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Casablanca COVID-19 Update 16/05/2020

 

We hope you are safe and well.

 

The Government recently announced its ‘road map’ towards easing restrictions, including the re-opening of businesses and services. It is suggested that the re-opening of indoor leisure facilities, like ours, is likely to be from the 4th of July 2020 at the earliest. This of course is dependent upon the science at the time and everyone continuing to follow the Government’s advice.

 

We have been working very hard with our Governing Bodies: British Gymnastics, SportCheerUk and Sport England to develop a framework of operating protocols so that we can provide you with the necessary confidence to resume using our facilities when the time is right and it is considered safe to do so. We are being very thorough in considering the necessary measures to ensure that our athletes, coaches, and parents are safe when the Casablanca gym re-opens.

 

Measures we are looking at include:

  1. Making sure our staff are healthy, safe, and have received the necessary training in our new ways of working. This will be including measures such as non-contact coaching, no stunting in cheerleading sessions, no hand apparatus in gymnastics and a thorough understanding of our new safety and hygiene protocols.

 

  1. Our safety and hygiene protocols are being revamped and updated to ensure the gym environment is safe, clean, and ready for use. This will include measures such as PPE, sanitising stations, allowing time to clean equipment in between sessions, separate drop off and collection areas and a controlled car park (our viewing gallery will remain closed).

 

  1. Our gym layout will be re-organised to allow us to apply social distancing measures including reducing the amount of equipment within the gym, marked training areas and increased space between workstations.

 

  1. A reduced timetable of activities organised on an advanced booking system to limit participants is likely to be among the first steps in getting back up and running when the time is right. These will be individual classes rather than blocks of recurring sessions, allowing us to continually monitor procedures to ensure staff and participants safety. Our ‘Normal’ timetable is unlikely to resume until September at the earliest, and later if deemed necessary.

 

All measures implemented in the gym will conform to the standards agreed by the Government and our Governing Bodies, who in turn are following the advice of medical professionals and scientists.

 

Please be assured of our ongoing commitment to you – our athletes and their families, and we very much look forward to the time when, in a safe and responsible way, our facilities can be enjoyed again.

 

Wishing you all well, 

Casablanca Coaching Team

Casablanca COVID-19 Update 07/05/2020

 

We hope you are all keeping safe and well.

We are really missing seeing you all in the gym enjoying your classes.

We hope you are joining in and having fun with the virtual training YouTube videos, the GymFit or FUNdamentals Challenges and our live Zoom sessions. If you have not accessed any of these resources yet, please let us know and we can help point you in the right direction.

We have loved seeing all the pictures and videos that you have sent in via email and our social media channels – please keep up the good work!

We are closely listening to and following Government and governing body guidelines and will only be re-opening the gym once it is safe to do so. There may be a transition period before we return to our normal timetable where we are able to run certain types of sessions and activities such as small group sessions that are able to maintain a safe distance between participants, non-contact coaching etc. We will explore all options when the time is right, and it is safe to do so.

Payment Updates:

Many of you have continued paying your monthly fees, and it is because of you that the Casablanca Gym has survived the last 7 weeks. We are so grateful for your support – we would not be here without you! We are now thankfully in receipt of some of the Government funding, and although it doesn’t cover everything, it will go a long way to making sure the gym is sustainable and will still be there when it is safe for you all to return to your classes and training sessions. Due to this funding, anyone who is still paying their monthly fees will have their direct debits reduced to £10.00 per month. These payments will still be added to your account as credit for you to use as and when we re-open to offset future payments to us, so everything you have paid and will continue to pay during the closure will be able to be used for future monthly payments, focus clinics, holiday activities etc. You do not need to do anything to change your payment amounts, we will be doing this for you. If you have a payment to us currently pending and already requested through the system it will be for the full amount as it is too late to change now, but all future payments will be for £10.00. Of course, as per the previous emails, if you are not able to continue paying your fees, please do let us know so that we can suspend your payments. Your places in classes will still be safe.

Update for Cheerleading/Dance Competition Fee Payments:

As previously mentioned, all competition entry fees to competition companies have been paid by Casablanca earlier in the season. Some of you paid your competition entry fee payments to us in full in advance at the beginning of the season, but most of you are paying us back monthly. Monthly payments for competition entry fees will continue at the normal amount, as these are fees already paid out by Casablanca.

Currently as it stands, we know that ICC Nationals in Nottingham, and BCA Nationals in Telford have been cancelled. Both companies are offering credits for next season, as we have already informed those who were entered. We do not yet have updates on the rest of the events for this season. Those of you who are returning next season who have credits with the events cancelled so far will have your competition entry fees reduced next season. If you do not plan on returning next season, we will be able to refund your entry fees for these events once the new season starts and members begin paying next seasons entry fees. Thank you for your patience in helping us with this – the support from everyone has been fantastic and we appreciate how everyone is standing together in support of our industry. Of course, as soon as we have any updates regarding the other events for the remainder of the season we will be in touch.

