Monday 27th April

Swimming Update from STA  

Dear Barrie,

I hope you all are continuing to stay safe and well at this difficult time.

In response to the many questions I have been receiving lately from swim schools asking for official guidance in preparation for when swimming pools re-open, I wanted to write and confirm that we are looking at many different scenarios with regards to social distancing and safeguarding, but as a governing body, we, like all other leisure related associations, are not in a position at this time to issue official advice.

Like you, we cannot wait until swimming pools re-open, but it would not be appropriate for us to second-guess what measures need to be put in place until the UK Government lifts lockdown restrictions and confirms its position on social distancing rules for the leisure industry. There are so many unknowns at this time, so until we have further clarification from the Government on what rules might be relaxed, it would be unfair to confuse matters by issuing speculative advice.

This morning, Boris Johnson positively confirmed that “the UK is beginning to turn the tide but no changes to lockdown yet”, so let’s hope we hear more over the coming days / weeks, so we can all get back to doing the jobs we love so much.

Until this time, we must continue to adhere to the rules, which clearly state that all swimming pools must remain closed – this includes indoor and outdoor facilities and all private residential pools that are used for public hire.

Please be assured that we are doing all that we can to help our STA family through this, and as soon as we are able to issue guidance that is backed by fact from Public Health England, we will do.

On behalf of the team here, please may I also take this opportunity to say thank you to all our wonderful members and partners for their continued support.

Kindest Regards,

Dave Candler

STA CEO

 


 

Thursday 9th April

Hi Everyone hope you are all safe and well.

As the lockdown continues all of us here are staying focused and counting the days until we can return to our lessons and some normality.

As I am sure you will all agree this is not the Easter we expected back in January during those cold dark rainy nights !!.

As we approach Easter I would like to send my best wishes to everyone, please stay safe and well and we will see you all very soon.

Barrie

 


 

Thursday 19th March

Personal Message from Barrie:

I am absolutely overwhelmed and touched by all of your kind comments and well wishes regarding the closing of both our sites. I will be keeping in contact with everyone here and I can report that all of our staff are remaining upbeat and ready to get back up and running as soon as possible – wishing you all well in these very testing times – stay safe

 


 

Tuesday 17th March

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATE

PLEASE NOTE THAT IN LINE WITH GOVERNMENT AND NHS ENGLAND GUIDELINES BOTH NEW BRIDGE SCHOOL AND WRIGHT ROBINSON COLLEGE HAVE BEEN CLOSED.

In the light of these closures no swimming lessons will take place until the sites are re-opened and declared safe to use.
Updates regarding the re-opening and resuming of lessons will be posted here.  May we take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued support in what are very concerning times.