Covid 19 guidance

Posted by Paul Jarvis on 5 April 2021


(This document acts as a risk assessment)

Teams that are training or playing matches must adhere to the following conditions.

All managers, coaches and spectators are to follow the latest FA Covid-19 guidance: (last updated March 24)

and the latest Government guidance: (last updated March 23)

For EYFC this means

  • Football coaches can organise competitive training and matches, but must risk assess their activities beforehand to ensure they minimise the Covid risk.
  • Matches with teams from other clubs are permitted, with social distancing being in place before and after the match, and during any breaks in play.
  • Teams using the same pitch on the same day should stagger kick-off times to avoid teams arriving before others have departed the ground.
  • To support NHS test and trace, all teams should clearly display a QR poster for their venue and ensure that all those attending either sign in to the venue using the NHS Covid-19 app, or provide written contact information.
  • Managers must keep a record of all attendees from their own team, including contact details. This should be retained for 21 days and then destroyed. They must also confirm beforehand that their opposition manager has a corresponding record of all those in attendance from their team.
  • Players, coaches and officials should sanitise hands before and after a game as well as during scheduled breaks throughout a game or training session. All participants must have access to hand sanitiser.
  • Coaches should limit persistent close proximity of participants
  • No spectators are allowed. The exception to this is that no more than one parent or guardian per child may attend for safeguarding reasons.
  • Those parent/guardians in attendance should not gather and must respect social distancing guidance at all times.
  • Goal celebrations involving close contact should be avoided
  • Equipment should not be shared if possible. Moving of goals and corner flags should be conducted by no more than two people. Equipment should be wiped down with antiseptic before and after use. If required, the club will reimburse the cost of cleaning materials upon production of the receipt. Antiseptic wipes are available in the container at the Rec for this purpose.
  • As per FA guidelines, parents/carers must confirm that no-one from the house the child lives in has any Covid symptoms prior to each game or training session. If they are unable to do so, they must not attend.
  • Before any match or session takes place, parents/carers must confirm to their manager that they have read this document, understand the risks involved in playing at this time and give consent for their child to take part. This should be done in electronic form, preferable by email. Should they wish to withdraw their consent at any time, they should do so electronically.
  • There should be no car sharing between different households or bubbles to reach the venue.
  • The Elsenham Memorial Hall will be open at weekends for toilet use only. A separate Covid-19 guide to using this facility and the procedure for entering and parking at the Recreation Ground has been posted on and should be sent to opposing teams before all games. A portaloo is available at both the airport and Rickling facilities, cleaning of which will be carried out by the providers.
  • Coaches must carry a face mask and gloves, in case of having to deal with a potentially life threatening medical emergency. If a participant is injured, a member of their personal bubble should attend. Non-bubble members can only compromise social distancing guidelines in a life- or limb-threatening situation.
  • Each child should be given a socially distanced space in which to leave belongings such as a drink. Coaches should not supply water bottles or look after any property.
  • Handling the ball should be avoided as much as possible. For training matches, throw ins should be replaced by kick ins. Players should retrieve balls using only their feet. Goal keepers must wear their own gloves and must not share them.
  • No venue should have more teams present at one time than the number of available pitches. In order to avoid overcrowding, managers should inform all other teams of where and when they will be playing at least 24 hours in advance.
  • EYFC executive committee, March 26, 2021

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