Up­dated guid­ance for grass­roots game

Windsor & Eton Express - - Sport -

The FA has up­dated the guid­ance given to coaches and play­ers of grass­roots foot­ball teams fol­low­ing an eas­ing of re­stric­tions from Gov­ern­ment.

The as­so­ci­a­tion re­leased a doc­u­ment last week to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion for play­ers, coaches, fa­cil­ity op­er­a­tors, par­ents and car­ers in­volved in the restart of grass­roots foot­ball, with re­stric­tions chang­ing slightly from July 4. This in­cluded prac­ti­cal tips for coaches work­ing with in­di­vid­u­als, pairs or in slightly larger groups.

The lat­est Gov­ern­ment guid­ance per­mits foot­ball train­ing and fit­ness ac­tiv­i­ties in groups of no more than six, in­clud­ing the coach, while keep­ing so­cially dis­tant at all times. There should be no phys­i­cal con­tact with any­one out­side of your house­hold or bub­ble.

The FA said it con­tin­ued to be in ac­tive dis­cus­sions with other sports, Sport Eng­land and the Depart­ment of Dig­i­tal Cul­ture, Me­dia and Sport as to how it can aid the safe re­turn of com­pet­i­tive grass­roots foot­ball ‘as soon as is rea­son­ably pos­si­ble’.

The doc­u­ment for adult grass­roots sport said the phased re­turn of the game fol­low­ing COVID-19 must be done with care­ful con­sid­er­a­tion for ev­ery­one’s safety – es­pe­cially vul­ner­a­ble groups. It urged groups re­turn­ing to train­ing to fol­low the guid­ance strictly.

Play­ers must main­tain good hy­giene such as hand wash­ing be­fore, dur­ing and af­ter ses­sions and they should also travel to train­ing in sep­a­rate cars. Chang­ing rooms, show­ers and club rooms should re­main closed, but ac­cess to a toi­let may be per­mis­si­ble.

Play­ers should avoid touch­ing equip­ment, cones and foot­balls fre­quently, if put out by a coach, and park­ing and one-way sys­tems around the club should be im­ple­mented if pos­si­ble.

Drinks shouldn’t be shared by play­ers. Any­one who be­comes symp­to­matic either be­fore or dur­ing the ses­sion should stay at home or re­move them­selves from the ses­sion.

Re­stric­tions for clubs changed slightly from July 4.

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