Here at Ickenham Youth FC we are operating on the advice and guidance of the UK Government and the FA regarding activities during this time for all the latest information from the FA click here.
OUTDOOR GRASSROOTS FOOTBALL
On Monday 29th March, as part of the next step of the Government’s roadmap out of national lockdown, outdoor sports facilities can open, and organised outdoor sport can take place. This means that from 29th March, organised outdoor football, following all the protocols in The FA’s guidance, can take place. Organised outdoor disability football can take place, including under national lockdown.
This guidance document applies to all outdoor youth and adult football and futsal, including all formats of the game.
The Government guidance on travel is that the ‘stay at home’ rule will end on 29th 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.
Participants should note that this guidance will be updated as we move through the different steps of the Government’s roadmap. All participants should therefore regularly review this guidance to make sure they are following up to date information.
Changing rooms cannot be used as part of step one of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown and therefore must remain shut. Changing facilities can only be used in emergency situations, or by disabled people who are taking part in organised sport and physical activity. Toilets will be allowed to open, 30 minutes before and 30 minutes after training and/or matches.
No spectators are allowed at grassroots sport as part of step one of the Government’s roadmap. This means that at this stage, no spectators are allowed at grassroots football. However please note details in relation to Parents / Carers below:
Where clubs and facilities can accommodate this safely, one parent/carer per youth player is permitted to be present at football activities although they must observe the relevant Government Covid-19 guidance.
Indoor sport is not currently allowed. This is planned to return no earlier than Monday 12th April for under 18s and Monday 17th May for adults, as part of steps two and three of the Government’s roadmap. Disability football is exempt and can take place indoors from the 29th March. Additional guidance for clubs with teams competing in the men’s National League System and the Women’s Football Pyramid (Tiers 3 to 6) will be available on TheFA.com.
The guidance you are reading is FOR ALL – players, coaches, club officials, club welfare officers, match officials, league officials, first-aiders, volunteers, parents/carers, spectators. It is also for clubs and football facility providers and should be read in conjunction with the updated additional guidance for providers of indoor and outdoor football facilities, which is available on TheFA.com. Please remember anyone who is deemed vulnerable in respect of Covid-19 is reminded to follow the Government’s specific guidance, only returning to football when it’s right for them to do so. There is no pressure to return. Everyone’s health, wellbeing and safety are the priorities.
If you have any queries in respect of the above, please contact your team manager or administrator, or any trustee or club official, details of which can be found on the homepage.