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SIMMSport Coronavirus update: 29th July


Lastest update: 22nd October

For the latest update on all Sport St Mary’s programmes and facilities (including SIMMSport) please see our update from 22nd October.

We are delighted to confirm that we will be able to deliver SIMMSport camps this summer. To ensure the activities are safe and to the standard that you would expect from us, we will be starting on 17th August and will deliver camps for the final two weeks of the school holidays, finishing on Friday 28th August.

The camp days will run from 9am-3pm with staggered drop-off and pick-up to help with social distancing. We will have two tables to speed up the registration process and the bubble groups (see paragraph below) for the children will be arranged by age following the initial registration on the first day of camp.

To allow us to adhere to government guidance and to promote the health and safety of all involved, our camps will be operating at a significantly reduced capacity of 45 children per week, and parents will only be able to book in one-week blocks to allow us to maintain consistent groupings on the camp (bubbles). As you would expect, we will have detailed guidance on the changes that are being made to our operations to ensure we are meeting the appropriate guidelines and will distribute this to all those who book onto our camps shortly before they commence.

Thank you to those of you who have completed our expression of interest form – the response we had was fantastic! As our camp capacity is significantly reduced from previous years, and as we have had such a great response, it is unlikely that we will be able to offer places to everyone who has completed the form.

Booking process

To allow us to manage the booking process appropriately, we will be proceeding as follows (please note - you do not need to contact us, we will contact you):

  • Those who completed our expression of interest form will be contacted in order of completion from 3rd August until we have filled all spaces.
  • We will be contacting parents by phone (using the number provided on our form) on weekdays between 9:30am and midday.
  • As our facilities remain closed at this time, all bookings and payments will take place via phone.
  • Should there be any remaining spaces once we have contacted all those who have completed our form, spaces will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. This will take place no sooner than 10th August.
  • We will confirm when all places are sold out.

We understand that this will mean that some parents/ guardians will be unable to secure places for their children. We will, of course, accommodate as many children as possible, however, we hope you understand the reasons for this.

*Please also note, that it is absolutely our intention to run our SIMMSport weekly sessions after the summer holidays and that all children who had a SIMMSplitz and/or SIMMSAthletics place between January and May 2020, will be offered the opportunity to renew their membership, prior to places being offered to those on waiting lists. If you wish to join the waiting list for weekly SIMMSport sessions, please contact us at simmsport@stmarys.ac.uk.

More updates on our weekly sessions will follow in the coming weeks, so please bear with us and thank you for your continued support of our SIMMSport programme.