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Re-opening of Herts Sports Village

Re-Opening Measures

Wednesday 15 July, 2020

We really can't wait to re-open our doors and welcome you back to the Sports Village from Saturday 25 July. We've been overwhelmed by the support we've recieved from you all and we're delighted to see that so many of you have been remaining active whilst in lockdown - whether that be via our virtual classes on HSV@Home, our outdoor sessions at HSV Outdoors or doing your own thing. We've been working hard behind the scenes to ensure our Village is a safe environment for you to return to, by putting specific measures in place.

It's important that you watch this video and read the measures below before your first visit to us.

Below are important details for the measures we are taking at the Sports Village to allow you to work out safely. We ask you to read this information thoroughly before returning to us. All measures detailed below are based on Government guidance and our own risk assessments.


General Measures

We ask that anyone feeling ill or showing signs of any symptoms does not attend the Village and follow NHS guidance.

We have ensured our cleaning measures adhere to Public Health England guidance.

Hand sanitiser stations and cleaning materials are located at various Cleaning Stations around the facility.

We have implemented a one-way system where possible to help us maintain social distancing.

All member/customer communication is now done through email at sports.reception@herts.ac.uk
All bookings need to be made via our website to avoid unneccessary interaction.

All activities including gym and swim sessions must now be booked up to 3 days in advance, pre-workout, online via our website. This is to ensure we are able to manage capacity in the gym and pool at all times.

When you arrive, please wait in the designated queuing area just outside our main entrance. A member of our team will meet you, discuss any changes that may have happened since your last visit and check you in for your activity.

All our activities have maximum numbers allocated.

We are providing on-going training for all our staff on our new way of operating, ensuring both member/customer and staff safety is always a priority, whilst allowing us to stay up-to-date with current guidelines.

Since we opened 17 years ago, our building has been deep cleaned every evening after close which is why our Village has such a high standard of cleanliness. We have now gone beyond this and have increased our cleaning further to ensure we meet the 'COVID-19 Public Health England: Cleaning of non-healthcare settings guidance.' You will now see regular cleaning of shared surfaces above and beyond our usual levels of high cleanliness.

Members/customers and staff will be reminded regularly of Government advice through clear notices around the Village.


Travelling to Herts Sports Village

We ask all our members/customers to consider the safest way to travel to the Sports Village during the COVID-19 pandemic. Government advice is to avoid using public transport wherever possible but if this is how you need to travel to us, please make sure you wear a face covering. Where distances allow, we would recommend making your journey to the Village a part of your exercise regime by running, walking or cycling. We do have a large car park and as before, members/customers can park for free with our ANPR system. Please speak to our Reception Team for more information.


Gym Measures

The General Measures detailed above will apply.

There is a one-way system in place throughout our gym and free weights area.

We have limited the number of people in the gym at any one time to allow for social distancing.

A bookings system for the gym has been introduced to manage occupancy levels and to avoid overcrowding. All members/customers must pre-book their gym session via our website. Bookable sessions are upto 55 minutes in length.

Members/customers can only book one gym session per day. This allows everyone the opportunity to utilise the facilities.

'Reduced capacity' sessions are available to book.

Members/customers can book their gym session up to 3 days in advance.

Every member/customer will be given a bottle of sanitiser and a cleaning cloth upon entry to the gym to keep with them for their entire session. We ask that you clean equipment you are using before and after use. This will be alongside our staff cleaning at regular intervals.

Our changing rooms including all showers (opposite our Sports Halls) are re-opening from Wednesday 29 July but we urge members/customers to arrive at the Village in gym kit ready to workout.

Toilets on our ground floor will be open as usual.

Members/customers are required to bring their own water bottles for refilling at water machines. Water bottles will be available to purchase at Reception if needed.

We have maximised ventilation in all areas of our gym to ensure the circulation of fresh air.

Personal Trainers are operating as usual but are required to maintain social distancing at all times.

The Oval Gym on College Lane Campus will remain closed until further notice. 


Group Exercise Class Measures

The General Measures detailed above will apply.

Please maintain social distancing at all times.

Members/customers will need to book upto 3 days in advance via our website. We have allowed time for cleaning of the studio/Sports Hall 3 and changeover of participants in between classes.

Class capacity has been reduced to ensure social distancing. 

Where classes involve shared equipment, (e.g. circuit training) we have adapted the class to remove the need for equipment.

All members/customers must bring their own yoga and pilates mats. We are unable to provide mats.

Some virtual and outdoor classes have remained but we are also running classes in our Studio 1/Sports hall 3 spaces to allow for social distancing. Our new class timetable will be live from Monday 3 August.

When you arrive, please wait in the designated queuing area just outside our main entrance. A member of our team will meet you, and check you in for your class.

At the end of every class in Studio 1, you will need to leave via the Fire Exit door, clearing the studio space as quickly as possible so the area can be cleaned ahead of the next class starting.

Our changing rooms including all showers (opposite our Sports Halls) are re-opening from Wednesday 29 July but we urge members/customers to arrive at the Village in gym kit ready to workout.

