Following the government’s roadmap announcement on 22 February and further clarification from DCMS, the FA have issued guidance on the return of outdoor grassroots football. This applies to all activity at Stalybridge Celtic Juniors. Here are the key messages from the guidance and link to the full FA report.
- Outdoor grassroots football can return from Monday 29 March
- No spectators are allowed at grassroots football as part of step one of the Government’s roadmap. One parent or guardian per child is permitted, where clubs and facilities can safely accommodate this and following all appropriate guidance.
- As organised sport can resume, all participants may travel to games but should avoid travel at the busiest times and routes, as well as minimising any unnecessary journeys where possible.
- Changing rooms cannot be used and must remain shut. Toilets will be allowed to open, 30 minutes before and 30 minutes after training and/or matches.
- All government guidance on hygiene and social distancing measures must be followed.
- Indoor sport is not currently allowed
We can’t wait to return to football. Please help to make sure we don’t have to stop activities again by following all guidance from the club, leagues, and venues.
It’s extremely important that everyone involved in grassroots sport continue to strictly follow both the UK Government’s latest guidance on COVID-19 and respective bespoke guidance documents from the FA. Any incidents of non-compliance will be reported to the local County Football Association.
In line with current Government guidance, all participants (players, coaches, club and match officials, volunteers, spectators etc.) should check for symptoms of Covid-19. If an individual is symptomatic and/or living in a household with a possible Covid-19 infection they should remain at home and follow Government guidance. In addition, any participants who have been asked to isolate by NHS Test and Trace because they are a contact of a known Covid-19 case, must not exercise outside their home or garden and must not exercise with others.
Clubs and facility providers must adhere to the NHS Test and Trace system. This means ensuring information for all training sessions and matches is collected.
All players, officials, volunteers and spectators must undergo a self-assessment for any Covid-19 symptoms. The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
• A high temperature (above 37.8°C);
• A new, continuous cough;
• A loss of, or change to, their sense of smell or taste.
This self-assessment should be done before each training session and must be recorded in regular risk assessments. It is important to note that no training session should take place without this having been done.
Words | Liam Whitehead