With the Government announcement about meeting in groups from today, here is the latest guidance from The Football Association:

Consistent with Government advice, published on Monday 1st June 2020, the following outdoor football activity is currently permitted:

  • playing football individually (individual skills or fitness activities);

  • playing football with your family or other people living in your household;

  • football training or fitness activities in groups of no more than six, keeping two metres apart at all times. This includes individual coaching sessions.

Sharing of equipment should be kept to a minimum and strong hand hygiene practices should be in place before and after. Physical contact with anyone outside your household is not permitted, therefore playing any games (small sided or fun) is also not permitted at this time. Avoid meeting in groups of six in busy or overcrowded areas if it is so busy that is not possible to maintain social distancing at all times.

Football coaches can now undertake small group sessions up to six people (including the coach) but are reminded to follow The FA's safeguarding policy when coaching / working with children. This must include risk assessing the activities, gaining consent from parents / carers and ensuring you are in sight of another adult. For example, a parent / carer or another coach and that the ratio of coach to different age groups of children is appropriate. For clarity, the additional parent / carer or coach is not included as part of the group of six but must remain in sight of the activity.

It is permissible for coaches to organise a training session that has two or more groups of six (including the coach) involved in the session, as long as the groups of six are kept seperate, everyone is socially distancing and strict hygiene measures are in place with any equipment.

It is essential that any individual who is symptomatic, living in a household with a possible

COVID - 19 infection or if you're classified as extremely vulnerable on health grounds, the guidance is that you should remain at home.

This information is correct as of 19:30 on Monday 1st June 2020.

As always, the safety and wellbeing of all our players and their parents / carers is of paramount importance to us.

We will be offering our new virtual individual coaching sessions as well as face to face individual coaching sessions at the moment with a plan to return to group training as soon as we feel it is safe to do so.

We will keep you posted with any developments as and when they happen.

Stay safe and look after your loved ones.

Adam and everyone at ABFC.

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