We want our customers to feel safe whilst using our facilities.

As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have put in place a number of safety procedures that we kindly ask all customers to adhere to when using our facilities.

General Guidance

Do not enter our facilities if you have received a positive test for Covid-19.

Do not enter our facilities if you are experiencing or have experienced symptoms of Covid-19 in the last 10 days including:

  • A new continuous cough
  • A high temperature
  • Loss of sense or smell or taste or both

Do not enter our facilities if someone in your household has had symptoms or tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 14 days.

Do not enter our facilities if you have been contacted by a contact tracer from the Test, Trace and Protect Programme, and told to isolate in the last 10 days.

Do not enter our facilities if you have returned from a country outside of the UK common travel area in the last 10 days.

In the event anyone becomes unwell with COVID-19 symptoms during a session, they must:

  • leave immediately, avoiding contact with others, surfaces, and equipment
  • notify group organiser/member of facility staff as soon as possible
  • adhere to Public Health Wales guidance

Individuals/group organisers must inform facility staff of a suspected COVID-19 case immediately

Social distancing must be observed at all times unless otherwise stated

Customers classed as vulnerable should seek medical guidance before attending

Staff will continue to provide First Aid cover. Injured persons will be encouraged to self-administer treatment where possible, with qualified First Aid staff overseeing. Where this is not possible, staff have been issued with appropriate PPE to safely administer treatment.

Strictly follow all hygiene guidance and procedures as indicated by signage around the facilities

The University is has made the use of face coverings mandatory for all staff, students, customers and visitors whilst on site. Therefore, please be advised:

  • Face coverings must be worn by all customers/users when moving around Sport Swansea indoor facilities, but can be removed during sessions. 
  • Face coverings are encouraged for all customers/users when traveling to/from/between outdoor facilities, but can be removed during sessions. However, masks and coverings are still a sensible precaution when moving around outside 

Facility rules must be abided by at all times

Car parking will be available in both gravel car parks, we request customers to park a safe distance apart. A section of the rear gravel car park will be cordoned off to allow for safe pedestrian travel

All sessions must be pre-booked via our online booking system (available here), over the phone (01792 602400 / 07870 244761) or via email – ahc.sbsp@swansea.ac.uk

Outdoor Track

All Outdoor Track individual users are required to book and pay online prior to use.

If athletes are planning to attend with a coach, they must first confirm with facility staff before attending to ensure there is capacity. Sport Swansea requires details for both athletes and coaches for Track, Trace & Protect proposes.

Access to the Outdoor Track will be via the pedestrian gate at the 100m finish line. Egress will be via the pedestrian gate alongside the gravel shot area (see map). Gates will remain unlocked & open during opening hours to reduce touch points.

A member of staff will be based on the Outdoor Track based by the equipment store.

Sanitising stations are available at the equipment containers and access point.

Club sessions are available to U18s only (up to and including current year 13 pupils). Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 60 athletes plus coaches, with max group sizes of 12 plus coaches. (N.B – these numbers are permitted under the ‘multiples of’ rule, on the basis that event groups operate independently of each other and do not overlap.)

Available track times are:

  • Monday – Thursday = 14:00-15:30 & 15:30 – 16:45
  • Saturday – Sunday = 9:30 – 10:45 & 11:00 – 12:15

Individual sessions (outside of club times will be limited to a maximum of 42 athletes across all disciplines, broken down as follows:

Throwing

  • Cage & shot circle = 10 athletes
  • Javelin (Mumbles end) = 10 athletes
  • Mid / Long distance = 10 athletes
  • Sprinters = 10 athletes
  • High Jump = 6 athletes
  • Long Jump = 6 athletes

N.B – Where over 18s participate, the maximum number of people allowed to train together is 6 from 2 housegolds. Coaches must be factored into this equation. Failure to adhere to these rules may result in memberships being suspended.

Capacities will be reviewed regularly and increased as restrictions allow plus when it is deemed safe to do so.

Stand seating, dugouts, track judges and starter stands will be unavailable.

Rules of use are as follows:

Infield

The infield will be available for throwers.

Throwers should use their own implements where possible. Where equipment is borrowed, users must not share implements, and must return to the equipment store immediately after use for disinfecting.

High Jump and Pole Vault

  • Staff will sanitise landing mat before and after each group use
  • Staff will sanitise bars and uprights before and after each group use
  • If an athlete coughs or sneezes directly onto the landing mat, athletes should cease further use until the mat has been sanitised
  • Athletes should wear long sleeves and leggings to minimise contact with the landing mat

Lanes 1-3 will be available for middle distance athletes

  • Middle distance athletes are advised to run in single file, a safe interval apart (min 10m). Where possible, starts should be staged with the fastest athletes going first – this should reduce the need for overtaking.
  • Middle distance coaches & athletes to position themselves and kit on the inside of lane 1.
  • Athletes to step off into the infield at the end of reps.

Lanes 4-8/9 will be available for sprinters and hurdlers

  • Athletes completing reps of >100m to use lane 4 and run in single file, a safe interval apart (min 10m), with athletes staggered fastest to slowest.
  • Athletes completing reps of <100m to use lane 5-8/9, ensuring athletes run one at a time, and that lane 4 is clear when lanes 5 & 6 are used.
  • Sprinters wanting to run 2 abreast (against each other) can do so, but must ensure there is at least 2 lanes gap between themselves and other sprinters, and that lane 4 is clear.
  • Where hurdles are used adjacent lanes can be set up with hurdles on different spacings and/or heights, as long as lane 4 is clear when lane 6 is being used
  • Sprint coaches & athletes to position themselves and kit on the outside of lane 8/9.
  • Athletes to step off into the infield at the end of reps.

