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Response to COVID-19

DMU Return to Sport 

The return of sport at DMU has been made possible through adherence to National Governing Bodies of sport (NGBs) Return to Play strategies, in addition to the most recent Government advice. It is imperative that all coaches, volunteers and participants play their own part in the return of sport make themselves aware of the measures and procedures that have been put in place to enable sport to return safely. 

Term 3 Activity Update (16/04/2021)

DMUsport are delighted to now be able to offer a free programme of activity for students to get active through sport and physical activity.

We recognise that this year has been like no other, and the opportunity to meet other students and play sport has been missed. This initial programme of activity is open to any current registered student of De Montfort University – you don’t need to be a club member, or have attended any previous sessions, all you need to do is book via MyGateway, bring your student card and get active!

Sessions are open to all year groups, genders and experience levels. All (except rowing) taking place in the city centre at St Margaret’s Pasture, so they’re easy to get to and walking distance from campus.

All sessions will have a DMUsport member of staff present (as this is organised sport in line with the Government’s Roadmap), who will run the session, be responsible for Covid-safe behaviour and any equipment needed for the session. More information as to how to book and what to expect can be found under the DMUsport events on MyGateway.

We will continue to review what activities are available as facilities and session leaders become available. If you have a suggestion for an activity you’d like to see please email us sport@DMU.ac.uk

 

Activities starting 19/04/2021:
 

Facility

Time

Maximum Session Capacity

How to Book

Cricket

St. Margaret's Pastures (Pitch)

Wednesday 1-3pm

30

 

 

All individuals must book onto a session prior to attendance via MyGateway

Below you can find instructions on how to do this

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Football (open sessions)

St. Margaret's Pastures (7v7 area)

Wednesday 1-2pm 

14 per area (2 available to book)

St. Margaret's Pastures (7v7 area)

Wednesday 2-3pm

14 per area (2 available to book)

St. Margaret's Pastures (Pitch)

Wednesday 3-4pm

30

St. Margaret's Pastures (Pitch)

Wednesday 4-5pm

30

Rowing

(Learn to Row)

Starts 29th April

Watershed

Thursday 4-4.45pm

2

Watershed

Thursday 4.45 - 5.30pm

2

Watershed

Thursday 5.30-6.15pm

2

Rugby Union

St. Margaret's Pastures

Wednesday 5-6pm

15

St. Margaret's Pastures

Wednesday 6-7pm

15

St. Margaret's Pastures

Sunday 1-2pm

15

St. Margaret's Pastures

Sunday 2-3pm

15

DMUactive Virtual Timetable

unlimited

no booking needed

 

 

Make sure you're following our social media channels for updates as and when we are able to offer other activities, and in the meantime:

Other Ways to Get Out and Get Active in Term 3: non-DMUsport organised activity

Golf

Leicester Golf Centre

Self-organised individuals and/or small groups

Running

-

Self-organised individuals and/or small groups

Tennis

Victoria Park

Self-booking process

Gym

QEII

Appropriate DMU Leisure membership required

Swimming

QEII

Appropriate DMU Leisure membership required

Or take a look at this guide to all the places in Leicester you can get Out and Get Active:

Places to Get Out and Get Active in Leicester 

 

Remember that you can access Free NHS lateral-flow tests available at DMU for staff and students without symptoms

 

DMUsport will continue to work with facility operators, clubs, coaches, activators, volunteers and participants to ensure that participants feel comfortable to return to sport and activity. As part of this, we commit to providing you with as many answers to questions as you may have. We appreciate that many of you may have further questions for us, so please start by checking our Frequently Asked Questions below. 

If you would like to find out more about how DMU are working to provide you with a safe and enjoyable student experience in this extraordinary year, please visit Your DMU Future​. This process will only come into effect when it is safe and legal to do so via government instructions. 

Activities available to you

How do I sign up to a session?

As a key measure put in to place to reduce the risk of the transmission of Covid-19, DMUsport have introduced a booking system through MyGateway for all sport, physical activity sessions and travel. In order to travel or attend a session, all individuals must first book a place, so that numbers can be controlled. In order to do so, please follow these steps:

1. Log in to MyGateway

2. Search the session(s) that you want to take part in that week (using the relevant link i.e. DMU Sport Clubs). Sessions are released on a weekly basis, and you need to book each week, a minimum of 24 hours before the session

3. Check to see if you are required to also book transport for that session on the event description

4. Sign up to the session (and transport if required)

5. Follow instructions of when to turn up to each event, and any other pre-event information

6. If you need to cancel, please do so via MyGateway.


Frequently asked questions

Find the answers to all your questions around DMUsport activity.

