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This is an advance notice for the EGM that will be held on 20th February at 10am.  We invite clubs to make submissions before the close of business on Tuesday 25th January.  This can be done by sending proposals to Pat Kiely (clubsupport@rowingireland.ie).  Some proposals that were received by clubs earlier in the year have been incorporated into the board proposals where appropriate.

The board will be issuing their proposals within the next few days for clubs to consider.

All proposals will be issued on Friday 28th January 2022 as part of the formal EGM Notice.

Rowing Ireland is delighted to announce the two winners for the volunteers of the year award for 2021.

Thank you for all the nominations over the last few weeks and well done to all the nominees on their hard work and commitment all year.

Winners

Paul Gallen – Athlone Boat Club

Sinead Dolan – Commercial Rowing Club

Congratulations to both Paul and Sinead on winning Volunteer of the Year! Paul is the Treasurer of Athlone Boat Club and Sinead coaches the junior women with Commerical Rowing Club.

Volunteer of the Month 2022

We will be relaunching the volunteer of the month in January, keep an eye on our social media over the next couple of weeks.

Today sees the launch of the Club Self-Assessment Child Safeguarding Audit. The self-assessment process is compulsory for all clubs that have children or young members below the age of 18 in their membership.

Rowing Ireland wishes to support all clubs in this process and have prepared a range of templates and documents to assist you. A pack has been prepared and shared that contains the following documents:
• Video for Clubs completing the questionnaire
• Safeguarding Guidance document (Republic of Ireland Clubs, Sport Ireland)
• Step by step actions for clubs
• Useful Resources document
• Club framework for safeguarding standards in sport (Northern Ireland Clubs, Sport Northern
Ireland).

Additional useful documentation and resource information can be found on the Vetting and Safeguarding page of the website (click here). We have also created a new page on our website to share the editable versions of template documents, which can be adapted to suit individual clubs, and the documents listed above (click here).

This audit runs from the 17th of December 2021 to the 18th of February 2022, we encourage all clubs to start the process as soon as possible.

The Northern Ireland Executive guidance for Exercising and Sports as it relates to Rowing.

There may be further guidance relevant to educational settings.

FAQ’sQuestionAnswerReasoning (Information Resource)
1Can outdoor training take place?Yes.To determine the number of people permitted to attend or participate in an outdoor gathering, the person responsible for the gathering must carry out a risk assessment, and take all reasonable measures to limit risk of transmission.   Outdoor sporting activities/events of 30 or fewer do not need a risk assessment.
2Can club members travel outside their county?Yes.There is no restriction on inter-county travel. Guidance for travelling both internationally and within the Common Travel Area during the COVID-19 pandemic can be found at travel advice and guidance on the NI direct website
3Can changing rooms and club houses remain open?Yes.Changing rooms and shower facilities can be used, but you should avoid or minimize time spent where possible (for example, by arriving in kit and showering at home) and increase cleaning and ventilation.
4Can Gyms with plenty of room and ventilation be used while maintaining social distancing and apply strict sanitation protocols?Yes.All indoor sport, whether organised formally by your local sports club or informally by a group of friends, is permitted (subject to risk assessment and appropriate mitigations). A risk assessment, as set out in the regulations, must be completed where there will be over 15 people taking part.
5Can outdoor rowing events take place?Yes.To determine the number of people permitted to attend or participate in an outdoor gathering, the person responsible for the gathering must carry out a risk assessment, and take all reasonable measures to limit risk of transmission.   Outdoor sporting activities/events of 30 or fewer do not need a risk assessment.  
6Can indoor competition take place?Yes.All indoor sport, whether organised formally by your local sports club or informally by a group of friends, is permitted (subject to risk assessment and appropriate mitigations). A risk assessment, as set out in the regulations, must be completed where there will be over 15 people taking part.
7Can members travel together to and from training/events?Yes.Travel to and from sporting events When sharing transport e.g. private car when travelling to and from venues, it is important to maintain a flow of clean air though the vehicle. Ideally by opening windows back and front.
8Who do we need to keep contact details of during club activities?Yes.Record keeping A person responsible for an indoor sports facility, a gym, or an activity centre is required to obtain visitor information (participants and coaches) and record this in a filing system for 21 days from the visit.
9Does our club require a COVID-19 Compliance Officer?Yes.Designating COVID compliance officers is a good way to help with coordination of risk mitigation actions.
10Should the use of the covid doc 1 & 2 documents on the Rowing Ireland website continue to be used for events?Yes.The covdoc1 and covdoc2 documents have been updated to reflect the current guidance from the relevant governments.

