Everyone’s health, wellbeing and safety are our priorities and feedback
from ALL user groups is essential
Each club’s Chair or Secretary should designate an existing member of their
Board/Trustees, Senior Club Official or Staff member as a ’Covid-19 Officer‘, who will be
responsible for oversight of the Covid-19 risk assessments, ensuring the necessary level of
risk mitigations are in place and the minimum guidance to be achieved has taken place.
They should also ensure that the club, or any venue used can adhere to their guidance
responsibilities within local constraints. For clarity, the Covid-19 Officer does not have to
hold a formal qualification but clubs should give thought as to who the most relevant
person would be for the role.
Clubs should also check the insurance polices they have in relation to all football activities
(e.g. personal accident and public liability), specifically any changes to insurance
provider’s advice and guidance on returning to competitive play, ensuring full compliance
with its terms.
The FA strongly recommend a phased return to competitive football activity as follows:
 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, National League System, and FA
Competitions can commence.
Clubs, players, coaches, match officials, league officials, volunteers, parents/carers,
spectators should read The FA’s full guidelines:
 First Aid Guidance for Returning to Outdoor Competitive Grassroots Football
 First Aid Guidance for Returning to Outdoor Competitive Grassroots Football - Summary
 Football Activity Guidance
 Non-League System Club Guidance for Returning to Football in addition to the
latest Government guidance on COVID-19.
Feedback from ALL user groups will be essential.
Clubs using SJP should encourage all players to arrive for training and matches by their
own personal car or by other means if viable such as walking or bike. Players must not
carshare outside their household or social bubble unless unavoidable.
All players, officials, volunteers and spectators must undergo a self-assessment for any
Covid-19- symptoms.
No-one should leave home to participate in football if they, or someone they live
with, has any of the following:
• A high temperature (above 37.8oC);
• A new, continuous cough;
• A loss of, or change to, their sense of smell or taste.
This check should be done before each training session and must be recorded in regular
risk assessments and it is important to note that no training session should take place
without this having been done.
Players should bring their own personal water bottle to SJP for training and matches,
which should be clearly labelled, and the use of communal water bottles should be
Players should arrive ready changed where possible and bring spare clothes to travel
home (or if they choose, travel home in the kit they have used).
Following activity, players must refrain from any contact. The evidence is that transmission
during training or matches is minimal in comparison to social interactions over a prolonged
time, hence the need to be vigilant on players not having social contact pre or post activity.
Changing rooms for training should be avoided where possible, as such provisions by
players for a change of clothing post activity of match must be considered and
Whilst we recognise that this is not ideal for players, the need to travel home
without social interaction in groups after training is absolutely critical.
Bibs should only be used if absolutely necessary and they must be worn once and not
swapped during any exercise. Bibs should be washed immediately after use.
Equipment (balls, bibs, cones, goalposts etc) must be regularly wiped down with
appropriate cleaning equipment and cleaned thoroughly cleaned after every session. Club
volunteers or players may consider the use of face masks and gloves during this process.
All Clubs using SJP are advised to refer to The FA First Aid Guidance . The FA Medical
Department has produced a Guidance note specific to the NLS, with key principles of
working and specific additional guidance per Step of the NLS.
Any food or drink facilities, including bars or food areas, inside clubhouses were authorised
to be open from 4th July, in accordance with the latest guidance. The SJP Management
will undertake the relevant actions within the guidance and to assess the capability to open
in accordance with the Government guidance.
For other facilities within the clubhouse, toilets and throughways may be kept open, but
guidance on hygiene and social distancing should be followed.
Current Government guidance: Gatherings of more than 30 people are not permitted while
social distancing. Therefore, clubs are unable to have gatherings or spectators of any size
at this time for any matches or training.
The FA are currently working with DCMS and other key stakeholders to understand the
timescale for the return to spectators at sporting events.
Initial discussions have identified that it will be difficult to return to competitive matches without the ability
to welcome some form of spectators to matches. There is no current available or formal guidance.
The following guidance is designed to provide clubs with suggested considerations to
prepare for spectators based on social distancing. We strongly urge all clubs using SJP to
give this some thought now in order to move forward when guidance becomes available:
Considerations for clubs:
If social-distancing measures are relaxed in future to permit
spectators, Clubs will need to consider the management of any spectators within the
applicable social distancing guidelines. Clubs are advised to consider their own Risk
Assessment and Action Plan.
If spectators were to be allowed at, for example, a reduced
capacity, Clubs should consider how they could manage this effectively such as
introducing advance purchase ticket schemes, allowing clubs to manage walk ups.
Clubs may need to consider markings for queues with tape on the floor at 2m where
possible, but a minimum of 1m if not (i.e. at turnstiles and takeaway food areas), markings
for spectator standing, reducing the availability of seats within covered accommodation,
management of toilets, hygiene protocols (more hand sanitisers in toilets, entrances and
exits to spaces), extensive signage, crowd management processes, i.e. barriers at pinch
point/one way flow.
For the foreseeable future, Boardrooms and associated hospitality will not be required to
be undertaken by clubs. With this in mind, clubs are encouraged to consider how
Boardrooms could be used by players/match officials to support effective social distancing.
Clubs rely heavily upon volunteers to effectively operate. It is strongly recommended that
all Clubs using SJP take time to consider all their Matchday Staff/Volunteers and how they
can adapt their normal roles to maximise safety.
A club may wish to provide PPE for their Volunteers to safely work and support operations.
For example:
• Gloves/face masks/coverings for those undertaking cleaning of equipment or
indoor spaces;
• Plastic Screens for those volunteers serving/selling hot and cold drinks;
• Ensure that any volunteer who has any symptoms is sent home and self-isolates,
requests a test from the NHS and contacts NHS Test and Trace.
This guidance is for general information only and does not constitute legal advice, nor it is
a replacement for such, nor does it replace any Government or PHE advice; nor does it
provide any specific commentary or advice on healthrelated issues.
Club and Organisations using SJP should therefore ensure that they seek independent
advice from medical practitioners, or healthcare providers, prior to implementing any re-
opening plan, as required. Independent legal advice should be sought, as required and
depending on your, or relevant circumstances.
While efforts have been taken to ensure the accuracy of this information at the time of
publication, the reader is reminded to check the Government website to obtain the most
up-to-date information regarding social distancing and any other Government measures.
The SJP Management team are committed to working closely with all our service providers, user
groups and individuals in order to provide good practice guidance for those responsible for
delivering and taking part in all different aspect of physical and wellbeing activities within our
ground at Silver Jubilee Park.