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The FA's latest guidance for non-elite football in step 4 of the Government's roadmap

Guidance on coronavirus (COVID-19) measures for grassroots sport participants, providers and facility operators

This guidance sets out information for the public and sport providers on how to organise and participate in grassroots sport and physical activity as safely as possible.

From:

Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport

Published

1 December 2020

Last updated

18 July 2021 — See all updates

Applies to:

England

Contents

  1. What’s changed

  2. What this guidance covers

  3. How to use this guidance

  4. 1. How to participate safely

  5. 2. How to provide sport and physical activity safely

  6. 3. How to manage a sport facility safely

Applies to: England (see guidance for Wales,Scotland, and Northern Ireland)

What’s changed

This guidance was updated on 18 July to help inform your planning and business operations for Step 4.

What this guidance covers

This guidance sets out information for the public and sport providers on how to organise and participate in grassroots sport and physical activity as safely as possible. This includes advice on steps you can take to reduce the risk of transmission within the sport environment.

How to use this guidance

This document includes guidance for the public, for sport providers and for sport facility operators.

1. How to participate safely

Information for the public on how to take part safely in grassroots sport and physical activity.

2. How to organise grassroots sporting activities safely

Information for sport providers on factors to consider when organising grassroots sport and physical activity, whether this is your work, a volunteer role or a personal activity. This includes advice for national governing bodies (NGBs) and other organisations on factors to consider when developing advice or guidance for your sport, including individual sports, team sports, contact combat sports, and sport participation events (such as races and organised walking groups).

3. How to manage a sport facility safely

Guidance on how to operate your sport facility safely while reducing the risk of spreading COVID-19, including practical considerations on principles to apply in the workplace.

1. How to participate safely

There are no restrictions on how many people can take part in sport and physical activity, or on the activities they can do. Sport participation events such as races and walks can take place with no capacity caps for participants or spectators provided they can be safely accommodated.

However, there are some steps you should take to reduce the risk of transmission when you are participating.

Check for COVID-19 symptoms and health conditions

Before attending any sporting activities, all participants, officials, volunteers and spectators should self-assess for symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These are:

  • a high temperature

  • a new, continuous cough

  • a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste

If you, or anyone you live with, have one or more of these symptoms you should not attend any sporting activity, even if your symptoms are mild. You should follow NHS guidance on testing and self-isolation.

If you have been informed that you need to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace (or are required to self-isolate in relation to travel), you must do so. You should not leave your isolation location in order to participate in sport and physical activity. You can find more information in the NHS guidance on how to self-isolate.

Follow your sport provider’s safety measures

  • Your sport facility or provider may ask you to ‘check in’ using the NHS COVID-19 app to scan their QR code. This supports NHS Test and Trace, and helps to reduce the spread of the virus.

  • Your sport provider may ask you to take a COVID-19 test before participating in a match or tournament. This helps them to ensure that sport can take place safely, and that participants are not at risk of catching or spreading the virus.

  • Your sport provider may use the NHS COVID Pass. This allows people to demonstrate that they are at a lower risk of carrying COVID-19 and transmitting it to others, through vaccination, testing or natural immunity.

  • Where these types of measures are used, you should follow your provider’s guidance. This will help them to keep everyone as safe as possible, and minimise the risk of transmission at their events so they can continue to provide sport safely.

Take part safely

  • You should continue to follow any relevant advice from your NGB or sport provider on how to participate safely in your sport or activity. This may set out different ways to organise matches or tournaments, or measures you should follow like regular breaks to sanitise the ball or other equipment.

  • You should continue to follow good hygiene practices, to reduce the risk of transmission in sport environments. For example, you should not spit or rinse out your mouth on or around the playing area. You can find more information in the guidance on how to stay safe.

  • You should avoid sharing water bottles or other refreshment containers. Where possible, you should take your own drink, in a labelled or highly distinguishable container.

  • Face coverings are no longer required by law, but the government expects and recommends that people should continue to wear them in crowded and enclosed settings, to protect themselves and others. Where worn correctly, this can reduce the risk of transmission.

