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Saints Sport Coronavirus Update

Information for Sports Centre users

The University has been closely monitoring developments surrounding the spread of COVID-19 to ensure that we are responding quickly and effectively, and in line with the latest Government and UK and Scottish health authorities’ guidelines and recommendations.

By its nature, this is a quickly evolving situation and the measures announced by the UK Government have already had an immediate and profound effect.

Sports Centre Closure

The SPORTS CENTRE was CLOSED on Monday 16th March and will remain closed until further notice.

We understand the importance of people being active and the particular role sport and exercise can have on our physical and mental wellbeing and we are working behind the scenes on plans for a phased reopening that follows the Scottish Government's route map through and out of the crisis.

Facility update for phase 1

In line with Government advice for easing lockdown in phase 1 on sport, culture and leisure activities the University's outdoor tennis courts reopened at 12 noon Monday 1 June.

The wellbeing, health and safety of all our staff, student and community members is a priority for Saints Sport and the University hasn’t taken this decision lightly. 

We understand you may have questions relating to your membership, our facilities and our services. We will try to address these as we populate a FAQs section below. We will continue to update this page as frequently as we can. 

We ask for your support and patience as we look to get through these challenging and uncertain times together. 

Full information and advice about coronavirus, what you can do to protect yourself and others, and the steps the University has taken in St Andrews to minimise the risk to our students, staff and the local community, can be found on the University website.

You can also contact the Coronavirus Helpdesk in the Advice and Support Centre, North Street, theasc@st-andrews.ac.uk, tel: 01334 464146.

For national advice on coronavirus contact NHS 111 or visit the NHS Inform website.

General information

How long will the Sports Centre be closed?

We will continue to follow the latest guidance from the Government and UK/Scottish health authorities and take instruction from the University on when to reopen the Sports Centre. For now, our facilities will remain closed until further notice. This is a full closure of the facility and associated services/classes/leagues etc.

Will I get my membership reimbursed?

Students 

All student members will get a pro rata refund equivalent to the duration they had left on their membership from the closure of the Sports Centre on Monday 16th March.

Staff: Salary Deduction

All salary deductions have now been cancelled and will be reintroduced once the Sports Centre reopens. 

Staff: Year/6 Months

All yearly or 6-month memberships will be automatically suspended (backdated to Monday 16th March) until the Sports Centre reopens. Once open, the number of days the Sports Centre has been closed for will be added on to the end of the membership. 

Alternatively, any staff member who would like to cancel their membership at this point will receive a pro rata refund for the duration they had left on their membership, starting from Monday 16th March when the Sports Centre closed. 

Community

All community memberships will be automatically suspended (backdated to Monday 16th March) until the Sports Centre reopens. Once open, the number of days the Sports Centre has been closed for will be added on to the end of the membership. 

Alternatively, any community member who would like to cancel their membership at this point will receive a pro rata refund for the duration they had left on their membership, starting from Monday 16th March when the Sports Centre closed. We will also reserve your space so that you will be able to take out a new membership once we reopen, without having to join the waiting list.

Please note: the Finance unit are working hard to process all outstanding refunds across the University, on a daily basis, but remotely from home. Unfortunately at this stage of the refund process we are unable to give any indication of a payment date, but we will update this page when we know more information.

Will I get reimbursed for cancelled classes, course or lessons?

Yes, all pre-paid classes, courses, lessons and camps that have been cancelled due to COVID-19 will be refunded.

What is the best way to contact Saints Sport staff now the Sports Centre is closed?

We are receiving a lot of questions which we are working hard to answer. We hope to address most of your concerns through these FAQs, but if you do need to contact us please email sportsadmin@st-andrews.ac.uk (rather than via our social media channels) and we will do our best to get back to you as soon as we can. Your patience in this time of huge uncertainty is greatly appreciated.

Which scheduled events and activities are now cancelled due to COVID-19?

 

The University is continually monitoring the situation and acting on advice from the UK and Scottish Governments and the World Health Organisation. In line with this advice, the University has been forced to stop all non-essential activity on our campus, including all face-to-face events, for the foreseeable future. With this in mind, we must advise that all events/activity with start-date up-to and including 31 July 2020 cannot go ahead at the University of St Andrews.

