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Statement: Coronavirus (Covid-19)

See below the Derbyshire FA's statement regarding the current coronavirus (covid-19) outbreak.

The below statement is currently the most up-to-date information we have relating to the coronavirus.

The FA have today issued new guidance documents for adult players, coaches, facility operators, parents and carers involved in re-starting grassroots football activity during Covid-19.

These documents have been produced in line with Government guidance issued on Monday 1 June, which saw the easing of lockdown restrictions on gatherings, public spaces and outdoor activities and the phased return of outdoor sport and recreation.

The return of grassroots football is something that we know many are keen to see, but at this stage of the nation’s response to Covid-19, it must be done with careful consideration for everyone’s safety, especially vulnerable groups.

We continue to work closely with DCMS and Sport England in order to set out good practice guidance for those responsible for delivering different aspects of grassroots football. As the weeks progress, Government restrictions may or may not be eased further. If they are, we will update our guidance accordingly. It’s essential everyone is clear about the restrictions and works together to manage social distancing and strong hand hygiene.

We want to thank you all in advance for playing your vital part in helping our great game get going again. By observing Government guidance and these documents, let’s work together to ensure the transition back to enjoying football is as smooth and safe as possible.

Please note that guidance is being developed for clubs with teams competing in the National League System (NLS) and will be shared with clubs directly in due course. NLS clubs with grassroots teams should be able to use the guidance provided today.

The guidance documents can be downloaded below.

 

FA Football Activity Guidance - For Adult Players

FA Football Activity Guidance - For Coaches

FA Football Activity Guidance - For Parents and Carers

FA Football Activity Guidance - For Provider For Football Activities

The Derbyshire FA Team.

 12/06/20 - 13:00

ALL STATEMENTS SO FAR

The FA have today issued new guidance documents for adult players, coaches, facility operators, parents and carers involved in re-starting grassroots football activity during Covid-19.

These documents have been produced in line with Government guidance issued on Monday 1 June, which saw the easing of lockdown restrictions on gatherings, public spaces and outdoor activities and the phased return of outdoor sport and recreation.

The return of grassroots football is something that we know many are keen to see, but at this stage of the nation’s response to Covid-19, it must be done with careful consideration for everyone’s safety, especially vulnerable groups.

We continue to work closely with DCMS and Sport England in order to set out good practice guidance for those responsible for delivering different aspects of grassroots football. As the weeks progress, Government restrictions may or may not be eased further. If they are, we will update our guidance accordingly. It’s essential everyone is clear about the restrictions and works together to manage social distancing and strong hand hygiene.

We want to thank you all in advance for playing your vital part in helping our great game get going again. By observing Government guidance and these documents, let’s work together to ensure the transition back to enjoying football is as smooth and safe as possible.

Please note that guidance is being developed for clubs with teams competing in the National League System (NLS) and will be shared with clubs directly in due course. NLS clubs with grassroots teams should be able to use the guidance provided today.

The Football Association

Updated Guidance on permitted grassroots football activity during COVID-19 –1 June 2020


The FA has today issued further guidance to all grassroots football and informal football activity outside the professional game following The Government’s relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions from 1 June 2020.

Consistent with Government advice, published on Monday 1 June, the following outdoor football activity is currently permitted:

- playing football individually e.g. practice of individual skills or fitness activities;

- playing football with your family or other people living in your household;

- football training or fitness activities in groups of no more than six, keeping two metres apart at all times. Sharing of equipment should be kept to a minimum and strong hand hygiene practices should be in place before and after. Physical contact with anyone outside of your household is not permitted, therefore, playing of any games (small-sided or full) is also not permitted at this time. Avoid meeting in groups of six in busy or overcrowded areas, if it is so busy that it is not possible to maintain social distancing at all times.

- football coaches can now undertake small group sessions up to six people (including the coach) but are reminded to follow The FA safeguarding policy when coaching/working with children. This must include risk assessing the activities, gaining consent from parents/carers and ensuring you are in sight of another adult e.g. parent/carer or another coach and that the ratio of coach to different age-groups of children is appropriate – see download 5.5 .For clarity, the additional parent/carer or coach is not included as part of the group of six but must remain in sight of the activity.

