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Re-opening Updates 28.10.2020- NEWTOWN STADIUM & ARENA Gymnastics NORTH GEELONG

We are thrilled to let you know that Competitive Gymnastics training is back the Y from Wednesday 28th October 2020, and a number of other sport and recreation opportunities will return in the coming weeks.

Schedules of Re-opening

From 28/10/2020- Competitive Gymnastics – Newtown and North Geelong
From 2/11/2020 – Recreation Gymnastics Classes and Sport skill classes such as Aussie Slammer Basketball, Rookie Sports – Newtown and North Geelong
From 9/11/2020- Casual Basketball Shooting in Stadium, YMCA Basketball Club Training, Facility Hire Groups


The Y will be required to adhered to the highly restrict conditions of reopening under DHHS guidelines and protocols which include;

  • Maximum of 20 people or one person to 8 m2 whichever is the less- in an indoor area. This means Newtown and North Geelong Gymnastics halls have a maximum capacity of 20 athletes 18 years and under (Coaches not included in ratio).
  • Training sessions will be capped at 2 hours’ maximum in an indoor setting until further notice.
  • Face Masks must be worth into and out of the facilities by athletes over 12 years of age- they are permitted to take them off for training. No Mask- No Entry/No Mask –No Work Policy has been implemented for Staff, Visitors, Contractors and volunteer over the age of 12 years.
  • For this first four days of the program, 28- 31 October. No spectators are permitted into the venue.
  • From Monday 2nd November, spectators are limited to one parent, guardian or carer where the child requires parent supervision.
  • We can only provide services to patrons from Regional Victoria only until 8th November 2020. YMCA will be required to undertake measures to check the place of residence of patrons, therefore please bring photo ID with you ie. Drivers Licence.
  • Our COVID SAFE PLAN and site COVID SAFE MANAGEMENT PLAN is available on our website www.geelong.ymca.org.au and will be our guiding tool for training and ensuring members safety.
  • COVID SAFE Marshals will be on duty at each venue throughout operating hours.
  • All staff and COVID SAFE Marshals will be required to complete a COVID-19 Infection Control and COVID MARSHAL Training before the Centre is permitted to open.
  • ALL staff and COVID SAFE Marshals will be responsible ensuring all participants and staff follow hygiene practices, physical distancing implement, recording attendance rolls, and sanitise equipment in addition to monitoring all visitors to the venues.


  • Cleaning protocols are outlined in the COVID Safe Management Plan on the website. Click Here to view
  • Participants and coaches will be required to bring their own water bottles to fill up from the drinking areas.
  • YMCA Gymnastics Club members will be asked bring their own spray bottle and a container for chalk to be used at bars.

Drop off and Collection points

The Club is extremely conscious of our responsibilities for safeguarding children and young people and we will require parental support and cooperation. The main entrance of the YMCA Newtown will be used as the entry point and will exit via the emergency exit door to the side of the building near the Container. For the safety of your children moving through the Newtown car park, we ask that parents walk children under the age of 12 to the front entrance.
Please note: The express drop off and pick up lanes have now been removed at Newtown.

At YMCA Arena- North Geelong, Parent/Guardians will be required to drop off & pick up children at the Level 1 Entrance foyer (Not in the Car Park) Coaches or a staff member will meet athletes at the Foyer Entrances (Newtown and North Geelong) and transfer duty of care at this points, please do not come earlier than 5 minutes prior to your class.

Toilets and Change rooms

The toilets will be available however we ask that all participants to attend training/ classes session ready to train as the change rooms may not be available. There will be no access to showers. Participants must wear shoes into the centres.

Returning to Training- Competitive Programs

Implementing a ‘Return to Training’ plan to ensure athletes have a progressive return whilst avoiding overload and injury. This will involve reduction of training load and hours and the use of softer surfaces to gradually reload the body. This plan is underpinned by State and National resources and will be dependent on the level of the athlete. Coaches will guide athletes through safe skill development in a time-frame appropriate with the athlete’s condition, ability, and training environment.

Furthermore, in assessing risk of transmission, some safety apparatus such as foam pits are temporarily prohibited to use to the extent previously utilised. Changes to equipment use may subsequently impact program planning including athlete skill development.


The experience within our community of people returning to on-site work and activities suggests that they find the experience quite unsettling.
We will be working a number of support agencies to implement for participants/coaches well-being sessions as we transition back to the club.

Meetings and gatherings

All scheduled meetings will continue to be held online until further notice.


Please do not come to training if you have any cold or flu like symptoms. Please emphasise this regularly to your children. If they should feel unwell, appear feverish or show flulike symptoms, please notify the coach or team manager when your child is nominated for a team.

If you or a member of your family/workplace is awaiting a COVID test result, please stay home and notify us if you are a Close Contact or have a confirmed case.

Timetables and Pricing

Your new timetable and pricing schedule will be upload to Team App for Competitive Gymnastic members. The pricing is based on a programs which include a mixture of onsite training, outside training and zoom sessions. Any queries in regards to these detail, please contact your Program Coordinator.



Schedules of Re-opening
From 28/10/2020- Junior recreation programs
From 2/11/2020 – Casual Basketball Shooting in Stadium, Facility Hire Groups- for children’s activities 18 years and under only

Restricitions apply as outlined above.


pdfYMCA Bannockburn Sport and Recreation Timetable

Recreation Parents Return to Gymnastic Letter

pdfClick Here for the letter

Pre School Parent Return to Gymnastics

pdfClick Here for the letter

Contact Us

Newtown Stadium
25-33 Riversdale Road
Newtown VIC 3220
(03) 5223 2714

North Geelong
110 Victoria Street (Enter off Baxter Street)
North Geelong VIC 3218
(03) 5223 2714

Camp Wyuna
71 Flinders Street
Queenscliff VIC 3225
(03) 5258 1656

YMCA Bannockburn
132 Milton Street
Bannockburn VIC 3331
(03) 5281 2316

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