FA STATEMENT – 04.08.20
Extract from letter sent to all leagues
Re: Spectators at Matches
Due to evidence received over this weekend we now need to extend behind closed doors to Regional NLS Feeder League Clubs (Step 7) and this will also apply to preseason matches played in an NLS or Regional NLS Feeder League ground including, for example, County FA or League Cup Finals.
Some Clubs and Leagues have also asked for further clarity on a couple of specific areas and we hope the following will be of use.
- ALL friendlies involving Step 1 to Regional NLS Feeder Leagues Clubs should be played
behind closed doors, until further notice.
- ALL pre-season or other matches held at Step 1 to Regional NLS Feeder League
grounds, including, for example, all County FA and League Cup Finals, should be played behind closed doors, until further notice.
Clubs can operate their Clubhouses in accordance with Government hospitality guidance – but there should be no entry to the ground for spectators. Spectator and Hospitality guidance is covered separately by Government.
- Friendlies or other matches can have others not involved ‘on the pitch’ in the ground and this can provide for essential Club Officials only or where an under 18 is playing in the fixture, a parent or guardian to fulfil safeguarding requirements. All must observe social distancing.
The full letter can be found by clicking here
One of our member clubs, kindly copied us in to their match confirmation for their first friendly this week and have given us the ‘OK’ to share. Below are two documents, which clubs may wish to use. These address a number of the Covid 19 requirements in relation to commencement of grassroots football. This is not an league instruction but we thought it may assist clubs during the coming season
Chipstead Football Club celebrate Award
Football in Sevenoaks received a boost today when Chipstead FC were awarded a grant by the Premier Division, FA and the Government’s Football Foundation.
The £500 grant from the Foundation’s Club Preparation Fund will help Chipstead FC to prepare their buildings to safely reopen in line with Government Guidance around hygiene and social distancing and The FA’s plans to a phased return that were announced on July 18th
The Club Preparation Fund follows the £7m of investment awarded to 2,900 organisations through last month’s Pitch Preparation Fund also delivered by the Premier Division. The FA and the Government’s Football Foundation. This is enabling over 9,000 football pitched to be made match-fit and is benefiting over 33.000 football teams.
Speaking about their funding success, Caroline Davies, Chipstead’s club Secretary said “ returning to grassroots football in these uncertain times is proving expensive – this grass has enabled us to purchase vital hand sanitisers, disinfectant sprays and PPE equipment for every team to ensure coaches and players will be as protected as possible when playing football at our club”
Taken from the Chipstead website
PRE SEASON FRIENDLIES – REFEREE’S
The Kent County League referee officers are pleased to announce they will support all member clubs where possible to provide referee’s for your clubs pre-season friendlies. Requests ideally should come in no less than five days prior to fixture. All clubs must ensure firstly that you are fully affiliated to your County FA for the 2020/21 season prior to playing any pre-season games and are following The FA’s Covid-19 Guidance on Restarting Outdoor Grassroots Football” which can be found by the following link –
To request a referee for your fixtures please click here and the referee team will reply via email once an official has been appointed.
Steve Kendall & Will Sanderson
Referee Officer’s – Kent County League
SITUATIONS VACANT & OTHER ADS
Do you need new players or volunteers? After some pre-season matches? Have spare pitches? The latest vacancies and requests are listed below. For full details& some earlier requests click here
PARKWOOD RANGERS – Require new players and friendlies
LOCOMOTIV CANTERBURY – New Divison 3 club, looking for new players
PILGRIMS FC – New Div 3 C&E club – looking to recruit new players
BROMLEIANS FC – Looking to strengthen managing and coaching staff
BROMLEIANS FC – looking to strengthen their squad
IDE HILL RESERVES FC – Looking for a Goal keeper and other players
BEXLEY FC RESERVES: Looking for a new manager/coach
BEXLEY FC – Looking for players for both 1st team and Reserves
PLAYERS LOOKING FOR A TEAM – Two players in Maidstone Area
RUSTHALL FC – Looking for a Coach
RUSTHALL FC – Looking for new players
HALLS AFC – Are looking for players for their 1st 7 reserve teams
TUDOR SPORTS RESERVES – Need Management & coaches for Division Two Side
WELLING PARK FC – Looking for new players
FLEETDOWN UTD – Looking for new players
STRIKER – Looking for a new team