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COVID-19

Coronavirus Update

This page has been put together to keep our Schools, Parents, Young People and Followers updated on the position of Saints Southwest. 

Last Updated: March 26th 2021

Travel

The Government guidance on travel is that the ‘stay at home’ rule will end on Monday 29 March, but many restrictions will remain in place. As organised sport can resume, all participants may travel to games but should avoid travel at the busiest times and routes, as well as minimising any unnecessary journeys where possible. All participants must follow the Government’s guidance on safer travel.

 

Changing rooms

Changing rooms cannot be used as part of step one in the roadmap out of lockdown and must remain shut. Toilets will be allowed to open, 30 minutes before and 30 minutes after training and/or matches. All government guidance on hygiene and social distancing measures must be followed.

 

Spectators

No spectators are allowed at grassroots football as part of step one of the Government’s roadmap. One parent or guardian per child is permitted, where clubs and facilities can safely accommodate this and following all appropriate guidance.

 

Indoor football

Indoor sport is not currently allowed. This is planned to return no earlier than 17 May, as part of step three of the Government’s roadmap, apart from disability football, which is currently allowed to take place indoors.

 

It's extremely important that clubs, players, coaches, match officials, league officials, volunteers, parents, carers, and facility providers continue to strictly follow both the UK Government's latest guidance on COVID-19 and respective bespoke guidance documents from the FA. Any incidents of non-compliance will be reported to the local County Football Association.


The full return to grassroots football guidance document can be downloaded here.

Player & Participant 

Pre Session

  • READ this guidance fully and understand the Do’s and Don’ts

  • DO NOT attend if you, any of your household or person you have come into contact with have any signs or symptoms of Coronavirus

  • YOU MUST now bring your Football to training (from 1st August), on arrival and departure you will soak your ball in the bucket of disinfectant cleaner

  • YOU MUST now bring your own Saints Southwest sanitiser (from 1st August 2020) to all training and matches

  • Arrive wearing full training or match kit (freshly washed)

  • Bring your drinks bottle, bag, sanitiser etc

  • Wash your hands prior to leaving home

  • Use the toilet before leaving for training to reduce the need to use on-site

  • On arrival, stay in your car until instructed by your coach who will then escort you and your teammates to the playing area(s)

  • Use hand sanitiser when entering the training facility

 

During Session

  • 2 METER RULE remains in place during periods of inactivity

  • DO NOT touch ANY equipment set out unless instructed to do so. This includes picking up Footballs, cones etc.

  • Adhere to our strict protocol and instructions at all times

  • No team goal celebrations are permitted

  • Set plays must be taken quickly

  • Players should adhere to the FA Covid Code of Behaviour (no spitting or shouting)

 

Post Session

  • Use hand sanitiser when leaving the training facility

  • Soak ball in the bucket of disinfectant on departure

  • Leave in a professional manner

Parent & Specator 

Pre Session

  • READ this guidance fully and understand the Do’s and Don’ts

  • READ the waiver and risk assessment

  • DO NOT attend if you, any of your household or person you have come into contact with having any signs or symptoms of Coronavirus

  • SPEAK with your child about the protocol on your journey

  • Use toilets before leaving to reduce the need to use on-site

  • Ensure yourself and your child adhere to social distancing rules

  • Use hand sanitiser when entering the training facility

 

During Session

  • 2 METER RULE. Remain socially distanced at all times (no touching or close contact)

  • Parents may spectate from designated spectator area ONLY

  • Adhere to our strict protocol at all times

  • Clearly follow instructions set out by the Saints Southwest team

 

Post Session

  • Parents must ensure they are present at least 15 minutes before the end of the session to collect their child

  • Leave in a professional manner

Coaches & Staff

Pre Session

  • READ this guidance fully and understand the Do’s and Don’ts and attend all staff meetings - online or in person 

  • DO NOT attend if you, any of your household or person you have come into contact with having or showing any signs or symptoms of Coronavirus

  • EXPLAIN the key rules to your players before each activity

  • Freshly washed kit

  • Have your own equipment, fully cleaned using materials provided

  • Plan sessions appropriately and liaise with assistant coaches. Use resources available to support

  • Use toilets before leaving for training to reduce the need to use on-site

  • Travel alone to training as car sharing is not advised

  • Arrive early enough to set up the session(s) with assistant coaches, have a team brief and be ready to meet players at least 5 minutes before the session is due to begin

  • Use hand sanitiser when entering the training facility

 

During Session

  • 2 METER RULE. Remain socially distanced at all times (no touching or close contact)

  • ENCOURAGE, PRAISE AND SUPPORT. Players have been out of the game for a long time, many will have anxiety and worries. Reassure and create a fun and safe environment.

  • ENSURE players, parents and coaches adhere to our strict protocol at all times

  • WARM-UPS, COOL DOWNS AND INTERVENTIONS social distancing must be adhered

  • Bibs are not to be used unless can avoid sharing

  • Clearly follow instructions set out by Lead Coaches/Safeguarding Lead

  • Limit touching of equipment

  • If first aid needs to be administered, try to administer keeping with the 2-meter rule, if not possible use PPE

 

Post Session

  • Escort players back to the car park to meet parents. Ensure each player is collected/’signed out’

  • Clean equipment using materials provided

Participant Sanitiser 

PLAYER SANITISER

 

In line with the latest FA guidance and our risk assessment, please see below information regarding new individual player sanitiser bottles.

 

Under current guidelines, it is essential all players have their own sanitiser at training and matches.

 

We have partnered with an organisation who will be supplying us with 150ml bottles for each player (purchased for just £3.00 + transaction fee). It is important to note this sanitiser is NHS and WHO approved.

 

We must ensure all players purchase and use this specific type of sanitiser so we can ensure appropriate hygiene measures in line with our risk assessment.

 

It is vitally important that players remember to bring their sanitiser to all Saints Southwest activity, becoming part of the new normal when packing up your kit!

 

Furthermore, we have made a large purchase of disinfectant sprays to ensure equipment and balls are cleaned appropriately before, during and after activity.

PURCHASE HERE: https://www.saintssouthwest.co.uk/shop-saintssouthwest

Risk Assessments & Support Guidance 

SAINTS SOUTHWEST RISK ASSESSMENTS

 

  1. CLICK HERE FOR DEVON REGIONAL SQUAD PHASE THREE RISK ASSESSMENT

  2. CLICK HERE FOR SOMERSET REGIONAL SQUAD PHASE THREE RISK ASSESSMENT

 

FA ADVICE

 

  1. CLICK HERE FOR LATEST GUIDANCE FROM THE FA ON FOOTBALL RESTART

  2. CLICK HERE FOR LATEST GUIDANCE FOR COMPETITIVE FOOTBALL RESTART

  3. CLICK HERE FOR LATEST FAQs FOR COMPETITIVE FOOTBALL RESTART

  4. CLICK HERE FOR LATEST GUIDANCE FOR COACHES

  5. CLICK HERE FOR LATEST ADVICE FOR PARENTS AND CARERS

  6. CLICK HERE FOR LATEST ADVICE FOR ADULT PLAYERS

  7. CLICK HERE FOR LATEST FIRST-AID GUIDANCE ON RETURN TO PLAY

  8. CLICK HERE FOR LATEST SAFEGUARDING GUIDANCE ON RETURN TO PLAY