UPDATE 22nd March: A further inspection of the field today has proven that it is still not quite ready to be used as is not fully dried out. This coupled with the fact we never have Agility/Flyball training on Mothering Sunday (next week) means we have postponed agility and flyball classes restarting until 6th April 2014.
As members registered on the current term of Agility & Flyball classes at our Kensworth Canine Sports Faculty will know; the weather at the start of this year has led to the cancellation of Sunday training classes since the start of the year.
The recent unprecedented bad weather has completely saturated the training field over the last few weeks and the brief days of sunshine have hardly dried out the puddles, let along allow the ground to recover.
As a responsible training provider safety for the dogs and handlers is of paramount importance and over the last few weeks the condition of the ground was such that slips and injury to dogs and our handlers would have been highly likely. Coupled with this we must consider the safety of our instructors and volunteers along with the potential that using the field whilst it is in this condition now, may damage the ground even further and destroy the grass long into the summer months.
I along with trusts board have reviewed the situation carefully. We want to create the best learning environment for you, your dogs and give you the best chance to achieve your certificate and courses in a safe and enjoyable environment.
As so many weeks have been missed out of this course term , the weather forecast remaining bleak and the need to allow the ground to recover to protect it, we feel that this course should for the time being be suspended.
ALL AGILITY & FLYBALL CLASSES WILL BE SUSPENDED UNTIL SUNDAY THE 6th APRIL 2014.
We hope that scheduling this period will help get over the worst of the bad weather and allow the ground to recover ready for use again. Feedback from members also showed they appreciated early warning of Sunday cancellations etc.
For members registered on the current course you do not have to do anything, simply come along on Sunday 6th APRIL 2014 when the course will start as originally planned for January.
We as a responsible training provider feel this under the circumstances is the best move forward and hope that all members can appreciate that we didn’t take this decision lightly, but we do feel that this is the best and safest option open to us.
We look forward to seeing you on Sunday 23rd March 2014. If you do have any concerns or questions please do not hesitate to contact us.
Gary Gregory E-SQP RCH
Head Of Canine Sports, Central Bedfordshire Canine Trust