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Coronavirus update: 27th August

We are looking forward to welcoming you safely back to the Sport St Mary’s Fitness and Conditioning suite (F&C Suite) and the Sir Mo Farah Athletics Track from Tuesday 1st September.

We have put the necessary measures, in line with government and industry guidance, in place to support members to be active and healthy in a safe environment. As per previous communication, all memberships were frozen on the day we closed on the 20th March.

Student memberships

We will continue to freeze student memberships only until the start of semester one (28th September 2020). From this date, the lost days will automatically be added to your membership. However it will not be possible to freeze student memberships beyond this date.

Any student wishing to access the facilities before 28th September, please email sportsvillage@stmarys.ac.uk to let us know you would like to restart your membership. This will then allow you to register online on and book sessions.   The days lost will then be added from the first date you access the facilities.

Alumni, staff and community memberships

All annual or quarterly Alumni, Staff and Community memberships will be unfrozen from the 1st September, and the days lost will be added accordingly.

For members who pay on monthly Continuous Card Payment (CCP) basis, as no payments have been taken during the period of closure, no additional days will be added to your membership. If you still have a valid CCP membership, the next payment will be taken on the 15th September. However, you can book sessions in the F&C Suite and Sir Mo Farah Athletics Track from 1st September.

If your CCP membership was due to expire during the closure, this membership has now expired. If your membership has expired and you wish to reactivate it, please email sportsvillage@stmarys.ac.uk

Making a booking

As previously communicated, you will need to book sessions in advance to use the F&C Suite and the Track. So, prior to reopening we would like to introduce you to our new online booking system and how to book sessions. Please click on the link below to be taken to the new homepage.

How to register and make a booking

We have created a helpful list of FAQ’s about using the F&C Suite and Track and making bookings.

Interested in a Fitness and Conditioning Suite Membership?

Any customers wishing to take out a new membership should follow the following link that shows you how to sign up and get started online.

See Membership Options

Thank you for your patience and understanding whilst we continue to work through a phased re-opening of the sport facilities. The safety and health of our customers is our priority and we are looking forward to seeing you and welcoming you back.

Take care and best wishes,
Sport St Mary’s

We are delighted to announce that the Fitness and Conditioning Suite (F&C Suite) and the Sir Mo Farah Athletics Track will be operating again for existing and new members from Tuesday 1st September, as part of our phased reopening of the sport facilities.

The health and safety of all users is our number one priority and we have been putting all the necessary measures in place, in line with Government and industry guidance, to deliver a safe, reopening of our facilities. At the same time, we want to continue to provide a friendly and welcoming environment for all customers, to support them to be active and healthy.  

A key part of these changes is the introduction of a new online booking system, which will help us support social distancing and manage the number of members using the F&C Suite and the Sir Mo Farah Athletics Track. The booking system will enable members to plan ahead, and you will be able to book one hour slots from three days in advance.

Instructions on how to start using these facilities and book through the new system will be communicated to our members next week. But, ahead of this we wanted to share details of the steps we have taken to keep our valued members safe and healthy, and what you can expect to see at Sport St Mary’s when you return next month.

F&C Suite

In order to implement the necessary new operating procedures and cleaning regimes, in this initial phase the facility will reopen for slightly reduced hours on weekdays from 7am-9pm and from 8am-5pm at weekends.

Set out below are the new changes you can expect to see on site and the steps we will be asking all members to follow in order to help protect the health of fellow customers.

  • Setting capacity in the F&C Suite in line with industry guidance; 11 people in total – 6 in the CV/resistance machine area and 5 within the free weight area at any one time.
  • Operating specific one-hour (60 minute) sessions throughout the day, followed by a 30 minute cleaning period before the next users start
  • Removing or decommissioning certain equipment to maintain social distancing
  • Maximising ventilation in all areas of our F&C Suite to ensure the circulation air
  • Placing additional staff on the F&C Suite floor during the day to help and assist members
  • Increasing the frequency of cleaning our equipment, weights, and surfaces
  • Placing hand sanitiser points within the F&C Suite
  • Clear signage in place throughout the F&C Suite to remind customers to follow facility and Government guidance
  • Providing on-going training for all our staff on our new ways of operating, to ensure both customer and staff safety is always a priority

What we will be asking our members to do differently;

  • Book your session online in advance through our new booking system.
  • Arrive five minutes before the booked session and wait outside before checking in at reception – this will enable us to implement our ‘track and trace’ policy
  • Come to the facilities changed and ready, and to shower at home where possible
  • Maintain social distancing within the F&C Suite and work a minimum of two machines apart.
  • Wash your hands before starting your session.
  • Help support high standards of cleanliness by cleaning any equipment they use

Sir Mo Farah Athletics Track

The track on the main campus will be also be available for members to use from 1st September, initially for running activity only with members being able to book specific one-hour (60 minute) sessions throughout the week via our new online booking system.

In order to provide a safe facility for everyone to use, we will be asking all users to;

  • Book in advance using our online booking system
  • Arrive five minutes before their session to check in with reception prior to using the track
  • Follow current England Athletics guidance and train as an individual or as two household units, with a maximum of six people at any one time.

Fitness Classes and No Strings Badminton

As per our previous communications, we are aiming to restart the facilities in a phased fashion so that we can get everything that’s needed in place and build delivery back up.

Unfortunately, we are not yet able to operate fitness classes or No Strings Badminton sessions. We realise that these activities are popular with our members and we are working hard to find a way to operate these sessions and will provide further updates in due course.

Sport facility bookings: indoor facilities and outdoor pitches

We appreciate that our regular local community users are keen to return as soon as possible, and as National Governing Body (NGB) guidelines allow. However, because of the COVID-19 pandemic the University is continuing to revisit the academic timetable, and the sport facilities that will be required to deliver academic programmes safely and appropriately.

Our Sport Operations Team are continuing to work with our local community customers to put provisional plans in place regarding the resumption of activity, and we hope to soon be able to confirm bookings. We understand the importance of these sporting activities to clubs, schools and organisations and want to thank you for your understanding and patience on this matter.

It is important that all external customers’ activity is delivered in accordance with current Government and NGB guidance. All external users will need to complete revised Risk Assessments and follow all facility guidance, including capacities. Our Sport Operations Team are working to support customers to ensure the Risk Assessments are completed and all necessary measures are in place.

Please be assured that all the steps being taken are to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of our users.  Thank you for your continued patience and understanding whilst we work through the complexities of reopening all facilities safely and appropriately.

If you are interested in joining and using the facilities, please contact sportsvillage@stmarys.ac.uk or call 0208 240 4334 to speak to a member of our team to discuss membership options.

We look forward to welcoming our existing members back into the F&C Suite and onto the Sir Mo Farah Athletics Track.