Grassroots football training was permitted to return last month which was wonderful news for the players and coaches at Stalybridge Celtic Juniors.
The new rules, set out by the FA, mean group sizes are limited to five players and one coach max and everyone must keep 2-meters apart at all times. The new rules took some getting used to for the players and extra effort from the volunteer coaches to plan training sessions adhering to social distancing, but the response has been overwhelmingly positive, most importantly for the junior players to be able to see their friends at football again.
Chairman Mike Taylor said ‘The coaches at Celtic Juniors have come together to help each other by sharing ideas for practice and support each other to deliver good training sessions whilst abiding by the new rules. The biggest benefit has been for the players to be able to see their friends again after so long with no football and no school for most. The new rules have taken some getting used to but it’s great to take a big step towards the return of junior football. Hopefully, it won’t be too long before football as we know it is back and we are able to also open the Soccer School as well.”
At this time, with numbers anywhere from 60 to 120 players, it isn’t possible to open the Saturday Soccer School. As soon as we are able to open we will share this on the club’s website and social media.