News & Events

    AtLAS BodyTalk Gym and Tennis Courts Reopening

    (from the email sent to all AtLAS members on Friday 2 April)

         

    The government’s roadmap for reducing COVID-19 restrictions in England should move to its next step from Monday 12 April, meaning we'll be able to welcome you back to the BodyTalk Gym at Adastral Park from then. We’re also reopening the outdoor tennis courts from Tuesday 6 April.

    All of the rules are either legal requirements and/or BT safety and site management requirements. We’ll let you know as/when they change. For now you’ll need to book a time slot for both the gym and tennis courts.

    If your subscription payments were already started (towards the end of 2020) and you now want to use the gym or tennis courts, you’ll be able to access the AtLAS online booking system at atlasleisure.sportsoft.co.uk to book time slots. Your membership was paused from 26 December and will now been activated again. If you paid on 28 December, no further payment will be taken until 28 May, as you have a month in credit.

    If we haven’t already restarted your membership and subscription payments and you now want to use the gym or tennis courts, you’ll need to contact us to restart - details are below.

    Gym

    The same rules and procedures as last autumn/winter are in place. The Gym will open from Monday to Friday (excluding Public Holidays) from Monday 12 April. To be allowed on-site and in the gym you’ll need to:

    • Reactivate your AtLAS Silver Membership if needed. Contact our AtLAS Administrator to request this. Your subscriptions will then restart.
    • Book a time slot (session), when your membership is reactivated. This is to make sure we don’t exceed the maximum number allowed in the gym under the social distancing rules. You need to make your booking by 14:00 the day before you want to use the gym; before 14:00 on Friday for Monday bookings. Bookings can be made well in advance though. Bookings are made via the AtLAS online booking system at atlasleisure.sportsoft.co.uk NOT via the AtLAS website atlasleisure.org.uk.
    • Collect a Site Pass – AtLAS site passes are not currently valid. Unless you have an employee pass, you will need to collect a daily visitors site pass from the main reception for every visit.

    The gym booking sheet will be sent to Adastral Park Reception at 14:00 the day before your booking (by 14:00 on Friday for the following Monday). If you're not on the list (= you've not booked a time slot), you won't get a site pass and won't be allowed on-site. Don’t waste a journey - please make sure you're booked in well in advance!

    The gym changing rooms/toilets/shower are closed. The only wash-basins and toilets available will be those in the Reception building.

    Please read these guides for further help and details:

    Tennis Courts

    We’re pleased to be able to open the outdoor tennis courts again from Tuesday 6 April.

    Like the gym there’ll be rules and procedures in place, for you to be allowed on-site and to use the tennis courts. For now the Tennis courts will be open weekdays only (excluding Public Holidays) for hourly sessions, from 08:00 to 18:00 and there’ll only be one court available in the double court area.

    To book/play you’ll need to:

    • Reactivate your AtLAS Bronze or Silver Membership if needed. Contact our AtLAS Administrator to request this. Your subscriptions will then restart.
    • Book a time slot (session), when your membership is reactivated. You need to make your booking by 13:00 the day before you want to use the courts; before 13:00 on Friday for Monday bookings. Bookings can be made well in advance though. Bookings are made via the AtLAS online booking system at atlasleisure.sportsoft.co.uk NOT via the AtLAS website atlasleisure.org.uk.
    • Note: Bookings are for 1 hour sessions. There’ll be 30 minute gaps between sessions. The last session will be 17:00 to 18:00.
    • Provide Player List to AtLAS for *ALL* your players - send a player list to our AtLAS Administrator at the same time as you make the booking. The list will be used to issue Site Passes to anyone who does not have an employee pass - see below - and may also be used for NHS Test & Trace if needed.
    • Collect Site Passes (all players as needed) from Reception – AtLAS site passes are not currently valid. Unless you and/or the other players have an employee pass, you/they will need to collect a daily visitors site pass from the main reception for every visit.
    • Collect/sign-out padlock key from Gatehouse. Both court areas are currently padlocked. Only you - as the member who booked - can collect/sign-out the key for your court.
    • Lock court area and return padlock key to Gatehouse promptly, when your session is ended. Please make sure you return the key to the Gatehouse within 15 minutes of the end of your session, so it’s available for the next session.

