With July coming to a close and COVID slowing down by the day, the English FA have released an action plan and assessment for grassroots football to return to some normality.
As you are all aware Coronavirus hit us all hard in many ways and here at Lancing Rangers we wanted to assure everybody on our current situation.
We remain strong financial and also in terms of numbers of squads and players, and although our annual Summer Tournament and Presentation Evening were all cancelled, we hope to continue these as normal in 2021. Our Dave Gurney Memorial Tournament was postponed from April and we will have to wait and see if this is an event we can host later this year, if not in 2021.
Our Under 9 Select, Under 10 and Under 14 squads are all in desperate need of players to be able to play next season. So, if you know anyone who would have interest in playing for these age groups we would be highly grateful, as we want to provide these age groups with the opportunity to continue playing football in September.
The Sussex FA have now released information on football training and the resumption of matches both during training and planned friendly fixtures. From now until the 31st July, competitive training can now resume with the overall group size being raised, but limited to 30 people. From August, outdoor competitive football matches will begin, for example pre-season fixtures, festivals and small sided football competitions. And then finally from September, grassroots leagues and FA Competitions can commence.
This is great news for everybody involved and we now kindly ask all that attend Lancing Rangers training sessions and matches to carefully read in full the below guidelines and risk assessment:
Everyone should self-assess for COVID-19 symptoms before every training session or match. If you are symptomatic or living in a household with possible or actual COVID-19 infection you must not participate or attend.
Competitive training is now permitted, with groups limited to a maximum of 30 people, including coaches.
Competitive match play is permitted, with social distancing in place before and after the match, and in any breaks in play.
Players and officials should sanitise hands before and after a game as well as scheduled breaks throughout a game or training session.
Ball handling should be kept to a minimum with most contact via a boot and the ball disinfected in breaks of play.
Youth football coaches are encouraged to limit persistent close proximity of participants during match play and training.
Goal celebrations should be avoided.
Equipment should not be shared, and goalkeepers should ensure they disinfect their gloves regularly in breaks in training or matches and thoroughly afterwards. Where possible, coaches should only handle equipment in training.
Where possible, players, coaches and officials should arrive changed and shower at home. Use of changing and shower facilities must follow government advice on the use of indoor facilities.
Participants should follow best practice for travel including minimising use of public transport and walking or cycling if possible. People from a household or support bubble can travel together in a vehicle.
Our club will keep a record of attendees at a match or training session, including contact details, to support the NHS Test and Trace system.
You will be asked prior to training and matches if you have read these guidelines and risk assessments in full to ensure the safety of players, coaches and officials from both Lancing Rangers squads and also of members of the opposition.
Once again we cannot wait to see you back at Sompting Recreation Ground and we hope for a great season for all Lancing Rangers squads :)