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Outdoor sports facilities open

Update 24 August

In line with Government advice for easing lockdown in phase 3 on sport, culture and leisure activities the outdoor sports facilities are open, but please note this is under restrictions adhering to Scottish Government and Sports Governing Body advice and that facilities will need to be booked in advance as outlined in the guidance below.

From Monday 24 August organised outdoor contact sport for all ages is allowed, following guidance from relevant sports bodies.

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Guidance for visitors

The guidelines outlined below have been developed to allow sports activity to be enjoyed in a way that is in line with Scottish Government advice and that helps to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please read all the guidelines before making a booking. 

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Facilities available

Facilities available to book during phase 3

The following outdoor facilities can be booked following the latest sport and physical activity guidance from the Scottish Government and relevant Sports Governing Bodies.

  • Outdoor tennis courts
  • Sand-dressed pitch
  • 3G Rubbercrumb pitch
  • Outdoor basketball court
  • Outdoor multi-sport court
  • Grass pitches (clubs and groups) 

General information

  • visitors should report to the main entrance of the Sports Centre no more than 5 minutes prior to the start of the booking 
  • football/hockey goals will be available, but users are recommended to bring their own equipment (balls, hockey sticks etc.) where possible
  • hired equipment must be cleaned before being returned, using the cleaning products provided
  • court gates will be left open during playing hours (8am-8pm)
  • onsite toilet facilities will not be open
  • no water will be available, please bring your own water bottle with you
  • the Sports Centre is currently staffed between 8am - 8pm
  • full term-time opening hours will be in operation from Monday 7 September 

Please note that facility charges will resume on Monday 31 August. For more information and prices please see the Bookings page on our website or see the Saints Sport membership pages for information on how to join.

How to book

Booking facilities

Booking information

  • All facilities must be booked in advance and are not open for pitch up and play sessions
  • Bookings will be confirmed by email, please don't turn up to the facility unless you have received written confirmation of your booking
  • Outdoor facilities are available from 8am-8pm, 7 days a week
  • Football/hockey goals will be available to book
  • Users should bring their own equipment (balls, hockey sticks etc.) where possible

Who can book?

  • Bookings can be made by members, non-members and external clubs and groups
  • From Monday 24 August organised outdoor contact sport for all ages is allowed, following guidance from relevant sports bodies

Privacy notice: COVID-19 track and trace

The University of St Andrews (“the University”) is collecting and recording the contact details of individuals who make use of the Saint Sports Facilities, to support NHS Scotland’s COVID-19 track and trace scheme.

Your contact details will be used to enable NHS Scotland to contact you should you have been in the premises around the same time as someone who has tested positive for coronavirus. Contacting people who might have been exposed to the virus is an important step in containing any spread.

For more information please see the full privacy notice accessed by the link below:

University of St Andrews Privacy Notice: COVID-19 Track and Trace (PDF, 65 KB)

Important information

Travelling to the Sports Centre

  • No changing facilities will be available, so please come dressed ready to play
  • Avoid using public transport
  • Where possible arrive on foot or by bike, but if you do drive the Sports Centre car park will be open
  • Arrive as close as possible to your booking start time, but no more than 5 minutes prior to the start

On arrival

  • On arrival visitors should head straight for their designated facility 
  • Maintain a 2m distance from other users at all times (markings will be in place to help guide you)
  • Avoid touching gates, fences, benches, etc.
  • Allow others to leave before you enter the facility, where relevant
  • Please wait for the current action to finish before entering if games are already taking place
  • If you need to wait, then do so away from the pitch or court and clear of the gates
  • Ensure you leave the pitch or court before the end of your allotted time so that it is empty for the next players

At the sports facilities

  • Hand sanitiser will be available at the entrance to the Sports Centre, but it is recommended to bring hand sanitiser with you
  • Please note: no changing, showers or locker facilities will be available
  • We appreciate that some personal belongings may be required, but please keep these to a minimum
  • Please bring your own water/water bottle – no water will be available onsite
  • Please clean and wipe down any equipment you hire

Cancelling your booking

  • Please cancel your booking if you are unable to attend:
    • Email: sportsreception@st-andrews.ac.uk
    • Phone: 01334 462190

What equipment to bring

  • Hand sanitiser will be available at the front door entrance to the Sports Centre, at the gate into the tennis courts and at the sand-dressed pitch, but it is recommended to bring hand sanitiser with you (no onsite toilet or washing facilities will be available)
  • Bring your own equipment with you (do not share equipment such as rackets, grips, hats and towels)
  • Only take the minimum amount of equipment with you that you need to play
  • Clean and wipe down your equipment before and after use
  • Bring a full water bottle, and do not share food or drink with others (water is not available onsite)
  • Ensure you take all your belongings with you at the end of the session and do not leave anything on the courts
  • Avoid using your hands to pick up equipment that isn’t yours
  • Avoid using other equipment and fittings around the facility such as benches, fences, net handles etc 

Health, safety and hygiene

Personal Fitness

  • Given the length of time sports activity has been suspended, it is advised that anyone returning to play eases themselves back in gently.
  • All facility users MUST read and answer the Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PARQ) in the Sports Centre Terms and Conditions prior to using any of the facilities at University Park. If you are in any doubt, please obtain medical advice before using any of our facilities.

First Aid

  • Saints Sport staff will provide first aid effectively whilst mitigating the risk from COVID-19
  • PPE will be worn by all staff providing first aid and if possible and appropriate, casualties may also be encouraged to wear a face mask (supplied by Saints Sport)
  • a portable defibrillator is accessible in appropriate circumstances, located on the corner of the Sport Centre’s external wall adjacent to the gym

Hygiene

  • Please note: 
    • no changing or shower facilities will be available
    • whilst hand sanitiser stations will be available at the front door of the Sports Centre, tennis courts and sand-dressed pitch, we recommend you do bring your own hand sanitiser or wipes if you can 
  • Players must practice public health advice for hygiene: 
    • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before leaving home to go to the court (or use an alcohol gel if washing hands is not possible)
    • If you need to sneeze or cough, do so into a tissue or upper sleeve
    • Avoid touching your face
  • Self-isolation: Individuals should stay at home for 10 days from when they experience symptoms, or until they feel better if they are still unwell after 10 days
  • Household isolation: Household should stay at home for 14 days if someone else in the house is showing symptoms. Individuals should continue to stay at home for 10 days from when they show symptoms, or until they feel better if they are still unwell after 10 days

IMPORTANT: Do not leave your home to play sport if Scottish Government advice means you should stay at home because you or someone you live with has or has had symptoms of COVID-19, or you are in the most vulnerable category and have been advised to shield from the coronavirus. 

Physical distancing

  • Physical distancing is still essential for everyone except children under 12 and people in the same household or extended household
  • Players must adhere to the Scottish Government’s physical distancing guidelines at all times:
    • players can be from different households
    • if meeting people from another household, you should meet only in small groups (no more than 15 people in total) - meet up with a maximum of 5 households outdoors at a time
    • stay at least two metres away from other participants at all times
    • do not make physical contact with other participants (such as shaking hands or high five)
    • do not attend if you are unwell

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