The events we are waiting to hear from are:

Cheer City Summer Games (Twinkles, Sparkles and Orbit)

Jamfest Europe (Starlights, Shooting Stars, UFOs, Zodiac, Gravity, Comets, Galaxy, Aurora, Cosmic 5, Sasstronauts)

Future Cheer Nationals (UFOs, Gravity, Aurora, Cosmic 5, Sasstronauts)

Plans for Next Season:

Plans for next season are on hold until we hear about the remaining events for this season. Usually, our information pack for the new season comes out mid-May, although as you can appreciate with all the uncertainty it is difficult to have any firm information in place. There will soon be a sign-up page on our website that will ask you to register your interest in receiving information regarding Season 10 as soon as it is available. That will add you to our mailing list to ensure you get everything for next season once it is ready to send.

Take care.

Kind regards

Casablanca Coaching Team

 

Update 29 March 2020 -  Casablanca 

Dear Athletes & Families,

 

We hope you are all keeping well.

 

We very much miss seeing you all in the gym and we’re really enjoying seeing the photos and videos of your home training that you’re kindly tagging us in. We hope that the Casablanca training at home sessions and online challenges we’ve been setting have created a little piece of normalcy from the situation we’re in now. If you haven't checked the videos out yet please visit the 'Casablanca Loughton' Facebook Page, or subscribe to our YouTube Channel here:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDbgQG6Evh4bSTW6h3R3VLA

 

Please do let us know if there’s anything else we can do to help in any way.

 

Payments:

We want to reach out and say a big thank you to everybody who is continuing to pay their monthly fees in return for credit when we reopen. We are simply overwhelmed and very grateful for the support we are receiving from you all. We do completely understand though that some of you are not able to do this and have therefore requested that payments be suspended. We want to reassure you that no places will be lost if you request your payment be suspended. Just to reiterate our previous emails, if we haven’t heard from you, we’ve assumed you are keeping your payments up and running, but if this isn’t the case please do let us know.

 

Again, we wish you and your families well in this worrying and scary time, and if there is anything we can do for you please do reach out and let us know. We’re happy to help where we can.

 

Wishing you all well,

 

Stay safe, stay protected, and stay at home.

 

All at Casablanca.

 

A Thank You From Casablanca - 24 March 2020

Dear Athletes & Families, 

We want to thank everybody for the kindness we are experiencing during this worrying time. The support shown for the Casablanca Gym and Staff has been overwhelming, and we truly appreciate it. It is your support that will see the Casablanca Gym through these difficult times and ensure its future to continue to provide sporting activities and opportunities to our members once this crisis is over. We couldn't be more grateful - thank you. 

We are working our way through unprecedented numbers of emails, so we do apologise if we are a little slow in getting back to you - we are working as quickly as we can and aim to catch up to date soon. 

Our staff are working hard putting together our Virtual Training sessions. We hope you are enjoying Casablanca training at home, but if you haven't checked the videos out yet please visit the 'Casablanca Loughton' Facebook Page, or subscribe to our YouTube Channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDbgQG6Evh4bSTW6h3R3VLA

There's content added daily, and we hope it gives you something to keep you occupied during your time spent at home. 

There is also lots to engage with and get involved in on the Casablanca Instagram Page: 'CasablancaLoughton'. 

We hope everybody is staying safe and well, and please do reach out to us if you need us. 

Thanks!

Casablanca

 

Update - Casablanca Gym Closure - 19 March 2020

Dear Athletes & Parents,

Following the Government’s latest directive that all schools are to close on Friday, we are very sad to announce that we will also be closing the Casablanca Gym on Friday 20th March at 8pm until further notice.

It would not be reasonable for us to continue training and to undermine the efforts to slow transmission between children and young people.

As mentioned in previous email correspondence, our Virtual Lessons will begin on Monday 23rd March on the Casablanca Loughton Facebook page, so please make sure you are following to take part in those.

We will be in touch as soon as the situation changes.

We hope you all stay safe and look forward to welcoming you back to the Casablanca Gym as soon as we possibly can.

Please refer to our previous communication regarding fees in the event of gym closure.

Thank you for your ongoing support of the club, we hope to be back very soon.

Many Thanks,

Casablanca Coaching Team

Casablanca COVID-19 Update – 18th March 2020 

Dear Athletes and Parents, 

Firstly, we appreciate your ongoing patience during this current situation. We have been very grateful to all our families for complying with the restrictions in place at the gym. We understand this is a very upsetting, frustrating and worrying time for everyone, and we do appreciate the support and kindness you have shown. 

As you can appreciate, like many other businesses and activities in the UK at the moment we are working as hard as we can to maintain a balance between continuing to be able to provide you with an ongoing service and an activity that you love but also bearing in mind possible health implications. As we still have no direct instruction from either the government or our national governing body to cease activities, we will remain open for the time being. 

