To all in Clonmel AC,
Tomorrow the 18th May, sees the re-opening of athletics in phase one of lifting of restrictions. It will be a slow process but hopefully we can get back to organising races and events in the near future. Initially we are trying to get back training but this is not as easy as first thought. Our covid officer for the club, Frank Lynch has been working with athletics Ireland in order to ensure safety of all athletes and coaches on returning to athletics.
Please see below for our guidelines for the first phase.
My best wishes to all in Clonmel AC, keep running and stay safe.
As Covid Officer for the Club I am currently assessing how our club can get back to training aware of the guidelines and constraints that AAI are insisting on at a minimum level. All restrictions to be implemented by Clonmel AC and detailed by AAI are based on the three principles of Social Distancing, Good Hygiene and Contact Tracing. For all these to be implemented a robust system is required by Clonmel Athletic Club to ensure we are compliant.
It is my assessment that from Monday the 18th of may we should try for a three-week trial to start only allowing Coach Led sessions. This means that only accredited AAI coaches who are members of Clonmel Athletic Club will be permitted to access and train on the Track at the Doctor Pat O’ Callaghan centre. This session will need to be booked in advance and the relevant Coach will be responsible for ensuring that all AAI guidelines are adhered to as specified on the AAI website. As AAI permit that only athletes over 13 years can come back on Monday the 18th this refers to the oldest group only. This is a work in progress and I would ask people to be patient and aware that as advice from AAI changes, we will change also.
Clonmel Sports Hub which included the new Track on the LIT Campus is progressing in line with agreed time lines and the first phase closed for Tender on Friday last May 15th with the remaining contract which will include the Track and the circumference road and running track is due to go to E-Tender at the beginning of June.