UPDATED 2nd December 2020 – Moss Bank JFC Guidance

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport [DCMS] has this evening issued updated guidelines on the return to recreational team sport which permits the return of ‘non-elite’ football in England from Wednesday 2 December, and includes all fixtures and training for:-

• Steps 3-6 of the National League System [NLS];
• Tiers 3-6 of the Women’s Football Pyramid [WFP];
• Regional NLS Feeder Leagues;
• Barclays FA WSL Academy League;
• FA Girls Regional Talent Clubs;
Outdoor youth and adult grassroots football.

Organised outdoor football activity is permitted at these levels across all three tiers from Wednesday 2 December but it is extremely important that clubs, players, coaches, match officials, league officials, volunteers, parents, carers, and facility providers continue to strictly follow both the UK Government’s latest guidance on COVID-19 and respective bespoke guidance documents from The FA.

The Club has updated their detailed Risk Assessment regarding the impact of COVID-19 on training sessions and other footballing activities within the Club.

The Risk Assessment can be downloaded by clicking on below buttons at the base of the page.

The Risk Assessment is effective immediately.

Our COVID-19 Officer is Andrew Kearney, who is contactable on Coronavirus matters through

All participants in training and footballing activities, including managers, coaches, parents, players and anyone else who may be attending, must familiarise themselves fully with the Risk Assessment and ensure they follow the measures required to minimise the risks associated with COVID-19 during our training and footballing activities.

Important: Self-Screen Check

All participants in training or a footballing activity must perform a Self-Screen Check before travelling to the location of the training or footballing activity.

This is a mandatory check, which must be documented before travelling and presented upon arrival to the coach who is leading the training or footballing activity.

Participants who do not provide a signed Self-Screen Check will be asked to leave the venue and will not be able to take part in the training or footballing activity.

The Self-Screen Check is documented on the following template, which can be downloaded from the buttons at the base of the page:

Parents and carers who travel to and from the venue, and who may stay and attend the training and footballing activity or remain in their car should also perform a Self-Screen Check. This check does not need to be handed to the coach leading the training or footballing activity.

Important: Adult Player, Parent or Carer Consent and Confirmation

In providing a signed Self-Screen Check form to the coach leading the activity, you consent for yourself or your child to take part in the training or footballing activity, and you confirm that you have read and understood the activities being offered (to your child) and agree with the measures the Club has put in place to manage Covid-19 risks, including measures in line with current Government guidance.

Please Contact Us if you require any further information or clarification regarding the Risk Assessment and its implications.

Football Association Guidance

The FA provided updated guidance on 18 July 2020, which superseded their guidance of 3 July 2020.

This short video has been produced by Manchester FA summarising some of the key points in the FA’s guidance:

The FA issues guidelines for the return of outdoor competitive grassroots football

Practical guidance for players, coaches, officials, volunteers, clubs, leagues, parents/carers and facility providers undertaking outdoor competitive grassroots football activity in England.

As a result, the grassroots football community now has the opportunity to return to football and prepare for the start of the new season.

The FA has been working hard over recent weeks to prepare guidelines for the safe return of grassroots football and, following Government approval, these can now be published.

Football activity can take place with necessary modifications in place to mitigate the transmission risk of COVID-19.

The FA would strongly recommend a phased return to competitive football activity as follows:

  • Until 31 July 2020 – when ready, you can begin competitive training, with the overall group size (inclusive of coaches) being limited to 30 people.
  • From August 2020 – Outdoor competitive football matches to begin, for example pre-season fixtures, festivals and small sided football competitions.
  • From September 2020 – Grassroots leagues, men’s National League System, Women’s Football Pyramid tiers 3 to 6, and FA Competitions can commence.

Clubs, players, coaches, match officials, league officials, volunteers, parents/carers, spectators and football facility providers should read The FA’s full guidelines, which are accessible below, in addition to the latest Government guidance on COVID-19.

A return to competitive football should only happen once clubs and facility providers have completed the necessary risk assessments and comprehensive plans are in place.