The return to sport protocols put in place by sports governing bodies should be strictly adhered to including hygiene measures, social distancing and other mitigations.

Any behaviour which may encourage the risk of transmission around sports activities, such as car sharing, congregation of people on the side-lines and sporting celebrations, should be avoided. 

Sports governing bodies have a responsibility to ensure full compliance with the protocols and are expected to put arrangements in place to deal with non-compliant clubs, participants and coaches.  

Please see Sport Northern Ireland Return to Sport Guidance sportni.net/return-to-sport/ and NI Direct government services. nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-regulations-and-guidance-what-they-mean-you#toc-13

The Northern Ireland Executive guidance for Exercising and Sports as it relates to Rowing.

There may be further guidance relevant to educational settings.

FAQ’sQuestionAnswerReasoning (Information Resource)
1Can outdoor training take place?Yes.To determine the number of people permitted to attend or participate in an outdoor gathering, the person responsible for the gathering must carry out a risk assessment, and take all reasonable measures to limit risk of transmission.   Outdoor sporting activities/events of 30 or fewer do not need a risk assessment.
2Can club members travel outside their county?Yes.There is no restriction on inter county travel. Guidance for travelling both internationally and within the Common Travel Area during the COVID-19 pandemic can be found at travel advice and guidance on the NI direct website
3Can changing rooms and club houses remain open?Yes.Changing rooms and shower facilities can be used, but you should avoid or minimize time spent where possible (for example, by arriving in kit and showering at home) and increase cleaning and ventilation.
4Can Gyms with plenty of room and ventilation be used while maintaining social distancing and apply strict sanitation protocols?Yes.All indoor sport, whether organised formally by your local sports club or informally by a group of friends, is permitted (subject to risk assessment and appropriate mitigations). A risk assessment, as set out in the regulations, must be completed where there will be over 15 people taking part.
5Can outdoor rowing events take place?Yes.To determine the number of people permitted to attend or participate in an outdoor gathering, the person responsible for the gathering must carry out a risk assessment, and take all reasonable measures to limit risk of transmission.   Outdoor sporting activities/events of 30 or fewer do not need a risk assessment.  
6Can indoor competition take place?Yes.All indoor sport, whether organised formally by your local sports club or informally by a group of friends, is permitted (subject to risk assessment and appropriate mitigations). A risk assessment, as set out in the regulations, must be completed where there will be over 15 people taking part.
7Can members travel together to and from training/events?Yes.Travel to and from sporting events When sharing transport e.g. private car when travelling to and from venues, it is important to maintain a flow of clean air though the vehicle. Ideally by opening windows back and front.
8Who do we need to keep contact details of during club activities?Yes.Record keeping A person responsible for an indoor sports facility, a gym, or an activity centre is required to obtain visitor information (participants and coaches) and record this in a filing system for 21 days from the visit.
9Does our club require a COVID-19 Compliance Officer?Yes.Designating COVID compliance officers is a good way to help with coordination of risk mitigation actions.
10Should the use of the covid doc 1 & 2 documents on the Rowing Ireland website continue to be used for events?Yes.The covdoc1 and covdoc2 documents have been updated to reflect the current guidance from the relevant governments.

The return to sport protocols put in place by sports governing bodies should be strictly adhered to including hygiene measures, social distancing and other mitigations.

Any behaviour which may encourage the risk of transmission around sports activities, such as car sharing, congregation of people on the side-lines and sporting celebrations, should be avoided. 

Sports governing bodies have a responsibility to ensure full compliance with the protocols and are expected to put arrangements in place to deal with non-compliant clubs, participants and coaches.  

Please see Sport Northern Ireland Return to Sport Guidance sportni.net/return-to-sport/ and NI Direct government services. nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-regulations-and-guidance-what-they-mean-you#toc-13