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. 

DMUsport and DMUactive have 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. 

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DMUsport and DMUactive have and 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​. 

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

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.

When will student sports clubs be able to start training?

In line with UK Government and National Governing Body of sport guidance, wherever possible student activity shall begin on Monday 5th October. For specific club training times, visit the club specific social media pages that you can find on the sports clubs page.

Do I have to pay for a club membership?

For Term 1, the decision has been made to remove all membership fees for the majority of our sports clubs where current restrictions greatly impact their ability to provide an offer similar to previous years. This shall be reviewed at the end of term 1, and 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.

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.

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 recommende that wherever possible, individuals use their own personal equipment that nobody else uses.

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.

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

How do I book onto a DMUactive session?

Due to the current pandemic we have had to change the way DMU staff and students take part in the DMUactive programme. To attend a DMUactive session participants will now have to book onto a session in advance via MyGateway. This allows us to follow track and trace guidance and also help maintain a safe number of participants at our sessions.

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.

Will the DMUactive sessions still be running?

DMUactive sessions will be continuing to run face to face on campus and online. We will be delivering sessions face-to-face and online to ensure that there is a range of activity available to everyone at DMU, no matter if you are on campus or not.

Find out what sessions DMUactive is delivering.

Where will the sessions for DMUactive be now?

You can find out where the various DMUactive sessions will be running on the DMUactive page. We will be delivering sessions face to face and online to ensure that there is a range of activity available to everyone at DMU, no matter if you are on campus or not.

How much is a DMUactive session?

The DMUactive programme will continue to be free for all DMU staff and students, but please make sure to sign up to a session in advance of attending via MyGateway.

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.

Is there anyone at the DMUactive sessions to help me?

The DMUactive sessions are delivered by over 20 student activators, known as DMUactive activators, and 3 DMUactive coaches. Our activators and coaches 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.

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

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.

What is happening with Active Leagues?

At the moment we are unable to facilitate Active Leagues due to the rule of six. Once restrictions on numbers are increased, the leagues will return.

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)

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.

How will S&C training work for teams?

We will be utilising the sports hall space at the Watershed and the QE2 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 attendance to the watershed to 16 with QE2 to maintain safety for everyone.

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.

Where will my S&C sessions be held?

S&C sessions will be held in the QE2 Sport Hall and the Watershed. Students will need to confirm attendance through MyGateway.

Do I need to book a session for S&C?

Yes. This will be booked via MyGateway.

 

Scholarships

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.

Can I still apply for the Sport Scholarship scheme?

Sport Scholarship applications are open until the 4th October, please visit the Sport Scholarship page for more information.

 

Facilities

Which university sports facilities are open?

All 3 DMU sports facilities are now open - Queen Elizabeth II Leisure Centre (QEII), The Watershed and Beaumont Park. DMUsport activities will start week commencing 5th October 2020.

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.

Is the swimming pool open?

The QEII swimming pool is open. Updates and what to expect when you attend can be found on our re-opening measures page.

Am I able to use the climbing wall at QEII?

Yes, the climbing wall is back in operation and you can find more details about what to expect on our re-opening measures page.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Will lockers be available to use?

Yes. Lockers will be available to use.

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

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.

Can my team enter a competitive league in term 1?

If your National Governing Body of sport guidance allows inter-club competition to take place and the only league that your team competes in are confirmed to take place during term 1, please contact DMUsport at sports@dmu.ac.uk to discuss possible arrangements. For more information on active / intramural leagues please visit our FAQ section under active leagues.  

When are trials for my club?

Trials will run at different times depending on the club. The main focus on Term 1 is training and developing skills as there are limited competitions scheduled. We are working with coaches and club committees on how trials fit into the club training and helping the squads to be ready upon the announcement of competitions returning. Therefore, for team sports please get in touch with the sport you are looking to join to find out when they are holding trials. You can find information on our clubs here or email sports@dmu.ac.uk.

How do I trial for a team if I'm not based on campus during term 1?

Trials will run at different times depending on the club. Please get in touch with your sports club to get relevant information on trials and how to trial if you're not based on campus during term 1. You can find information on our clubs here or email sports@dmu.ac.uk.

What is happening with BUCS in term 2?

We're still awaiting information from BUCS regarding the league format in term 2, however we can confirm that there will be BUCS leagues in term 2, further information will be shared as soon as we have it.

Can I enter BUCS individual events?

Yes, please speak to your Sports Development Officer (SDO) or email dmu.bucs@dmu.ac.uk to apply for entry into these events or ask for more information. Confirmation of attendance will be based on a risk assessment being carried out to ensure safety of all students competing.

  

Accessibility 

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

Yes, the lifts will be available, however please note that each of our venues have specific lift guidelines to follow.

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

What if I start exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms?

Please visit our website where it explains in more detail.

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

Please visit our website where it explains in more detail.

What is someone at my sessions starts exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms?

Please visit our website where it explains in more detail.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Do I need to book up to sessions?

Yes. All activity will be booked through MyGateway.

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 

Can I only join one sports club at DMU?

Absolutely not! With membership fees set at £0.00 for this coming term, now is a fantastic opportunity 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!

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 the pre activity checklist that has been created. You can find it here.

 
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