  • For example, you may wish to put on a face covering after your sporting activity if you are in a crowded indoor facility, but you don’t have to wear one during sport. People should not generally wear a face covering while taking part in any strenuous activity or sport, unless advised to do so by a doctor.

  • You should avoid sharing equipment where possible and practical, particularly equipment which is used around the head and face (such as masks and helmets). If equipment needs to be shared, it should be cleaned between users, where possible.

2. How to provide sport and physical activity safely

This guidance sets out the key principles that you should follow and communicate to providers and participants in your sport or physical activity. This advice applies to all types of sport and physical activity, but further advice is also provided below for team sports, contact combat sports and mass participation events.

Key principles

You should ensure that people can participate in your sport safely. You should consider the best way to approach this for your sport, including by issuing guidance (if you are a NGB or sport provider), following any relevant guidance from the sport’s NGB, the sport provider or facility, or by choosing to make your own changes to operating models to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. The key principles below should form the basis of any provided guidance.

1. Communications and guidance

You should consider how you can inform visitors of important information and any changes to processes in advance of the activity, for example on your website, when booking by phone or email, and in your digital marketing. You should consider how to do this in a way that works best for your sport or physical activity provision and is accessible to all, including those with disabilities.

For example, you could email registered participants in advance of a league starting to set out the operational information they should be aware of and safety measures you have chosen to put in place. Then include a brief reminder of any key points or steps they must take in your follow-up communications or social media engagement.

Your communication to participants should include the following points.

  • Self-assessment: Before attending any sporting activities, all participants, officials, volunteers and spectators should self-assess for COVID-19 symptoms (a high temperature; a new, continuous cough; a loss of, or change to, their sense of smell or taste). If they, or anyone they live with, have one or more of these symptoms (even if they are mild), you should advise them not to attend any sporting activity, and to follow NHS guidance on testing and self-isolation.

  • Informed decisions: You should advise participants to consider their own health and circumstances (for example, if they are not yet double-vaccinated or they live with somebody vulnerable), so they can make an informed choice about whether they wish to participate. You should set out the safety measures you have put in place, and how you will mitigate any specific risks associated with your sporting activity. For example, you could advise participants that you are following your NGB’s guidance, and any safety measures you are putting in place.

  • Self-isolation: Clearly communicate to participants that they should not take part in your activity if they need to self-isolate, for example because they have been asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace; are required to isolate after travel; or because they are displaying any COVID-19 symptoms (a high temperature, new and persistent cough, or a loss of/change in sense of taste or smell), even if these symptoms are mild. Advise them that if they, or anyone they live with, have one or more of these symptoms they should not attend, and should follow guidance on testing and self-isolation.

2. NHS Test and Trace

  • Sport providers are no longer required to collect participants’ contact details, or keep records of your staff and visitors.

  • However, you are advised to continue to display an NHS QR code for participants wishing to check in using the app, to support NHS Test and Trace. You do not have to ask participants to check in, or turn them away if they refuse.

  • If you display an NHS QR code, you should also have a system to collect (and securely store) names and contact details for those who ask to check in but do not have the app.

3. Pre-participation safety measures

  • Consider whether you should ask participants to take a COVID-19 test before participating, where this is practical and possible. This can help to ensure your sport provision is as safe as possible, and reduce the risk of transmission.

  • You can also consider using the NHS COVID Pass to reduce the risk of transmission. The NHS COVID Pass allows people to demonstrate that they are at a lower risk of carrying COVID-19 and transmitting it to others, through vaccination, testing or natural immunity. It can help organisations to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19.

  • The NHS COVID Pass will be available through the NHS App, the NHS website, or as a letter that can be requested by ringing NHS 119. Participants will also be able to show text or email confirmation of test results.

  • If you use the NHS COVID Pass, you should ensure that you comply with all relevant legal obligations and guidance, including on equalities. You can find more information in the NHS COVID Pass guidance.