A summary of key points to consider from The FA’s guidelines are listed for ease below:

  1. Everyone should self-assess for COVID-19 symptoms before every training session or match. If you are symptomatic or living in a household with possible or actual COVID-19 infection you must not participate or attend.
  2. Clubs and facility providers should ensure that their facility is compliant with current Government legislation and guidance related to COVID-19.
  3. Competitive training is now permitted, with groups limited to a maximum of 30 people, including coaches.
  4. Competitive match play is permitted, with social distancing in place before and after the match, and in any breaks in play.
  5. Players and officials should sanitise hands before and after a game as well as scheduled breaks throughout a game or training session.
  6. Ball handling should be kept to a minimum with most contact via a boot and the ball disinfected in breaks of play.
  7. Youth football coaches are encouraged to limit persistent close proximity of participants during match play and training.
  8. Goal celebrations should be avoided.
  9. Equipment should not be shared, and goalkeepers should ensure they disinfect their gloves regularly in breaks in training or matches and thoroughly afterwards. Where possible, coaches should only handle equipment in training.
  10. Where possible, players, coaches and officials should arrive changed and shower at home. Use of changing and shower facilities must follow government advice on the use of indoor facilities.
  11. Participants should follow best practice for travel including minimising use of public transport and walking or cycling if possible. People from a household or support bubble can travel together in a vehicle.
  12. Clubs should keep a record of attendees at a match or training session, including contact details, to support NHS Test and Trace.
  13. Clubs should ensure they are affiliated with their County Football Association.

James Kendall, Director of Football Development at The FA, said:

“We are delighted that the Government has given the go-ahead for competitive grassroots football to return. The past few months have been some of the most challenging times not just for football, but across society, and today’s news will be welcomed by the grassroots football community all over the country.

“Now that we are able to look ahead to the new season, it’s crucial that we continue to do all we can to follow safety measures, both as advised by the government and specifically for football.

“I would encourage anyone returning to competitive grassroots football to take the time to read this guidance, prepare thoroughly and to adopt our recommended approach to phasing football back in. I would also like to thank you for playing your vital part in helping our great game to get going again.”

The full guidance document can be downloaded below, along with a short summary for all those involved in restarting activity.”


  • Any spectators at training sessions & matches (including parents and carers) must be restricted to discrete six-person gathering limits and spread out, in line with wider government guidance, ensuring space for officials, coaches and substitutes.
  • Records must be kept of all attendees.
  • If your child needs help with shoelaces, GK gloves or other, they must return to parent for this.
  • Other equipment must not be touched by spectators, including the ball.
  • Please make sure that you arrive just in time (no more than 5-10 minutes) for your session and leave promptly after to avoid any overcrowding. Please also read the FA guidance for parents. Please make sure your child understands the new guidelines.


  1. Please check with the away team their COVID risk assessment along with the name of their COVID Officer and their contact details.
  3. Coaches keep their own records of Track and Trace of who attended from their team inc parents, other people in their party.
  4. Please still undertake the screen test before you leave your home for the away fixture game.
  5. Reminder for parents to Social Distance from other parents.


Please follow link and look at the up to date COVID19 at our club:

We have a live mapping system regards the COVID-19 level at member club locations

All you need to do is search for the club or input the location or postcode to access this information which links to the clubs COVID Officer & displays any teams isolating:

We have a live mapping system regards the COVID-19 level at member club locations

All you need to do is search for the club or input the location or postcode to access this information which links to the clubs COVID Officer & displays any teams isolating

Please send the below instructions to all visiting teams. UPDATED 3rd OCTOBER 2020

