COVID-19

This Page details the full guidance issued by Aberdeen FC Ladies with regards to returning to Training during COVID19

 

 

INTRODUCTION

  • This guidance applies to all Teams playing under the Aberdeen FC Ladies club banner and is in accordance with the Scottish Government guidelines and the Scottish FA Return to Football Guidance published on 11th March 2021 and can be implemented from Monday 15th March 2021.
  • This guidance relates to Children & Young People aged 5 – 17 years old. Additional Guidance is available for 18 years and older.
  • During organised training sessions only, U12`s can participate in groups of 26 players and 3 coaches (max) per quarter of the pitch. Over 12`s can participate in groups of up to 13 players and 2 coaches (max) per quarter of the pitch. Players must adhere to physical distancing at all times, all adult coaches must maintain 2 metre physical distancing at all times.
  • During this phase and to assist with planning and communication, all participants observe 2 metre physical distancing in and around the club.
  • It is the club’s and coaches responsibility to follow all appropriate guidelines to enable the return to training in a safe manner.
  • The club must visit and understand all relevant facilities, guidance is available on the Scottish FA ‘Return to Football Hub’. (Risk assessments for venues are available from Mike Reid COVID-19 coordinator)

 

PLAN & PREPARE

  • Ensure ALL players are registered with your Affiliated National Association.
  • The club COVID coordinator is Mike Reid who is appointed by the club as required by the Scottish FA to ensure all ‘best practice’ guidance is followed by all members – players, coaches and club volunteers alike – promoting a safe & confident return to training.
  • Coaches are responsible for the safety of the players and should be fully aware of their own club’s policies and those of any venue(s) used.
  • Ensure all officials have completed all relevant and appropriate appointment and selection procedures (including PVG scheme membership).
  • Ensure there are enough first aid qualified officials and adequate first aid provision at all training sessions.
  • Communicate with all members to ensure they feel safe and ready to return to training.
  • Complete risk assessments for return to training.
  • Communicate with coaches, players and parents to ensure they understand the new procedures to keep everyone safe.
  • Ensure everyone is aware of your Child Wellbeing & Protection policy, especially the Responding to Concerns procedure.
  • Ensure all Players over the age of 13 and Parents have completed the Covid e-learning course before being allowed to train

 

TEST AND PROTECT PROTOCOLS

  • If someone who has attended your training activity develops symptoms of COVID-19, they should be directed to follow the Scottish Government’s ‘test and protect’ guidelines, which can be read on the nhsinform.scot website
  • Ensure an accurate register, including contact details, is kept for EVERY session. This register should be held by both the appropriate COVID Co-ordinator and session lead coach for the duration of lockdown.
  • Ensure all club members are aware of who their relevant COVID Co-ordinator is, should they have to pass on their details to a member of the NHS Scotland Test & Protect team.
  • It is not the responsibility of the football club to inform members if someone at the club has tested positive for COVID-19. This will be done by the NHS Scotland Test & Protect team. An individual’s right to privacy must be observed.
  • The football club will be expected to be able to pass on contact details of all attendees should they be asked by a member of the NHS Scotland Test & Protect team.
  • Data protection guidance should be followed at all times and personal details not held for any longer than is necessary.

 

HEALTH & HYGIENE

  • IMPORTANT: Scottish Government advice remains that anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 should self-isolate for 10 days including the day your symptoms started if you get symptoms during an isolation period the 10 days restarts from the day symptoms started. Household members should isolate for 10 days as per NHS guidance. No one who is self-isolating should attend an outdoor sports facility/activity.
  • 2 meter physical distancing should be maintained at all times between coaches and players.
  • Outside your organised training session 2 metre physical distancing must be adhered to by EVERYONE at ALL times.
  • If you need to sneeze or cough, do so into a tissue or upper sleeve. Dispose of your tissue into an appropriate bin supplied at the venue or place in a plastic bag and take home. Wash your hands afterwards for minimum of 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your face and ensure you clean your hands when you finish participating.
  • Hand sanitiser should be at least 60% alcohol based and Cleaning products should confirm to EN14476 standards.
  • People who are symptomatic should self-isolate for 10 days and household members for 10 days as per NHS guidance. No one who is self-isolating should attend an outdoor sports facility/activity.
  • All coaching should take place outdoors