- it is permissible for coaches to organise a training session that has two or more groups of six (including the coach) involved as long as the groups of six are kept separate, everyone is socially distancing, and strict hygiene measures are in place with any equipment.

- football coaches working with people with impairments must ensure they can adequately cater for any additional needs whilst still avoiding physical contact and maintaining social distancing. Individuals should follow Government guidance relevant to their own impairment or health condition.  

Please be reminded, if an individual is symptomatic, living in a household with a possible COVID-19 infection or if you are classified as extremely vulnerable on health grounds, the guidance is that you should remain at home.

The FA continues to work closely with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) and Sport England in order to provide good practice guidance for those responsible for delivering different aspects of grassroots football and we will share further information as soon as possible.

This is an evolving statement, that will be updated and expanded to include new questions and answers received over the next week, so please check back regularly to see updated information.

The Derbyshire FA would like to provide you with a current update regarding the situation following the latest government guidance;

The Football Association – Guidance on permitted grassroots football activity during COVID-19

The FA has issued guidance to all grassroots football and informal football activity outside the professional game. 

Consistent with Government advice, published on Friday 15th May 2020, the following outdoor football activity is currently permitted:

• playing football individually e.g. practice of individual skills or fitness activities; 
• playing football with your family or other people living in your household; 
• an individual can play football with one other person who is not from their household. 
• coaching an adult player one to one. 

All social distancing guidelines must be followed.

Additionally, maintaining a grass or artificial football pitch is permitted, as long as social distancing and appropriate hygiene practices are adopted. 

If an individual is symptomatic, living in a household with a possible COVID-19 infection or if you are classified as extremely vulnerable on health grounds, the guidance is that you should remain at home. 

The following football activity is not permitted at this time, consistent with Government guidelines:

• coaching a child (U18) from a different household one to one. In order to comply with The FA’s safeguarding policy, a child must have a parent/carer with them, which doesn’t comply with Government social distancing requirements; 
• two or more people from one household playing with one person or more from outside their household. 

The FA will continue to work with the Government and Sport England in order to provide guidance to grassroots football as the Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy moves to the next phase.

• Whilst the County FA took the difficult decision to place a number of staff on the furlough scheme, certain staff members are working remotely to provide as much support to clubs and leagues as possible. 
• Please direct any enquiries to email info@derbyshirefa.com and we will respond as swiftly as we possibly can.
• The situation regarding Covid-19 is incredibly fluid and it is impossible to say at this stage when and how football will be back. Like you we are already desperate for it to return!
• We hope that things will be back to normal next season, but it certainly remains a definite possibility that there may be a delay. The government will determine when and how the current restrictions that are in place are lifted and only once it is safe to do so will The FA permit grassroots football to start again. 

We are in a time of great uncertainty and understand that you, like us, will have concerns about how and when it will be feasible to get back to playing the game that we all love. Simply put we don’t know at this point, in reality the 2020-2021 season is likely to be different to the traditional format that we are all used to. Covid-19 represents a major challenge for all sports at all levels but the benefits that grassroots sport has on the community will never be more important. Physical and mental wellbeing will be key as it is a fact that healthy lifestyles can protect us from getting ill in the first place and reducing social isolation.
 
It is important that we face these challenges together as a football community and I can assure you that there is a great deal of hard work going on in the background by our Board and remaining staff who are working on support packages to assist our members to return to the game. We are in constant communication with the Football Association who in turn are regularly receiving guidance from the Government with regards to grassroots sport moving forward. Our plans, including the membership fees for the new season will be announced when there is more detail in regard when we can start playing again and when it is appropriate and relevant to do so.

We would encourage all clubs to review all of the financial support options being offered by various bodies such as the GovernmentSport England, Local Authorities and the Football Foundation to help ease the financial burden and to contact us if we can be of any assistance 

The Derbyshire FA are working to ensure that the grassroots football community is kept as up-to-date as possible with the latest information and recommendations relating to coronavirus.

The NLS and the women’s football pyramid were able to build a consensus amongst their leagues and, where possible, aimed to create a consistent approach across all leagues, whilst taking into account the unique characteristics of each individual league.