  1. On arrival and exiting of The Pavilion, Captains Clough, Park, Barlow Park teams to Sanitise hands on arrival and exiting the pitches.
  2. Goals must be disinfected before and at FT along with all balls used. parent line and any other equipment that can be touched must be sanitised before games. Please arrive early to set up goals on the pitches and not outside the clubhouse.
  3. Parent line must be used and social distancing be observed by spectators. GK gloves not to be shared between children.
  4. Shin pads to be worn at all times.
  5. We ask for only one parent(s) or guardian to attend the game and for Social distancing yourself to be STRICTLY adhered to. Mixing close with other people is not allowed and is against Gov guidelines and can be enforceable by law.
  6. If any minor injuries are treated by the coach hands must be as normal sanitised pitch side afterwards.
  7. A register of ALL attendees is to be made for track and trace purposes as per government guidelines. These can be logged in your what’s app groups after the game. Away teams must keep their own register of attendees and confirm to the Moss Bank JFC coach that this has been undertaken
  8. Our Cafe is now COVID risk assessed and is now OPEN for TAKEAWAY ONLY on match days. Please follow social distancing rules and follow signs on entrance and exiting. FACE MASK MUST BE WORN IN THE CLUBHOUSE AT ALL TIMES. No chairs to be taken from the clubhouse.
  9. Toilet facilities are now open. Please again follow signs and also wash hands. Toilets will be disinfected every hour.
  10. Coaches/Managers to speak to parents and reiterate the guidelines and stress the importance of compliance.
  11. All ‘Round Robins’ games please make sure the team that is not playing are stood away from the pitchside line until their game is being played. Please use the spaces provided behind the goals. Children MUST BE SUPERVISED AT ALL TIMES when waiting for their games to start.
  12. There are no changing facilities open for open age teams or Vets teams.



We are writing with regards to our operational procedures when Moss Bank JFC training starts tonight at Ladybridge High 3G. As we are all aware, Covid-19 has impacted the sport and leisure industry, amongst others since the middle of March. However we are hugely excited to welcome you back to do what you love and enjoy!

Pease also see below operational procedures when visiting site. These, alongside your activities current governing body guidelines MUST be adhered to. Please ensure you have understood and researched your body guidelines before visiting site.

General Rules –

– Do not report to reception, our members of the team will visit you in your area of use to sign you in on arrival.

– NO CHANGING ROOMS are available. Please ensure your users come ready.

– There is a one way system, to the left, clearly sign posted on ALL corridors and floors.

– Toilets have a red and green system..

– Doors and touch points will be opened to minimise contact where possible.

– Only 1 adult per child under 16 and NO SPECTATORS FOR OVER 16 ACTIVITIES will be prohibited on site this includes siblings. Users and users clients only.

– If you run a junior activity, please ensure only one adult picks up and drops off and where possible stays in their cars.

– Sanitising stations including hand sanitisers, sprays and wipes will be stationed outside of main areas of use. Use these at your leisure.

– Our staff will wipe down all touch points and equipment before and after each user.

– Only Visit our reception for emergencies and this must the lead coach, or supporting coach.

– Do not, under any circumstances enter un-booked rooms. You must stick to the space you have booked.

– All of your junior users, under the age of 18 MUST have an adult coach or supervisor attend the walk between your space of use and toilets.


– ACCESS – Access to all sports facilities is via the main car park. Exception for Main Hall use. Group leader to sign in with Recreation Assistant who will come to you.

3G AND GRASS PITCHES  – Enter through the main gates and follow patch to the courts/pitches. Sanitary station located at main gate and 3G entrance. To exit follow patch back up and through. Use toilet next to blue container.

TRACK AND TRACE – Similarly to the restaurant industry, as usual, all participants must sign in using the QR codes. Should yourself, or anyone who has been in contact with our site, test positive for the virus within 7 days of using the facility, you must make Edu-Lettings aware. We will then contact all relevant users of the same evening and spaces to inform users of a positive case.

Please ensure you leave the last 5 minutes of your booking to leave the facility as your found it and leave via your exit point in time for the next user. The last 5 minutes will also be spent cleaning equipment and touch points by our team. Please do not try to enter ANY facility before your start time. Note – this is not the time you wish to get in to set up. this is your booked start time.

I appreciate the 5 minutes eating into time of your session – however we must all work together, to ensure all sport and activity is allowed to go ahead in a safe environment for all.

We will continue to update all clients with regards to the information received on Covid-19 regulations both in the leisure and educational sector.

Our staff will be on hand to support you during your time on site, however, should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact myself directly to discuss further.

Kind Regards



Some other important details for you regarding your booking are below;

Sessions can have no more than 15 participants on any one pitch per hour.

Sessions will now only be for 55 minutes to allow a smooth transition from bookings and stop congestion, please leave the pitch promptly through one of the side gates Hand sanitiser stations will be put up around the entrance to the pitch


CONTACT DETAILS: 07702472952 or email