 

CHILD WELLBEING

  • All football activities with children must be planned to involve a minimum of two adults in line with Scottish Football’s Child Wellbeing and Protection Policy.
  • Under the Scottish Government’s route map and in line with Scottish Football’s Child Wellbeing and Protection Policy, the following must be adhered to when any football activity is undertaken with children:
  • All coaches/staff/volunteers involved in any activity must have undertaken ‘safe’ recruitment procedure and have went through the PVG membership scheme via the relevant National Affiliated Association.
  • Coaches/staff/volunteers involved in any football activity can only coach within their own club setting with players registered to that organisation.
  • All coaches/staff/volunteers undertake relevant training and agree to a Code of Conduct.
  • All activities must be fully risk assessed in advance with the relevant club insurance in place.
  • Coaches can assist with instruction to the player for a minor injury, thet may administer first aid should a major trauma incident occur.
  • The activity should take place outdoors.

 

THE TRAINING SESSION

  • All activity for all age groups must take place outdoors.
  • A reminder that information on the Level 4 travel restrictions can be seen here.
  • All activity must be arranged to take place in an appropriately risk assessed venue.
  • All activity must only be arranged by Scottish FA registered clubs (clubs registered with an appropriate Affiliated National Association).
  • All activity should avoid inter-club training, competition or events.
  • Parents/carers are reminded that spectating is not permitted at any time and they should not congregate at the facility or nearby.
  • At no stage should groups mix and appropriate one way systems should be in place at your respective facility.
  • Please ensure that hygiene measures are implemented at all times.

All players, participants over the age of 13, and parents and carers are advised to undertake a COVID-19 eLearning course if they or their children are to participate in sports training, competitions and other events.

 

Under-12s

Scottish Government and sportscotland guidance for children under the age of 12 permits participation in outdoor contact group activitysportscotland Level 4 guidance can be found here.

We would urge everyone to adhere to the following guidance:

  • Contact activity for this age group is permitted, however physical distancing should be in place before and after activity.
  • Parents/carers can take a young person under the age of 18 out of their Local Authority area for their organised activity.
  • Physical distancing is necessary for coaches.
  • All group activity can consist of a maximum of 26 players and four officials per 1/3 of a pitch (the officials must be PVG certified and contain a COVID Officer, First Aider and an appropriately qualified coach).

12-17 years

The Scottish Government and sportscotland guidance regarding children between age 12-17 who are permitted to participate in outdoor non-contact group activity with full Level 4 guidance can be found here.

We would urge everyone to adhere to the following guidance:

  • All activity must be non-contact, ensuring physical distancing is in place at all times before, during and after activity takes place.
  • Parents/carers can take a young person under the age of 18 out of their Local Authority area for their organised activity.
  • All group activity must consist of a maximum of 13 players and two officials per 1/4 of a pitch (the two officials must be PVG certified and contain a COVID Officer, First Aider, and an appropriately qualified coach).
  • If you have access to a larger training area numbers can be increased however groups cannot exceed 13 players and 2 coaches therefore a squad of 16 may be split into two groups of 8 players and coaches.

18 years and above

The Scottish Government and sportscotland guidance regarding 18 years and above who are permitted to participate in outdoor non-contact group activity with full Level 4 guidance can be found here.

We would urge everyone to adhere to the following guidance:

  • All activity must be non-contact, ensuring physical distancing is in place at all times before, during and after activity takes place.
  • All activity must be organised within your own Local Authority area and players are not permitted to travel to neighbouring authorities to participate, as per Scottish Government travel restrictions.
  • It is recommended that activity is limited to twice a week and for a maximum of 60 minutes per session.
  • All group activity must consist of a maximum of 15 players and officials (two appropriate PVG officials for SYFA) and all activity must contain a COVID Officer and First Aider per 1/4 of a pitch.

FAQs

Q. What are the maximum number of people that are permitted currently per activity ‘bubble’?

A. Participant numbers per activity ‘bubble’ are as follows:

Under-12s: Up to 30 people – maximum of 26 players + four coaches.

12-17s: Up to 15 people – maximum of 13 players + two coaches.

18+: Up to 15 people.

Please ensure the PVG adult:child ratios applicable to each age grouping are fully implemented

Q. The guidance currently gives advice for my age group to take part in activity in either a third or a quarter of a pitch – if I have more space, can I bring more players into my training bubble?