Maximum permitted coaching ratio 1:12

Spectators are not permitted, unless a parent or guardian is required to be there for health or safeguarding reasons.

Tennis Courts

We have taken the decision to allow singles play only in the short term.

Only courts 1, 4 and 6 are available for hire

A payment of £5 per court hire per hour will need to be made in advance of playing

The following one hour timeslots will be available:

  • Monday – Friday – 15:30-16:30, 17:00-18:00, 18:30-19:30
  • Saturday – Sunday – 09:30-10:30, 11:00-12:00

Timings will be enforced to ensure buffer between bookings thus preventing customer overlap

Rules of use, in alignment with LTA guidance are as follows:

  • Players must use their own rackets and tennis balls – these will not be available for hire
  • Players should only handle their own racket and marked tennis balls
  • Players to avoid changing ends
  • Gates to remain open at all times in order to reduce touch points
  • If players wish to, they can choose to use their own marked tennis balls
  • If shared balls are used, extra care must be taken to ensure you do not touch your face during play. Players should also clean their hands before play and immediately after finishing.
  • Players should avoid using their hands to pick up tennis balls from other courts where possible, using a racquet or foot instead.
Grass Pitches

For pitch access follow the identified signage – general access will be grated via the footpath adjacent to Sketty Lane with users keeping left

Access to the infield will be via the double gates adjacent to the Pavilion

When walking to the pitches please maintain single file and social distancing

Toilets & handwashing facilities will be available on the side of the Pavilion.

A hand sanitising station will be available  at the entrance to the track, and on the footpath to/from the pitches

Spectators not permitted at training unless there is a particular safeguarding or health concern. When parents drop off / collect, they must maintain social distancing.

Players are to refrain from spitting andsharing water bottles

Swansea University staff will ensure equipment such as goals & post protectors are sanitised before and after use

Signage will be in place to outline and reiterate rules.

It is the responsibility of the group organisers to ensure relevant track & trace information is captured and retained for all participants and coaches

Groups/clubs/teams to ensure compliance with their respective NGB guidance for safe return to play

Unauthorised users should be reported to facility staff on 01792 602400 / 07870 244761, or direct to our Campus Security team on 01792 604271.

Hockey Pitches

Where necessary, 15-minute gaps will be enforced between bookings to prevent groups overlapping during changeovers, whilst also allowing staff to sanitise equipment

  • Pitch fees will be reduced accordingly in lieu of this
  • Groups must vacate pitches promptly after sessions in order to allow staff sufficient time to sanitise equipment ahead of next bookings

Sanitising stations are located in the main thoroughfare of the compound area to serve both pitches

Pitch access will be via an identified one-way system:

  • Pitches will be via the respective alleyways
  • Egress will be via the double gates that exit directly into the compound area

On arrival all pitch users will be required to wait in the alleyway of each pitch until the start of their booking

  • Please observe social distancing rules whilst waiting.
  • It is the group organiser/COVID Officers responsibility to ensure all rules are adhered to. Failure to comply could result in the cancellation of future bookings.

Rule of use pitch use:

  • No spitting or sharing of water bottles
  • Equipment must not be shared (e.g. hockey sticks)
  • Pitch capacities – all clubs to ensure compliance with their respective NGB guidance at any given time. For recreational/unaffiliated football & hockey groups please note the current guidance:
  • Football – FAW Guidance now permits under 18 (including those in school year 13) – 2 groups of 35 players per full pitch, 1 group per half-pitch. This number should include coaches, but First Aiders and Covid offers are exempt.
  • Hockey – Hockey Wales Guidance now permits: Under 18s (including those in school year 13) to play in unlimited number. Senior activities (18 and over) are not permitted currently.
  • Rugby – WRU Guidance now permits: Under 18s (including those in school year 13) to play in unlimited numbers. Senior activities (18 and over) are not permitted currently.

Social distancing – all clubs to ensure compliance with their respective NGB guidance at any given time. For recreational / unaffiliated football and hockey groups please note:

Football

  • Tackling and marking is now permitted, but social distancing must be maintained before & after sessions
  • No hand contact (handshakes, fistbumpts, etc.)

Hockey

  • Social distancing must come into effect where possible

Rugby

  • Tag and Touch rugby can be included as part of fitness and skills-based training sessions
  • No tackling, scrums, lineouts, rucks, mauls, wrestling or huddles

Parents / guardians / spectators not permitted, unless there is a particular safeguarding or health concern. In this situation, parents / guardian must remain outside of the perimeter fence line.

Clubs / teams to ensure compliance with NGB guidelines at all times

Be aware it is the group organiser / COVID Officers responsibility to ensure all facility rules are adhered to – failure to comply could result in the cancellation of future bookings.

Indoor Track

The Indoor Track remains closed in line with Welsh Government rules.

Weights Room

The Weights Room will remain closed until Government guidelines around social distancing are relaxed and further guidance is released by the respective NGB’s. This decision, as with all others, will continue to be reviewed as guidance is updated.

Entering and exiting our facilities safety

Figure 1. Athletics One-Way System
Figure 2. Tennis Court One-Way System
Figure 3. Hockey Pitches One-Way System
Figure 4. Indoor Track One-Way System