Covid-19 is a highly infectious and dangerous disease. A resumption of contact play is only achievable if those involved create and maintain a controlled environment that minimises the threat of infection.
Risk in sport cannot be completely eradicated but with caution and care these risks can be reduced.
Each player will need to decide when to return to contact football, based on their own circumstances and the arrangements that have been put in place for a safe
return. This is particularly the case for players from BAME communities or those with underlying health conditions.
All those returning to competitive grassroots football must adopt the following code of behaviour:
- Be aware of your own personal health. If you show any of the Covid-19 symptoms you must stay at home, inform NHS Test and Trace and seek medical advice. Before each training session and each match you MUST on the day of the session or match complete the online questionnaire at https://bit.ly/2DQct6X
- Be responsible. Read the guidance provided by The FA and by your club so that you are aware of the changes to the game and what is expected of you. This
will include things like being prepared to wash your own kit, bringing your own labelled water bottle and hand sanitiser and being aware of changes to meet-up times.
- Practise good hygiene. Wash your hands with hand sanitiser regularly and before, during and after a game. Balls and equipment should as much as possible not be handled except as required by a coach. In particular balls that go out of play should be moved using your feet.
- Where possible maintain social distancing. This won’t always be possible in a competitive match environment (for example when tackling an opponent)
and that is acceptable. However, before, and after a game, during half time and during any other breaks as well as during travel too and from the venue you should maintain social distancing.
- Support NHS Test and Trace. You’re likely to be asked to provide your details using https://bit.ly/2DQct6X so that in the event of a Covid-19 outbreak those potentially infected can be traced. This is to everyone’s benefit so please cooperate.
- Do not spit. Spitting and the rinsing out of mouths is now a recognised risk to health and must not be done. Avoid shouting or raising your voice if face to face with other players. Chewing gum is also banned whilst taking part in football activities at the club.
- After the game. Be aware that other users may be waiting to use the facilities. Changing rooms and showers are likely to be closed and any socialising must follow the Government’s guidance on social distancing.
Training session and match day check list
For each training session and match day
- Complete the online SBC self assessment questionnaire before you travel at https://bit.ly/2DQct6X
- Bring the following
- Your issued match day kit (league and up matches)
- A blue shirt (pre season friendlies)
- Both a white shirt and a blue shirt (for all training sessions)
- A named water bottle
- A named container of hand sanitiser for use before, during and after the session/match
- Named sunscreen and medication (if required)
- A payment card (cashless payment only now)
- Any personal kit
- Arrive changed and ready to play and shower afterwards at home,