Happy New Year, to everyone of our Affinity and Sapphire athletes and families.
As promised, I write today with further details of 'the plan' for the next month, which requires a response from you. As you will be aware, unfortunately the Tier 4 restrictions mean we are unable to reopen next week to physical classes as planned and we've already 'frozen' your usual membership with us.
We've (yet again) thought long and hard on what are the right things to do, by our athletes, our staff and our future ambitions.
What we do - promoting joy and fun in movement - is a key part of the solution to this current global health challenge. And longer term, is of value to our society, no matter how things may change.
Therefore, we can't or won't give up (and its not in our nature to). We also can not go bust through the impact of these restrictions.
Fortunately, we're a resourceful, determined bunch here and this time round we are ALL pulling together to move offerings online.
We're going all in - all Affinity, all Sapphire and all AffinityFit working together, collaborating our best offerings into one programme that everyone can find use and value (and fun!) from. It's pretty epic teamwork if I do say so myself. Plus, we have learnt from lockdowns 1 and 2 and further developed how we best do this.
Similar to the November lockdown, we've considered what aspects our athletes need to be successful - you need to be fit, you need to be strong, you need to be flexible, to be strong mentally and have great technique for your chosen activity. Each session covers one or more of these aspects and is open to athletes from any activity - there are just some age guidance in a couple of places to help us better cater for our older athletes (a piece of feedback from our older gymnasts from lockdown 2 that we've managed to implement for you). If no age is listed, it's suitable for all.
We have a weekly timetable, starting Monday 4th January (yes 2 days away!) with some slots varying week by week as follows:
4:00-4:30 Hiit Workout with Dan
6:30-7:15pm Flyer class with Lauren G
7:30-8:15pm AffinityFit Adult fun fitness with Jen (16yrs+)
5:30-6pm Flexibility Training with Eleanor
6:30-7:15pm Base class with Lauren I
6:30-7pm Special weekly workshop. Varies each week - Week 1 is back handsprings with Mia, Week 2 is jumps with Ash, Week 3 is tucks and layout drills with Mia and week 4 is cheer workout, coach TBC.
5:30-6:00 Special Weekly Workshop. Varies each week - Week 1 is freestyle with Dan, Week 2 is back walkovers with Lauren I, Week 3 is dance with Teagan and in week 4 we'll have a special quiz night, on the Friday 29th Jan 6:30-7:30pm.
Week 1 only 7th Jan: 7:30-8:15pm AffinityFit Mindset Session with Jen (16yrs+)
Week 3 only 21st Jan: 7:30-8:15pm AffinityFit Q&A session with Jen (16yrs+)
5:30-6pm Teen Training with Eleanor - 10years +
Quiz night - Friday 29th Jan 6:30-7:30pm
A fun fitness class for all ages to enjoy to keep those fitness levels up. Using our fun games and activities.
Different themed weeks to maintain and build stamina, strength and overall fitness.
A class to work on increasing flexibility - stretches and holds focusing on backs and shoulders one week and shoulders, legs and hips the next.
A class to work on technique for and development of a specific skill area each session. We'll use lots of drills and safe activities for use at home and be able to coach you interactively.
Working core strength, shapes and performance through conditioning and technique drills. Led by Sapphire coaches, gymnasts also welcome to build strength.
Building muscle memory and strength whilst working on grips through conditioning and drills. Led by Sapphire coaches, gymnasts also welcome to build strength.
Suitable for athletes 10yrs + working on the core attributes with added intensity, independence and adaptability.
A fun fitness class for all the family to join in with together. Affinity style - lots of games, creativity and fun for all (and maybe some friendly competition?)
Our recently new programme for adults, is included for everyone this month. Monday nights is a movement session suitable especially for those that don't like exercise. The Thursday sessions are pen and paper style. On the 7th Jen will teach an area of mindset to support us with finding fun in movement (even in lockdown) and on the 21st is an open Q&A session to pick Jen's brains. Read a bit more about AffinityFit here.
We know this time is adversely affecting a lot of people financially - ourselves included. That's why we feel the right thing to do, is to give you a choice in this. We've frozen usual memberships instead of enforcing our t's and c's that everyone must join online. The lockdown version 3 programme is opt in - you'll need to reply to this email to tell us you want to join. You'll also need to tell us the amount you agree to pay for the programme, with a minimum contribution of £20. If you are able to pay more, that would be fantastic, but we also understand if you can not.
Financially, our aim in this lockdown is simply to bring in enough income to pay our minimum costs. If everyone was able to contribute £20, we would easily cover this and would use any extra to be better prepared for reopening three. Plus we could work towards some new goals and ideas for developing what we do.
(If you are interested in how we're managing things financially as a small business, there's some additional info on our journey at the end of this email).
Our coaches and indeed the whole team here continue to be 100% committed to each and every athlete, and will do absolutely everything possible for us all to succeed both now through this period, and our on-going futures, which is why we have chosen yet again, to not to give up. We'll choose this again and again and again and appreciate each and every one of you for supporting us in our efforts as best you can.
If you can join us online: reply to this email letting us know the good news and also what amount you wish to pay. We start Monday but you can join at any point. We'll only pro-rata any fees from Monday 11th Jan. Payment will be requested through your DD when you sign up.
If you can not join us - there's no hard feelings. Your membership is already frozen and we'll be in touch when the situation changes. If you've any feedback on our online programme or any ideas that might help, we'd love to hear them.
Kind regards, cartwheels, toe-touches, back handsprings, palm spins and paperwork from all of us.
Epic Team Affinity-Sapphire-AffinityFit
For those interested in how we're managing this time financially as a small business: