Welcome to the March Talent Update.
It is with a growing sense of positivity and optimism that we can all at last begin to look towards a return to paddling as we welcomed the announcement last month of the government’s road map to recovery.
It was encouraging to read that from 29 March outdoor sport facilities will be allowed to reopen, and people will be able to take part in formally organised outdoor sports. We are still awaiting further guidance from the Department of Culture Media & Sport (DCMS) and Sport England on what this means and once this is published we will be working through what this means for our activity and any facility we access to ensure that we can begin to run England Talent Programme sessions as quickly as possible in a safe and controlled manner. More information and the Covid-19 mitigations in place governing these sessions will be communicated out to athletes through your programme coach or the Talent Covid Officer during this month.
This recent period has been hugely challenging for athletes, coaching staff and parents alike as everyone tries to balance conflicting priorities and demands. These last 12 months have been the challenge of a generation and one that we hope to never endure again. As a programme we are proud of all our athletes, their families and our staff in the way they have weathered the storm of the last year, showing grit, resilience and commitment throughout.