The national water polo base at the Lower Saxony Olympic Training Centre (OSP) was chosen as a reference project due to the complexity of the buildings and facilities as well as the extensive visitor flows. “At the beginning of the pandemic, we had to quickly adapt to the situation. Concepts, visitor lists, questionnaires and forms initially had to be created and maintained manually with a high level of personnel. With RLE INTERNATIONAL as a partner, we succeeded in digitalising the processes and making the operation of the base considerably safer,” says Holger Rähse, national base manager for water polo at the OSP.
In addition to the RLE hygiene station, a comprehensive rapid testing concept was set up together with the Waspo and White Sharks Hannover water polo teams. For the more than 60 squad athletes, the Lower Saxony Swimming Association (LSN) takes over the testing in cooperation with the clubs. RLE INTERNATIONAL supplies the site with the required and approved rapid tests and ensures continuous availability. Combined with the comprehensive hygiene concept of the DSV, this lays the foundation for safe operation of the Lower Saxony federal base.
“It gives us a good feeling to see the technical possibilities in action at the national base in Hanover,” says national water polo player and DSV athlete* spokesman Tobias Preuß of Waspo 98 Hanover. “We are happy that we can continue to train and prepare for future events. Concepts like those of the German Swimming Federation and RLE INTERNATIONAL are important building blocks to protect ourselves and others and not to stand in front of closed doors again at some point.”
In addition to competitive sports, however, swimming clubs and popular sports can also benefit from this and make their training operations Corona-compliant by using the digital solutions. The DSV and RLE INTERNATIONAL have developed a viable concept for this, which can be made available to all federations, clubs and sports facility operators in a modular manner and can be useful when reopening indoor and outdoor pools.