Covid-19 session rules

Coventry and Warwick Riga Volleyball Club are commencing training sessions in line with guidance from UK Government, our third party venues and the Volleyball England sport specific action plan. At the heart of our plans is ensuring the safety and wellbeing of each of you attending the sessions. Therefore, we’ve set out a few basic rules that everyone should follow when attending sessions so that we keep each other safe. By attending the sessions you agree to follow these rules. If people do not follow the rules and put other participants at risk then you may be asked not to attend the sessions.

We will continue to monitor the guidance and any local lockdown restrictions. Should we have to change or contact session at short notice we will endeavour to inform everyone as soon as possible. Please do follow the website and social media channels for the latest updates.

  1. Attending sessions


The number of attendees at sessions will be strictly limited. Please book your spot in advance by via the website (www.rigavolleyball.com) using the “Book a Session” feature. The website will detail the number of spaces available for each session and will state when it is fully booked. For indoor recreational sessions you will also pay online in advance of attending the session. Until further notice you will not be able to attend a session if you turn up without booking in advance. This is so that we can control the numbers for everyone’s safety and collect information for Test and Trace. Please do not book a slot unless you know you can make it so that we can maximise the ability for everyone to play as much as possible. If you can no longer make it please log back into your account and cancel the session to free up a space for someone else to attend.

Prior to attending each session you must undergo a self-assessment for any COVID-19 symptoms. If you, or someone you live with, has symptoms of COVID-19 (as set out below) you must not attend the session. You must follow the NHS and PHE guidance on self-isolation:
• A high temperature
• A new, continuous cough
• A loss of, or change to, their sense of smell or taste

If you are a vulnerable person because of age, underlying health condition, clinical condition or pregnant or are living with someone in self-isolation or that is vulnerable you should avoid sessions because of the increased risk associated in taking part in volleyball.

You are also strongly advised to comply with public health restrictions and avoid high risk behaviour outside of volleyball to reduce the risk to their fellow participants when you do attend.

2. Volleyball

We will be following and strictly adhering to all guidance given to us by our venues and also by Volleyball England (our National Governing Body) and attendees must comply with this guidance. A link to the Volleyball England guidance is here and you should familiarise yourself with this (note the relevant guidance for your session (outdoor and indoor) and the risks of participating in volleyball at this time. In particular please read the minimums standards of behaviour and conduct. You can view the Club’s Covid-19 risk assessments at here.

In particular note you must adhere to social distancing before and after sessions and during any breaks in activity. Coaches and/or Team Managers will give further guidance at the relevant sessions to ensure that this is maintained.

  1. Travelling to sessions and arrival at venue


You should follow best practice for travel including minimising use of public transport and limiting car sharing. Each of our venues has car parking – alternatively walk or cycle if you can. People from a household or support bubble can travel together in a vehicle. See the government’s safer travel guidance for passengers for further information.

Do not congregate at the venue before activity begins but aim to arrive at the start of the session. If you do arrive early wait in the car park until the start time. You should arrive changed and ready to begin the warm up rather than using the changing rooms at the venue (where applicable).
Ensure you put your water bottle/other belongings at least 2 metres apart from other people in ensure continued social distancing in any breaks and after the session.

  1. What to bring


Sharing of equipment will be limited as much as possible. You should bring:
• your own hand sanitiser with a least 60% alcohol content and you should use this before and after each session and during each break;
• your own water bottle which should be labelled or highly distinguishable in order to avoid any confusion; and
• your own sweat/fitness towel, foam roller, resistance band, joint supports or any other equipment you need for warm up/warm down or during activities.

5. During the session

Follow the instructions of the relevant coach and take care at all times to respect the other participants and any Club volunteers. If you have any concerns please speak to the coach or your Team Manager.
Avoid all on court contact such as high-fives or handshaking. Maintain social distancing during all breaks. Do not share water bottles or food with other participants that you do not live with.

If you develop any Covid-19 sessions whilst at the session ensure that the coach or team manger present is informed and avoid touching anything. Cough or sneeze into a tissue and put it in a bin, or if a tissue is not available, cough and sneeze into the crook of your elbow. You should follow the guidance on self-isolation and not return to activity until your period of self-isolation has been completed in accordance with UK Government guidelines.

6. After the session

At the end of the session social distancing must be maintained. You should leave promptly at the end of the session and where possible change/shower at home rather than at the venue.

At the end of each session we will be cleaning all balls and equipment. Please do play your part in helping with this on a rotation basis to help keep everyone safe.

I understand that as part of attending the session I will provide my contact details to Coventry and Warwick Riga Volleyball Club (via the booking system or otherwise) and I consent to them holding the details and, if required, passing these to the third party venue hosting the session, the NHS or any other Government body as part of the NHS test and trace programme relating to Covid-19.

7. Spectators

Whilst we are only training spectators will not be permitted at sessions unless they are bringing a child to the session to participate. Parents or carers should remain socially distanced whilst attending.

8. Questions

If you have any questions or concerns about attending the session please do speak to your coach or team manager or any other member of the committee. We want to keep everyone safe – please do look after each other.