As many people will have seen, yesterday Athletics Ireland announced that clubs can return to limited activity from Monday 18th May. They also provided protocol documents about how this return will need to be managed and approached by club members. We thank Athletics Ireland for all the work compiling the associated documentation.
Whilst it is great news that we will be able to reopen our track soon in some capacity, it is important that club members realise it still will not mean a return to regular group training yet. Government guidelines allow only groups of 4 to meet through this phase, which of course will severely limit how the track can be used. Furthermore access for younger members is still not allowed. For older members and coaches, request for use of the track will need to be booked in advance and individuals will only be allowed to attend the track at the timeslot confirmed by the club.
We are a club run by a limited number of volunteers. We now need to appoint a Safety Officer who will have a number of responsibilities regarding managing this return to activity. So we ask that you give your full support to that person over the period ahead.
The committee are meeting over the coming days to make that appointment, determine the specifics of the return and also the booking system to be used. Further details will be announced over the weekend when decided upon. In the meantime we ask for your patience and that you please familiarise yourself with the protocol documentation published on the Athletics Ireland website: https://www.athleticsireland.ie/news/coronavirus-covid-19-update/?fbclid=IwAR0UDQ9k_r2gvSfUyO_sMHK69_K8HfxqoqYGpb78-uHi_BvOyggbehkXJY4
Le Chéile AC Committee
Congratulations to all the Le Chéile Fit4life members who have just completed a 7 day challenge. Staying close to home, they completed 1265 kms between 34 members to raise funds for the Darkness into light campaign. Thanks to everyone who donated towards this brilliant cause.
Huge well done to Arlane Whelan for organising the challenge – a great motivator in these challenging times!
To all members,
In his speech yesterday evening An Taoiseach outlined that all clubs are to close as part of measures to curb the spread of the corona virus. In follow on from that Athletics Ireland released a statement outlining that no clubs can operate in any capacity through these times. Their statement also outlined that no insurance covers of Athletics Ireland for Provinces, County Boards, Clubs and individuals are operational during this period.
Unfortunately, as a result of this, our track is now closed for all forms of training, including for individual use, until further notice.
We had hoped to keep the track available for use for individual adults to gain access with their cards. Particularly given An Taoiseach’s statement specifically mentions allowing people leave home in order to exercise. However, in follow on from the Athletics Ireland interpretation and clarification provided about Insurance cover, we have no other option but to fully close the track now. A lock will be placed on the gate today.
Please find safe alternative locations to run and exercise, and keep the required distance away from others, through these difficult and unprecedented times.
on behalf of Le Chéile AC committee.
All Le Chéile members should note, that following the latest advice from Athletics Ireland, all regular club group training sessions have been suspended until further notice. Please keep your families and yourselves safe in these unprecedented times.
Massive congratulations to Brian McGrath who won two medals in the All Ireland Masters Indoor championships on Sunday March 8th. Silver in his 1500m and bronze in his 800m. A great result after a period dealing with some illness. All the results here: http://live.athleticsireland.ie/menu.html