Monday, August 17, 2020

Crucial week for sport in Scotland

Thursday will see the First Minister provide her three week review of Scotland’s route map out of lockdown, with encouraging signs that the review could see an earlier opening for swimming pools and indoor sports facilities than the indicative date of 14th September.

Scottish Swimming continue to push hard for the return of our sport and acknowledge the frustration of our members. Guidance documents have been with the Scottish Government/Active Scotland/sportscotland since the start of July, and in anticipation of the date being reviewed on Thursday, we look forward to the documents finally being released.

The contents of the guidance documents have already been shared with pool operators and Club Chairs so those groups can see in advance the measures that need to be in place for our sport to resume. Our regional team are out working with clubs and pool operators in advance of an opening to support clubs in managing the phased return of as many swimmers as possible across what will be a gradual opening of pools. All documents will be held on our COVID19 Hub on the Scottish Swimming website. Scottish Swimming guidance documents to be published are:

  • Pool Operators
  • Aquatic Educators
  • Aquatic Participation (Community & Instructor Led)
  • Aquatic Participation (Swimming Lesson)
  • Club Management
  • Club Training

The following documents have already been published, with updates:

In the meantime Scottish Swimming support the call for emergency funding for the leisure industry from Community Leisure UK to help secure facilities for the long term. The return of our sport will not happen all at once, but our work with leisure trusts and pool operators over the past five months has allowed us to build a picture of which pools will open and when, and we will share some details around the number of pools at our next Club Chairs event on Thursday.

We continue to work with other SGBs to collectively highlight the importance of our leisure spaces and being back to the water can’t happen soon enough for us. The future of sport in Scotland, the health of a nation, including tackling both childhood and adult obesity, mental and physical health, are a far greater risk than the ongoing delay for the reopening of facilities.