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.
Following an update from the FA on permitted grassroots football during COVID-19 on 17th July 2020, Princes Villa FC have written the following documents on key considerations and a plan to safely restart Football.
As a club we have looked closely at the guidance to ensure the safety and welfare of our players, coaches and parents/guardians are observed at all times. The following may seem a bit draconian, but are we putting health and safety at the top of our priorities to ensure a safe restart to our football activities.
Before looking at the measure we will put in place to recommence football, it is worth noting that any player, coach or parent/guardian that is not ready to return will have that decision fully respected. This is particularly the case for players from BAME communities or those with underlying health conditions. These are unusual times, and we all have different views on how things should unlock from this point.
The proposal identifies what is expected of the club, team managers/coaches, players and parents.
All club members must read the proposal and accept their responsibilities in order to comply with the FA guidance before returning to football training/matches.
If you choose for your child to resume football, you will need to give your consent. Ensure you are comfortable with the club’s Covid-19 planning arrangements before doing so. Consent forms will be forwarded to you from the coach to complete.
Everyone needs to be aware that training/football will be quite different for a period of time to help ensure that we protect everyone associated with our club.