Good Day, Flairs Family,
We hope you are all in good health and learning to cope with the new normal. We trust that the Level 3 lockdown has been a relief on some more families with regards to more resumption of work.
Thank you very much for your support during this uncertain time; SAGF has been given the go-ahead from the Department of Sport to resume trading and SAGF has provided Flairs with our compliance certificates.
Upon re-opening, we will have strict hygiene measures in place and we will limit our classes strictly to the maximum number of people we are allowed in the hall in accordance with the risk-adjusted approach from SAGF and the Department of Sport, Arts & Culture. For our Tiny Tiger and Baby Bear classes, it will be run as a parent-child class, each class will be limited to less parent-child units to take into account the additional parents.
We will reopen for Term 3 on Saturday the 4th of July at our Claremont branch and Plumstead branches.
Any member from any branch is welcome to attend classes at either Claremont (39 Cook Road @ Claremont Baptist Church) or Plumstead (corner of Churchill and Attlee Roads @ Naruna Scout Hall) until we can reopen at your usual branch.
We completely understand that many of you may not feel comfortable enough to return to face to face classes, thus we will continue with our Zoom option.
We will open a Zoom class on Saturday mornings so that your kids can tune in and be a part of the class even if they are not physically at the gym.
4-5 year olds : 09h00-09h30 R350 per term
6-8 year olds; 09h45-10h15 R400 per term
9+ year olds: 10h30-11h00 R450 per term
Ninja for all ages: 11h15-11h45 (included with zoom fee for age group)
Please see below for the updated calendar:
‘Make-up’ weeks are allocated for those who may have missed a lesson because they needed to self-isolate at any point during the term.
Term 3: Saturday 4 July – Friday 11 September (10 weeks)
Make-up weeks: Saturday 12 September – Friday 25 September
Term 4: Saturday 3 October – Friday 4 December (9 weeks)
Make-up week: Saturday 5 December – Saturday 12 December
Every gymnast or ninja that returns for face-to-face lessons will be gifted with a skipping rope which they should bring with them to class for their lessons.
Lastly, we are aware that these are very stressful times and that children will be returning to school as well. We do want to take this opportunity to highlight the benefits of gymnastics for child development, most especially coming out of this lockdown period. A sports physiologist reported that the extended lockdown has impacted the ability of gymnastics participants to achieve and maintain recommended guidelines of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity. Aerobic fitness, muscular power, and muscular strength are all important components to gymnastics training and may be beneficial in its potential to contribute to the development, regulation, and maintenance of the immune, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular and respiratory systems and can thus assist in strengthening the body’s overall immune response.
Further, gymnastics teaches a child their fundamental movement which is essential in the holistic development of a child. It assists in school readiness and assists in the development of the child’s brain for the benefit of socio-organizational skills, sensory processing, postural control, and bilateral integration of body awareness.
The Dominant Movement Patterns incorporating the ABCs of Agility, Balance, and Coordination are the foundation required for Foundation phase learners to keep up with the intense academic demands of literacy, numeracy, processing, and mental capacity. Gymnastics as a fundamental movement is not only the Mother of all Sports but is the best foundation of a holistic child’s development.
We are further encouraged by the statistics regarding the level of risk in children, especially below the age of 10, which is the majority of our Flairs gymnasts and ninjas. Lastly, we are aware of gymnastics classes that have already resumed in some school environments around the country with great success. These schools have specifically chosen to do gymnastics due to the physical and mental benefits of the sport for a child.
Thank you for your support, we look forward to seeing you face to face!