Toilets on our ground floor will be open as usual.

Members/customers are required to bring their own water bottles for refilling at water machines. Water bottles will be available to purchase at Reception if needed.


Swimming Pool Measures

The General Measures detailed above will apply.

Please maintain social distancing at all times.

Swimming lessons will recommence in September for the new term.

Lane swimming now operates in double-width 25 metre lanes. Capacity is based on Swim England guidance and will be continually reviewed.

All swim sessions must be booked online upto 3 days in advance, through our website so we can manage capacity in the pool at all times.

Our poolside changing areas are open but we encourage people to arrive 'beach ready' in swimming costumes and ready for their swim to avoid gathering in changing rooms.

Sessions are a maximum of 55 minutes long to allow for the cleaning of our changing rooms and showers.

Pool rule notices are visible in our changing rooms and we actively ask all members/customers to follow these at all times.

Overtaking and swapping of lanes is not permitted. Back and Butterfly strokes is also not permitted as we keep in-line with social distancing measures.

We can only allow competent swimmers at this time. You must be able to swim a minimum of 25 metres continuously. If you are unable to swim 25 metres, please speak to a member of our team and we'll do our best to facilitate your swimming experience.

The viewing balcony will not be accessible at this time.

We are no longer able to loan out pool floats or swimming aids. We ask that you come prepared with your own. Swimming fins will also not be permitted.

Plastic overshoes are no longer available and we ask all members/customers to remove footwear before entering changing areas.

Hairdryers will not be switched on in the changing areas.

Please don't forget your current £1 coins/locker coins to use in changing room lockers.

View our Pool Timetable HERE

Racquet Sport Measures

The General Measures detailed above will apply.

Please maintain social distancing at all times.

All court bookings must be pre-booked upto 3 days in advance via our website.

Sessions are a maximum of 55 minutes long to allow for changeover between booked sessions.

Members/customers are required to bring their own equipment (racquets, balls, shuttlecocks).

All members/customers must use the hand sanitiser provided as they enter the Village.

We ask that you don't remove or change around equipment that is set out in the halls.

Members/customers are required to bring their own water bottles for refilling at water machines. Water bottles will be available to purchase at Reception if needed.

Squash Court Measures

There must be no more than two players on court at one time.

Please don't touch the walls. Wipe your hands on your towel or sweatband.

Wash your hands frequently - including before and after you play.

Bring your own racquet and balls and disinfect them frequently.

Follow the England Squash advice for socially distanced games and practices HERE.


Climbing Wall Measures

The General Measures detailed above will apply.

Please maintain social distancing at all times.

Sessions must be pre-booked upto 3 days in advance via our website. Sessions will be limited to 85 minutes to allow for cleaning of the area after each session. Due to the elements of safety around climbing, we have made these sessions longer than our other facility areas.

Only members/customers who have completed our Sports Village climbing competency assessment can book an open climbing session currently. If you are unsure, you can check whether you are competent with our Reception Team. When guidelines allow we will be introducing more sessions on the Climbing Wall. 

We are not hiring out equipment so please make sure you bring your own.

We request that only one session is booked per member/customer, per day to give all members/customers access to the Climbing Wall.

Climbers will be asked to use liquid chalk only.

Hand sanitising stations are located at Reception and around the Climbing Wall for both members/customers and staff to utilise. We recommend hand washing before entering and when leaving the Climbing Wall. We also recommend sanitising your hands regularly between each climb.

Members/customers are required to bring their own water bottles for refilling at water machines. Water bottles will be available to purchase at Reception if needed.


Kids Parties and Conferencing Measures

Sadly we cannot facilitate kids parties and conferencing bookings until further notice. 


Kids Village Summer Activities


Unfortunately, due to the current Covid-19 situation and social distancing measures being in place, we will not be running a Kids Village Summer Holiday activity programme this year.


All bookings for sessions must now be made via our website. This includes gym and swim sessions. Payment, if applicable will be required at time of booking for both members and non-members. If you want to book our Sports Halls for anything other than badminton, please contact our Bookings Team.

We will be updating this page accordingly with further guidance as we have it. We ask you to keep checking this page for all the latest information.

We want to assure you we are doing everything we can to keep you safe when you return to us once again. We can't wait to see you and hope you will come back to us when we re-open on Saturday 25 July!


Re-Opening Hours from Saturday 25 July

We will be re-opening with slightly reduced opening hours from Saturday 25 July up until the end of August as we adjust to our new normal at the Sports Village. We hope to revert to our usual opening hours from Tuesday 1 September.

View our Re-Opening Hours HERE


How to Book Online

We ask everyone (whether you are a member with us or not) to book all sessions with us online before visiting. We have provided you with some step-to-step guides on how to do this HERE.

After reading our guides and setting up your account, you can book your sessions via our website HERE.
Our HSV Book app is currently offline whilst we resolve booking issues. We will let you know when this is back up and running.

If you are a member and are experiencing booking difficulties when booking via our website, it may mean there is an issue with your membership. Please contact our Memberships Team at hsv.memberships@herts.ac.uk for further help.


 

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