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By poseidonabc, Oct 4 2020 08:09PM

We are delighted to finally announce that Poseidon Boxing Gym will be re-opening from Monday 5th October 2020.  We would like to thank you for your patience as we prepare the gym for your arrival.


It will not be a surprise to you, I'm sure, that training at the gym will not be the same as it was pre-COVID19. Training will be permitted only in small groups whilst adhering to appropriate social distancing.  Our National Governing Body, England Boxing, have determined very strict rules for boxing training that means we are unable to conduct contact training (sparring), pads and nor must we share equipment.  This will mean that we can no longer provide equipment that is shared such as boxing gloves, skipping ropes and yoga mats, therefore if participants want to use such equipment they will have to provide them.


What will the new training look like?


Within the guidelines we can only accommodate a maximum of 12 participants per session plus two coaches.  Each participant will work out in their own allocated area that will include a punch bag and other training equipment for their sole use during the session.  As before COVID, training will include boxing skill development plus strength and conditioning but this will be conducted individually rather than in pairs. 


We are making every effort to maintain a clean, safe environment. Each day a professional cleaning company will sanitise all areas but we will ask all participants to wipe down the equipment they have used within their individual areas at the end of the session.


Entry to the Boxing Gym


As the Colin Ingleby-McKenzie Stand is a shared facility and in order to maintain social distancing we will be operating a one way system throughout the gym.  Entry to the gym will be via the north fire exit (nearest to the Hilton Hotel), participants will be asked to enter the training area via the first door and line up along the astroturf track on their respective crosses.  You will the be called forward into your individual training areas for the training session. At the end of the session, participants will be asked to leave the gym via the south fire exit (nearest the Ageas Atrium).  


On order to reduced shared facilities, showers and changing rooms will be unavailable at this time and we ask participants to arrive changed and ready to go for the session.


How is membership changing?


Given that the method of training for the foreseeable future will change unrecognisably from that which you signed up pre COVID19, we can no longer fulfil our contract with you.  We have therefore cancelled all current subscriptions and memberships, and all contracts will be ended. If you have a partial monthly membership remaining, we will credit your account with the value of credits equal to the full monthly payment made.  Alternatively, if you prefer to receive a refund we will calculate the outstanding sum owed on a pro rata basis. Should you prefer the pro rata refund please contact us on [email protected] 


Future training sessions will operate on a Pay as You Go basis at a cost of £5 per session. Each session must be booked and paid for online via our Glofox software. This can be done either via the website http://www.poseidonabc.co.uk or via the Glofox app.  Due to the limited availability of places, no refund will be given for anyone cancelling their session within 2 hours of the session start time. Those that cancel prior to this time will be automatically given a class credit to use at any eligible session. 


Track and Trace


In order to abide by the Government's track and trace policy, we will keep a list of attendees and their telephone numbers and this information will be kept for 21 days. We will also display our club specific QR code that you can use to register your attendance with the national track and trace system.


Whilst we are updating our electronic terms and conditions, on arrival to the gym you will be required to sign to agree to the new COVID compliant terms and conditions of gym use. These terms and conditions are set out below.


New Weekly Timetable


We will begin with the timetable set out below and depending on attendance we will look to amend as required.


Virtual Reality Boxing 


In an attempt to fill the void left by the withdrawal of pads or contact training, we will be working with a local company to bring innovative technology to select training sessions, by using Virtual Reality headsets within the sessions, enabling you to put your skills into practice and spar/compete against a realistic opponent in the virtual space - more details of these sessions are to follow shortly.


If there are any questions, concerns, comments or requests, please feel free to email us at [email protected] 


Best wishes and stay safe


Poseidon Amateur Boxing Club




Poseidon ABC COVID-19 Terms & Conditions

As part of the Government’s strategy to manage the risk of the COVID19 virus re-emerging, a Test and Trace process has been introduced. Full details can be found in the documents found here and here.


In order to help support this programme, it is important that records, including contact details, are collected from those who attend each training session or the club at any time – this includes boxers, coaches, volunteers, etc. This is so that in the event of anyone who attends the club, or participates in a session, contracts or comes into contact with someone who has contracted the virus, they can be contacted and take appropriate action as per the government guidelines / instructions.


The record and data collected will be treated in accordance with the guidelines and GDPR regulations, including being stored securely and destroyed (shredded or deleted electronically), so the data is not obtainable 21 days after each respective session / attendance at the club (this covers the incubation period and to allow for the test and trace system to make the initial contact).


What each person should consider ahead of participating in a training session


COVID-19 is highly transmissible from person to person and easily spreads to those who come in close contact with infected individuals. The disease spreads through droplets from the nose or mouth when a person coughs, sneezes or exhales. These droplets can also land on surfaces or objects which other people can touch and then touch their eyes, nose or mouth.


There are also increasing reports that there is the potential for airborne transmission which is relevant for confined and poorly ventilated spaces.


Both these issues make stringent hygiene – personal, facilities and equipment – of the utmost importance and its essential the government advice is followed.


Club Members should therefore not attend the Club / training session if any of the following applies:


• No club member should attend a boxing club or sports environment if unwell and should follow public health guidelines in regard to their own health and the risk to the local community.

• Individuals should not return to training if, in the last 14 days, they have been unwell or had close contact with a known or suspected case of COVID-19. This includes those with symptoms such as cough, sore throat, fever or shortness of breath, loss of taste / smell – even if mild. Again, Public Health England guidelines must be followed.

• It should also be factored in that anyone retuning to sport and exercise after a period of social isolating and not exercising regularly may be at a greater risk of increased injury. Clubs and individuals should apply a gradual return in order to mitigate injury risk.

• Vulnerable groups and individuals should consult appropriate medical advice before returning to boxing / sport. Please follow this link for guidance.

• Ahead of entering the club, you should check whether you are showing any signs of symptoms or have come into contact with someone who has, or is recovering from, the virus.

If so, you should not be permitted to enter / participate and should return home and follow government guidelines.


Returning to Exercise / Boxing / Sport After Confirmed Case of COVID-19

Individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 need firstly to ensure they no longer pose a risk to the local community, and secondly to ensure they have sufficiently recovered to safely participate in physical activity.


• If you have had COVID-19 in the community and feel well then you can return to training 14 days after recovery and rest. If you get greater shortness of breath than normal, or chest pains, on your return to training, you should seek medical advice. If you have attended hospital with COVID-19, then you should seek medical advice before returning to training.

• A gradual return to exercise is also recommended.


When to self-isolate

The medical advice is clear: you must self-isolate if you have coronavirus symptoms or live in the same household as somebody who does. The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

• high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)

• new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)

• loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

For more information, read the further guidance on symptoms.

If you have one or more of these symptoms, you must self-isolate straight away for seven days – or longer if you still have symptoms other than cough or loss of sense of smell/taste.


If you live in the same household as someone with coronavirus symptoms, you must self-isolate straight away for 14 days.


If, having read the above information, you are OK to attend the Club, then you should provide contact details so can be traced in the event you need to be contacted concerning COVID -19.


The data should be kept by the Club in a secure location and should be destroyed – shredded / deleted – after 21 days after the day of attendance. GDPR compliance should also be maintained.


Should there be any queries regarding this information, please ask the nominated senior member of your club to contact England Boxing via [email protected]