Non-league clubs could be back soon

Non-league clubs could be back soon

by Tom Martin (July 2020)

NON-LEAGUE football clubs in Sefton could return to competitive action as early as September under new plans to start the 2020/21 season.

The Football Association confirmed the proposal to the government last week, allowing local clubs such as Southport, Marine and Bootle a chance to prepare for the restart of their leagues following the coronavirus outbreak.

All clubs will need to appoint a ‘COVID-19 Officer’ from their board or committee and they will need to undertake a Risk Assessment on how they can implement appropriate measures to reduce the risk of transmission.

This Risk Assessment is the tool to ensure clubs consider all aspects of their ground to be more secure.

Clubs ground sharing must liaise with the host club to create a Risk Assessment that is relevant to the standing of the club that the document is intended for.

All clubs must publish their Risk Assessment and/or their COVID-19 Action Plans on their website by Saturday, August 15 and notify their league that this has been completed.

James Kendall, Director of Football Development at the FA, said: “We are delighted that the government has given the go-ahead for competitive grassroots football to return.

“The past few months have been some of the most challenging times not just for football, but across society, and this news will be welcomed by the grassroots football community all over the country.

“Now that we are able to look ahead to the new season, it’s crucial that we continue to do all we can to follow safety measures, both as advised by the government and specifically for football.

“I would encourage anyone returning to competitive grassroots football to take the time to read this guidance, prepare thoroughly and to adopt our recommended approach to phasing football back in.

“I would also like to thank you for playing your vital part in helping our great game to get going once again.”

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