case.

For those of you who have your own premises:

  • RATES: Following the government announcement on March 17th 2020, some premises may be eligible for a rate ‘holiday’.  Contact your local council for more information.
  • RENT: Email your landlord. Explain your situation, the decision you wish to make and your rationale for it. Request a rent break until you are able to resume classes. Emphasise that this will be required to keep your business afloat. Get any agreements in writing.
  • LOANS: Should you have any bank loans, contact your bank directly and ask for a suspension on payments until business resumes as usual. Make sure that you discuss with them how this may affect you going forward, including any potential impact on your credit rating.At this time, information regarding how to apply for the newly announced government loans for small businesses has not been set out; this is something we will share when it is available.
  • UTILITIES: If you are not using your utilities, you should not incur any costs although some service charges may still be applicable. Contact your service providers and let them know you have vacated your premise temporarily and collect/provide them with accurate readings when you stop and resume business.

Insurance Cover:

Please check with your own insurance company if you can have payments suspended, even if it means making these up on the resumption of regular classes. This applies to building and contents insurance as well as coach and athlete cover/public liability.

Check your policy to see if you are covered for business disruption.

If you plan to provide virtual classes or videos for your athletes, please ensure that you have checked with your insurance provider that you are adequately covered and if you need any additional waivers in place for your policy to remain valid.

BEFORE RESUMING YOUR REGULAR CLASSES, PLEASE ENSURE:

  • You have suitably notified all of your members.
  • You have ensured a thorough, deep clean of all your equipment and facilities.
  • You have notified your service providers and resumed payment plans as required.

 

SCE COVID-19 (Coronavirus) UPDATE (16th March 2020 9:55am GMT)

Following today’s announcements from the ICU, IASF & Varsity, please see the below statement from SportCheer England.

We appreciate that these announcements may cause upset and panic, as coaches, athletes and spectators process what the news means for them in terms of travel arrangements, refunds and the potential rescheduling of competitions. In light of this we would suggest the following:

Athletes and Parents

  • We appreciate that you may be anxious and seeking answers but we would encourage you to allow your coach time to prepare accurate information for your team.
  • If you have individually purchased travel and accommodation (as opposed to a group booking) you may wish to contact your travel advisor/insurer to discuss your options. 

Athletes due to compete at these events

  • Your manager / programme coach will be in touch with you accordingly to share any further information regarding the postponement of these competitions. 

Coaches of ICU Worlds, IASF Worlds and Summit teams

  • If you are a coach in need of support or assistance, please reach out to SportCheer England. Initially we ask that you do this via the regional Facebook groups and reps, but you can also contact us directly at sportcheerengland@gmail.com
  • We are sure that the ICU, IASF & Varsity are working hard to get the answers to all your questions regarding the postponement, refunds and all the many variables that come with this decision and  that they will release some more information when they can. We would encourage you to be patient as they navigate this.

We understand that this is an extremely anxious time for everyone in the sport, for many reasons, and the health and safety of athletes, coaches and spectators is of paramount importance to all.

Please check your email, our SportCheer England Facebook groups and SportCheer England social media for the latest updates:

SportCheer England

 

SCE COVID-19 (Coronavirus) UPDATE (12th March 2020 9:05pm GMT)

Following the government’s update this afternoon, please find SportCheer England’s updated statement below, regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

We understand that you may be concerned about the risk of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and the potential impact on training, UK competitions, IASF and ICU World Cheerleading Championships. We hope that the following information will be helpful to you and encourage you to share it with members of your program.

Training

Currently in England there is no mandate for schools and colleges to close, therefore it is assumed most other daily activities such as Cheerleading teams and classes will continue as usual. With this in mind, we recommend you undertake a specific Risk Assessment for your gym and teams, including:

  • Regularly sanitizing all equipment, surfaces, toilet facilities, etc
  • Requesting any athletes who display any symptoms or who are ill do not attend
  • Action plan in place for any athlete or coach who presents to you with the symptoms (including identifying somewhere to isolate them until medical assistance can be reached)
  • Parent drop off and pick up at the door to reduce risk
  • No sharing of water bottles, food, props, etc
  • Regular hand washing

Competitions in England

Whilst the UK has now been moved from Containment to Delay phase, today’s government announcement stated that they do not believe the risk to individuals is increased at sporting events or other mass gatherings, and are currently not imposing a ban on events of any size in England. At this time, the event providers we have spoken to intend to go ahead as planned with competitions and are being guided by government advice. For information regarding a particular competition you are attending, please visit the EP’s website and/or social media where you will find specific updates relating to their events.

IASF Update for teams with club Worlds and Summit bids

At present we are informed the IASF Worlds and Summit will be going ahead as planned and are working closely with US officials and Disney to continuously monitor the situation. If you are a coach with a Worlds or Summit bid, we recommend you stay up to date on the IASF Facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/IASFworlds/ and in communication with your bid-awarding EP, who will be able to offer the latest information. We expect a further update from IASF in the next 24hrs.

ICU World Cheerleading Championships

At present we are informed the ICU World Cheerleading Championships will be going ahead as planned and are working closely with US officials and Disney to continuously monitor the situation. SportCheer England have been in regular communication with the ICU and Team England management since the Coronavirus news broke. If you are on a national team, we ask that in the first instance you refer to your team manager for any updates. We have heard from the ICU today and expect a further update from them in the next 24hrs.

If you are a coach in need of support or assistance, please reach out to SportCheer England. Initially we ask that you do this via the regional Facebook groups and reps, but you can also contact us directly at sportcheerengland@gmail.com

We understand that this is an extremely anxious time for everyone in the sport, for many reasons, and the health and safety of athletes, coaches and spectators is of paramount importance to all.

Please check your email, our SportCheer England Facebook groups and SportCheer England social media for our latest updates. We expect information may change again in the next few days and will do our best to update you in real time.

SportCheer England

 

SCE COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information (5th March 2020)

We understand that you may be concerned about the risk of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and that many of you have been receiving questions from worried parents regarding training and attending competitions. We hope that the following information will be helpful to you and encourage you to share it with members of your program.

Whilst the UK risk level of Coronavirus has been increased from low to moderate, the risk to individuals has not changed at this stage and remains low.  We advise that you stay up to date with any developments and continue to follow advice from the World Health Organisation and Public Health England, as well as that of Local Government.  

We recommend that individuals maintain good hand, respiratory and personal hygiene for example – using hand sanitiser and/or regularly washing hands with soap and water and using tissues when coughing and sneezing (which is then disposed of in the bin).

You may also find the information found in the link below helpful: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/869250/Coronavirus_advice_for_educational_settings_poster.pdf

If you have concerns about a particular competition that you are due to attend we recommend that you contact the EP running the event, however SCE are not currently aware of any plans for competitions in either the U.K. or internationally to be cancelled at this time

The following COV-19 template statement is available for coaches to download and amend for use in their programmes: COVID19 Team Template March 2020

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