ACU Statement: Return of Sport and Recreation - UK Government Advice
Tuesday May 19, 2020 at 10:13am
Please find below the latest UK Government advice for the phased return of sport and recreation in England.
We are also requesting advice about track days and commercial practice tracks. The ACU do not issue permits or provide insurance for track days and commercial practice tracks. We recommend that ACU members continue to follow the latest government advice, that is people can go outside more than once a day for exercise, alone, with members of their household, or with 1 person from outside of their household as long as they are following social distancing guidelines. You must still only exercise in groups of no more than 2 people, unless you are exercising exclusively with members of your household.
You can now travel for physical activity. Ideally use your nearest, local appropriate venue to reduce pressure on transport infrastructure. But you can travel to outdoor open space irrespective of distance. You shouldn’t travel with someone from outside your household unless you can practise social distancing.
We will not be permitting any competition until Government are happy to move from the current Step 2 to Step 3, envisaged for the 4th July at the earliest, and subject to organisers being comfortable with organising events with the strict rules that would need to be in place. Covid-19 Risk Assessments for each race discipline are almost finalised. Road Racing and Grass Track have been sent out to Organisers and Motocross, Trials and Enduro will follow shortly. The Risk Assessments are being drafted to provide guidance and advice to Organisers as to what Control Measures need to be put in place. It should be noted however, that each Organiser should also conduct their own RAMS (Risk Assessment/Methodology Statement) to suit local needs.
Auto-Cycle Union Ltd
ACU and AMCA plan return to motorcycle sport
Wednesday May 13, 2020 at 10:00am
The ACU Board of Directors met virtually yesterday (12th May 2020) to discuss the phased return to motorcycle sport following Monday’s publication of the UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy.
The ACU, in partnership with the AMCA, have decided that a phased return to sporting events will commence in parallel with the Government’s Step Three. Thiscoincides with the reopening of remaining business, public places and leisure facilities which have been required to close. As of 12th May, Step Three is due to begin from 4th July but this is under constant review. We will assess the situation again when the Government implements Step Two, envisaged to be the 1st June.
In the coming weeks, the ACU and AMCA will publish guidance documents for organisers looking to run restricted events after this time. This will give organisers time to consider the implications of continued social distancing and prepare future events safely.
In order to reflect the differences in devolved administrations, no British Championship Enduro, Motocross, Trials or Speedway will take place until travel restrictions between England/ Scotland/ Wales/ Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man have been lifted and other factors considered, in line with Government guidance.
The ACU and AMCA would like to thank all our members for their patience during this difficult time, and we appreciate the steps taken by many individuals, clubs and organisations to support local communities during these unprecedented events.
For further information, please see the ACU’s Coronavirus Operational Plan here. We would remind all members that these plans are subject to change, and will be taken in line with the latest UK Government guidance.
ACU Statement : Covid-19 Update - 24th March
In light of recent developments in the COVID-19 crisis, and following the address to the nation by the Prime Minister on the evening of 23rd March, the Auto-Cycle Union has today extended its suspension of all organising permits for motorcycle events until at least 31st May, but this will be constantly reviewed.
This move provides clear guidance to event organisers, clubs, venues, competitors, officials of the role that the Auto-Cycle Union must play in supporting the broader UK public health agenda.
Auto-Cycle Union Chairman, Roy Humphrey explained, “The government have required that we effectively lock-down for a period of three weeks, however given that the most vulnerable in our society are required to isolate for three months, we feel it only sensible to propose a longer suspension for all motorcycle sport. This is a time of national unity and we need to come together with the broader public community to do all we can to support this battle and ultimately save lives. This evening, Health Secretary, Matt Hancock said the Government is launching a new scheme to recruit 250,000 volunteers to support the NHS through the coronavirus pandemic. A quarter of a million volunteers, people in good health to help the NHS, for shopping, for the delivery of medicines and to support those who are shielding to protect their own health. We may not be involved in any sporting activities, but, we could help support the NHS through this pandemic!"
The Auto-Cycle Union will continue to monitor the prevailing advice from the UK Government in respect of the COVID-19 international pandemic and will update the motorcycle community accordingly.
