Keeping you updated on the impact of Coronavirus on Hertfordshire football
UPDATED 31/03/2020 15:30
Following the Government’s announcement for people to stop unnecessary travel and avoid social contact where possible, we are advising that all grassroots football in Hertfordshire is postponed for the foreseeable future.
This includes matches, friendlies, training and any other football activity not compatible with following the Government guidance. In light of the current situation you should also be aware that any such activity may not be covered by your insurance at this time.
We will continue to monitor developments and work closely with our stakeholders across the game.
Further updates will be added to this page as appropriate.
Concluding the Current Season
The FA has released a statement on how the 2019-20 season will be concluded in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, which you can read here. As it stands, these decisions will still need to be endorsed by FA Council. We are in contact with all Hertfordshire leagues to support them in determining how to close out thier current competitions. With regards to County Cups, we have yet to make a final decision as to whether it will be possible for these competitions to be completed.
Please be aware that in line with Government guidance, The County Ground is closed to visitors and those Hertfordshire FA staff that haven't been furloughed are working remotely. The best way of contacting us during this time will be via email or direct lines, rather than the main number.
You can read more about the impact of Coronavirus on our staff and business, along with contact details via our Operations Update.
DBS Applications and Document Verification
The FA is currently considering the impact of COVID-19 on DBS checks taking into account social distancing, self-isolation, the suspension of football activities, the challenges posed by verification of documents, cost to applicants, the NHS volunteer surge and the needs of the care and health sector for additional checks.
Until their position on this is decided, they have asked that no new FA DBS applications (including renewals) be processed until further notice. This interim position will save applicants the normal fee until a time when they can get the maximum life out of their check and also reduce risks to verifiers and applicants.
We we will update further as soon as we know more.
Getting the latest Government advice
Read the latest information about the situation in the UK, along with guidance for what to do if you think you’re at risk.
Go to NHSUK/coronavirus for information about the virus and how to protect yourself. Use the 111 online coronavirus service to check if you need medical help.
Sport England Funding
Sport England have announced a £195 million package to help sport and physical activity through coronavirus. The money will help clubs and community organisations cope with the short and long-term impact of the pandemic.
Sport England Website