Covid-19 - Latest Guidance (18th July)

As of 18th July, the FA have introduced new guidelines around grassroots football

Coaches, players and parents should read these guidelines (linked to below) before organising or taking part in any football acitivity at Langton Green. It is each individual's responsibility to ensure they comply with the Covid-19 guidelines and to follow the latest government advice at all times. Thank you for helping us get our players active again in the safest way possible.


Return to Play Checklist...

Before any teams return to contact training or matches, all coaches, parents and players should have actioned the below:

1. Make sure you have read the latest FA and government guidance

Please read this page on the FA website and download and read the below documents from the FA before attending or organising any football activity. All participants are expected to have read the guidelines and are responsible for ensuring they stick to them.


2. Ensure all parents have completed and returned the parental consent form...

The FA's guidance states: "If you choose for your child to take part, you will need to give your written consent to the club and / or coach. Ensure you are comfortable with the club’s Covid-19 planning arrangements before doing so."

The wording for this can be found here. Please copy and paste as instructed on that page and e-mail it to your child's coach. No player can attend training under the new guidance until this has been done.

See below for the club's Covid-19 planning.


3. Read the below guidelines that are specific to our club...

In terms of the club's Covid-19 planning, as well as ensuring all coaches and participants stick to the latest FA and government guidance, we have the following restrictions in place that are specific to our setup:

  • Every participant should bring their own hand sanitiser. It is their responsibility to ensure they mark it with their initials, that they store it with their other personal belongings, at least 2 metres away from anybody else's belongings and that they ensure they use it before and after sessions, as well as when their coach requests they use it during sessions.
  • We recommend coaches place cones by the side of their training area or pitch, spaced at least 2 metres apart and assign each child a cone as they arrive, where they are asked to store their drinks bottle and any other personal equipment for the duration of the session. This ensures no congregating during drinks breaks and no mixing of personal items between participants.
  • Coaches should keep a digital record of who attended each session, along with a contact number for each participant (or their parent / carer if under 18). Remember to include officials and coaches in this and to consider GDPR and safeguarding guidance on the storage of data.
  • Training session slots (1 hour long) will be spaced out by 30 minutes to ensure plenty of time for one group to leave before the next arrives. All particpants are asked to leave promptly at the end of their session and to not arrive too early. There should be no loitering in the car park after sessions.
  • Indoor facilities (clubhouse / toilets) will not be open at this time. Once we have the ability to ensure the usage and cleaning of any indoor facilities can be in line with government and FA guidance, we will open them in due course.
  • No home friendly matches against other clubs can take place until further notice, unless a team has the permission of Chris Allen, Head of Football.
  • The club have assigned Covid-19 Officers, in line with the FA guidance, who will be responsible for keeping our guidelines and communications around Covid-19 up to date. These are Chris Allen ([email protected]) and our Child Welfare Office, Millie Woodliffe ([email protected]). Please e-mail them with any queries.
  • Guidance is changing frequently. You should always adhere to the latest government guidance and if in doubt, err on the side of caution.

Recommended Timeline:

The below, phased return to football is being recommended by the FA...

Until 31 July
When ready, you can begin competitive training, with the overall group size (inclusive of coaches) being limited to 30 people.

From August
Competitive matches to begin, for example pre-season fixtures, festivals and small sided football competitions.

From September
Grassroots leagues, men’s National League System, Women’s Football Pyramid tiers 3 to 6, and FA Competitions can commence.


Risk Assessment:

Part of the FA's guidelines around returning to football were that we drew up a risk assessment around the potential risks and how we were ensuring those risks were reduced as much as possible. This can be found here...


Remember...

If you don't feel comfortable getting back on the pitch, there is absolutely no pressure to do so and the club fully supports every one of our member's right to choose when they return. Please follow your own instincts and make your child's coach aware if your son or daughter has any anxiety around returning to football or any health issues that might make it difficult for them to return at this time.

And finally, if you, or any member of your household is exhibiting any of the symptoms of Covid-19, or if you have been contacted by the government's track and trace scheme and told you need to self-isolate, please inform your coach, do not attend any football activity and follow government health guidance on what to do next.

Stay safe.