Latest Guidance Documents issued for re-starting football activity during Covid-19
Sat 13th Jun 2020 @ 18:45:06 (591 Views)

Posted By : Julie Higgins

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Hi all, hope you are well.  From the meeting last Thursday night I promised to share the guidance for commencement of training and a risk assessment that a club had completed for commencing training sessions.  Please see these documents attached and the FA Guidance which was updated on the 12th of June.  

I have added this in word so you can adapt it for your club and added a couple of lines that I have spotted from the updated guidance but remember this risk assessment was written following the 1st of June guidance so will need further work to pull it in line with the new FA guidance, it is just a start and must address all the points in the FA guidance.  Please also remember controls in your risk assessment are not just things written on paper, they must be achievable for your club. 

The guidance documents are also based around a clubs' normal training venue, not public spaces,  where you have no control as control measures needed in public areas - ie parks, will be very hard to monitor, it may be too busy to maintain social distancing for everyone involved, the playing surface may be unsuitable and it will be difficult to monitor how many people are passing/walking around your session in a public area. There is a guidance document for training providers attached which gives clear outlines of what is expected from them before they allow training to recommence on their facility.   Insurance issues also need to be considered as well as safeguarding guidelines in accordance with the FA document - a minimum of 2 people with an FA DBS check is required for each session so again this will be difficult to maintain in a public park if you are completing sessions with just 5 players rather than at your normal venue with others around.

The Government have also introduced track and trace measures which would take into account any contact with the coach/players during sessions if they are undertaken.  If someone is diagnosed with Covid19 then everyone they have come into contact with will be asked to self isolate for 14 days so it is worth adding this to the disclaimer for players/parents to sign as this may not be possible for some people and they may not wish to risk that outcome if they/their child attends sessions.

I have seen a few posts on the football resource pages referring to training and saying that one coach can oversee two groups, this is not the case - in line with the FA Guidance one coach per group of 5 players is needed and the coaches and players must not interchange between the groups.

The key here is to remember that safety and avoidance of contracting Covid19 should be paramount in any training activities and if clubs do not feel the measures in their risk assessment cannot be achieved then training should not be undertaken. The decision to resume training must also be club led rather than the decision of individual coaches as described in the FA guidance.

The league accepts no responsibility for any teams undertaking training sessions during the Covid19 outbreak.  The guidance has been produced by the FA and not the league.  PLEASE REMEMBER THE ONUS IS ON CLUBS - NOT INDIVIDUAL COACHES - TO DETERMINE IF COMMENCING TRAINING IS SUITABLE FOR THEM AT THE PRESENT TIME. CLUB OFFICIALS SHOULD COMMUNICATE THE DECISION TO THEIR COACHES AND THIS MUST BE STRICTLY ADHERED TO BY ALL AT THE CLUB.

This is the link to the FA documents if you would prefer to view them a different way. 

http://www.thefa.com/news/2020/jun/12/grassroots-covid-19-update-120620

Many thanks.

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