  • Even when using the NHS COVID Pass, it is still important that you follow the rest of the guidance and put measures in place to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading at your venue or event.

4. Hygiene

  • You should continue to follow good hygiene practices, to reduce the risk of transmission in sport environments. For example, you should not spit or rinse out your mouth on or around the playing area. You can find more information in the guidance on how to stay safe.

  • Water bottles or other refreshment containers should not be shared. Advise participants to bring their own water bottle or refreshment container, in a labelled or highly distinguishable container. If you are providing water or other beverages, ensure that these are provided to individuals and are not expected to be shared.

  • You should consider whether there are any changes you can make to your sport provision, to reduce the risk of transmission. For example, you could ask teams not to shake hands after the match.

5. Equipment

  • Organise your sport or physical activity sessions to avoid sharing equipment where it is possible and practical, particularly that used around the head and face. Where equipment needs to be shared, it should be cleaned between users.

  • You may wish to encourage teams to sanitise balls or other equipment at regular intervals, for example before and after each match, and in half-time or a suitable break in play.

6. Face coverings

  • Face coverings are no longer required by law, but the government expects and recommends that people should continue to wear them in crowded and enclosed settings, to protect themselves and others. Where worn correctly, this can reduce the risk of transmission.

  • If a sport facility or venue where your provision takes place recommends the use of face coverings (when not participating in sport or physical activity), ensure this is communicated to your staff and participants.

  • People should not generally wear a face covering while taking part in any strenuous activity or sport, unless they have been advised to do so by a physician.

7. Medical provision

  • Physios and other medical personnel should ensure that equipment and surfaces are frequently cleaned and disinfected, and maintain hygiene standards when treating participants.

  • Where close face-to-face contact is required, medical personnel may decide that they and patients should wear a face covering. This is particularly important when they are conducting treatments which require them to be in close proximity to a person’s face, mouth and nose.

  • After contact with an injured participant, physios and other medical personnel should clean their hands thoroughly with soap and water or alcohol hand sanitiser at the earliest opportunity. This applies in all situations, regardless of whether there was close contact.

  • Those working at a sport event should familiarise themselves with the guidance for first responders, in case of emergency situations.

8. Facility usage

  • Providers which work with or operate facilities should ensure they are familiar with the guidance for sport facilities below. This sets out information on ventilation and other important steps you can take to reduce transmission.

  • Where there is no facility operator (such as sport in a public park), the sport provider should review the guidance and consider following any relevant advice to reduce the risk of transmission.

9. Sporting events

  • If you are organising grassroots sport events, or expect a significant number of spectators, you should review the guidance for events and attractions and follow any relevant measures to reduce the risk of transmission at your event.

  • You can also use the risk management template to help you plan your event.

Advice for specific sports and events

Team sports

  • There are no restrictions on how many people can take part in sport and physical activity, or on the activities they can do. This means there are no restrictions on how team sports can take place, and how sports such as rugby union, rugby league and netball can be organised.

  • NGBs and sport providers should maintain COVID-specific guidance for participants on how to participate safely in your sport, which should be reviewed and updated as required to ensure that sport providers and participants are clear on the current advice and best practice. This guidance does not need to be reviewed by the government.

  • NGBs and sport providers may wish to consider setting out alternative ways for people to participate, for those who do not feel comfortable with full versions of your sport but still wish to take part. For example, this could include training but not taking part in matches, or providing an alternative activity or light-contact version for some participants while others take part in full contact activity. You should consider the approach which works best for your sport, and encourage providers to discuss and agree an approach with their participants that works for them.

Training Heath & Safety Procedures
  • Parents can drop off and pick up after the session has finished
  • Players and parents will need to go to the toilet prior to the session starting as toilets are unavailable on site
  • Players will need to wash their hands before and after the training session with the equipment provided. Hand Santiser is available.
  • No use of own equipment
  • Drink bottles are permitted but no sharing with friends.  Make sure they are in the designated areas
If your child becomes unwell they will be seperated from the group with a coach in attendance and you will be called to collect your child.

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