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Outdoor football - 3G football pitches FAQs

Outdoor football - 3G football pitches FAQs

Find out more about our 3G football pitches reopening:

 

 

Where can I find guidance on returning to play outdoor football?

We have used the FA’s ‘COVID-19 Guidance on re-starting outdoor competitive grassroots football’ to ensure that football can restart on our 3G pitches.
We will be asking all our bookings to confirm that they have read and understood this prior to returning to play.

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Who can play football on our 3G pitches?

Contract bookings will be welcomed back to the outdoor 3G pitches from the Tuesday 1 September. Football on the 3G pitches can take place in groups of up to 30 people, including any coaches.

However, social distancing must be maintained throughout from accessing the pitches, breaks in play, celebrations, interactions with referees/officials, team talks, warm-ups/cool-downs, meetings, spectating, etc.

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What can you do to ensure a safe environment when you use the facilities?

We need every player to ensure good hygiene throughout so please ensure you are familiar with this guidance:

  • Prior to attending the facility ensure that you do not have any of the COVID-19 symptoms. If you do, or anyone in your booking does have symptoms then the NHS and PHE guidance should be adhered to.
  • Bring your own hand sanitiser and use frequently during your session, particularly before touching the access gate
  • Ensure that you, and your fellow players, maintain social distancing throughout the booking, as above
  • Ensure that you wait off the pitch until the previous booking has vacated the area and it becomes available for you
  • Ensure that you finish playing football with time to vacate the pitch at the end of your session. Please be respectful of the booking that may be following you so they can start their booking on time
  • FA guidance indicates equipment should not be shared, particularly water bottles.
  • Appoint someone to monitor use of equipment to prevent sharing
  • Please ensure that every player leaves with their belongings. Lost property, other than valuables, will not be retained by at the centre.

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Will changing rooms be available?

Changing rooms will not be available at the centre when the pitches reopen so please ensure that you come ready to play.

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Will we have to support the NHS Test and Trace system?

As per the FA guidance, all bookings will need to support the NHS Test and Trace process by collecting name and contact details on all participants in their booking/matches. This must be retained for 21 days in line with the Government Recreation Team Support Framework.

We will be asking all our bookings to confirm that they have read and understood the NHS framework and the requirements to ensure that it can be implemented, prior to returning to play.

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What do we do with regards to the provision of first aid?

Individuals who manage bookings must ensure that they adhere to changes to first aid delivery, which can be found on the FA website.

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Last updated on 20 August 2020