    The tennis court booking sheet will be sent to Adastral Park Reception at 13:00 the day before (13:00 on Friday for the following Monday). If you're not on the list (= you've not booked a time slot), you won't get a site pass and won't be allowed on-site. If you haven’t sent a list of the other players, they won't get a site pass and won't be allowed on-site, unless they have an employee pass. Don’t waste journeys - please make sure you're booked in well in advance!

    Playing rules:

    • Use the hand sanitiser gel provided on the court fence before, during and after your session.
    • Keep socially distanced; do not touch your face during play.
    • 4 players maximum per court; no spectators in the court area.
    • Return any tennis balls with your foot or racquet.
    • Avoid touching gate or latch - operate gates with your foot or racquet.
    • Avoid touching nets - alert AtLAS or Tennis Club if adjustment needed.

    The AtLAS clubhouse with changing rooms/toilets/shower is closed and locked. The only wash-basins and toilets available will be those in the Reception building.

    Different rules will apply for Tennis Club matches, as they’ll be a supervised organised activity.

    Please contact our AtLAS Administrator or leave a message on 03316 510036 if you have query.

    With best wishes,

    AtLAS Executive Committee
    BodyTalk Gym Committee
    Pro-Fitness Gym Team

     

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    Bodytalk Gym Tier 4 Closure from 26 December

    From email sent to active AtLAS Silver (gym) members:

    [Due to Tier 4 restrictions in Suffolk]

    Following the latest Government announcement, we now have to close the BodyTalk Gym again from 26 December 2020!

    All payments and membership will be suspended for the duration of the Tier 4 restrictions, unless you wish to continue your payment to support the Gym. To do this please send a message to atlasleisure@yahoo.com.

    When we're able to reopen, we'll restart all memberships as they were when we close down again at 18:00 on Thursday 24 December. We're simply "pressing pause", as with the November lockdown. If you have requested for your membership to remain frozen or for it to be reactivated - you don't need to do anything further. Once we reopen, we'll "press play" and everything should be as it was before.

    We'd really like to thank everyone who has used the BodyTalk Gym in September, October and December. The response to the new rules, booking sessions, cleaning of equipment and social distancing in the gym continues to be fantastic and has made the gym a safe place to workout.

    We hope you and your families all manage to have an enjoyable Christmas and stay fit and well. As soon as we can in 2021, we will be back in touch about reopening.

    With best wishes,

    AtLAS Executive Committee
    BodyTalk Gym Committee
    Pro-Fitness Gym Team

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    Bodytalk Gym Reopens from 2 December

    From an email sent to active ATLAS Silver (gym) members ...

    Following the government's latest announcement that gyms can re-open under the new post-lockdown COVID-19 restrictions tiers, we're pleased to let you know that the Bodytalk Gym will open again on Wednesday 2 December 2020.

    All the rules and procedures that were in place before the four-week lockdown will continue to apply … booking a session, cleaning the equipment before and after use and booking in by 14:00 the day before for non-Adastral Park employees.

    As we notified you in November, all AtLAS membership payments were paused when we closed for the lockdown. They'll now be automatically restarted in December, so there's no need for any further action from you.

    We are looking forward to seeing you all back in the gym very soon and by continuing where we left off, by following the necessary rules and procedures, we can again make the Bodytalk Gym a safe place to workout.

    With best wishes,

    AtLAS Executive Committee
    BodyTalk Gym Committee
    Pro-Fitness Gym Team

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    Bodytalk Gym Lockdown Closure from 5 November

    Message as sent to all AtLAS Silver members:

    Following the government's lockdown announcement at the weekend, we are being forced to close the Gym again, from Thursday 5 November until at least Tuesday December 2 (inclusive).

    All payments and membership will be suspended for the duration of the new lockdown, unless you wish to continue your payment to support the Gym. To do this - please send a message to the AtLAS Administrator (select from 'Message For').

    When we're able to reopen, we'll set up all memberships as they are when we close down at 18:00 this Wednesday, 4 November. We're simply "pressing pause" this time, so if you had requested your membership to remain frozen or to be reactivated you don't need to do anything further. Once we're open, we'll "press play" and everything will resume. That's as long as there are no further government rule changes!

