Firstly, a big thank you to everyone for adhering to the COVID safety procedures to date!
St. Finbarr’s A.C. is following and implementing COVID-19 safety guidelines set by Sports Ireland, Athletics Ireland and the Irish Health Service Executive.
Athletics Ireland fully supports the Government approach and the HSE best practice advice that your COVID-19 vaccine will offer you protection from COVID-19. We strongly encourage all eligible individuals involved in athletics to avail of the Government vaccine programme, mask wearing when required, regular hand washing and appropriate social distancing whilst participating in our sport.
From September 20th 2021 members are no longer required to complete the online COVID form or choose a pod in advance of training.
Coaches may continue, at training, to split the group keeping similar abilities together and managing recovery periods.
Maintain Social Distancing: – Participants should arrive ‘ready to train’ and not require the use of a changing area. – Maintain 2 meter distance before and after training and during where at all possible. – No unnecessary physical contact, such as high fives, handshakes, fist bumps, elbow taps, hugs or huddles.
Maintain Hand Hygiene: – Carry a bottle of hand sanitizer to the session and use regularly.
Maintain Respiratory Hygiene: – Cough or sneeze into your elbow, or use a tissue where possible which is immediately disposed of. – No spitting or clearing the nose in the presence of others.
Stay at home and not attend training if you feel unwell or are displaying any COVID symptoms such as fever, shortness of breath or loss of smell or taste.
Mardyke Track Protocol
Please keep within your pod at training sessions. Each pod uses:
Separate meeting points (place to go to on entering the track/bag & water bottle drop off point)
Separate warm up/stretches on specific lanes
Separate lanes for the session
Pod A – using lanes 1,2,3 for warm up and session
Pod B – using lanes 6,7,8 for warm up and session
Pod C – if and when there is a need for Pod C, use lanes 4 & 5.
Once Pod A on inside lanes 1,2,3 move off the start line Pod C can move up from their meeting point to the same start line in lanes 4 and 5 and take off from there.
Pod C will be asked to make their way back to Pod C meeting point between intervals and wait for Pod A to move off the start line before again making their way up to start line where the coach is.
Familiarise yourself with the meeting points (please see map).
Adhere to social distancing guidelines while at the meeting point.
Members are not to arrive at the Mardyke grounds any earlier than 5 minutes before start time.
Do not enter the track if another club has a booked session that has not yet finished. Please wait until the other club have left the track.
Enter only by the entry gate highlighted on the map.
Exit only by the exit gate highlighted on the map.
Members must adhere to hand sanitisation protocol and bring their own hand sanitizer to training sessions.
Dressing Rooms & Toilets
Until further notice dressing rooms will remain closed, however the toilets will be accessible.
As always there is no parking available onsite at the Mardyke Sports Grounds for track users.
Safe Return to Training Checklist
All members should review the following checklist before resuming training sessions:
Ensure that you remain up to date with official COVID-19 information.
Ensure that you are following all advice and guidance issued by your National Governing Body of Sport or relevant representative body.
Please do not to carpool, wait in your car or outside the venue until just before the beginning of a practice, warm-up, or game, instead of congregating with others prior to starting.
Meet no earlier than 5 minutes before training at specific meeting area. Enter via designated entry route.
There is no use of shared spaces such as changing rooms, locker rooms, showers permitted.
Access to the Mardyke Pavilion is for use of toilets and emergency medical assistance only.
Sanitise your hands before entering the sports grounds.
Maintain social distancing of 2 metres between individuals where possible.
Stay within the small group of runners you are assigned to by your coach while on the track.
No spitting or clearing the nose in the presence of others.
Cover your nose and mouth with your elbow when coughing or sneezing, or using a tissue where possible which is immediately disposed of.
No unnecessary physical contact, such as high fives, handshakes, fist bumps, elbow taps, hugs or huddles.
Exit via the designated exit route.
Sanitise your hands on leaving the track.
Maintain social distancing outside the sports grounds and do not congregate in groups post session.
Club COVID Officials
The COVID Compliance Officer is committee member Anita Locke and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 087 9755344.
There will be an appointed COVID Supervisor at each training session.
The COVID Supervisor will be responsible for ensuring COVID-19 protocols, including collation of training session time sheet, confirming all participants have completed the health questionnaire, and isolating any member who becomes unwell during training.
As a club and Athletics Ireland member we are required to have specific internal protocols and contact tracing measures in place but we would also like to remind members of the downloadable National COVID tracker App, a further step to keeping yourself and others safe.
Your compliance with these safety measures is very much appreciated.