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COVID-19 Players Code of Conduct

Bristol Volleyball Clubs
COVID-19 Rules, Regulations and Proceedures
Players Agreement/Code of Conduct & Behaviour

Bristol Volleyball Club will be running training sessions in line with guidance from; UK Government, Abbeywood and Avanti Schools (our home and training venues) and our governing body, Volleyball England. Our plans and procedures have been designed and implemented to best ensure the safety and wellbeing of each of our members, coaches and those attending these sessions. Below, we have set out some basic rules that everyone should follow when attending sessions so that we keep each other safe and conform to regulations. Before attending any session, you must read and understand the following rules, and agree to them in full. If anyone does not follow these rules, or puts other participants at risk, they will be removed from the session and their place at the club will be reviewed and possibly declined.

Bristol VC will continue to monitor the guidance from the UK Government, and Volleyball England, and any local lockdown restrictions. Should we have to change or cancel any sessions at short notice, we will endeavour to inform everyone as soon as possible. Please follow the website and social media platforms for any latest updates.

1. Attending sessions

This season, we will be running a more limited set of sessions, and we will create ‘team or group bubbles’ Each player and their team/group will be allocated a sports hall venue, end of hall, and time slot. You must ONLY attend your session with your team/group at the time and venue given to you. You are required not to arrive until the start of your session, and you must leave the building at the end of your session along with the rest of your team/group immediately and by the route designated to you. Where a venue is used for two sessions or more, you must not stop to meet or chat to players from another team/group ‘bubble’. If more than one team/group is training in the same hall at the same time, they will separated into their own playing area, entrance/exit and toilet facility, a net will divide the hall to prevent balls from mixing. This is so that we can control the numbers for everyone’s safety and collect information for Test and Trace.

Prior to attending each of your sessions you must undergo a self-assessment for any COVID-19 symptoms. If you, or someone you live with, has symptoms of COVID-19 (as set out below) you must not attend the session. You must follow the NHS and PHE guidance on self-isolation:

• A high temperature

• A new, continuous cough

• A loss of, or change to, their sense of smell or taste

If you are a vulnerable person because of age, underlying health condition, clinical condition or pregnant or are living with someone in self-isolation or that is vulnerable we advise you NOT to attend any sessions because of the increased risk associated in taking part in volleyball.

You are also strongly advised to comply with public health restrictions and avoid high risk behaviour outside of volleyball to reduce the risk to their fellow participants when you do attend.

2. Training sessions

We will be following and strictly adhering to all guidance given to us by our venues and also by Volleyball England. Attendees must comply with this guidance. A link to the Volleyball England guidance is here and you should familiarise yourself with this (note the relevant guidance for your session (outdoor and indoor) and the risks of participating in volleyball at this time. In particular please read the minimums standards of behaviour and conduct.

You can view Bristol VC’s Covid-19 risk assessments here.

In particular note you must adhere to social distancing before and after sessions and during any breaks in activity. Coaches and/or Team COVID reps will give further guidance at the relevant sessions to ensure that this is maintained.

Any individual that does not comply with the terms of membership and COVID-19 rules and regulations will be asked to leave the session, we need to work together to minimise risk and keep each other safe. The Club will not tolerate anyone flouting the rules.

3. Travelling to sessions and arrival at venue

You should follow best practice for travel including minimising use of public transport and limiting car sharing. Each of our venues has car parking – alternatively walk or cycle if you can. People from a household or support bubble can travel together in a vehicle. See the government’s safer travel guidance for passengers for further information.

Do not congregate at the venue before activity begins but aim to arrive at the start of the session. If you do arrive early wait in the car park until the start time. You should arrive changed and ready to begin the warm up rather than using the changing rooms at the venue (where applicable).

Ensure you put your water bottle/other belongings at least 2 metres apart from other people in ensure continued social distancing in any breaks and after the session.

1.What to bring

Sharing of equipment will be limited as much as possible. You should bring: Your own hand sanitiser with a least 60% alcohol content and you should use this before and after each session and during each break;

  • Your own full water bottle (enough to last the entire session) which should be labelled or highly distinguishable in order to avoid any confusion; and

  • Your own sweat/fitness towel, resistance band, joint supports or any other equipment you need for warm up/warm down or during activities.

  • Note access to the venues water fountains is forbidden at this stage so please ensure you bring sufficient water for the whole session.

5. During the session

Follow the instructions of the coach and take care at all times to respect the other participants and any Club volunteers. If you have any concerns please speak to the coach or your team COVID rep or the clubs welfare officer.

Minimum standards of behaviour and conduct:

  • All participants must maintain social distancing while entering the venue, preparing their own equipment and leaving the venue.

  • All participants should sanitise their hands prior to the start of activity.

  • Volleyballs can be shared but the sharing of other equipment should be limited where possible.

  • Where equipment such as volleyballs are shared, participants must practice strict hand hygiene before and after use and the equipment must be cleared before use by another person.

  • Players should refrain from spitting or rinsing out their mouths and should maintain respiratory etiquette if they cough or sneeze.

  • Players and coaches should refrain from shouting.

  • Congratulatory touches are not permitted.

  • Hand sanitiser should be used during all breaks in activity and prior to consuming any food or drink.

If a participant continually breaks this code of behaviour, they will be asked to leave the activity and will be referred to the clubs committee.

Avoid all on court contact such as high-fives or handshaking. Maintain social distancing during all breaks. Do not share water bottles or food with other participants that you do not live with. If you develop any Covid-19 sessions whilst at the session ensure that the coach or team manger present is informed and avoid touching anything. Cough or sneeze into a tissue and put it in a bin, or if a tissue is not available, cough and sneeze into the crook of your elbow. You should notify us on ----------- and follow the guidance on self-isolation and not return to activity until your period of self-isolation has been completed in accordance with UK Government guidelines.

6. After the session

At the end of the session social distancing must be maintained. You should leave promptly at the end of the session and change/shower at home. Neither of the club’s venues will be offering showering or changing room facilities.

At the end of each session we will be cleaning all balls and equipment, and where applicable sanitising toilet facilities. Please play your part in helping with this on a rotation basis to help keep everyone safe. By joining Bristol VC this season you must understand that you will provide your contact details to the Club (via the booking system or otherwise) and you consent to the Bristol VC holding these details and, if required, passing these to the third party venue hosting the session, the NHS or any other Government body as part of the NHS test and trace programme relating to Covid-19. We will follow our GDPR procedures with any personal data collected, that will be destroyed at the end of the season, or in the event you leave the club.

Should you develop any symptoms following the session you should immediately notify the Club Covid-19 officer --------- on ----------. If you need to provide contact details to NHS Test and Trace please provide this email address and the Covid-19 officer can ensure we comply with our test and trace requirements.

7. Spectators

Whilst we train, spectators will not be permitted at any of our venues or sessions.

8. Questions

If you have any questions or concerns about attending the session please do speak to your coach or team manager or any other member of the committee or email --------. We want to keep everyone safe, enjoy our volleyball – so please play your part and look after each other.

9. Agreement

By signing this document, I agree to the terms and conditions listed in it .

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