RUGBY SECTIONADVERSE WEATHER & AIR POLLUTION POLICIES
TYPHOON / RAIN STORM POLICY
In the June magazine a Typhoon and Black Rainstorm warning notice was printed on page 4. Please note that the Notcie has been re-drafted as follows;
- Upon the hosting of Typhoon Signal no. 8, or above, the Club Premises shall be cleared within 30 minutes of the raising of such Signal
- If such Signal is lowered between 5.00am and 5.00pm, such facilities of the club as management shall decide will be reopended that day within two hours of such Signal being lowered
- If such Signal is lowered between 5.00pm and 5.00am the Club will reopen at 7.00am
BLACK RAIN NOTICE
- Upon the issuance of a Black Rainstorm Warning, the club, or some of its facilities, may be closed
– if T3 training as usual.
– if T8 no training.
– if T8 goes up during training, then the session will be stopped immediately
– if a black rain storm warning no training
– if a red rain storm warning no training
– if an amber rain storm warning training as usual
– if a red rain storm warning goes up duriing training, then the session will be stopped immediately
AIR POLLUTION POLICY
Air Pollution is a fact of life in Hong Kong that requires the close attention and vigilance of all parents and coaches. Hong Kong Football Club Mini Rugby Section is particularly concerned with the welfare of
all of its players and coaches, and has consequently devised this air pollution policy to ensure their safety, and to try and ensure they do not play/coach in conditions that could cause long term damage
to their health.
There are two different indices that will be used to assess the safety of training. The first is the Hong Kong Government’s Air Quality Health Index, which can be accessed using the following link:
http://www.aqhi.gov.hk/en.html – the nearest station to the Football Club is Causeway Bay. The basis for these HKFC guidelines is the Education Bureau’s ‘Dos & Don’ts for Arranging Physical Activities During the Health Risk Category at High, Very High and Serious Levels (Applicable to Primary and Secondary Schools)’.
The second scale that will be taken into account is the Air Quality Index, found by following this link: https://aqicn.org/city/hongkong/ (using the Causeway Bay figure). The criteria for these guidelines has
been developed with reference to the US Environmental Protection Agency’s ‘AQI Basics’. It is the responsibility of all parents and coaches to check the AQHI and AQI before taking their child to training. If the air quality is particularly poor, or if training is going to be cancelled, an email or text message will be sent to parents and coaches by the Club, Head Coach or Team Manager before training
The Hong Kong Football Club Mini Rugby guidelines for each air quality level are as follows:
|AQHI||AQI||HKFC Mini Rugby Guidelines|
|1-7||0-150||Training will carry on as normal for all players.|
|8-9||151-200||Attendance at training is at the parent’s/coach’s discretion. The sessions will still run, but there is no compulsion for players/coaches to attend if they are concerned about the potential health effects to them/their children. Should a parent decide not to send their child to training, when the air quality is within this band, it will have no bearing on the team or squad that your child is a part of.|
|10 & 10+||201+||Training will be cancelled for all players.|
NB: Special consideration should be given to those children with heart, respiratory or chronic illnesses who should consider reducing their activity when level 7 AQHI or 101 AQI is reached. It is also important
that parents ensure their children have appropriate medication with them at training, and they have informed their coaches, before commencing exercise.