Keeping you updated on the impact of Coronavirus on Hertfordshire football
UPDATED 18/07/2020 12:30
The FA has confirmed that the UK Government approved its plan for the return of outdoor grassroots football.
As a result, the grassroots football community now has the opportunity to return to football and prepare for the start of the new season. The FA has been working hard over recent weeks to prepare guidelines for the safe return of grassroots football and, following Government approval, these can now be published.
Football activity can now take place again with necessary modifications in place to mitigate the transmission risk of COVID-19. For full details of the measures you need to put in place to get our game going again safely, follow the link below.
Guidelines for the Return of GRassroots Football
Further updates will be added to this page as appropriate.
Please be aware that our office 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.
Community Football Centre and 3G Pitch
In line with changes to the government guidance that allows the resumption of football activity as outlined above, our pitch at The County Ground is once again available for use. We have put in place various measures to ensure the site is as safe as possible for our users to return. Details of some of these changes can be seen in this video and we thank all of our users in advance for their support in following all appropriate precautions.
If you have any enquiries about using our facility, please contact Rob Smith, our Head of Commercial and Operations (and Covid Officer).
Concluding the 2019-20 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. This decision has now been endorsed by FA Council. We are in contact with all Hertfordshire leagues to support them in determining how to close out thier current competitions and have provided them with guidance on how this can be done.
With regards to County Cups, after careful consideration we have concluded that it will not be possible for these competitions to be completed, and have issued a statement confirming these have been declared null and void.
Free Affiliation for 2020/21
With funding from Sport England and The FA we have put together a package to ensure that all Clubs can benefit from extra support for the forthcoming season.
To help them be ready for when football is able to resume, we are pleased to confirm that Hertfordshire FA will be providing free Affiliation and County Cup entry for Clubs along with a discount on Public Liability Insurance for 2020/21.
Further details of the package can be found here.
DBS Applications and Document Verification
The FA is implementing temporary changes to DBS checks in football for the period that football is suspended due to coronavirus, up to and including the start of the 2020-2021 season. This decision has been made in light of the current cessation of football activity, difficulties regarding the verification of ID documents for the purposes of a DBS check and demand on the DBS service due to the current health crisis and applies to all roles in football.
As lockdown restrictions begin to be eased it may be possible to carry out face to face verification of ID documents, if those involved are happy to do so. The FA have issued guidance on how this can be done, which along with details of the changes above can be found here.
Extended Safeguarding Guidance
Adjusting to life under the restrictions means new and different ways for people to stay in touch when it isn’t possible to meet up in person. In light of this The FA have extended their safeguarding policies for anyone working in football who engages online with under-18s, with new guidance for coaches and parents.
Additional Funding for clubs
For those specifically concerned about the financial impact of the outbreak, we have also compiled details of the various different types of Funding for clubs affected by COVID 19.
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.