 A. No – the maximum players permitted per bubble cannot be extended. We have issued advice based on what we feel is appropriate space for fun and safe activity to take place. If your facility offers alternative options, please ensure you follow all health and safety checks to ensure you can keep physically distant from the other bubbles.

Q. My team are permitted to take part in contact activity, can I play a game against another club?

A. No, not at this stage. All activity must take place at your own club’s training sessions only.

 

 

PLAN & PREPARE

  • Complete the Covid e-learning course before attending training for the first time
  • If you are feeling unwell, let someone at home know and don’t come to training.
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for 20 seconds, including just before you leave for training.
  • Come ready to take part in training:
  • Have clean training kit on
  • Bring a water bottle that is clearly identifiable as yours – you may want to add your name or initials
  • Bring your own hand sanitiser.
  • Where required tie your laces or ask a parent/carer to help (your coach cannot help you)
  • Put your belongings in your designated ‘Players Area‘ (if applicable).
  • Do not enter the pitch before you are asked to do so by your coach or another club official.
  • Use only your own equipment where at all possible.
  • If you have any questions or concerns about going back to training, tell your parent/carer who can get any answers you need from your coach.
  • Regardless of your age you must maintain 2 metre physical distancing from everybody before and after your training session

 

BEFORE PARTICIPATING

  • Travel restrictions outlined by the Scottish Government should always be adhered to.
  • All players must arrive at training in individual cars and no car sharing is permitted outside of your household.
  • At all times, participants should adhere to the Scottish Government’s physical distancing guidelines of staying at least 2 meters away from others.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before leaving home to go to the facility/venue (or use an alcohol gel if washing hands is not possible).
  • Be aware guidance can change and restrictions may be reintroduced – ensure you have checked the latest version of guidelines on the Scottish FA Return To Football Hub.

 

DURING TRAINING

  • Have fun!
  • Always listen to your coaches. They are there to keep you safe and to help you enjoy playing football.
  • Do not touch equipment that is not yours. This includes goalposts, cones, markers, poles, hurdles or any other equipment that is used for training.
  • Do not touch the footballs with your hands or head. All the activities that your coaches will do will give you lots of time with the ball at your feet.
  • If you need to sneeze or cough, do so into a tissue or your elbow and then wash your hands at the hygiene station provided (your coach will be able to tell you where this is).
  • When asked to do so by your coach, wash your hands using the ‘Hygiene Station’ provided.
  • Remember to have fun!

 

PERSONAL EQUIPMENT

  • Where possible take your own equipment with you and do not share equipment such as footballs, water bottles, cones, bibs etc.
  • Only take the minimum amount of equipment that you need to participate.
  • Clean and wipe down your equipment, including water bottles before and after use.
  • Bring a full water bottle, and do not share food or drink with others.
  • Ensure you take all personal belongings and equipment with you at the end of the activity and do not leave anything at the venue/facility.
  • Hand sanitiser should be at least 60% alcohol based and detergent wipes appropriate for the surface they are being used on. Cleaning products should confirm to EN14476 standards. (Milton)

 

AFTER TRAINING

  • Follow instructions from your coach to leave your training session quickly once you are finished; making sure a parent/carer is there to collect you – do not wander off on your own.
  • Please limit your attendance and only attend for arranged training sessions.
  • Apply hand sanitizer.
  • Ensure you take all personal belongings and equipment with you at the end of training and do not leave anything at the venue/facility.
  • Regardless of your age you must to maintain 2 metre physical distancing from everybody before and after your training session.

 

 

 

