There are some periods during the year when we have rain and/or poor air quality in Shanghai and we know this is a matter of importance for many of our parents. sportED has very clear policies and makes every effort to ensure we provide a safe environment for our children to learn in.
All of our programs from Early Years to Junior Programs follow our philosophy of combining sport and education. The program curriculum, specifically designed for each level, follows our 8 key steps of development which include aspects both on and off court.
Most topics we cover in our curriculum are on court such as general skills, technical and tactical development etc.. and some focus more on the educational side such as heath, nutrition and technical analysis. We use the bad weather times to focus on the off court aspects of the sport, always keeping the energy high and always learning.
To ensure we cover all of the curriculum we never cancel a lesson and always aim to have either a back up indoor court, indoor sports space (such as aerobics room or squash court among others) and lastly a classroom. We have materials prepared for each program to follow during these times following our curriculum and 8 keys aspects of development.
Rain or Extreme Weather Conditions
When it rains, is very hot or very cold the policy is simple, the lesson is never cancelled and all students are expected to come to play. Each venue and even program will have a different system in place depending where the indoor space is located (indoor space is always at the same venue as normal programs). A system will be in place as to where to meet the coach on drop off and where to pick up the children when the lesson has finished.
Regarding pollution levels across Shanghai, local authorities measure a number of air pollutants which, together, form the AQI index. This index is measured at several sites around Shanghai. Our team combine the average readings of the three sites closest to our facilities in order to make a decision on weather to play outdoor or indoor.
We monitor the AQI throughout the day and make a decision 1 hour before the program starts. Each venue and even program will have a different system in place depending where the indoor space is located (indoor space is always at the same venue as normal programs). A system will be in place as to where to meet the coach on drop off and where to pick up the children when the lesson has finished.
Missed Lessons & Make-Up Lessons
Just like at school we expect students to sign up for the whole term and commit to their training days and times.
However, if any student is ill or injured his/her parent/s or guardian must contact their Program Director, informing them of the situation by latest 12pm of the same day and arranging a make up lesson. In this case a doctors note should be provided.
If any lessons are missed due to illness or injury a make up lesson can be arranged. Which means attending another lesson of the same level another or extra day during the week at the same facility or another (Program Director should be informed accordingly) or at any holiday camps during or immediately following the term.
Please note there is a maximum of 3 make up lessons per term and any make up classes must be completed during the same term or the following holiday camps and are not credited to the next term.
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
When parents or guardians are dropping of their child or children, please kindly meet at the designated court or drop off point to meet a sportED coach or member of staff. sportED staff are always wearing their blue jackets with logo and neck badges to identify themselves. Please be sure to only drop of your children to a member of the sportED team. Your children safety is our first priority.
On Court Access
Just like at school we aim to implement the same levels of discipline and at the same time giving each and every child the chance to be themselves, open up and learn on their own time. For this reason and for reasons implemented by the facilities we work with we ask parents, guardians, ayis, drivers and others to drop of their child or children at the entrance to the court, to a member of sportED staff but NOT to enter the court or playing area.
There is one exception to this rule for our Early Year Programs (3-5 year olds) where we encourage parents to be involved in the lesson as assistants to the coaches, to support the group as a whole and keep order during the lesson. Each “volunteer parent” must tick the volunteer parent box and sign the registration form and must also wear a neck badge and sports or tennis shoes during the lesson. On the same note all children taking classes MUST wear tennis or sports shoes and if possible (less so for the younger children) sports clothes.
Food & Snacks
We encourage all children to bring a bottle of water or sports drink to their lessons but not snacks or food of any kind. They will be running, jumping, swinging and hitting balls and must not eat during exercise. Please arrange the snacks for either before of after the lesson. Facilities also do not allow food on the courts or playing areas.