As a result, The FA and NLS steps three to six have reached a consensus that their 2019-20 season will now be brought to an end, and all results will be expunged. This will mean no promotion or relegation of clubs between NLS steps three to six, and no promotion to NLS step two. These decisions will also apply to the leagues and clubs who play at NLS step seven.

Furthermore, we can now confirm that The FA have decided that all grassroots football is concluded for the 2019-20 season. This will allow the game to move forward and to commence planning for next season. We will be supporting grassroots leagues over the coming days to determine how they should close out their current competitions.

Further updates will be added to this page as appropriate.

Read the latest information about the situation in the UK, along with guidance for what to do if you think you’re at risk, on the government website.

The Derbyshire FA are working to ensure that the grassroots football community is kept as up-to-date as possible with the latest information and recommendations relating to coronavirus.

Following The FA’s announcement yesterday, advising that all grassroots football in England is postponed (including training), we can confirm that the DCFA office has been closed, and our staff team will be working from home for the foreseeable future. 


Throughout this period, the business will run as normal, you can still contact us via the phones, and our customers should not see a major change in our functioning.

We are also taking the action to postpone all DCFA events and activities during this time. This includes ALL COURSES AND COUNTY CUP FINALS. While the previous advice related to the postponement of finals due to be played before the 3rd April 2020, this now includes ALL nine County Cup Finals.

Further updates will be added to this page as appropriate.

Read the latest information about the situation in the UK, along with guidance for what to do if you think you’re at risk, on the government website.

The Derbyshire FA team.

17/03/20 - 11:00am

The Derbyshire FA are working to ensure that the grassroots football community is kept as up-to-date as possible with the latest information and recommendations relating to coronavirus.

Following the government’s announcement today, for people to avoid social contact and gatherings where possible, The FA are now advising that all grassroots football in England is postponed for the foreseeable future.

Throughout this period, we have taken government advice with the priority being the health and wellbeing of all. The FA are in regular communication with the government and the situation within English football at all levels remains under regular review.

Further updates will be added to this page as appropriate.

Read the latest information about the situation in the UK, along with guidance for what to do if you think you’re at risk, on the government website.

The Derbyshire FA team.

16/03/20 - 18:30pm

The Derbyshire FA are working to ensure that the grassroots football community is kept as up-to-date as possible with the latest information and recommendations relating to coronavirus.

Following the release of our statement earlier today we have discussed what action we will be taking to deal with the outbreak of the virus.

Effective immediately, we have decided to postpone all County Cup fixtures due to be played before Friday 3rd April 2020. 

This includes the Senior Challenge Cup final between South Normanton Athletic and Belper Town, the Divisional North Cup final between Cromford and Wirksworth Town and Whaley Bridge Athletic, and the Divisional South Cup final between Swanwick Pentrich Road and Mickleover Sports Reserves. We will review the situation again after this date.


Further updates will be added to this page as appropriate.

Read the latest information about the situation in the UK, along with guidance for what to do if you think you’re at risk, on the government website.

The Derbyshire FA team.

The Derbyshire FA are working to ensure that the grassroots football community is kept as up-to-date as possible with the latest information and recommendations relating to coronavirus.

The latest advice from The FA is that any decision to continue playing or to postpone competitions is a matter for each league as autonomous bodies within the game. It is not felt that all grassroots fixtures need to be cancelled as a matter of course at this time, although some may need to be if teams are self-isolating and are unable to play, or if teams are concerned about playing and the league agrees to postpone. 

The FA, Premier League, EFL and FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship have collectively agreed to postpone the professional game in England until 3rd April 2020 at the earliest. 

This action, which will be kept under constant review, has been taken due to the increasing numbers of clubs taking steps to isolate their players and staff because of the Covid-19 virus. 

It will also apply to all England team fixtures at every level and all FA competitions including the FA Cup and the Women’s FA Cup, along with academy and youth-team matches.

Further updates will be added to this page as appropriate.

Read the latest information about the situation in the UK, along with guidance for what to do if you think you’re at risk, on the government website.

The Derbyshire FA team.