Covid-19 Risk Assessment

As part of our return to football planning, the FA asked every club to carry out a risk assessment specific to Covid-19. The potential risks and the club's actions around those risks are included below. If you have any queries around these, please contact either Millie Woodliffe ([email protected]) or Chris Allen ([email protected]) who are acting as our Covid-19 Officers.


Specific Risks & Actions to Reduce Risks

Risk: Transmission of Covid-19 at football activity...

General:

  • All participants will be asked to read the current FA guidelines thoroughly before attending any football activity and if they haven't already, to have a parent complete and return our Covid-19 consent form to their coach by e-mail.
  • All participants will be asked to bring their own, initialied, hand sanitiser to sessions.
  • Coaches will have read the FA guidelines.
  • Sharing of equipment such as goalkeeping gloves should be discouraged. If absolutely necessary, these should be sanitised with an alcohol-based hand sanitiser in between uses.
  • Discourage close contact of individuals (hugging, goal celebrations etc).
  • No spitting or sharing of drinks bottles.

Use of Indoor Facilities:


  • Provide hand sanitiser for those using indoor facilities such as toilets and display information encouraging good hand hygiene.
  • Indoor facilities should be cleaned after each session, with particular attention paid to surfaces that may have been touched by multiple people (toilet flush handles, taps, soap / paper towel dispensers, door handles etc).


Risk: Positive test / symptoms before or after football activity...

  • Anyone testing positive for Covid-19 via either lateral flow test or PCR test should immediately let their coach and the club's Covid officers know and not attend any further football activity until their isolation period is over.
  • All parents will need to provide a contact phone number to their child's coach. Special care should be made by coaches with regard to any new players who may be trialling for their team, whose details they may not already have.
  • Coaches should keep a record of who attended each session for track and trace purposes. Remember to consider GDPR and safeguarding guidance on the storage of data.
  • Anyone attending football activity should be reminded that if any of the following apply, they cannot attend under any circumstances:

    • They (or anyone they are living with) are exhibiting symptoms of Covid-19 (at the time of writing these are a new, continuous cough, a fever or high temperature, or a loss of their sense of smell or taste).
    • They (or anyone they are living with) has tested positive for Covid-19 and has not completed their self-isolation period or received negative test results for all symptomatic members of their household.
    • They have been told to self-isolate by the government track and trace service, the NHS track and trace app or by a health official.


Risk: A participant exhibits Covid-19 symptoms during football activity...

The participant in question should be kept socially distant from others, in line with government guidance, whilst all other safeguarding criteria are met. If a parent or guardian is not present, they should be informed immediately and asked to collect their child at the soonest possible time.


Risk:
Children feel pressured into returning to football before they are ready...

  • Coaches should make it clear to parents and players that they are under no pressure to return to football if they do not feel it's safe. It is entirely their decision and that decision will be respected by the club and supported fully.
  • Equally, if a coach does not feel ready to return at this stage, they are under no pressure to do so and under no obligation to provide training sessions at this stage.


Risk: A player has had Covid-19 and is now in recovery...

  • The FA's First Aid Guidance released on July 16th contains the following paragraph: "Any player who has had Covid-19 symptoms should seek / follow advice from a health care professional on when is best to return to training. Assuming the player is no longer symptomatic, has fully recovered and has finished their required self-isolation period a return to sport can be considered. Those players who have had symptoms lasting more than seven days during their illness, even if asymptomatic at the time of returning to football, should have full medical clearance before returning to training. If symptoms resume, or players feel unwell or have persistent tiredness on return to training they should consult their own doctor".
  • Players (and parents) may feel they want to return immediately to full match play directly after having had Covid-19, but Covid-19 is a complicated illness that we still don't know very much about - and many people suffer longer term effects from it that affect their ability to play sport to the level they did prior to infection.
  • Coaches should not pressure players who are struggling with post-Covid symptoms to play more than they feel they can manage and should work with players and parents to slowly help them return to fitness in a step by step way.


Risk: Participants may have health conditions that make them particularly at risk from Covid-19

Action: It is individual parents' responsibility to make their coaches and the club aware of any health conditions any participant may have that may put them at higher risk from Covid-19 and those same parents' responsibility to decide whether they are comfortable with their child attending football activities, based on the guidelines we have in place.

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If you have any questions on any of the above, please contact Chris Allen or Millie Woodliffe on the e-mail addresses at the top of this page.