    This news is not what anyone had hoped for, but we would really like to thank everyone who has used the BodyTalk Gym since September. The response to the new rules, booking sessions, cleaning of equipment and social distancing in the gym has been fantastic and has made the gym a safe place to workout.

    We hope that everyone and their loved ones stays fit and well during this second lockdown and as soon as we are able to, we will be back in touch about the reopening date.

    With best wishes,

    AtLAS Executive Committee
    BodyTalk Gym Committee
    Pro-Fitness Gym Team

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    Ipswich Diving Club joins AtLAS as an Associated club

    Welcome to Ipswich Diving Club (aka 'iDive'), who are joining AtLAS as an Associated Club!

    Associated clubs are independent clubs with in the local/nearby community promoted by AtLAS to Adastral Park people and their friends and families.

    Check out their club page for more details and how to meet and join the club.

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    Bodytalk Gym Reopening

    UPDATED: 12 October 2020

    We're very pleased to announce we have reopened the Bodytalk Gym following an agreed phased plan approved by BT’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO):

    • Phase One – All Adastral Park employees have been able to access the site to use the gym from Monday 7 September 2020. Note: To work in an office on site you still require your Line Manager approval.
    • Phase Two – All other BodyTalk Gym members  (i.e. employees = Friends & Family and retired) are now able to access Adastral Park and begin using the Gym - from Monday 12 October. There are strict site access rules and procedures in place. You MUST read this specific guidance for non-employees - including the linked documents before visiting the gym. You should have already received a similar email if this applies to you.

    As you'd expect, things are going to be different when you return to the Gym. In brief:

    • You'll need to book a timeslot to work out:
      • Register on the AtLAS Booking website (NOT the atlasleisure.org.uk site), if you're not already registered (atlasleisure.sportsoft.co.uk).
      • There'll be:
        • No access without a booking
        • Maximum of 20 slots per session
        • Phased opening times
    • Your Membership Payments:
      • We'll be restarting Silver (gym) member monthly payments for those members returning to the Gym; this will allow you to use the AtLAS Booking website.
      • There'll be no more cash payments in the Gym. There'll be an option to pay by (contactless) credit/debit card instead.
    • There are new Gym rules/procedures - to keep everyone safe ('COVID-19 secure'). You must comply with these. These include:
      • Gym inductions/instructions on the new procedures.
      • No changing and shower facilities at the Gym for now.
      • No sweat towels allowed; but please bring a water bottle.
      • You'll need clean the equipment before and after use (there'll be cleaning stations around the gym for this).
      • One-way systems and social distancing in place.

    Further details are in this document. Please read it carefully.

    We look forward to welcoming you back to the Gym. Please be respectful and patient with the Gym team, who are there to help and guide everyone to follow the rules and procedures, so the Gym can reopen and stay open safely.

    Other AtLAS facilities at Adastral Park remain closed for now. We are still working closely with BT's CMO and Health & Safety, to hopefully be able to open at least some of the facilities shortly.

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    AtLAS AGM 2020 - 23 September

    AtLAS Annual General Meeting 2020


    The AtLAS AGM for 2020 will take place from 12:00 - 13:00, Wednesday 23 September, via Microsoft Teams (video meeting).

    AtLAS AGMs are normally attended mainly by AtLAS club and society representatives, however any AtLAS member is entitled and welcome to attend. This year, due to the coronavirus pandemic and the limited number of people working at Adastral Park, the AGM will be held using Microsoft Teams only; there will be no physical meeting.

    Please click on this link to attend:
    Join AtLAS 2020 AGM (at 12:00 23 September 2020) 

    After clicking the link you can open Microsoft Teams in a browser windows. You may need to give the browser permission to use your webcam video and audio. Alternatively you can download, install and use the Microsoft Teams application. Windows and MacOS downloads are here. You can download Microsoft Teams for Android and iOS/iPadOS devices from their 'app stores'. Outside BT you will join as a BT plc Guest.

    Please contact Darren Barnes, AtLAS Administrator, with any queries - via the AtLAS Website Contact Form (FAO "AtLAS Administrator").

    The Agenda and last year's AGM Minutes for the AGM are available here.

