COVID 19 GUIDANCE
Moreton Rangers Football Club
Safe Return to Football
Moreton Rangers FC Guidelines for resuming Football at NLS and grassroots football following the Coronavirus Pandemic. This document is produced in association with both Government and FA guidelines to ensure safety of players, staff, officials and spectators.
The policy is also backed up by a series of individual risk assessments and supporting club policies which will be continuously reviewed, and the policy updated where necessary.
The Covid-19 officer for Moreton Rangers is Martin Jones.
Whilst many of the directives issued are legislative there are some that are advisory which Moreton Rangers have included in this policy for best practice and again, to ensure safety is at the top of the priority list. It is also important to note that this policy/guidance has been produced to allow football to take place at Moreton Rangers Football Club and does not supersede any further guidance or rules put in place by competition authorities.
The guidance following is FOR ALL players, coaches, club officials, match officials, league officials, volunteers, parents/carers and spectators.
CODE OF BEHAVIOUR
Covid-19 is a highly infectious and dangerous disease. A resumption of contact play is only achievable if those involved create and maintain a controlled environment that minimises the threat of infection. Risk in sport cannot be completely eradicated but with caution and care these risks can be reduced. All those returning to competitive grassroots football must adapt the following F.A code of behaviour:
Be aware of your own personal health. If you show any of the covid-19 symptoms you must stay at home, inform the NHS test and trace and seek medical advice.
Be responsible. Read the guidance provided by the F.A and your club so that you are aware of the changes to the game and what is expected of you.
Practice good hygiene. Wash your hands regularly and before, during and after a game. Where possible maintain social distancing. This will not always be possible in a competitive match environment and that is acceptable. However, before and after a game you should maintain social distancing.
Support NHS test and trace. You’re likely to be asked to provide your details so that in the event of a covid-19 outbreak those potentially infected can be traced. This is to everyone’s benefit so please co-operate.
Do not spit. Spitting and the rinsing out of mouths is now a recognised risk to the health and must not be done. Avoid shouting or raising your voice if face to face with other players.
After the game. Be aware that other users may be waiting to use the facilities.
Spectators are asked follow hygiene best practice and guidance i.e. signage, hand sanitisers;
• Continuing to maintain and encourage social distancing whenever possible.
• Wearing face masks in crowded indoor areas, such as moving around clubhouses
• Making use of Government supplied Lateral Flow Tests (LFT) and take one before attending and reminding supporters that: ‘If your LFT is positive or you have any doubt about your health, you should not attend’; • Encourage those fully vaccinated or with a negative lateral flow test to download their Covid pass in the NHS app..
BEFORE ANY FOOTBALL ACTIVITY TAKES PLACE
All participates (players, coaches, club officials, match officials’ volunteers and spectators) should self-check for symptoms of covid-19.
No-one should leave home to participate in football if they, or anyone live with, has any of the symptoms of COVID
Travelling to the match
All participants and other attendees should follow best practice for travel. Participants should walk or cycle if possible. If you travel together in a vehicle they should try to:
• Share the transport with the same people each time;
• Keep to small groups of people at any one time;
• Open windows for ventilation.
• Wear Face Coverings
Before the Game Use of the Changing Rooms is permitted for limited purposes.
Players and officials should spend time in the Changing Rooms for the minimum time permitted. Team talks should take place outside if possible, to reduce the instances of close contacts.
2. DURING ALL FOOTBALL ACTIVITY
Pre-match handshake should not happen.
Team talk huddles should not take place. Team talks can take place as long as social- distancing is observed.
Coaches, other team staff and substitutes are allowed, but must always observe social distancing on touch lines/dug-outs.
Social distancing must also be observed during interactions when a substitution is being made.
During breaks and half-time all participants must remain socially distanced. Coaching staff and substitutes should for example, spread out and avoid sharing a dug out or bench if social distancing cannot be observed. Water bottles or other refreshment containers should in no circumstances be shared.
Participants are advised to bring their own drinks or refreshments, in a named container.
Use of Equipment
The sharing of equipment must be avoided where possible. Where equipment is to be shared, equipment must be cleaned before use by another person.
Treatment of Injuries
Moreton Rangers appointed first-aiders will follow the FA’s First Aid Guidance.
Injuries during play should still be treated as participant health and safety is of utmost importance and life- or limb-threatening injury necessitates compromising guidelines to provide emergency care.
PPE should be worn where possible when treating an injured player.
After Football Activity
Social Distancing is encouraged in social setting and during hospitality to avoid close contact.
Moreton Rangers COVID 19 Officer