All parents/carers are expected to read all of the following information before bringing your child for a trial
Do Parents Stay On Site?
With the current covid situation, parents are not allowed to wait inside the premises throughout the duration of the session. Please sit outside in your car if you cannot go home or wait outside if the weather is suitable. The management staff of Tilbury Hall have very kindly agreed that in special circumstances a parent will be able to wait in the foyer. This is will only be allowed if the following rules are strictly adhered to, if they are not, we will have to retract this opportunity and no parents will be allowed on site at all. Alternatively, we could look at increasing subs next term and hiring the adjacent small hall as a waiting room for parents.
– All adults (over the age of 18) must sign in and out by filling out the required information in the book found on the table in the foyer.
– You must wear a face covering at all times if you are inside the premises.
– If you have any other children with you, you must supervise them at all times, do not let them run around or touch anything.
– You must keep the volume minimal at all times.
– Anyone waiting inside is strictly prohibited from roaming anywhere else in the building besides the toilets.
– No food and drink may be consumed at any time while in the foyer.
– You must make sure the space left exactly how you found it when you arrived, do not leave any litter and put back any chairs that you may have used.
Please note that the supervision of children not participating in any gymnastics sessions is the sole responsibility of their parents or guardians. Children within the grounds must be supervised at all times. The club will not accept any liability for damage caused by or injury to children outside the gym hall. Under no circumstances are non gymnasts allowed onto any equipment or the mats in the hall as they are not members and do not have insurance. .
All parents/ carers are reminded to check that their child has had a drink and been to the toilet before the class begins as going during the session will waste their training time, disrupt the class and more importantly with pre-schoolers, possibly lead to the whole of the rest of the class asking to go. During the session all gymnasts are sent to the toilet by themselves, we cannot assist young children due to health and safety reasons. Therefore your pre-school child needs to be self sufficient with the toilet. No participants are allowed to leave the hall without permission from a coach.
Food And Drink
Your child is expected to be sent to the session with a bottle of water, it is essential they stay hydrated during exercise. No other drinks such as juice are permitted. No food is permitted in the gym due to hygiene and health and safety reasons (allergies), children are not allowed to snack during the session. No chewing gum is allowed during the session as it is a choking hazard. Ideally children should have eaten a light meal or snack at least an hour before coming to gymnastics, this will prevent children feeling sick and getting a stitch during the warm up. Feeding your child just before they arrive could impact on their training please try to avoid this.
Medical Conditions / Disabilities
Some medical conditions require a parent / carer to stay at the session in case administration of medication is required e.g. Epipen. Any medical condition, learning disability or attention disorder must be disclosed online when signing up with British Gymnastics. Parents must also speak to the lead coach to ensure that all the coaches are aware of any adaptations / risks which need to be considered. We are an inclusive club and try whenever possible, to accommodate participants with a disability who require one to one support. The viability of this will be assessed on a case by case basis. A carer will need to be provided, who will be led by the coaches within the class in order to provide adequate support to the gymnast. BG advocates that either a professional carer approved by the gymnast’s family or the gymnast’s parent or guardian should carry out the role of the carer. Downs Syndrome gymnasts will require an atlanto-atlas screening prior to starting the class.
Valuables & Lost Property
Any items of value brought into the gym are done so at the users’ own risk. We cannot accept liability for any personal belongings left or damaged on site. While we cannot take responsibility for any property that is lost, we will keep anything we do find in a lost property box. Each week this will be left out for parents to look through. At the end of each term any unclaimed lost property will be donated to a charity shop. Please note that is property is lost just prior to the end of term, it will still be donated. We recommend that items of clothes / drink bottles etc are labelled with your child’s name to help us to return forgotten items.
Dropping Off & Collecting Your Child
Please arrive at least 5 minutes early to the session so that your child has time to take their shoes and socks off and be ready in time for the session start. Parents/Guardians are responsible for their child until handed over to the coach at the start of the class. Children must not be left alone before the start of the class unless they are in the hall under a coaches supervision. Please note that any child that is more than 20 minutes late will not be able to participate in the class as they will have missed the warm-up which is crucial. This is for your own child’s safety, as they may injure themselves if they are not fully warmed up.
Parents/ Guardians are expected to collect their children on time. If you know that you are going to be late collecting your child for any reason you must contact the club ASAP. On the other hand, if you know you must take your child out of the session early, you must also inform a coach (Preferably before the start of the session).
Parents/guardians are required to inform the head coach of exactly who is collecting their child (i.e. Their grandma, dad or uncle) If they are going home with another gymnast we must have either written (text message) or verbal confirmation from you (the parent/ legal guardian) that this is the case.
Children are not allowed to leave the gym alone to meet their parents in the car park when being picked up. A coach must see who is collecting your child and be sure that they have been collected safely.
Vehicles are parked in the carpark at the owner’s risk. Vehicles should never obstruct entrances or exits; you cannot park within the yellow line marked area. Double parking is not permitted. Only vehicles with a blue badge that is displayed clearly may use the 2 designated disabled bays. If there are no spaces available when you arrive, please leave the car park and find alternative parking on the road. Please be advised that there is a second entrance into the hall via a pathway from Mount Grace Road.
Speaking To A Coach
We love to communicate with our parents and discuss their child’s specific training however our main priority is always the safety and quality of your child’s precious time with us. Of course, after a trial session there needs to be a discussion. If you have any problems/queries there is a desk located inside the hall to the left of the door. Here you can speak to the head coach and sort out any queries, make payments etc. Please try not to speak to a coach during session time and, except in the case of emergency never interrupt a coach who is actively coaching. If you need to speak to a specific coach then please speak to the coach before the session starts or once it has finished. If it is a minor issue and you are not able to speak to the coach, please leave a message with another coach or text Roshni or Ani. We are happy to have longer discussions with our members by telephone or email. Please call Roshni during the day time (before 3pm).
Discipline In Classes
The gym is used by lots of gymnasts and in order to maintain a safe environment it is important that gymnasts listen and follow the instructions of the coach. Gymnasts who mess about or attempt to perform moves that they have been asked not to and/or are not prepared for present a very real danger both to themselves and to others. Leaps & Bounds Gymnastics Club works a three strikes policy. If there are repeated instances of misbehaviour or a serious incident of misconduct, then the gymnast will receive a first warning and sit out of the class. Continued misconduct will result in a verbal warning about the gymnast’s behaviour with the parent/guardian. If behaviour still continues to be poor after the second warning, gymnasts may be asked to leave the club.