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Restarting grassroots football

Restarting grassroots football

By David Wands
27 March 2021
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Updated guidance for step 2 of government roadmap


To permit club football to resume, we need to follow current FA guidance to keep a COVID safe environment and minimise any risk of spreading the virus.

  • Before attending any activity all participants (players, officials and parents/carers) must assess themselves for COVID symptoms. If you feel unwell please DO NOT attend the session; phone 111 and follow NHS COVID advice.
  • Spectators are allowed on public land such as Penns Place and Love Lane, but they must follow social distancing rules.
  • A parent or carer should be present at training or matches in case first aid is needed for their child.
  • Use the NHS track and trace QR codes and app to check-in. There are separate QR codes for Love Lane or Penns (available to download below).
  • Players can travel to training and matches but should follow government guidelines on safe travel.
  • Players, coaches and officials should arrive changed and shower at home
  • Players should bring their own named drinks bottle and not share with others

Outdoor competitive match play is permitted. However, before and after matches, and at all times off the pitch, participants should maintain social distancing:

  • Ball handling should be kept to a minimum with most contact via a boot;
  • Coaches are encouraged to limit persistent close proximity of participants during match play and training;
  • Group goal celebrations should be avoided;
  • Equipment should not be shared. Where possible, only coaches should only handle equipment in training;
  • Apply hand sanitiser immediately before and after each session.

The full FA guidance is available here

The club has drawn up a COVID risk assessment which is available below. Updated 11th April 2021.

Players should only return to football activities when they feel confident to do so and parents/guardians feel the activity is safe and right for them. Parents/guardians need to give their consent using the online form available here.

If you have any concerns then please contact a team or club official.

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Love Lane one-way system for social distancing

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NHS QR code for Love Lane

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NHS QR code for Penns Farm playing fields

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COVID-19 Risk Assessment v10

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