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Outdoor sports facilities open

From Friday 10 July

In line with Government advice for easing lockdown in phase 2 on sport, culture and leisure activities we are delighted to announce the reopening of our outdoor sports facilities from 8am Friday 10 July, but please note this is under restrictions adhering to Scottish Government advice and that facilities will need to be booked in advance as outlined in the guidance below.

For now, all other Saints Sport facilities will remain closed until further notice, including the Sports Centre and all grass pitches

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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. 

Stay up to date

  • Scottish Government information around social distancing should be read in full
  • Be aware guidance can change and restrictions may be reintroduced - ensure you have checked the latest version of the guidelines on sport, culture and leisure activities  

Facilities available

Facilities available to book during phase 2

  • Outdoor tennis courts
  • Sand-dressed pitch
  • 3G Rubbercrumb pitch
  • Outdoor basketball court
  • Outdoor multi-sport court 

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 must bring their own equipment (balls, hockey sticks etc.)
  • court gates will be left open during playing hours (8am-8pm)
  • the Sports Centre and grass pitches will remain closed for business
  • onsite toilet facilities will not be open
  • no water will be available, please bring your own water bottle with you
  • the sports facilities WILL be staffed  

How to book

Booking live from Friday 10 July

Booking information

  • Outdoor 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 courts unless you have received written confirmation of your booking
  • Outdoor facilities will be available from 8am-8pm, 7 days a week, starting from 8am on Friday 8 July
  • Bookings will be staggered to ensure players do not all arrive/leave at the same time
  • Maximum of 2 hours per day per booking
  • Football/hockey goals will be available to book, but users must bring their own equipment (balls, hockey sticks etc.)
  • Facility hire is free (until further notice)
  • Bookings can be made by members and non-members

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)

Travelling to and from the sports facilities

  • 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 visitors should report to the main entrance of the Sports Centre, where they will be met by a member of Saints Sport staff
  • 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
  • Arrive changed and ready to play
  • Do not congregate after playing

What equipment to bring

  • Hand sanitiser will be available at the front door entrance to 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

  • Sports Centre 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 washing 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 7 days from when they experience symptoms, or until they feel better if they are still unwell after 7 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 7 days from when they show symptoms, or until they feel better if they are still unwell after 7 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

  • 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 8 people in total at a time, and you should not meet people from more than 2 other households each day
    • 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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