LATEST FA GUIDANCE FOR GRASSROOTS FOOTBALL IN STEP TWO OF THE GOVERNMENT’S ROADMAP
The Government has confirmed that on Monday 12 April we will enter step two of the roadmap.
Th FA guidance has therefore been updated to reflect the changes to national restrictions. The key changes to note are in relation to spectators, use of changing rooms and outdoor hospitality.
Please note that this updated guidance comes into effect on Monday 12 April and until then all participants should follow our guidance for step one apart from the updated position on spectators (below) which the Government have confirmed on Wednesday 7 April and is effective immediately.
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 can be used as part of step two of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown. However, participants should minimise their use of changing facilities where possible. Toilets will be allowed to open, 30 minutes before and 30 minutes after training and/or matches.
On 7 April, the Government updated its guidance in relation to spectators. This confirms that at Step Two and Step One B, spectators are not permitted to attend sporting events taking place on private land, other than adults needed to supervise U18s that they have a responsibility for or providing care or assistance to a person with disabilities. They should maintain social distance and not mix with other households. This does not prevent people from viewing recreational or organised sport that is taking place in a public space, e.g. a park, at Step One B or Step Two, in groups of up to six people or two households. However, sporting events that are intended to attract spectators (including ticketed football matches), or events that are likely to attract a significant number of spectators (e.g. matches that would attract a large crowd) should not take place in a public space, or on private land, until step three.
Where clubs and facilities can accommodate this safely, parents and carers are permitted to be present at football activities, although they must observe the relevant Government COVID-19 guidance, including those on gathering limits for spectators.
As part of step two of the Government’s roadmap, indoor football for U18s can take place in line with Department for Education and Out of School Setting guidance. All participants should read and follow this guidance for all indoor football activities.
Disabled people can take part in organised outdoor and indoor football without being subject to social contact limits.
Indoor football for adults is not currently allowed. This is planned to return no earlier than Monday 17 May for adults, as part of step three of the Government’s roadmap.
As part of step two of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown, outdoor hospitality at grassroots football is permitted. All participants must follow Government guidance on hospitality settings and specific advice for sport facility operators available on the Government’s website. People using clubhouses and hospitality facilities must adhere to legal gathering limits and wider Government guidance. Please note that while outdoor hospitality is permitted, spectators are not allowed at games unless on public land.
This guidance applies to all youth and adult football and Futsal, including all formats of the game. If there are any further updates from the Government, we will communicate these in due course and we’ll continue to update our guidance as we move through the different steps of the roadmap out of lockdown.
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.
Cringleford JFC is a fully inclusive Junior Football Club committed to offering football to all ages and abilities.
Currently we have 22 teams playing football from U8 through to U18 as well as U6 and U7 development squads. We provide high quality training to all our players as well as run a specific girls development squad on Saturday mornings where all ages and abilities are welcome and are trained by two of our most senior coaches who between them share a vast wealth of knowledge, experience and enthusiasm for the game. Although we are a Junior Football Club offering football primarily to boys and girls from School Year 1 up to U18 we have links with an adult team that plays in the Norwich Sunday League to ensure that our older players have a pathway into the adult game. The club’s coaches all hold a current FA DBS and the majority of our coaches hold an FA level 1 coaching qualification as a minimum with many having achieved Level 2 or higher. We continue to fund and encourage all our coaches to undertake any qualifications to enhance the footballing experience of all the young people involved with our club.
All of our teams play their home matches at Cringleford Recreation Ground, Oakfields Rd, Cringleford, Norwich NR4 6XF. Click here to see our location on Google Maps