ROLE OF THE COACH

  • Make the sessions fun!
  • Coaches must maintain accurate registers of attendees, times and dates. These should be shared with the appropriate COVID Co-ordinator to allow contact tracing if required.
  • It is important that we don’t push our players too hard and cause an increased risk of injury.
  • Physical intensity should start low and increase gradually.
  • Hand shakes, high fives and group celebrations are not allowed.
  • Please avoid using your hands at any stage during the activity.
  • Spitting is not allowed.
  • Heading is not allowed.
  • Although ‘physical fitness’ is something that may have decreased during this break, we should still keep our main focus on technical and tactical development.
  • You should make sure that the activity is appropriate for the age and stage of player.
  • Players should stay well hydrated at all times drinking plenty of water with regular small sips from their own bottle.
  • No first-aid should be administered unless a serious trauma injury occurs or life is at risk.
  • Coaches must maintain accurate registers of attendees, times and dates to allow contact tracing if required.
  • Coaching should follow physical distancing and avoiding contact.
  • Coaches must ensure players avoid congregating at gates and other potential pinch points.
  • Coaches must follow all the guidance with respect to child wellbeing.
  • Coaches are responsible for informing all players and parents of the entry and exit protocol at the training venue including hand sanitising on entry and exit.
  • Coaches should not enter the pitch before the previous group has vacated the area and any remaining equipment is cleaned.

Coaches should care for handling their own equipment (markers, bibs, small goals etc.) and care should be taken to avoid others touching it.

  • Stray footballs should be kicked/dribbled back to position and not picked up.
  • Players should not enter adjacent zones at any stage.
  • An agreed meeting area for each individual group to meet before entering the park.
  • All Groups must exit the park, on a individual group basis, before the next groups can enter
  • It is not permitted for anyone not participating to congregate after our during a training session.
  • Parents of children should stay in there cars and not congregate with each other.

 

AFTER TRAINING

  • Once all players have left the training facility safely, please also leave promptly.
  • Clean and wipe down your equipment, including any goals used, before and after training.
  • Ensure you take all personal belongings and equipment with you at the end of the activity.
  • Do not leave anything at the venue/facility.
  • At this stage, home-based training and setting individual skill and fitness challenges are vital to maximise development within the limited contact time.
  • Remind and manage your players, regardless of age, to maintain 2 metre physical distancing at ALL times out-with your organised training sessions. This applies when not on the pitch immediately before and after the session and whilst within the confines of the facility being used. We fully appreciate that Under 12s are now permitted to have Contact training sessions however all training sessions for players 12-17 years are NON-CONTACT and must be socially distanced. The above point has been put in place to help clubs safely manage sessions that may involve players from both the Children and Young People age groups.

 

 

PLAN & PREPARE

  • DO NOT ATTEND TRAINING if you or anyone from your household should be isolating based on Scottish Government guidelines.
  • Complete the Scottish FA online E-learning course.
  • Parents/carers who are supervising their children should abide by Scottish Government physical distancing guidance and stay at least 2m away from those out with their own household. Groups of parents from different households should not congregate before, during or after the activity guidance now states this includes congregating at a facility or nearby.
  • Talk to your child about returning to training to help them understand the measures that have been taken to keep them safe.
  • Ensure your child washes their hands thoroughly before training and arrives ready to train in clean kit.
  • Ensure your child and coach has your contact number.
  • Your child should bring their own water bottle with their name clearly visible.
  • Please give your child’s coach plenty notice as to whether your child will attend or be absent from any training session.
  • To limit over-crowding, please bring your child to the training session on your own, following your club’s advice on arrival time.
  • Only bring your child to the football club for arranged training sessions.

 

AFTER TRAINING

  • Immediately after training, a parent/carer should collect the child as promptly as possible.
  • Ensure you and your child’s hands are sanitized immediately after training.
  • Inform your coach immediately should your child start to show symptoms of COVID-19.
  • At this stage, home training and setting individual skill and fitness challenges are vital to maximise development within the limited contact time. Please liaise with your child and the coach to find out what these are.
  • Remind and manage your child, regardless of age, to maintain a 2 metre physical distance from everyone at ALL times before and after their organised training sessions.

 

Key Dates/Next Stages

The following are indicative dates that will allow clubs to start to prepare for future activity and over the coming weeks we will continue to engage with the Scottish Government and sportscotland to gain more clarification on specific areas.

5 April

  • Stay at home: Stay at home requirement removed

26 April

  • Strategic (Levels) Framework:  Return to a levels system, which includes regional variation based on data. Further detail will be published as soon as it is available.
  • Sport: The levels system will support the phased re-opening of sport. The detail of what activity will be permitted in each level will be confirmed this month.

We once again we thank all our volunteers and players for their continued patience as we start to progress over the coming weeks towards a safe return to football.

At this time, we would encourage everyone to maintain daily physical activity within their own household or by following the Scottish Government ‘meeting others outdoors’ guidance.