Soccer School Covid -19 Guidelines

By Saints Foundation Media time Thu 16 Jul Saints Foundation News
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After months away, our Soccer Schools return to the football field, but in a different guise.

As our sessions continue through the remainder of 2020, the way we run them has changed too due to the COVID-19 pandemic. From every player and staff member, from arriving to leaving the site, everyone can play their part in making sure that our sessions are as safe as possible. They may look and feel different, but our coaches’ commitment to our players’ potential remains the same.

Anyone who is showing coronavirus symptoms should stay at home. This will avoid spreading the infection to players, staff and the public. If you need to do this, rest assured you will be able to receive a refund. 

Social distancing will be in place throughout your time at our sessions from arrival on site all the way through to departure. This will be for parents & guardians too, with changes to arrival and collection. We’ll be asking everyone to maintain a safe distance of two metres, particularly at the peak arrival and departure times. 

Our coaching ratios are aligned to the current FA guidelines of one coach working with six players aged between 5-8, and one coach working with eight players aged between 9-12. If this guideline changes, our policy will be updated to make sure we are getting the most out of our sessions. As per the FA announcements, we will be allowing player contact in our matches but the rest of the time we will be strictly following the social distancing guidelines. All our delivery has been adapted for social distancing to make sure our sessions are as safe as possible.

Everyone can do their part too - players will be asked to keep two metres apart when lining up, collecting equipment or moving around the pitch. Don’t worry, our coaches have been training themselves to ensure they can still keep all the fun, whilst ensuring distancing is practiced. 

Hand hygiene continues to be vital for everyone. Whenever possible, please wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. Also, make sure you use hand sanitiser frequently, making sure that the risk of infection is lowered. We’ll be providing hand sanitising stations at each venue to help with this, but we’d encourage players to bring their own too. And, as ever, avoid contact with your face during your session, as this will also reduce the chances of infection.

We are delighted to be back on the football pitch, even in these difficult circumstances. Safety may be our number one priority but making sure our players still have a worthwhile experience with us where we allow them to develop talents remains our goal. 

Below you will find more advice and guidance on how our sessions will run. Every session is aligned to current FA guidelines. 

In the week prior to the course start date, you will receive venue specific information which will set out arrival and departure information including entry and exit points, time slots, registration zones, and lead staff. Please check your emails and contact us if you haven’t received these at least two days beforehand.


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