Message from the ACU Chairman – 19th March
Dear Members, Officials and Staff
For over a hundred years the ACU, it’s committee’s and staff have served it’s members whether they be riders, passengers, support crew and families, it’s supported it’s clubs and members, event officials and their families, we’ve worked with event promotors, medical support teams, sponsors, journalists, manufacturers and the motorcycle sporting industry, insurers and legal companies, rights of way representatives and politicians and we’ve always managed to keep motorcycle sport running in the most challenging circumstances.
At the time of writing and as you know the virus is spreading across the country and as seen across the World with devastating consequences, we share the families afflicted sorrow and as thousands of people suffer it’s not a time to be organising sporting events and as seen by our World representative for motor cycle sport the Federation Of International Motorcyclists FIM they have postponed all World and Continental Championship events.
As we wait for better times you may have questions for the ACU team at Rugby who are there to help and will answer your questions if possible but to make it a bit easier for them you will find most information on the ACU web site www.acu.org.uk then when we return to racing or trials the ACU staff and the many thousands of officials that organise and run the events will be ready to get your season started.
I need to say that myself and the ACU Board appeal to members to not ride their competition motorcycles in any circumstances during this period because to ride a competition motorcycle you know there are risks to yourself and others. Please think that if your seriously injured riding a competition motorcycle you will use valuable medical resources which may result in you being ultimately responsible for somebody else’s failure to receive the appropriate life saving treatment.
Through the coming weeks please think of others and help us all get through these unprecedented times.
Chairman ACU Ltd
Corona Virus Update (17th March)
Surrey Schoolboys have been informed by the ACU that all competitions and social events are to be suspended until 30th April. Regrettably this means that the next 3 trials will be cancelled, and the next trial will be on 2nd May at Trumps Mill.
The full statement from the ACU is as follows:
On behalf of ACU
It is with regret that the ACU are suspending all competition and social activity until 30th April 2020, but this will be constantly reviewed. This is in response to the emerging guidance issued by HM UK Government in response to the outbreak of COVID-19.
All permits for events during this time will be cancelled and reimbursed in full to the organising club/ promoter. As the National Governing Body would ask all ACU Members to act responsibly and follow the Government’s guidance during this difficult time. We have a responsibility and duty of care to our staff who will be working from home, so please be patient with any queries you may have.
As of writing (17th March 2020) HM Government have advised:
- - Persons to work from home where possible
- - People over the age of 70 to minimise social contact
- - Emergency services will not support mass gatherings
- - Stop non-essential travel
- - Avoid pubs, clubs, restaurants and cinemas
This statement is supported in its entirety by AMCA
Corona Virus Update
The latest statement from the ACU on COVID-19 is that all competitions and social activities are suspended until 4th July 2020.
Corona Virus Update (13th March)
Currently Surrey Schooloys Trials Club will run the scheduled events, but we continue to monitor guidance from the UK Goverment and the Auto Cycle Union (ACU).
Today (13th March) the ACU have provided the following advice to affiliated clubs:
We are not cancelling events, these are to continue and we will closely monitor government advice around events and public gatherings and will publish additional updates as and when necessary in line with UK government guidelines.
The ACU recognise many of our members and those associated with the sport are often involved in close contact with others when travelling, working, meeting or attending and competing in events and we continue to closely monitor government advice around events and public gatherings and will publish additional updates as and when necessary in line with UK government guidelines.
Our main priority and commitment is to the health, safety and security of everyone who represents our organisation. As such we would respectfully ask anyone who has any cold or flu like symptoms not to attend any such events/meetings.
FIRST GEAR TRIALS CENTRE CLOSURE
As you may have heard First Gear Trials will be closing its gates due to land being redeveloped, a great shame as yet another piece of land goes.
Andy has always supported us as a club and has asked if we could advertise his 4 OSET 20 ECO'S that he has for sale, if interested look on the for sale page of this website.
Southern Youth Shield Photos
Here is a link to the photos from the Southern Youth Shield last weekend. The password is southernyouth