Event/ActivityDateStatusNotes
Golf Lessons 30 March Cross Icon remaining 4 lessons in the block have been cancelled. 
Row Britannia 1 April Cross Icon cancelled
Alumni Weekend 3 - 5 April Cross Icon cancelled
Junior Saints Easter Camp 6 - 17 April Cross Icon cancelled
Jonny Wookey Ice Hockey Match 7 April Cross Icon cancelled
Colour Run 11 April Cross Icon cancelled
Sports Awards 14 April Tick Icon We are hoping to move the event on-line. We still intend to celebrate those who have made a difference this year, we still intend to recognise those who have achieved significant success and we still intend to shine a light on those who have work tirelessly behind the scenes this season.
Easter Rugby Camp 14 - 16 April Cross Icon cancelled
St Andrews Rugby 7s 18 April Cross Icon cancelled
Colour Run 18 April Cross Icon cancelled
Junior Saints May Day In-service Day 8 May Cross Icon cancelled
Volunteer South Africa 23 May  Cross Icon cancelled
Volunteer Zambia  29th May  Cross Icon cancelled
Junior Saints June In-service Days 1 - 2 June Cross Icon  cancelled
Volunteer Livingstone 27 June  Cross Icon cancelled
Boyd Quaich Memorial Golf Tournament 30 June - 2 July Cross Icon cancelled
Junior Saints Summer Camps 6 July - 14 August Junior Saints Summer Camps won't run in July, but we will continue to monitor the situation and a decision will be made in June for the last few weeks of the programme.
Summer Hockey Camps 26 July - 7 August Cross Icon cancelled
Schoolgirls Championship 1 - 2 August Cross Icon cancelled
Summer Rugby Camp  2 - 7 August  Cross Icon  cancelled
Junior Saints August In-service Days  17 - 18 August  Tick Icon We will continue to monitor the situation and a decision will be made in due course.

 

Junior Saints and Sports Camps

Will the Easter Rugby Camp and Summer Rugby and Hockey Camps be running?

As a result of the current situation, the University has been forced to stop all non-essential activity on our campus, including all face-to-face events, for the foreseeable future. With this in mind the Easter and Summer Rugby Camps and the Summer Hockey Camps are unfortunately now CANCELLED.

Will the Junior Saints Easter and Summer Camps be running?

The University is continually monitoring the situation and acting on advice from the UK and Scottish Governments and the World Health Organisation. In line with this advice, the University has been forced to stop all non-essential activity on our campus, including all face-to-face events, for the foreseeable future. With this in mind, we must advise that all events/activity with start-date up-to and including 31 July 2020 cannot go ahead at the University of St Andrews. This includes the Junior Saints Easter Camp and the first 4 weeks of our Junior Saints Summer Camp programme.

When are Junior Saints classes likely to resume?

Given the uncertainty of the current situation regarding the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic we will continue to follow the latest guidance from the Government and UK/Scottish health authorities and take instruction from the University on when to reopen the Sports Centre and what services and activities we are able to provide at this point. 

Saints Fitness

Stay Home | Stay Fit

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We know that in these difficult times, the ability to work out in some form is more important than ever for those of you wishing to look after your physical and mental health.

The Saints Fitness team have been preparing a programme of content, information and guidance designed to help you take part in suitable exercise whilst you may be self-isolating, or without your usual gym space and access to equipment whilst at home. The team are regularly uploading videos covering a range of exercise modalities for a range of fitness levels via the Saints Sport YouTube channel, but please also visit our Stay Home | Stay Fit page for regular updates.

Personal Training

Current clients

If you already make use of our Personal Training service our team is here to help you continue your exercise plans remotely. Clients can directly contact their respective trainer to ask for home workouts and/or sessions over skype, facetime, webcam etc.

If you would prefer to carry over your sessions to when the Sports Centre re-opens please email the Health and Fitness team:healthandfitness@st-andrews.ac.uk

If you won't be returning to St Andrews, we will happily refund you for the remaining sessions. Please email the Health and Fitness team to arrange: healthandfitness@st-andrews.ac.uk

New clients

If you are interested in utilising our Personal Training services remotely please fill out our short questionaire and one of our team will get back to you shortly. 

Student Sport

BUCS/SSS fixtures

On the 27th March BUCS released a document outlining their decisions and next steps with relation to the conclusion of the 2019-20 BUCS League and Knockout Competitions as a result of the developing Covid-19 situation.

Club training sessions

As a result of the current situation, all club bookings including those held out with University facilities are cancelled until further notice. We are in constant dialogue with colleagues across the University and we will update you if the situation changes.   

You do not need to cancel any internal bookings; this will be managed centrally.  If your club has bookings with an external facility provider, please let us know via sportbookings@st-andrews.ac.uk and we will manage this on your behalf.

Strength and Conditioning support

We are currently working on providing programmes to make available to all our student athletes. More information will be provided here soon.