Update 6th October –
Late on yesterday (Monday 5th) we found out that the complex (community centre & taekwondo centre) had failed the water test. The water needs to be cleaned out again chemically, extensive flushing of the system and the water test to be retaken. This will delay our opening further. That means we will not be open this week.
Due to this we are going to hold some classes in the Hall (the building opposite from the gym) until we are allowed back in – Wednesdays (tomorrow included)
5-5.45pm for green tags and below.
6-7pm for green belts and above. Saturday morning 9-30am-10.15am for green tags and below and 10.30-11.30am from green belts and above.
There will be a strict limit on the number of spaces available and you will need to book in advance prior to the class. Bookings for the class will be via the our booking system – http://www.caledonianbookings.com
We hope you understand that this process is outwith our control and is for everyone’s safety.
Update 1st October – Planned Reopening Date
Hi Everyone, we had planned to be open by Saturday, 3rd October but this is looking unlikely now. System checks on the building have needed to be done by Glasgow Life as the building has been out of use since March. The last test to be carried out is the water test, which has been done already this week. Unfortunately this can take 3 to 4 working days (although a request for it to be prioritised has been made) it looks like it will be next week before we open. We can’t speed this process further and it is for the safety of everyone. And because of this we have not put the booking system up. We are working tirelessly to get the building open. If we get the news before the end of Friday we will move ahead with the classes on Saturday and we will publish via the usual methods. Thanks for your continued understanding, John
Update 24th September
Awesome news! We have been given the green light by Glasgow City Council and Glasgow Life to reopen the building. We are planning on opening the doors on Saturday 3rd October to allow for the final systems checks on the building next week. As you would expect there will significant changes when we reopen. Please see a list of the main ones below –
- Book in advance – strictly no drop ins. This is a key area of our track and trace records and is crucial to meet our public health obligations.
- Dropping off children inside the building will need parents to sign in as well as book their child’s class via the website. Parents will also need to wear a mask when entering the building. Please note – you won’t need to do this if the child enters the building on their own.
- New timetable with extra classes but revised times – click on the link here.
- No waiting area, changing rooms or lockers.
- Entry to the building is allowed 5 minutes in advance of classes and people must leave within 5 minutes of their class finishing.
- Access and entry to the building will be via different routes.
- One way systems in operation.
- Increased cleaning procedures by staff.
- Increased hand sanitiser stations for everyone.
- Controlled access to the building.
In addition the gym/fitness suite will not open in Phase 1. The safety of everyone is the priority and the potential for the spread in the gym area due to the arrangement of the machines and the number of contact points means it is currently a higher risk area. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and are working hard to resolve this issue.
A lot of the measures we have put in place are things that we are all used to now, but may seem strange at the gym.
Thank you for your understanding and continued support. If you would like any further information please email us on email@example.com or via one of our social media platforms.
Update 30th August
As you may be aware the Scottish government has allowed gyms to reopen from the 31st of August. However, we also need to abide by the rules of Glasgow Life and Glasgow City Council. The council is taking a very cautious approach to reopening of facilities in the city. They have limited the number of buildings that are being allowed to open. Unfortunately, Netherton Community Centre is not part of the first phase. As we are considered part of the community centre we have had to make a further additional application with Glasgow Life to the council, explaining that our building is unique in that it is self-contained.
We had hoped to have some good news by this weekend, but we still do not have a definitive date yet. In the background we continue to work towards reopening. Glasgow Life and the club have been in constant communication and series of tests of the building’s services will start this week to allow us to be ready to open when approval is given.
In the meantime, the club’s coaches have all undergone a covid training course delivered by sportscotland and we have developed a re activation of sport plan for the building.
One of the key points of this is prebooking classes. This will be done via our website to limit the number of people in the building and to meet our test and trace obligations. This will be done using software from Ashbourne management company who currently provide 95% of our DD collections. We previously used Harlands, and a small number of our members were still on this system. We have now cancelled all collections by that company so we can move onto a uniform pre booking system provided by Ashborne.
We will announce more information as soon as we have it and we are optimistic that we will be able to open again during September.