See FAQs


Pre-activity checklist

Before attending any DMUsport activity, please read the pre-activity checklist that has been created to ensure you are comfortable and confident when getting involved in our face-to-face activity.

See checklist


DMUsport Infographic

DMUsport has created the following infographic to show what the return to sport pathway looks like for our staff and students. Please note that the pathway is not merely progressive as changes in government advice may lead to an increase in the restrictions on sport at DMU.

See infographic

DMUactive Virtual Timetable

Due to face-to-face delivery not being able to happen, we have developed a virtual timetable in conjunction with DMU Leisure. Similar to our regular weekly timetable, our virtual weekly timetable will consist of a range of free live sessions that all DMU staff and students can get involved with.

View timetable


DMU Leisure

Throughout lockdown the DMU Leisure team will continue to bring you live classes to take part in at home.

See fitness classes


HealthyDMU Hub

Find a range of tools and resources to your health and wellbeing at DMU.

Go to HealthyDMU


Join the Movement

Created by Sport England, Join the Movement is a National Lottery-funded campaign all about finding simple, fun and free ways to get active, both indoors and outdoors, that you can enjoy safely.

Visit website


Strength & Conditioning

DMU has a team of dedicated strength and conditioning coaches who work with our DMU Sport Scholars and sports teams to develop fitness and strength to boost their performances in training and competition and are currently offering a range of online sessions.

Go to Facebook page


#GETBUCSACTIVE

BUCS have created an online search tool to find and access virtual sessions provided by a range of universities.

Go to #GETBUCSACTIVE page


BUCS Challenges

BUCS have gone virtual to help you keep active through lockdown! Compete against other students and institutions in their very own BUCS Challenges.

Go to BUCS Challenges page


Choose how you move
Find a smarter way to travel in Leicester and Leicestershire, with walking, running, cycling and accessible route planning.

Visit website

DMU Shared Commitment​  

Through sport we know well the importance of teamwork. To ensure that our campus is safe for us to enjoy we need to work as a team, and show commitment to working together, exercising personal responsibility, and positively cooperating to make sure our environment is as safe as it can be. Click here to read more about the DMU shared commitment

#HealthyDMU​ hub 

The Hub will provide you with quick access to booking appointments, activities and hints and tips about staying well. Follow the link to find out more. 

Frequently Asked Questions  

Sport Clubs

  1. What sports clubs are there at DMU?

    We have 35 sports clubs for you to get involved with here at DMU, and you can find details about them all on our sports clubs page.
  2. When will student sports clubs be able to start training?

    We operate in line with UK Government and National Governing Body of sport guidance, and once restrictions are lifted and activity is sanctioned by all relevant organisations, DMUsport shall work with each individual club to facilitate return to acivity.
  3. Do I have to pay for a club membership?

    No, however individuals are still required to register themselves as a member through the relevant club's webpage on the Student's Union pages. You can find more details about how to do this on oursports clubs page.
  4. How many people will be at the training session?

    Session capacity varies from one activity to another, and is set by guidance created by each individual National Governing Body of sport. DMUsport staff are working with every sports club and coach (where applicable) to create risk assessments and design sessions that adhere to all COVID-19 guidance.
  5. Will equipment be available to borrow when I try new sports?

    We are following all National Governing Body of sport guidance with regards to the lending out of equipment, and will put the necessary measures in place that allow us to facilitate activity and remove any possible barriers for participation. It is recommended that wherever possible, individuals use their own personal equipment that nobody else uses.
  6. How do I get to club training sessions off-campus?

    Wherever possible, DMUsport encourages the following of current UK Government guidance of active travel to external sites if appropriate and avoiding sharing private cars outside of households.

    For any facilities that are more than 3 miles from campus, DMUsport provides transport for sessions that shall be limited in capacity based upon restrictions agreed upon between DMU and the transport providers in line with current UK Government guidance.

  7. What is my National Governing Body of Sport (NGB) and what is there current COVID-19 Return to Play guidance?

    You can find your relevant National Governing Body of sport and links to their guidance that details capacity restrictions and what a session may look like here.

 

DMUactive

  1. How do I book onto a DMUactive session?

    For face-to-face activity participants now have to book before attending a DMUactive session. This can be done via MyGateway. This allows us to follow track and trace guidance and also help maintain a safe number of participants at our sessions. For virtual activities, there is no need to book in advance.
  2. What if I sign up to a DMUactive session and then can no longer attend?

    You will need to cancel your session via your booking confirmation from MyGateway.
  3. Where will the sessions for DMUactive be now?

    You can find out where the various DMUactive sessions will be running on the DMUactive page. Where possible, will be delivering sessions face to face and will continue to deliver our online offer to ensure that there is a range of activity available to everyone at DMU, whether you are on campus or not.
  4. How much does a DMUactive session cost?

