We hope you and your family are keeping well through these tough times. Whilst football has been off the calendar for the past 3 months, the club are putting together our strategy for a return to training now we’ve had official government and FA guidance on grassroots football being able to resume.
Below, we’ve outlined the steps we are taking to ensure we can have a safe and phased return to football in the coming weeks and months, and the changes that will inevitably come with that as a result.
The club has set up a working group, which is currently creating a risk assessment for our Dovehouse training facility. We are looking at how we sanitise equipment and goals, insurance factors, entry points to the site, clear signage, arrival/pick up instructions for parents and many more.
The full detail of this plan will be released once this work has been completed by the club.
Provisional Return Date
Once we have completed the risk assessment, we’ll be in a position to clarify an exact return to training date. We are currently working towards Early July as the return to training sessions at our Dovehouse venue only. These sessions of course will be in a safe, enjoyable and controlled environment.
We appreciate that not everyone will be comfortable with bringing their child back to football just yet. With the club performing this rigorous and extensive risk assessment plan, we hope that we can provide assurances that we as a club are taking this extremely seriously.
We are aware of other clubs training already, we just need to make sure the environment we are providing to you and your child is as safe as it can possibly be based on the latest guidance from both the government and The FA before we can return ourselves.
We may send out a couple of short surveys nearer the time to gauge interest and also feedback on our ‘Return to Play’ protocol. We’d be really grateful if you could fill these in when we publish them.
If you have any questions about this information, please do get in touch via email on firstname.lastname@example.org and we can answer those for you.
Let’s hope we can get back to some kind of normal soon!