RETURN TO TRAINING GUIDELINES

ORGANISING TRAINING SESSIONS

On a football pitch, the minimal space for 10 people (players and coaches) is approximately 50 x 30 meters (1⁄4 of a pitch).

This means that 4 small groups of 10 can train on the pitch at once, provided safe distancing measures are met.

For example

  • For example Junior Teams (5-10 years old) where there are less than 10 players and coaches requires one quarter of a full size pitch
  • A youth junior level (11 – 16 years old) team where there are between 16-20 players and coaches will require a full size pitch split into half. For each half, no more than 10 players or coaches maybe allowed to train and coach

It would be advisable for each club to nominate a jacketed official who will act as a COVID-19 Marshal at each training session. 

The Marshal’s role will be to remind people of their responsibilities to follow the current guidelines.

CONDITIONS AND GUIDELINES FOR RETURN TO TRAINING

SportUNE Football League recommends that each clubs takes these records and measures to ensure the safety of participants.

Training: Participants & Coaches

  • Records of attendance at training are maintained and coordinated by a nominated member of each individual club.
  • No person to person contact training drills are to be conducted.
  • No more than 10 people to be involved in any drill. (eg; 1 coach + 9 players)
  • 1.5m Social distancing to be implemented.
  • 10 people to be in a space. No more than 1 person per 4m2.
  • Handling of equipment is to be kept to a minimum.
  • Heading of a ball may occur during the natural process of a drill, for example a ball being crossed.
  • Practising of heading by picking up the ball and throwing should be discouraged.
  • Throw ins are to be discouraged.
  • No usage of change rooms, gym, wet or inside areas.
  • Only essential people are to attend training sessions (i.e. players, coaches, and volunteers involved in operations and one parents/carer of participants).
  • Spectators are not permitted.
  • One Parents/caregivers are permitted for supervision purposes. They are encouraged to wait in the car / outside venue and to avoid gatherings.
  • If training bibs are used, each individual player is to be allocated a bib and each player is required to take the bib home and wash.
  • Regular breaks are to be provided for the purpose of rehydrating and hand sanitising.
  • Toilets are to be open for use.
  • Restriction on the number of people using the toilets at any one time to apply dependent upon the size of the amenities.
  • Soap and sanitiser to be available in the toilets at all times.
  • Players are to enter and leave the pitch and venue in a coordinated manner minimising contact with others and not gathering in large groups.
  • No social activity is to occur once training has concluded.

Matches: Players & Parents

  • Players must not arrive more than 15 minutes prior to training commencing. If arriving by car, they are to remain in the car until 5 minutes before training to avoid gatherings.
  • Players are to come already prepared to train (changing rooms will not be in use).
  • Players are to bring their own drink bottles and they are to be clearly labelled. No sharing of drink bottles is to be permitted.
  • Players are to leave the venue immediately once their training session has concluded.

HYGIENE

Clubs

  • Ensure spaces at each facility, surfaces, equipment and objects are regularly cleaned with disinfectant.
  • Provide hand washing guidance to all participants and volunteers
  • Promote regular and thorough hand washing by volunteers and participants.
  • Provide sanitising hand rub dispensers in prominent places around the venue.
  • Ensure sanitising hand rub dispensers are regularly refilled.
  • Ensure soap dispensers in toilets are regularly refilled.
  • Ensure bins are provided around the venue.

Individuals

  • Players, officials, volunteers and/or their parents/carers should carry hand sanitiser on their person in order to enable good personal hygiene.
  • If using tissues, place them directly in the bins provided.
  • Seek to avoid the use of public toilets, however if necessary, ensure hands are washed thoroughly.
  • Each participant is to provide their own drink bottle that is clearly labelled and is only used by that individual. No sharing of drink bottles.
  • Each participant is to take their training bib home to wash individually.
  • No sharing of pens or clip boards, each volunteer must bring their own to venues.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, before and after eating, and after going to the toilet.

BEHAVIOUR

  • Cover mouth and nose with a tissue or your elbow (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze.
  • Wash hands with soap and water often.
  • Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
  • No spitting at any time.
  • Wipe down all surfaces and objects with appropriate anti-bacterial/disinfectant wipes or soap, particularly those frequently touched. This includes door handles, light switches, kitchen surfaces, bathroom surface, phones, remote controls and any other high touch areas.
  • Do not share drink bottles.
  • Practice social distancing. If someone comes and stand next to you, move around the field and ensure you implement social distancing requirements.