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  • PLA Notice 6 of 2020: COVID-19 Restrictions

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 24th March 2020

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  • British Rowing COVID-19 Advice

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 21st March 2020

    Following the latest government advice, we have updated our advice in relation to coronavirus (COVID-19). As the advice is particularly pertinent for you as a club and/or event, we wanted to share it directly with you.

    The situation continues to change frequently but we will do our best to keep you up to date. Our latest advice will always be published at: britishrowing.org/coronavirus

    Best wishes

    Kenny Baillie
    Director of Partnerships & Communications | British Rowing

    Advice for Clubs

    Following today’s announcement by the Government, British Rowing advises that all Affiliated Clubs should cease all club-based activity as soon as reasonably possible tonight and not reopen tomorrow until further notice. This advice will be reviewed, on an ongoing basis, in line with Government guidance.

    In addition, British Rowing is now in the process of closing the National Training Centre at Caversham and transitioning our athletes to home-based training programmes.


    • How will British Rowing support clubs during this period?
      Our Club Support team is still available via the usual channels. Any clubs who require help or support during this difficult period should contact clubsupport@britishrowing.org in the first instance.
    • How can we help support our members during this time?
      We recognise our responsibility to help keep the nation and the rowing family active and healthy even in these difficult circumstances. We are working to provide content (workouts etc.) and ideas to help individuals keep fit and active away from rowing clubs and at home and to help keep a connection between your members. To start with, our Go Row Indoor newsletter will become a weekly email from next week with workouts both on and off the machine - further details of other content and initiatives will be released shortly.
    • What about the financial impact of closing our club for an unknown period?
      We are very aware that closing for this extended period could cause financial concerns for some clubs. As the situation becomes clearer, we will be working to signpost any funding or advice which could help your club. In the meantime, if this applies to your club, please contact clubsupport@britishrowing.org to let us know.

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  • Boathouse Closure – UPDATE

    Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 17th March 2020

    19th March

    Dear all, 

     In consultation with the boathouse and club captain the situation is as follows:

    In these situations it’s always been the case that the safest/healthiest option gets the preference. In this case that would be closing the boathouse, especially because this is a growing issue, not a waning one.

    Seeing as there is a divergence of views between the two clubs in the Boathouse, I thought that it would be prudent to recognise the split in responsibilities.

    We all have a duty of care to ourselves as individuals, as well as to others who are impacted by our actions. The Boathouse Executive is responsible for the Boathouse, and the Shed facilities, the rowing clubs are responsible for guiding andinstructing their individual members.

    1. Boathouse Executive Committee, responsible for the building and facilities therein has announced that the Boathouse will be closed to avoid the spread of the COVID-19 corona virus. They will also announce and organise a deep clean of the facilities, including the Shed.

    The individual Clubs can then announce their own policies on how to act to contain the spread of the virus by practicing social distancing and self-isolation.

    • Cygnet confirms to all members that, because of the above, squad outings are cancelled, nor will squad events and organised training sessions take place. Individuals wanting to go out for outings in a single scull are advised to consider NOT using the boathouse facilities unless in an emergency. Individuals use of an ergo in the Shed will likewise be at a member’s own risk. This division and assumption of risk could be emphasised by making the Shed key available in the outside key safe so a member would access the Shed without entering the Boathouse.
    • Barnes Bridge Ladies can confirm to al lits members its policy for using the Boathouse facilities and theShed as they have suggested.

    Each club will be taking responsibility for how they run theirownclub, which is entirely their prerogative.

    We are acting on behalf of all members, both the ones who are willing to adjust their behaviour, and those who act on instinct and do what they have been used to. We recognise we won’t be able to stop people from taking their own single out, having a shower at the club, and using the crockery in the kitchen. However, if club members then use the facilities, it will be at their own risk.

    Marjorie Israël, CSBE Hon. Secretary

    Dear Cygnets,

    I hope everyone is doing well.

    As you all are aware of the coronavirus (COVID-19) Situation and health and safety is first priority. All training and club activities has been suspended with immediate effect, also the clubhouse should be close to clubs group outings. The next 3 months are going to be challenging for all of us, we need the collaboration of all of you to flatten the Curve.

    More will follow in due course.
    Keep safe


    Cris and Cara,  
    Please relay to CYG/BBL Members: Dear All, It is with a heavy hear that the Exec proposes that our Clubhouse should be closed to Clubs ' group outings. The Exec supports the continued use of the Clubhouse by single scullers at their own risk. We will review advice, respond to guidance and aim to update you through this challenging time. 
    Kind regards,
    Tom Broadhurst
    CSSC Boathouse Executive - Chair

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