    The DMUactive programme will continue to be free for all DMU staff and students, but please make sure to sign up to face to face sessions in advance of attending via MyGateway.
  5. Who can attend DMUactive sessions?

    The DMUactive programme is for DMU staff and students, where it creates an inclusive environment that is free from commitment for those who want to exercise, keep fit, play sport and look after their wellbeing. Whether you are returning to sport / fitness activity or have never taken part before, our sessions cater for all abilities and are open to all.
  6. Is there anyone at the DMUactive sessions to help me?

    The DMUactive sessions are delivered by over 20 student volunteers, known as DMUactive activators, and 3 DMUactive instructors. Our activators and instructors are on hand at every session to help make sure that you have a great time and help you out with whatever you need. Meet the DMUactive activators and coaches.
  7. What do I need to bring to a DMUactive session?

    • All you need to wear is some comfortable clothing and footwear
    • Swimming wear and towel if attending our swimming session
    • Bring your DMU staff or student card
    • Equipment is provided, or if you have your own, feel free to bring it along
    • Bring a bottle of water to help you keep hydrated throughout the session
    • Face mask
  8. Will equipment still be available to use at DMUactive sessions?

    We are following all National Governing Body of sport guidance with regards to the lending out of equipment, and will put the necessary measures in place that allow us to facilitate activity and remove any possible barriers for participation. It is recommended that wherever possible, individuals use their own personal equipment that nobody else uses.
  9. What is happening with Active Leagues?

    At the moment we are unable to facilitate Active Leagues. Once restrictions are eased, the leagues will return.
  10. I have attended a DMUactive session and now I have COVID-19, what should I do?

    Please visit our our reporting process page where you can follow the instructions.

 

Strength and conditioning (S&C)

  1. What if I’m not comfortable coming onto campus, how can I still benefit from S&C?

    We have posted lots of useful training and home workouts on our Instagram page to keep yourselves active from home.
  2. How will S&C training work for teams when face-to-face sessions are posible?

    We will be utilising the sports hall space available to us to do social distance sessions in which you will be placed into small groups in a designated space where you are more than 2 metres apart from each other. We will be providing cleaning wipes and equipment to wipe down equipment after use and we will be capping session attendance at 16 to maintain safety for everyone.
  3. What if I am late for my S&C session?

    We will be letting everyone in 5 minutes prior to session so we can ensure we can bring everyone in safely and ensure DMU Safe Trace is employed through the DMU app. Students will use hand sanitiser and make their way safely to the sports hall. For safety reasons, once the scheduled sessions starts, staff will not be letting additional members in, so we encourage you not to be late.
  4. Do I need to book a session for S&C?

    Yes. This will be booked via MyGateway.

 

Scholarships

  1. How is the Sport Scholarship scheme affected by COVID-19?

    The Sport Scholarship scheme has not been majorly affected by COVID-19. Changes that have been made however are that lifestyle support and workshops will now take place online and S&C support has been adapted according to the guidelines. We aim to support all our student-athletes at DMU similarly to how we support them year on year.
  2. Can I still apply for the Sport Scholarship scheme?

    For January 2021 starters, the Sport Scholarship applications are open until the 24th January 2021, please visit the Sport Scholarship page for more information.

 

Facilities

  1. When activity resumes, are there are any new measures I need to be aware of when using university sport facilities?

    Yes, to ensure the safety of all users, a number of re-opening measures have been implemented.
  2. When activity resumes, how can I access the facility to attend my activity and will I have to queue?

    We will now be using a pre-booking system via MyGateway for DMUsport members and visitors. Capacity for all our areas and activities, have been adjusted to avoid high footfall and reduce the risk of queuing.

    When you arrive, please head to our main entrances where queuing systems will be in place. Please follow the clearly marked new routes and floor markings to your activity and then to exit the building. Please ensure you maintain a safe social distance from all other customers at all times. More information on can be found on our re-opening measures page.

  3. When activity resumes, will the toilet facilities be available?

    Yes. Toilet facilities are available in our three venues however please note that each venue will have specific guidelines in how toilet facilities will be managed.
  4. When activity resumes, will changing facilities and showers be available to use?

    No. However, the QEII swimming pool will have its own specific instructions around changing facilities. Please come to your sessions ready to take part.
  5. Can I use the water fountains to fill my bottle up during my session?

    Water fountains will be accessible, but we ask you to please bring your own filled water bottle that will last the duration of your activity where possible. Please note the mouth sections of our water fountains will be out of order as a safety measure.
  6. Will lockers be available to use?

