Coronavirus Update – Club Shut Down from 18th March until the end of May 2020

 

Swim England have issued new guidance for Clubs, strongly advising them to consider cancelling or postponing activity – including events – until the end of May. The full guidance can be found via this link https://www.swimming.org/swimengland/coronavirus-statement/

The Executive Officers of the Club have decided to follow Swim England’s and Government advice and have reluctantly decided that in order to protect and safeguard all our members, the Club will shut down until the end of May with immediate effect. All swimming and gym sessions are therefore cancelled, along with the Club Championships planned for the 30th & 31st May 2020.

Payment of swim and gym fees for the duration of the shut down will be suspended, so please would you to cancel your monthly standing orders with immediate effect.

All swimmers will keep their places in swim sessions as they are at the time of the shut-down, and for 4 weeks after we announce our reopening.

The Club’s participation in swimming galas is also impacted as follows:

  • Winter League – cancelled
  • SX3 Development meet – cancelled
  • City of Bristol – TBC but we expect this to be cancelled
  • Plymouth – TBC but we expect this to be cancelled
  • British Championships – cancelled
  • South West Regionals in Plymouth and Bristol – cancelled
  • Club Champs – cancelled

We will arrange for the full refund of all gala entry fees and the Treasurer will be in contact with all those affected separately to arrange this. We would ask that all members who have volunteered to officiate at these gala’s, to note the changes as appropriate.

During the shut down we will keep you informed of any updates by email and posts on our web-site, so please keep watching out for communications from us. We will of course let you know as soon as we can when the Club will re-open. If you have any queries at all during the shut down, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us as follows:

Lynne Blunden – Treasurer – email treasurer@marlboroughpenguins.com

Tracey Mercer – Welfare Officer – email welfareofficer@marlboroughpenguins.com

Karen Heal – Club Secretary – email secretary@marlboroughpenguins.com

Rich Smith – Head Coach – email headcoach@marlboroughpenguins.com

We will follow guidance issued by Swim England which can be found here https://www.swimming.org/swimengland/

You can keep up to date with national advice and information regarding coronavirus by visiting https://www.publichealth.hscni.net/news/covid-19-coronavirus

We thank you for your understanding and patience at this very difficult time. 

Peter Seward (Club Chairman), Lynne Blunden (Treasurer), Karen Heal (Secretary)

Executive Officers

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