Gym Closure: 

Whilst we wish to continue allowing you to keep doing your activities at the Gym, the situation is rapidly changing, and we expect at some point soon that advice from the government and health authorities will escalate. Therefore, we will cease all sessions and close the gym under the following conditions: 

  1. Government directive on UK wide school closures. If the government dictates that schools are to close, it would not be reasonable for us to continue training and to undermine the efforts to slow transmission between children/young people.
  2. Government directive ceasing local/club level sports and activities. Currently the government is only advising people not to attend social gatherings, and they have not directly told clubs and teams that they should not continue to provide their service. Given the very controlled nature of our classes and training sessions, i.e. we know who exactly the participants are, we are in control of who is in the building, and our sanitisation efforts etc, at the moment we believe we are doing all we can to minimise the risk. If this changes and new directives come into place, then of course we will adhere.
  3. Government directive prohibiting gatherings of a certain number of people lower than is on our class list. This means for example if the government passes a directive prohibiting gatherings of more than 50 people and there were 30 athletes and 5 coaches during your session time then it would continue. If the directive were for 10 people, that would be lower than the number of people gathered in the facility, therefore we would cease to run that session.

Fees during any closure:

Unfortunately, we are not able to stop rent payments to our landlord or other essential payments. Therefore, our liabilities during this crisis would not cease. Yesterday the UK Government issued a string of new financial measures that may assist us in the future, and we will be examining these measures closely to understand how they can be accessed. However, if you possibly can, please continue with your monthly fee payments. We understand of course that you may also be affected by current events and loss of income, in which case we completely understand. We know this is a big ask, one that we would not ask of you if it were not so critical. We want there to still be a Casablanca Gym for everyone to come back to once this crisis is over. 

These payments would then add credit to your account to be used to offset future monthly fees, focus clinic charges, holiday activities plus additional activities that we would programme in once back to normal. These could include one to one sessions, open gyms etc. 

In the event of closure, should you wish your payments to stop then please let us know. 

Virtual Classes: 

We understand that some of our members may now be in self-isolation. To ensure continuity and some semblance of normality for our athletes, from Monday 23rd March we will begin a series of daily virtual lessons which can be accessed on our Facebook Page – Casablanca Loughton. These will be 20-30 minute sessions taught by our coaching team that can be safely carried out at home. Our staff are working hard preparing these for you now. In the event of self-isolation, or gym closure, we hope you will get involved in our virtual classes. Please do send in photos/videos from your training at home so we can see how you’re getting on! 

Thank you again for your continued support. If you would like to discuss any of the information contained in this post, please contact us and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Casablanca Coaching Team

www.CasablancaCGT.co.uk

*COVID-19 Update*

 

As a sports club we are following government guidelines and will remain open until government intervention. To minimise risk and help us keep our athletes, staff, and the gym environment as healthy as possible please take note of the following rules that are in place from today, Monday 16 March 2020.

 

1. Athletes should be dropped off at the front door, and collected at the roller shutter exit; our staff WILL NOT allow children to walk out on their own so please come to the roller shutter at the side of the building to collect them and please be on time. If, as an older athlete, your child usually leaves unaccompanied then please email us by reply to confirm this is still the case.

 

2. Our viewing gallery is now closed to minimise unnecessary contact. The gym is open for athletes/coaches only. 

 

3. Our classes will include 5 minutes at the beginning of the session built in for our coaches to get each athlete to wash their hands, and again at the end of the session. We therefore ask that you help us by being dropped off and picked up on time.

 

4. We pride ourselves on being a clean gym all the time, but we will be wiping down ALL our equipment every day in addition to our regular cleaning.

 

5. If you/your athlete have either a high temperature or a new continuous cough it is recommend you stay at home for 7 days. Please let us know if you will be missing a session via our Facebook page or email. 

 

6. Coaches reserve the right to refuse entry to the gym or ask an athlete to be picked up early if any above symptoms are shown.

 

7. Until further notice all pay-as-you-go sessions are suspended, this includes the open gym sessions and the parent & child sessions.

 

8. Badge/award week that was planned for this week is postponed until a week to be confirmed.

 

Please help us keep our athletes, coaches and families safe by complying with the above procedures and continuing to follow government advice. We will be monitoring the situation daily and any updates will be sent to you via email.

 

If you have any queries, please email info@casablancaCGT.co.uk.

 

Thank you for your cooperation.

 

Keep well.

 

Kind regards

 

Casablanca Coaching Team

 

 

 

TT Club Challenge

Congratulations to all of our squad gymnasts who competed at the TT Club Challenge. We received 10 top three placings!

Congratulations to our Senior Level 5 athletes who won a qualification bid to the 2020 World Championships!

Congratulations to Cosmic 5 who competed at the Cheerleading World Championships in Florida. Cosmic 5 are 25th in the world! 

Congratulations to all 11 cheer teams who attended BCA Nationals, we came home with 5 x 1st places, 1 x 2nd place and 1 x 3rd place

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