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Return to Football

Wednesday 31 March 2021 20:24 by Jon Trenwith

We are looking forward to our season resuming this Sunday, following the Government and FA announcements from earlier this month that grassroots youth football can return.

Return to Football

The fixtures for this Sunday (4th April 2021) were posted on our website and on social media a couple of weeks ago, and we are looking forward to picking up where we left off with the Cup competitions.

We just want to emphasise that all the rules that were put in place before the season was suspended will continue to remain in place. This means, amongst other things:

  • The FA have reiterated that no spectators are allowed at grassroots football unless its for safeguarding purposes, which should be limited to one parent or carer per participating child. The council have also told us this, as they want numbers at venues kept to a minimum. Unfortunately, this means that no sibling spectators are allowed.
  • The ball must be sanitised before the game and each time the ball leaves the field of play.
  • Managers must wear a face covering and gloves when dealing with injured players on the field.
  • Face coverings must be worn when entering the clubhouse, i.e. to pay fees.
  • As per our League Risk Assessment and FA Guidelines, each team should nominate a COVID-19 Officer, and it is that person who shall be responsible for ensuring that the COVID-19 procedures are being adhered to at the match for their team (not the referee).

We have included the link to the FA's most recent announcement below:

We also wanted to include some additional guidance that we have received from West Lancashire Borough Council:

1. Changing rooms and showers are not to be used.
2. Toilet facilities can be used if controlled and cleaned regularly.
3. For junior fixtures, no spectators are allowed, but each participating child may be accompanied by 1 parent/carer for welfare and safeguarding purposes.
4. For teams using Blaguegate Playing Fields (and White Moss Playing Fields) - please can teams notify their parents/carers of the need to park responsibly and to avoid parking on road verges and the shared access with the houses on Liverpool Road (and White Moss Road).
West Lancashire Borough Council

Here are links to our COVID-19 Risk Assessment and our previous resumption notice for ease of reference.

We would just like to finish by thanking everyone for your cooperation in following these guidelines. They should hopefully help to keep everyone as safe as possible under the current circumstances.

If anyone has any queries about anything to do with the league rules or COVID-19 procedures, please ask your Club Secretary to email our League Secretary, Jon Trenwith (jon@skemjfl.co.uk), and he will give them clarification and an official response.