COVID Specific Information : How we plan to keep you safe!

Thank you to submitting interest to our Holiday Centres. Our venues and courses are as safe as possible with our health and safety protocol in place following measures seen below:

  • Follow FA guidance based on number of players working together in a group (currently 5 player:1 coach)*
  • A maximum of 6 groups on the pitches at any one time (currently 30 players: 6 coaches)*
  • All practices aim to adhere to Government/FA guidelines relating to social distancing (currently 2m)*
  • Technical focus on all practices, which maximises touches of the ball
  • Safe distance between groups
  • Groups to stay in bubbles across the days
  • Our venue have been deep cleaned prior to course and a sufficient risk assessment specific to the COVID pandemic has been carried out.
  • All equipment to be cleaned before and after each session
  • New format for sign-in in and out, lunchtimes and toilet breaks
  • Single use toilets will be available for participants with strict guidance in place that must be followed (including hand washing).
  • Toilets to be cleaned at regular intervals
  • Hand sanitiser to be administered on entry and exit to all participants and staff
  • NEA staff to wear appropriate PPE equipment and in the case of emmergency first aid only our staff member will wear full PPE, and the staff member and player will be required to wash them hands as soon as possible.
  • All players will need to bring their own water bottle, which must be clearly marked with their name, this can either be thrown away or can be thoroughly washed after each use.
  • Family and players must arrive to sign-in and out at the correct times following our specific sign-in and out protocols.
  • All players will need to arrive on the day fully striped and ready to play in clean kit each day.
  • Sun Cream: If required, apply to your child prior to drop off, our staff will not be able to apply sun cream or be able to look after sun cream for your child.
  • Medication: If required, ensure your child has any medication prior to the session if needed (anti-histamine or inhaler). Ensure your child has inhaler in sealed bag (if required).
  • Laces: Ensure your child is confident and comfortable tying own boot laces. If your son or daughter is not can you ensure you purchase lace covers or a similar product from another supplier ahead of their attendance. Staff will not be able to tie your child’s boot laces.

Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport : Government Issued Guidelines

Use of Equipment

“The sharing of equipment must be avoided where possible, particularly that used around the head and face e.g. helmets. Where equipment is shared, equipment must be cleaned before use by another person.
Sports should give consideration on how to protect participants in relation to all equipment use and the risk of transmission, including checking ongoing Government research and advice on transmission of the virus and ensuring their guidance reflects it.
Participants should take their kit home to wash it themselves, rather than have one person handling a large quantity of soiled materials. Where kit absolutely has to be shared or kept together (for example last minute stand-in players, shortage of kit, or an essential club function), each person handling it must wash or sanitise their hands immediately after.”

Apart from sharing a football (making contact with the ball only with your feet) between players within a drill/session, players would be requested to not touch any equipment.

Staff/coaches will hear gloves when handling equipment throughout the session as well as cleaning equipment before and after sessions. Equipment would be allocated to groups and would only be used for that group throughout each day.

Pre-Attendance Official Symptom Check

All players, officials, volunteers and spectators must undergo a self-assessment for any COVID-19 symptoms. No-one should leave home to participate in sport if they, or someone they live with, has symptoms of COVID -19 currently recognised as any of the following:

  1. High temperature
  2. A new or continuous cough
  3. A loss of, or change to, their sense of smell or taste

Should an individual have demonstrated any such symptoms, they must follow NHS and PHE guidance on self-isolation. Participants will be made aware of any increased risk associated with taking part in activity, based on the assessment undertaken by the governing body. They should also be strongly advised to comply with public health restrictions and avoid high risk behaviour outside the sports setting to reduce the risk to their fellow participants when they do attend.

Upon arrival our coaching team will fill out a COVID symptoms questionnaire for all players participating. Anyone who is suffering from any symptom will need to leave the venue and carry out isolation protocol.

Travelling to our Venue

Travelling to Training

Participants are encouraged to follow best practice for travel including minimising use of public transport and limiting car sharing. Walk or cycle if you can. People from a household or support bubble can travel together in a vehicle. See the government’s safer travel guidance for passengers for further information.

Arrival at Venues

Clubs should strictly limit the time spent congregating at a venue before activity begins. Meet-up times should reflect this. This includes arriving changed and ready to begin the warm up., Exceptions may be made where safety and safeguarding measures require this, for example supporting disability athletes with minimum time spent waiting or in changing rooms.

Upon arrival we will have clearly marked areas for you to wait to be signed in and grouped ahead of the start of the training session, with social distancing in place.

Social Distancing During Breaks and Post-Game

“All participants must remain socially distanced during breaks in play with spaced areas for equipment and refreshment storage for each individual including officials and substitutes. 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, in a labelled or highly distinguishable container.
After activity participants must maintain government mandated social distancing for social interaction. This includes in any available clubhouse facilities or other venue participants congregate in afterwards.”

All players will remain in their own training group bubbles during breaks and lunchtime. Each group will have their own allocated area with bins, hygiene equipment and access to toilets and maintain social distancing. No drinks or food will be shared.

Injury Treatment

“Injuries during play should still be treated as participant wellbeing is utmost. The best way to protect yourself and others is through rigorous cleaning, personal hygiene and regular hand hygiene. An increased frequency of cleaning and disinfection of all surfaces and equipment, using standard household cleaning and disinfection products, is recommended. Face coverings are also advisable when undertaking treatment.
After contact with an injured participant, clean your hands thoroughly with soap and water or alcohol hand sanitiser at the earliest opportunity. This advice is applicable to all situations, regardless of whether there was close contact or the minimum social distancing was maintained. Avoid touching your mouth, eyes and nose.
Physios or their equivalent, should keep a record of each participant they have come into contact with for track and trace purposes.”

If a player was to be injured while taking part in our sessions,we would follow this stringent protocol to ensure the highest safety and hygiene levels.