Milton Keynes Gymnastics. Coronavirus 15th July 2021
This is our 26th Newsletter since Covid began and it is pleasing to note that we may be entering the end game.However, it is also apparent that there will be a few rocky months before we truly return to some normality.The government ceasing all restriction from 19th July is not going to mean the gym will be back to normal.The wave of cases currently increasing massively amongst children and the under 30’s will make July and August very difficult.
The Trustees have decided that they cannot relax all the rules immediately and that the health and welfare of all the children using the gym is paramount.So for the moment we will still be following the rules set out below. We have had one or two parents being rude to staff because of isolation rules. This is unacceptable. One change we will be making from 1st August is that instead of coming to the Fire Door for drop off all should come to the normal Reception door through the Atrium.Exit will continue through the Fire Door by the Tumble Track.Please note that parents are not allowed past Reception and upstairs remains closed.The Trustees will review this at the end of August and issue a further Newsletter..
The Covid protocols remain exactly the same.Your child should not attend if he/she or anyone in the family has Covid symptoms or has been in contact with children who have Covid. Temperature will be taken on entry and hands must be sanitised on entry and exit.Adults may not enter the gym and you should drop off at Reception. Can I also remind you that the car park near the entrance is for dropping off only and you should not park there for more than 10 minutes maximum.The Car Park to the side of the building is for picking up and the far side car park is for anyone who wishes to wait up.The road can also be used for this purpose.Please do not pick up or wait around in the drop off car park as this causes significant problems and crowding for those legitimately trying to drop off their child.These rules apply equally to Parkour.
All adult staff are in the process of being vaccinated and in the meantime being tested at least twice a week and continue to wear masks in the gym.We want to try to minimise the disruption to gym classes by children having to isolate and miss lessons. Staff are doing their bit to stop the spread and your help in keeping your child at home if there are symptoms or has been told to self-isolate, is vital.The next 8 weeks will be difficult and the expected explosion of cases is bound to cause some disruption.Your patience and support would be most appreciated.
Finally can I remind you all that Club Membership is due on the 1st September and invoices will be sent out during August for payment in September.The Club membership for the year is £25 for Recreational children and £15 for Squad and Pre School.The membership for Squad is lower because they have to pay BG membership in October whereas Recreational children do not as the club membership fee provides the Insurance for the year.
Can I remind all parents that chose Option 1 (to continue paying full fees) that you receive a full credit for the Membership fee (either £15 or £25).New gymnasts and those who chose option 2 will need to pay the membership before 30th September.
If you have any questions about the content of this newsletter please contact the gym on firstname.lastname@example.org or your child’s coach.
Chair of Charity Trustees.
Milton Keynes Gymnastics based in Kingston is delighted to have taken delivery of new equipment especially purchased for the disabilities group at the centre.
The equipment was funded through in house fund raising, and precious grants from MK Community Foundation’s Margaret Powell Community 1st Fund.
Mk Gymnastics Director Gary Winder said’ This new, specially ordered equipment will help provide the best possible experience to the disability gymnasts programme, ensuring that gymnastics is adapted to meet each child’s individual needs. It enables us to provide up to date, fun, cognitive learning experience in a more engaging environment at every lesson.
It was used for the first time by some of the centre’s disability gymnasts for the first-time last Saturday, as they returned to their classes for the first time since Covid 19 closed them 16 months ago!
Head Disabilities coach Denise Phillips said’ Firstly, I would like to say a huge thank you for the well-received grant that was awarded to our disabilities section. To be able to work with equipment which has been bought specifically with disabilities in mind, has allowed our team of coaches to provide a higher level and more varied programme for all our gymnasts. All our gymnasts were so excited when they first saw the new equipment, especially the sectional vaults, platforms, and soft-landing mats. I would personally like to thank MK Community Foundation and The Board of Trustees here at MK Gym for awarding us this grant which has been very much appreciated.’
“This new, specially-designed mini-bus will help us provide the best possible service to older people in Newport Pagnell for many years to come. We’d like to thank everyone involved and especially the Harry Middleton Trust, MK Community Foundation and the members of the public who supported us in the Tesco blue token scheme. The grants we received and the money we won helped us get the mini-bus into service as soon as possible.”