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Issued 16th March for Summer Term 2021

Dear Parents,


With current guidelines in place, indoor sport activities for children can resume next term. We are therefore planning to start term on Tuesday 20th April. We hope that you will be restarting with us. Please let us know of anyone leaving or if they need to change their day.

Please pay fees online before coming, though, if you are unable to, we can still accept cash or cheques. Those who of you who paid for the Autumn term 2020 will have their Summer fees reduced to £28 (for after-school) or £25 (for Pre-school) Regular fees for the term are £40 for after-school and £35 for Pre-school.

Account name HGC Sort code 20-49-76
Account 33501949 Reference Your Childs name

Arts Competition
We were again disappointed to have to postpone our Arts Competition in March., but have rebooked the competition for 2022.
Ribbons (£7), Hoops (£9), Balls (£10), Ropes (£4) and CDs (£2each) can all be purchased with payment online or cash/cheque.

Gymnastics Awards
British Gymnastics Awards earned in the Spring 2020 & Autumn 2020 terms will be presented in the first meetings of May. Awards gained in the upcoming Summer 2021 term will be presented in the 29th June to 1st July. Sadly, due to restrictions, parents will be unable to attend.

End of Year Awards
The end of year medals and trophies for those who were top of their year group last July will also be presented in May and for the 2020-21 year at the end of term.

In addition to the changes we made last term, Secondary age children are requested to wear a mask on entry and exit – but not during classes unless they want to.

The remaining changes we have already made to our way of working will be kept in place, that is :-

Please do not bring children if they are running a temperature or have any signs of Covid.
All gymnasts should gel on the way in and ensure they wash their hands fully after using the toilets.
Gymnasts will be met at the door and make their way directly to the hall where they will be allocated an individual hoop space to put their clothes and drink bottles. Gymnasts will be put into a bubble group of about six children and one coach who they will stay with for the whole class. If you are late, please ring the hall bell by the door.
Parents will not be able to enter the inner foyer or hall. A coach will be available able to answer any queries at both the start and finish of classes.
Classes will end five minutes early to allow the gymnasts to dress, to gel again and leave by the Club Suite doors - to avoid any possible cross-contamination with the incoming group. The 5.30pm Tuesday class and both 7pm classes on a Wednesday and Thursday will still leave via the main entrance.
The floor and all equipment will be sanitised between every group. Coaches will either wash or gel between classes.
In the unlikely event of any child or coach contracting the virus, all parents of their bubble will be notified immediately by email.
Updates to our situation will be posted on this website.

Health and Safety
Please note that there is now a hand-gel unit to sanitise your hands on entry and exit.
Children who have had ear-rings for over six weeks must remove them, before coming to gym.
Newly pierced ears (ie this March) should be covered with tape.

Leotards are still £25 for sizes XXS, XS and S, £30 for Medium adults and £35 for large adults. These are still being subsidised from their current cost of £28 - £69. All kits are currently in stock.
We welcome donations or purchases of second-hand leotards.

Club Championships
Our Annual Championships will be scaled down this year, with the Floor Solo and Vault competitions being held in session time during the classes of the 22nd to 24th June. Sadly due to restrictions parents will not be able to see the performances.
Results will be announced with medals & trophies presented in the last week of term, 29th June to 1st July.
We encourage all juniors and above age children to take part if they wish. Entry into the competition is welcomed. Entries will be arranged by 28th May.

Competition rules are fairly simple: -
Vault: - two attempts, best score to count.
Floor: - at least ten moves from a supplied list, in a sequence to music. It should include dance and use instrumental music of 70-90 seconds.
Three different competition CDs are available, containing numerous suitable non-vocal music tracks of the correct competition length.
The CDs :- A, B & C are available from the Club at £2 each.
If gymnasts wish to use their own music, it needs to be instrumental, 70 - 90 seconds long and recorded cut & ready as track 1 on a CD.

Autumn Term Classes 2021
There are 42 of our Pre-school children joining Reception in September and needing to move from Pre-school to the after-school Club.
All of the new Reception boys wishing to continue are offered places in the Tuesday 4.30pm -5.30pm class. Please let us know if any will be leaving.
All of the new Reception girls will be offered a place on either Wednesday or Thursday from 4 - 5pm. If you have a firm preference for a day - or are not planning to continue in September, please let us know, as we need a balance between the two days.

'One Club Rule'
Please remember our ‘one-club' rule - we do not accept children who attend another gym club at the same time as us (apart from free teacher-led school clubs) - though children may join and leave us as they wish.

Dates for 2021
Tuesday 20th April Term starts
Tues 4th, Weds 5th &Thurs 13th May 2020 Award presentations
Thursday 6th May Closed for County elections
Tuesday 1st to Friday 4th June Half Term (closed)
Tuesday 22nd to Thursday 24th June Possible internal competition
29th June to 1st July Competition results and Award Presentations
Friday 2nd July Preschool presentations and term ends
Tuesday 7th September Autumn Term starts

All the coaches and helpers at Hurstpierpoint Gymnastics Club wish you a happy Easter break and look forward to seeing you in April

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