Keeping you updated on the impact of Coronavirus on Hertfordshire football
UPDATED 08/04/2021 17:30
The Government has confirmed that on Monday 12th April we will enter step two of the roadmap out of the national lockdown.
The FA have published updated guidance to reflect the changes to national restrictions. The key changes to note are in relation to spectators, use of changing rooms and outdoor hospitality.
Please note that until Monday 12 April all participants should follow The FA’s guidance for step one. This is apart from the updated position on spectators, which the Government confirmed yesterday and is effective immediately.
It's extremely important that clubs, players, coaches, match officials, league officials, volunteers, parents, carers, and facility providers continue to strictly follow both The FA’s guidance and the UK Government's latest guidance on COVID-19.
FA COVID-19 Guidance for the Return to Football - STEp 1B
COVID-19 remains a highly infectious and dangerous disease. Every participant must play their part in helping to stop the spread of the virus. This is crucial both for the safety of everyone involved in the game and to ensure we can continue to play.
Please note that this guidance is based on the information published by the Government to date. As we move through each new step of the Government’s roadmap, The FA will continue to update their guidance accordingly.
Further updates will be added to this page as appropriate.
As we take the first steps on the Government's roadmap out of national lockdown, we are pleased to say that all of our staff have now returned from furlough and are working their usual hours. Our offices will remain closed however, with staff continuing to operate remotely.
The best way of contacting us during this time via email or direct lines, rather than calling the main office number. For further details of the impact of the current lockdown on our staff and business please read our Operations Update.
Coaching, Safeguarding and Referee Courses
Hertfordshire FA have been working closely with FA Education to look at restarting delivery of our Education Courses in line with FA and DCMS COVID-19 Guidance. For the latest information on courses and how to ensure your qualifications are up to date, please read our Courses Update.
Community Football Centre and 3G Pitch
Our facility will re-open on 29th March with all necessary measures in place to ensure the safety of our users in line with Government and FA guidance. For any enquiries about bookings, please contact Rob Smith, our Head of Commercial and Operations (and COVID Officer).
The FA Charter Standard - Annual Health Checks and Interim Criteria
The FA have decided to extend Charter Standard accreditation for clubs who either renewed as part of the 2019/20 annual health check or for those clubs who were newly accredited during the 2019/20 season. There will be no annual health check process for the 2020/21 season.
Due to the impact of COVID-19 on the game and our ability to deliver face to face education. The FA have introduced an interim criteria to support your clubs to make sure the relevant individuals can still educate and equip themselves to provide a safe, fun and inclusive environment for all to enjoy.
For further information on the changes, including details of the interim criteria, please see The FA Charter Standard 2020-21 update.
Further Financial Support for Football
The FA have announced additional support across the grassroots football community, from funding for discounted affiliation for the 2021-22 season, support for people in low participation groups to start playing again and two other new funds to provide further financial support to clubs over the longer term.
For further information about these funds and how you can benefit from them, see The FA's announcement here.
Mental Health Support
We’re all continuing to face different challenges, stresses and pressures due to Coronavirus but it’s important to remember that whatever you’re going through and however it’s making you feel, it’s okay to talk about it. The FA’s charity partners and other mental health charities in the UK are here for you and ready to help you through this difficult time.
We’ve pulled together some tips and advice to help you to find the Mental Health support you need.
Getting the latest Government advice
Read the latest information about the situation in the UK, along with guidance on how best to stay safe and restrict the spread of COVID-19.