COVID NEWS

Restarting Aikido - New Venue

As a consequence of the COVID lockdowns, we were forced to look at the venues we use very carefully.  We have been at Stratford Park Leisure Centre since it opened in 1975, so it is with a heavy heart that we have decided to move to The Painswick Centre.  We believe that this is an ideal, spacious location for us that will allow us build a better club community.  It will also be able to hold half of our own Judo mats, which were purchased with Lottery funding, giving us better control of the training environment ensuring that the mats are clean and fit for purpose. 

We have retained the early Sunday morning practice times of 8.30am - 11.00am but there will be time for a cuppa afterwards.  We also have a session on Tuesday evenings 7-9pm at the Painswick Centre from 1st February. Please come and join us on Sundays and Tuesdays to rekindle your Aikido practice! 

We are waiting to see what the uptake is before we restart other venues. Tetbury (or an alternative venue) can restart as soon as we see there is sufficient demand.

We will be revising our Class fees and New Members Introductory Package to take into account our reduced number of dojos and other restrictions.

Guidance

As we come out of COVID restrictions the health and safety of all teachers and students is of paramount importance.   While restrictions have been lifted,we must continue to ensure that everybody follows sensible precautions.  We also need to restarting exercise with caution and avoid strains or pulled muscles!

Our club is following the guidance in the British Aikido Board's "Aikido COVID Action Plan- Returning to the Dojo", which has been approved by Sport England.  As a National Governing Body, all BAB associations and clubs are treated as being "Organised Sports" and our coaches are recognised by the BAB. 

COVID Dojo Rules

Please note that from 19 July, our clubs will be able to practice in doors with full contact Aikido but we will still need to implement sensible precautions. 

All students must adhere to the following rules:

  • You must fill your details in the class register before practicing

  • Do not attend if you have any flu-like symptoms

  • Do not attend if you have a positive COVID test result

  • Always santise your hands before and after practice

  • Always wipe weapons before and after use with antiseptic wipes

  • Please register with the NHS Track and Trace app by using the venue QR code

  • Limit techniques to try to keep a safe distance from others