    Yes. Lockers will be available to use.
  7. Is there somewhere secure to store my bike as I don't want to travel on public transport?

    Yes - we have secure bicycle racks available at all our facilities, but please be aware space is limited. At busier times, please do wait if other customers are securing their bikes to help ensure social distancing can be maintained.

 

Competition

  1. What happened with BUCS results and standings for the 2019/20 season?

    Following member feedback and discussions with the BUCS Advisory Group, National Competitions Group and Senior Managers Executive, BUCS decided to end the 2019/20 league and knockout season as it stood on 18 March 2020 and to apply promotion and relegation decisions where possible based on the tables at this date.
  2. When are trials for my club?

    Trials will run at different times depending on the club. The main focus  for this academic year training and developing skills due to very limited competitive opportunities. Please get in touch with the sport you are looking to join to find out when they are holding open sessions. You can find information on our clubs here or email sports@dmu.ac.uk.

  3. What is happening with BUCS in 20/21?

    We're still awaiting information from BUCS regarding their competition offer for this academic year, and further information will be shared as soon as we have it.

  

Accessibility 

  1. I need to use the lift to access my activity – will it be safe to do so?

    Yes, the lifts will be available once face-to-face activity resumes, however please note that each of our venues have specific lift guidelines to follow.
  2. Is there any support for vulnerable members?

    We advise that all customers who fall within the vulnerable category follow current government advice regarding accessing sport and leisure facilities and activities. If you'd like to discuss your options further, please contact our team at sports@dmu.ac.uk.

 

Hygiene

  1. What if I start exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms?

    Please visit our website where it explains in more detail.

  2. What if someone at my sessions starts exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms?

    Please visit our website where it explains in more detail.

  3. Do I need to wear a face covering when using any DMU leisure and sport facilities?

    You will not need to wear face coverings at the time of participating in sport or physical activity unless you wish to do so. However, you will be required to adhere to DMU and Government rules on face coverings when accessing venues, using corridors or changing rooms.

  4. Will equipment be available to borrow when I try new sports?

    We are following all National Governing Body of sport guidance with regards to the lending out of equipment, and will put the necessary measures in place that allow us to facilitate activity and remove any possible barriers for participation. It is recommended that wherever possible, individuals use their own personal equipment that nobody else uses.
  5. How is the sports equipment made safe for each activity/session?

    We are following all National Governing Body of sport guidance with regards to the lending out of equipment, and will put the necessary measures in place that allow us to facilitate activity and remove any possible barriers for participation. It is recommended that wherever possible, individuals use their own personal equipment that nobody else uses.
  6. How can we get our clubs equipment from DMUsport storage?

    Please contact our team at sports@dmu.ac.uk 72 hours in advance of you needing your equipment.

  7. Do I need to bring my own hand sanitiser to sessions?

    If you have your own hand sanitiser please feel free to being this with you to use during your session/ activity. However, we have hand sanitiser available at all our venues and we also have hand washing facilities available too.

 

Bookings and attendance (face-to-face sessions only) 

  1. How do I sign up to a session?

    As a key measure put in to place to reduce the risk of the transmission of Covid-19, DMUsport have introduced a booking system through MyGateway for all sport, physical activity sessions and travel. In order to travel or attend a session, all individuals must first book a place, so that numbers can be controlled. In order to do so, please follow the below steps:  

    1. Log in to MyGateway
    2. Search the session(s) that you want to take part in that week (using the relevant link i.e. DMU Sport Clubs). Sessions are released on a weekly basis, and you need to book each week, a minimum of 48hours before the session.
    3. Check to see if you are required to also book transport for that session on the event description.
    4. Sign up to the session (and transport if required).
    5. Follow instructions of when to turn up to each event, and any other pre-event information.
    6. If you need to cancel, please do so via MyGateway.
  2. Do I need to book up to sessions?

    Yes. All activity will be booked through MyGateway.

  3. What if I want to book a session for me and my friends

    What if I want to book a session for me and my friends?

    All sessions will be booked via MyGateway and you will only be able to book for yourself, not others. Your friends will need to book on themselves using MyGateway.

 

Memberships 

  1. Can I only join one sports club at DMU?

    Absolutely not! With membership fees set at £0.00, once face-to-face activity resumes you'll be in a position to try out a range of new sports and maybe even find a new passion and pick up some new skills. The key consideration is to make sure you're able to balance all of your responsibilities throughout the week!
  2. How do I sign up to a club membership?

    Individuals are still required to register themselves as a member through the relevant club's webpage on the Student's Union pages. You can find more details about how to do this here.

 

Resources/links

Pre-activity checklist 

Before attending any DMUsport activity please read our pre activity checklist