This page covers Europa Titans FC guidance for visiting teams and our Club
Latest update from the County FA in this attached document – please read.
COVID-19 PROTOCOL FOR VISITING TEAMS
We ask that all visitors to Europa Titans FC home fixtures follow and respect the guidance below. We fix to avoid any situation where an individual becomes ill because others have ignored or omitted to act accordingly with our, The FA and Government guidance.
Parent Covid-19 Training and Match Guide
Europa Titans FC CLUB assessment and protocol
As part of the return to football planning, the FA asked every club to carry out a risk assessment specific to Covid-19. The potential risks and the club’s actions around those risks are included below. If you have any queries around these, please contact either Katrin Harder (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Andre Moriarty (email@example.com) who are acting as our Covid-19 Officers.
With all training and matches currently taking place outdoors and no toilets or other facilities being opened, these guidelines are fairly straightforward and in line with the current FA guidance on football activity.
Covid-19 is a highly infectious and dangerous disease. All participants (home and visiting teams) are asked to strictly follow the guidance given while attending any football activity arranged by ETFC.
Specific Risks & Actions to Reduce Risks
Someone exhibits Covid-19 symptoms BEFORE a football activity, has tested positive for Covid-19 or is asked to self-isolate due to potential contact with Covid-19.
- DO NOT join any football activity if you show Covid-19 symptoms, have tested Covid-19 positive or have been in close contact with someone infected with Covid-19.
- Government guidance must strictly be followed.
Transmission of Covid-19 through touching shared equipment and facilities
- All participant shall SANITISE hands with sanitiser when arriving and leaving.
- Gates will be opened so handles etc. do NOT NEED to be touched.
- Coaches will apply FA guidelines and ensure equipment is NOT SHARED unnecessarily and that any shared equipment is sanitised before and after all football activities, as well as during activity if required.
- Participants will be asked to store personal items, kit and drinks SEPARATELY from other participants.
- Players to bring their OWN labelled water bottle.
- Changing and toilet facilities will remain CLOSED.
- Goal posts, corner flags and respect barrier shall be DISINFECTED before and after matches.
- If the football leaves play, it SHOULD NOT be retrieved by non-participants and where possible should be done with the feet, not the hands.
- Training bibs should NOT BE SHARED between players and will be washed between sessions.
Risk 3: Transmission of Covid-19 through close contact with others, either during football activity or in the car park before /after.
- All participants should maintain SOCIAL DISTANCING, in line with the current FA and government guidance, when not on the field of play (ie during warm-ups, team discussions, drinks breaks and before and after sessions).
- Any parents/carers wishing to watch a match/training must remain in groups of NO LARGER THAN 6 and should be spread sufficiently apart.
- Sessions involving different groups will be sufficiently SEPARATED.
- In line with the current FA guidance, group sizes will remain at 30 or under for all sessions.
- Goal celebrations should be conducted in a SOCIALLY DISTANT manner.
- Handshakes before or at the end of the game SHOULD NOT take place.
- Players and parents to RETURN HOME without undue delay upon closing of the match/training
- Participants are encouraged NOT TO CAR SHARE with those outside their family or “bubble” and to follow the latest government guidance on travel and the use of public transport.
- Participants are encouraged to ensure that a household (bubble) MEMBER FOR EACH PLAYER stays close by during matches and training to aid if a player gets injured.
- First aid kits must contain masks and gloves for the first aider.
- If there is a risk of overcrowding, (e.g. at the end of a game/ training) players, coaches and parents SHALL WAIT until other groups have left.
A participant exhibits Covid-19 symptoms DURING a football activity.
- The PARTICIPANT in question should be kept SOCIALLY DISTANT from others, in line with government guidance, whilst all other safeguarding criteria are met. If a parent or guardian is not present, they should be informed immediately and asked to collect their child at the soonest possible time.
A participant tests positive for Covid-19 AFTER a football activity.
- The club has registered a QR CODE that must be displayed at ALL home games.
- All participants over 16 are encouraged to use the NHS TEST AND TRACE app (at home and away games).
- All participants are encouraged to report any positive Covid-19 test results to their child’s coach.
- Coaches will keep contact details for the coach(es) of any visiting club to inform them about any positive Covid-19 test results.
- The Club can carry on (strictly following guidance on SOCIAL DISTANCING, hand washing etc.), as match play is not considered ‘close contact’ so no action is needed unless individuals experience symptoms, in which case they must self-isolate from that point as per Government guidance.
Participants do not understand or have not read the current COVID-19 GUIDANCE
- ETFC members will be asked to confirm in writing that they have read and understood this risk assessment.
- Coaches will be encouraged to regularly reinforce the guidance given herein in person to the whole group.
- Each team is asked to appoint a Covid Officer for each game to ensure this guidance is followed.
- Many more details can be found in the COVID 19 FAQ issued by the FA.
- If participants are not sure, they can ask their coach, or reach out to the club’s Covid-19 Officers, Katrin Harder at firstname.lastname@example.org or Andre Moriarty at email@example.com.