    Please note:

    Vice Chairman: Ian Read intends to resign as AtLAS Vice Chairman at the AGM, after over eight years serving on the Executive Committee. At the time of writing AtLAS is still looking for a replacement; someone willing to volunteer their time and skills to help the Adastral Park Community. Could this be you? More Details.

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    Bodytalk Gym and AtLAS Sports & Leisure Facilities Update


    We
    recently sent to the following update to all AtLAS members:

    Our apologies for the delay in issuing this update. We were hoping to have a firm decision and direction by now; for this reason we’ve held off getting in touch. We understand, of course, that many of you are keen to resume your AtLAS sports and leisure activities.

    BT’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO) has not yet authorised the re-opening of workplace gyms. However we’re in discussions with him, to see if he will change this position for the Bodytalk Gym at Adastral Park - a large and supervised facility, unlike some BT workplace gyms. We’ve been doing a lot of work to make sure the Gym is COVID-19 compliant, including making sure the equipment can be used whilst maintaining social distancing. We’ve completed an extensive risk assessment that demonstrates our compliance. This is being presented to the CMO shortly and we’re hoping for a positive outcome.

    Once a decision has been made regarding the Gym, we should have a greater insight into the requirements and the possibility of opening the other (self-booked) leisure facilities at Adastral Park. e.g. Snooker, Table Tennis, Tennis Courts, Sports Hall etc.

    Unfortunately we can’t say any more at this stage, We appreciate this is very frustrating for our members. We are working extremely hard to gain senior stakeholders approval. AtLAS membership fees will remain suspended for now.

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    Ady's 12 hour ride for EACH COVID-19 Emergency Appeal

    What do men do in their sheds? In the case of Adrian Pettitt, AtLAS member and Bodytalk Gym Treasurer - a 12 hour sponsored ride on his indoor trainer bike on Friday 1 May.

    Adrian is raising funds for the East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH) - COVID-19 Emergency Appeal. The EACH charity shops are currently all closed, due to the coronavirus lockdown, so EACH needs your donations more than ever.

    Ady says: "Yes, a 12 hour indoor cycle ride!  Not something I’m particularly looking forward to!  I’ve never done more than 2.5 hours on an indoor trainer before and wouldn’t say that was particularly enjoyable! I appreciate that there are a lot of sponsorship and charity requests at this time but if you can spare anything, all donation are greatly appreciated."

    DONATE ONLINE

    More details on Adrian's Facebook page (for Facebook friends).

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    CORONAVIRUS: BODYTALK GYM & ATLAS FACILITIES CLOSED / ATLAS SUBSCRIPTIONS SUSPENDED

    UPDATED 13 APRIL

    The Bodytalk Gym and the various AtLAS sports and leisure locations at Adastral Park are currently CLOSED to AtLAS Members and their guests, following the Government instructions issued on Friday 20 March.

    The instruction stated all “gyms and leisure centres” were to close with immediate effect, to further minimise social interaction, to combat coronavirus spread. Since then Adastral Park itself has been closed to all but essential workers and the Government's stringent 'lockdown' restrictions on personal movement have been imposed.

    BT Security have been instructed not to admit anyone to Adastral Park to access the gym and other facilities.

    Whilst the Bodytalk Gym and AtLAS facilities at Adastral Park remain closed, we've suspended both ATLAS Bronze and Silver* monthly subscriptions. (* = with Gym). For those paying via;

    • BT salary deduction - unfortunately BT Payroll had already processed deductions for March salaries by Friday 20 March. Further deductions - from April onwards - have been suspended. We'll apply the March deduction as a credit (i.e. a free month) when Bodytalk Gym and other AtLAS operations resume.
    • Direct Debit - deductions were effectively suspended from Friday March 20.

    Note:

    • Your monthly subscriptions are paid in advance.
    • Your Bodytalk and/or AtLAS membership will continue 'as is'.

    If you have any queries, please either leave a message on 0121 230 7391 or contact us via the AtLAS website Contact Form.

    Please stay safe and well during these challenging times. We hope to welcome you back as soon as we're allowed to do so, though realistically that may be a while yet.

    With best wishes,

    AtLAS Executive Committee and BodyTalk Gym Committee

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