THE FA HAVE RELEASED UPDATED GUIDANCE (18-JULY-2020) PERMITTING RESUMPTION OF COMPETITIVE TRAINING AND MATCHES.
Managers, Captains, Players, Spectators should read and understand the information below
The FA released their latest guidance on the return to competitive training and matches this weekend. We have digested this information and have commenced the necessary work to implement these latest measures. The safety and wellbeing of our members is of upmost importance to us therefore we are writing this message to everyone to update them on the latest situation from the club.
In this latest guidance, the UK Government and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) have sanctioned the return of competitive (contact) training and matches. The FA recommend the phased approach and the club will be following this:
- Until 31st July 2020, competitive training can commence with up to 30 people providing the necessary risk assessments, plans and briefings to coaches are in place.
- From 1st August 2020, competitive matches in the form of pre-season friendlies and small-sided football competitions can commence in line with the club risk assessments, plans and FA rules/guidance.
- From 1st September 2020, league matches can commence in line with the club risk assessments, plans and FA rules/guidance.
The club will keep updated with the latest FA guidance/rules throughout this period to ensure compliance.
What will the club be doing?
The club are required to put together a comprehensive plan, risk assessment and implement the necessary safety measures required to allow the resumption of competitive training and matches. We are in the process of doing this.
So far, we have or are in the process of:
- Digested the information provided by the FA to understand the measures we need to put in place to ensure the safe resumption of competitive training and matches.
- Updated our risk assessments, plans and guidance in alignment with the FA guidance/rules.
- Assigned a COVID-19 Safety Officer who is responsible for the implementation and compliance of COVID-19 safety measures.
- Purchasing Hand Sanitiser, Disinfectant Spray, Paper Towels and Emergency Aid Face Masks for all our teams including excess stock to allow for replenishment.
- Implemented system to enable NHS Track and Trace for all training sessions and matches.
- Hosting briefings with all our managers/captains to educate them on the safety requirements and expectations to ensure compliance.
Only once managers, captains and teams have the necessary safety measures in place then they can resume training sessions and eventually matches (from 1st August).
Who is the Club COVID-19 Safety Officer?
The designated Club COVID-19 Safety Officer is:
- Edward Glover – firstname.lastname@example.org
You should contact Ed if you have any questions or concerns regarding COVID-19 safety measures.
Please note that for any welfare concerns, you should contact the Club Welfare Officers:
- Kevin Quinn – email@example.com
- Rory Vermulen – firstname.lastname@example.org