Following the recent updates to The FA guidance, Cumberland FA are hosting two support sessions for Clubs and Referees as the county looks to move towards the ‘Preparing to Play’ phase in the return of local football.
Review and Q&A on THE FA's Updated Guidance
Over the weekend the Government signed off The FA’s plan for a phased return to competitive grassroots football which will now see:
• Until 31 July – When ready, you can begin competitive training, with the overall group size (inclusive of coaches) being limited to 30 people;
• From August – Competitive matches to begin, for example pre-season fixtures, festivals and small sided football competitions;
• From September – Grassroots leagues, men’s National League system, Women’s Football Pyramid tiers 3 to 6, and FA Competitions can commence.
This return to competitive football should only happen once clubs and facility providers have completed the necessary risk assessments and comprehensive plans are in place. Clubs are also reminded of their Safeguarding responsibilities in that there must a minimum of two FA-DBS checked coaches/adults
It is therefore recommended that all those involved within the provision of grassroots football should read The FA's full guidance, which are accessible below
Read The FA guidance
Staff from the County FA will be delivering two identical online sessions, which will review the main areas of the latest guidance and also take any questions from those in attendance.
These sessions are aimed at Club Secretaries, Club and League Welfare Officers and Referees.
However, the sessions will be recorded and the slides provided to share with the wider Club following the meetings. An email with the online meeting invitation will be emailed to all Club Secretaries, Welfare Officers and Referees - if you don't receive it please contact us.
Due to the stipulations of the latest guidance all referees will need to be registered by Friday 31st July in order to officiate any friendly matches.
For support with this please visit our Planning To Play or Ready To Ref page or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Due to the stipulations of the latest guidance all clubs will need to have completed their affiliation by 5pm on Friday 31st August (remember affiliation and insurance is all free this year)
For support with this please visit our Planning To Play page or email: email@example.com
More details will be sent to Club Secretaries with the information.
Cumberland FA will be holding a League Support Session on Friday (information has been sent direct to Leagues)
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