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COVID 19 / CORONAVIRUS

 The Club position on this is to always follow what the ACU advises:

We are planning to run a proper road trial on 11 October as a tester for the Northern Experts due on 7th November. Entry will be limited but big enough to see how to manage a distributed course and competitors. Tough rock and river sections for Experts, 50/50 and Clubmen. Probably with individual start / finish times and lots of Covid 19 control measures to keep things safe.

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We are running a 'Pilot' Trial on 2 August together with our friends at Macclesfield Trials Club

Entries full - if you have entered but can't come please withdraw your entry by Sat 1 August so we know and you will get your money back.

Venue Rough Heys Quarry - BIG and brilliant for trials, loads of grip even when wet.

Start Time 11AM

Rider grouping: riders will be grouped in groups of 6 and will inspect sections and ride the whole event in that group. They will start at the section with their group number. Grouping list will be here by end of Friday 31 July.

Observer list here

13 sections number of laps to be advised at start (weather dependant)

Only 2 routes (sorry Experts) you can ride of course but it might be a bit easy for you

On line entries using the ACU system now full 78 riders

Solo only

All adult and Youth A, B and experienced C classes (all as youth on the entry/results)

NO SPECTATORS, NO HELPERS, NO PETS, NO ONE NOT PRE ENTERED OR OBSERVERS NOT EXPECTED. We'll have 'bouncers' at the entrance!!

There are lots of special rules to follow to avoid possibility of spreading Covid 19 you'll need to check em out before entering as they are tough and thorough. Click here to see em.

 

Plans to run a Pilot Post Covid 19 Trial:

The club is busy preparing the documents needed to run a trial on Sunday 2 August. We understand the event will need to comply with the requirements of the Coronavirus Operational Plan linked below and all the updates issued since it was first published reflecting the day to day changing circumstances of the pandemic.

We are keen to share our experience in all the steps / paperwork / processes / on the day management with all our friends at other clubs in the general area who also run trials such as:

Cheadle Staffs,

Congleton,

Frodsham,

Hillsborough,

Macclesfield,

Mansfield Maun,

North Derbyshire Youth,

Pathfinders,

Sheffield and Hallamshire,

South Shropshire,

Staffs Auto,

Staffordshire Moorlands,

Sutton Falcons,

VMCC,

Winsford,

YMSA,

 

and look forward to hearing from some of them may be taking part by either riding, observing or being an official. We already know that no spectators or anyone not either riding, observing or acting as an official will be allowed to attend.

More details will continue to be here as soon as they can be reported.

The club is happy to share and be given advice from anywhere or anyone who can help ensure we do all we can to mitigate the effects of probable Coroavirus in the community.

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Message from the ACU Chairman – 13 May

ACU and AMCA plan return to motorcycle sport

 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 ACMA, have decided that a phased return to sporting events will commence in parallel with the Government’s Step Three. This coincides 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 - https://www.acu.org.uk/Uploaded/1/Documents/2020%20Event%20Paperwork/Coronavirus-Operational-Plan.pdf

 We would remind all members that these plans are subject to change, and will be taken in line with the latest UK Government guidance.

Kind regards

 

Neil Doctor

Assistant General Secretary

Telephone:  01788 566434

Website:  acu.org.uk

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Message from the ACU Chairman – 11 May

The UK Government's COVID-19 Recovery Strategy

Please find below a link to the UK Government's COVID-19 Recovery Strategy Document.  This is the Government's roadmap for how and when the UK will adjust its response to the COVID-19 crisis:

 click here

Kind regards

 

Neil Doctor

Assistant General Secretary

Telephone:  01788 566434

Website:  acu.org.uk

 

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) - ACU Statement #5

Message from the ACU Chairman – 24th March

Covid-19 Update

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 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!"

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.

Neil Doctor

General Secretary

Auto-Cycle Union Ltd

www.acu.org.uk

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) - ACU Statement #4

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.

 Take care

 

Roy Humphrey

Chairman ACU Ltd
 Auto-Cycle Union Ltd.
Registered in England and Wales, Registration Number 00134679
ACU House, Wood Street, Rugby.
CV21 2YX.
Telephone: 01788 566400
Email: admin@acu.org.uk

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) - ACU Statement #3

Tuesday March 17, 2020 at 10:46am

Statement on Covid-19

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

 Up-to-date information on COVID-19 can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) - ACU Statement #2

Neil Doctor

13/03/2020 12:58

Sent to all ACU Centres/Clubs

Dear all,

Following on from our email below and just to clarify, 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.

Following yesterday’s announcement by the Prime Minister that the UK has now entered the ‘Delayed’ phase of the Coronavirus, the ACU advise the following measures which should be implemented with immediate effect:

All meetings and seminars due to be held at ACU House over the next 4-week period will be cancelled/postponed, but, we will continue to monitor government advice.

Centres/Clubs to review their own policy with regards meetings/seminars

Officials licences which have, or are about to expire, will be extended until the end of the year.

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.

Kind regards

Neil Doctor

General Secretary

Website: acu.org.uk

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) - ACU Statement #1

Neil Doctor 13/03/2020 10:07

Sent to all ACU Centres/Clubs

Dear all,

Following yesterday’s announcement by the Prime Minister that the UK has now entered the ‘Delayed’ phase of the Coronavirus, the ACU advise the following measures which should be implemented with immediate effect:

All meetings and seminars due to be held at ACU House over the next 4-week period will be cancelled/postponed, but, we will continue to monitor government advice.

Centres/Clubs to review their own policy with regards meetings/seminars

Officials licences which have, or are about to expire, will be extended until the end of the year.

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.

Kind regards

Neil Doctor

General Secretary

Website: acu.org.uk