How will the Lateral Flow testing center affect me?
As you may be aware, the government has recently published guidance for universities to provide students with access to Lateral Flow Tests for COVID-19 when they return to campus in the spring. After careful consideration of all available options the University of Reading has decided that Courts 5-8 of the Sports Hall are the most suitable location of this testing site.
We understand this may cause some concern for members and we wanted to take the opportunity to share some information to hopefully provide reassurance about our safety measures.
- These Lateral Flow tests will only be available to students and staff of the University who have none of the main symptoms of COVID-19, with results delivered in less than one hour.
- From experience in the autumn term, the number of positive test results is likely to be extremely low (please see our Dashboard for the latest figures) – in December, less than 1% of tests gave a positive result.
- The site is being overseen by clinically experience staff and we are following all recommended government protocols for operation of the site to protect those on site. This means that individuals taking a test will be kept separate from SportsPark users
- The Sports Hall is being fully ventilated with fresh air, and there will be no mixing between those taking tests and SportsPark members inside the building, including those taking tests entering and leaving via separate entraces from members.
While the loss of one Sports Hall will have some impact on our service, we have worked hard to minimise disruption and ensure we can still offer a fantastic Group Exercise programme and cater for indoor sport in accordance within the rules for Tier 2 .
Are all the facilities open?
With the exception of courts 5-8 in the Sports hall, yes all the SportsPark facilities are open but we ask that your follow the protocols such as social distancing and follow the clear signs throughout.
We have been working towards each sports NGB's (National Governing Body) to ensure each facility will be suitable for your booking. Please see below for your sports NGB's Covid-19 guidelines
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What are the opening hours?
We will be open
08:45-21:00 Saturday and Sunday
I pay by direct debit. What does this mean for me?
We have automatically reinstated your membership account for you, your first payment back will be after the 1
Do I need to book if I want to come to the gym?
Yes you must book in advance, we are running 1 hour gym sessions. Members can book up to 7 days in advance
Are you controlling capacity in the gym and classes?
Yes the class and gym numbers have been reduced to allow for social distancing
What if I want to train longer than an hour?
Currently we are only offering 1 hour sessions, the gym is then closed in between sessions for additional cleaning
When can I begin booking an activities?
You can book online or via the app from Friday 1st
All customers playing sports inside must be from the same household or linked household. Excludes gym and group exercise classes.
Can I train with my friends?
You should continue to avoid close contact and remain socially distant from anyone you do not live with or who is not in your support bubble.
Can I watch my Friends play?
Waiting areas have been removed throughout the building and spectators are currently not permitted for any activity.
When should I arrive for my booking?
Please arrive as close to your start time as possible. You shall only be permitted to enter a maximum of 5 minutes before your booking start time.
Are all the classes back?
We have amended the timetable to allow for staggered start and finish times for social distancing and instructor availability
Can I still book back to back classes or gym bookings?
Yes you can, however, please be aware you must leave the building between booking times.
How can I cancel a booking I can no longer attend?
It has never been more important to only book sessions you plan to use, or cancel your booking if you can no longer attend.
You can cancel online, via the app or phone the SportsPark reception on 0118 378 8799. A £5 DNA (‘did not attend’) charge will be applied to all non-attendance of activities.
Have you increased your cleaning?
Yes we have increased cleaning procedures plus we have installed sanitiser stations throughout the building for your use. We ask that you clean the equipment before and after use
Do I need to wear a face covering?
Although it is not a requirement to wear face coverings in the SportsPark, we encourage you to do so where it is not otherwise possible to maintain social distancing, other than when you are exercising
Are the changing facilities open?
You should arrive in appropriate clothing ready to use the facilities, changing facilities are open but with extremely limited access to both lockers, showers and the hair dryers and GHDs are no longer available to use.
Can I pay by cash?
We are now a cashless facility and all payments will be taken by credit/debit card
Are the Stay Active sessions returning?
Yes the sessions will be back on Wednesday and Fridays with limited capacity to allow for social distancing.
I no longer want to be a member of the SportsPark?
If you wish to cancel please cancel directly with your bank
I have already cancelled my direct debit, do I need to pay a joining fee?
No, we will be wavering all joining fees for the first month after we re-open.
I have paid for an annual membership, what does this mean for me?
We will be adding the closure period to the end of all annual subscriptions on re-opening so you will not lose any days.
I am a University of Reading student and will not be returning?
Please phone 0118 378 8799 after the 4th
January and we will process your part refund for you
We hope to see you all very soon!
Your SportsPark Team