Main Messages updated Wednesday 12th August 2020 at 2.05 pm
Events section updated Wednesday 12th August 2020 at 2.05 pm

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Training Updates

The current club covid plan was published on Wednesday 12th  August 2020. Members must read this before training. The Athlete Responsibility section can be found at the bottom of this post.

Among other changes to reflect other news, below, this version of the plan includes an update to athlete responsibilities to reflect:

  • the process for vulnerable athletes or athletes with vulnerable families; and
  • to make it clear that athletes should not train if they have been told to isolate by the Government/NHS test/track and trace system.

The club house will remain closed to athletes (including the area just within the shutters). There is only an emergency toilet, so please plan not to use it (you will be responsible for keeping it clean).

Please remember to put the email domain @wycombephoenix.org is on your safe senders list (including, but not only, admin@wycombephoenix.org, membership@wycombephoenix.org, volunteers@wycombephoenix.org) and regularly check your junk mail.

Face to Face with FUNdamentals

FUNdamentals will begin training face to face with Alex and Chloe at the Little Marlow track on Thursday 3rd September. As with other face to training, it will be by invitation only, to ensure that we can maintain a Covid Secure Environment. More details will be sent to FUNdamentals later this month, but in the meantime, please ensure that you read the club’s COVID plan, especially the section on Athlete Responsibilities.

Membership Renewal

Following our return to the Little Marlow track and with the majority athletes training face to face, we have decided that now is the time to renew club memberships. England Athletics also require athlete registration from 1st September.

Our new membership year will start on 1st September and run through to the usual end date of 31st March (2021). Please look out for emails from your coach and England Athletics with the renewal paperwork and payment details; the emails will arrive in about a fortnight. The membership fee will be 50% of last year’s, plus the EA registration fee which remains at the 2019 price and will need to be paid by 30th August.

Remember your Club is Still Here

even if you or your squad aren’t training face-to-face

All the club volunteers (coaches, club committee, administration, officials) are working hard behind the scenes to support members. Look out for the messages from your coach on your squad’s favourite communication platform for this week’s training sessions.

With England Athletics starting to plan how competition might work later this summer please follow your coaches’ advice on how to keep fit so that you are ready to get back to full training and competition and as soon as possible. You can also contact your coach (electronically) for advice on training that you can do on your own; bear in mind that it may take them a while to respond.

Please look out for messages on our website, closed Facebook page, Instagram account and from volunteers@wycomebphoenix.org and your coach for changes and updates.

Squad status

  • FUNdamentals – For the rest of August will continue to train virtually with sessions from Jeremy and Chloe including the Strength and and Conditioning session at 4.10pm on Wednesdays on Zoom.  Keep a look out on email and Band for training updates. You will be  back at the track with your coach in September.
  • Foundation – Most athletes are now training  face to face, one session a week. Athletes can also be sent session plans if not able to train face to face.
  • Running Squads – Most athletes are now training  face to face. Coaches will see how it goes before making decisions on opening up training to more athletes.
  • Throws – Returning the track!
  • Pole Vault Squad – Due to some innovative thinking by the coach, athletes are training face to face (although not on a pole vault bed).

Group training sessions are by invitation from your coach, in line with our plan, the latest version of which can be found in the list of Club Policy Documents on the Club Documents Page. If you are invited to train face to face, you should make sure that you have read and understood the latest EA guide for athletes and the Government’s guidance about outdoor sport. You will be expected to follow these, prevailing Government guidance / instruction and any other arrangements that coaches put in place.

Many thanks to our coaches for making all this possible.

Events updates

England Athletics and UKA are starting to plan how competition might work later this summer and are piloting a new form of face to face competition with a small number of clubs, with the hope that this can be rolled out more widely.

Club Champs (was 6th September) – Unfortunately, we are having to cancel this year’s Club Championships that was pencilled in for 6th September. The competition is getting quite a reputation within Bucks and further afield for both excellence and friendliness and we made this difficult decision for a number of reasons, including not only Covid but also the unavailability of our experienced meeting managers.

Athlete Responsibility (section from Covid Plan)

Athletes also have a responsibility to keep themselves, their fellow club members and members of the public, safe.
Breach of the arrangements by a member may lead to action by the committee under the provisions of the club constitution relating to the conduct of members.
By training in groups during the Covid-19 pandemic, the athlete is agreeing (and for athletes who are under 18, their parent/carer is agreeing on their, and the athlete’s behalf) to:
• Accept that, as with all physical activity risk cannot be completely eliminated and by participating in club training sessions;
• Comply with the latest Government guidance on Covid-19, as may change from time to time;
• Comply with the latest England Athletics guidance (which can be found at on the England Athletics website, www.englandathletics.org and may be updated from time to time), including hygiene and remaining socially distanced at 2m, and any further club Covid arrangements, which may be updated from time to time and notified by coaches or other club officers via the squad’s normal communication platform, the website or email;
• NOT attend training (and to inform the coach as soon as possible) if they are Covid-19 symptomatic or living in a household with someone else who has a possible or confirmed COVID-19 infection, or are isolating for any reason, including at the request of NHS/Government test/track and trace;
• Inform the relevant coach if they (or any of their household) develop symptoms of Covid-19 or are isolating, within 14 days of a training session;
• Not attend training if they are vulnerable with respect to Covid 19 or are living in a household with someone who is vulnerable. Athletes in this position who wish to train should discuss possible arrangements with their coach and the club Covid-19 coordinator;
• Follow the arrangements for training communicated by their coach, including which sessions to attend;
• Bring the following hygiene kit to each session (in addition to anything they would normally take to a training session):
o 60% + alcohol hand sanitizer gel;
o Anti-bacterial wipes;
o Face covering and gloves that can be used in emergencies (for e.g. First Aid);
o Personal medication that might be needed during training (labelled for use); and
o Plasters (so that no basic first aid needs to be done by anyone else).
• Not socialise before or after the training session, instead to go straight to the prearranged meeting point at the start of the training session and, at the end of the session, leave the venue separately and immediately;
• Not share lifts with other households;
• Have no spectators. Parents/carers who wish to stay will be asked to stay in their cars, however a maximum of 6 adults (with accompanying siblings of athletes) may watch from the car park alongside the track fence, providing social distancing is observed.