We will continue to hold our outdoor taekwondo classes on Saturday mornings and zoom classes on Monday and Thursday. Please check our website and social media post for updates regarding outdoor fitness classes.
Thank you for your continued support throughout this period. If you would like any further information regarding your membership please email on firstname.lastname@example.org or via one of our social media platforms.
Update 31st July
The Scottish gov have published new guidelines for the reopening of gyms. Previously we believed that August would be the expected period we would be working to. Earlier this week we were told that GCC (our landlord) were working to a time frame of October. We are not sure if the new information from the Scottish government will lead to a review but we will let you know as soon as possible. Everyone’s well being is our priority through this difficult time. Thank you for your continued patience.
The country continues to come out of lockdown and we have now entered stage 3 of the Scottish Government’s plan. This stage has a stated minimum opening dates for gyms as “not before 31st July”. However, this does not necessarily mean gyms will be allowed to open on the 1st August (our 16th Birthday). Indications seem to be that it will be the middle of August before they reopen. With this in mind we are hopeful that we will be able to reopen next month.
The process of reopening has a an added level of complication for us. As tenants of Glasgow Life and Glasgow City Council we need to make an application to reopen. This could potentially delay our start back date, but we are hopeful it will not.
When we do reopen there will obviously be measures in place for everyone’s safety and well being. We will let everyone know what they are prior to reopening and they will be dependant on the guidelines issued at that time.
In the meantime we have taekwondo classes on Zoom with Lucian (Monday & Thursday), yoga with Keera on Wednesday via Zoom and mini exercise sessions on social media from Stephen.
We thank everyone for their support over the past few months and look forward to seeing everyone soon. If you would like to discuss anything, including attending the zoom session, please contact us on email@example.com or via one of our social media platforms.
We hope you are well and that covid-19 has not affected you or your family.
As a gym, under government instruction we must remained closed throughout the lockdown period in order to minimise the spread of the virus. We have no real information in regards to how long the lockdown will remain in place, but will keep you up to date as best we can. In the meantime we have been busy attempting to make sure that we are able to reopen as soon as is permissible.
To mitigate for the closure we have applied for government grants, business loans, business insurance interruption and furloughed our staff. Unfortunately, due to strict criteria in some areas and long delays in others, we have had no financial support as yet. Please be assured we are working hard to make sure the centre will reopen.
We would like to give further thanks to all of our members for your continued support. We have had lovely emails and messages on social media and some great photos and videos of our students practising at home! All of this has really kept us going and spirits up!
In particular, we very much appreciate the support those of you who have been able to continue with their membership during this period. We understand that many people are under financial strain due to the lockdown and that some members will have to reduce their outgoings, if this applies to you and you have not been in touch with us yet, please do so and we will arrange to freeze your direct debit for as long as necessary.
We will continue to keep you all informed with further emails, on the website and via social media and would be glad to hear your news and how the kids are all getting on at home. If there is anything we can do to support you please let us know.
We are all experiencing an unprecedented time due to the COVID 19/Coronavirus situation. The gym has closed it’s doors following instruction from Glasgow City Council and in line with Government guidelines.
For the time being we are unable to provide the services we have continuously offered for the past 16 years. We are aware that some members have just paid memberships for this month and some are due to pay shortly. We would like to thank many of you who have shown support by contacting us and indicating that you would like your membership fee to continue. This is much appreciated and will support us in reopening the gym as soon as it is permissible. We will be offering everyone a credit note to the amount they have paid from the 17th March onwards that will be redeemable over the next 12 months.
We fully understand that in these unusual times, this will not be possible for everyone. If you would like to cancel your DD then please contact us on our email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will suspend your membership for as long as necessary. We will still be monitoring our Facebook and Instagram pages too, so you are also welcome to get in touch on messenger and private message.
We plan to review the situation again before the 17th April and will update you then.
In the meantime the gym is seeking a grant and loans from the Scottish Government to make sure we can reopen our doors and staff receive sick pay during this period.
Many thanks for all the supportive messages and we look forward to seeing everyone as soon as possible. We hope you all stay safe and healthy.