COVID-19 Training Policy

Update from the FA on Thursday 9th July 2020 on resumption of football for grassroots – wait for an FA announcement shortly – DETAILS HERE

Government Guidance on the Return to Recreational Team Sport issued on 10th July 2020 is given HERE.

From 1st June 2020 Government Guidance permits resumption of football training in groups of no more than 6 people from different households provided that a number of measures, including 2m social distancing, are maintained.

DDCMS Guidance 1.6.2020

Source: Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport

On Friday 12th June 2020 the FA issued a statement  ……. “We have today issued new guidance documents for adult players, coaches, facility operators, parents and carers involved in re-starting grassroots football activity during Covid-19.

These documents have been produced in line with Government guidance issued on Monday 1 June, which saw the easing of lockdown restrictions on gatherings, public spaces and outdoor activities and the phased return of outdoor sport and recreation.

The return of grassroots football is something that we know many are keen to see, but at this stage of the nation’s response to Covid-19, it must be done with careful consideration for everyone’s safety, especially vulnerable groups.

We continue to work closely with DCMS and Sport England in order to set out good practice guidance for those responsible for delivering different aspects of grassroots football. As the weeks progress, Government restrictions may or may not be eased further. If they are, we will update our guidance accordingly. It’s essential everyone is clear about the restrictions and works together to manage social distancing and strong hand hygiene.

We want to thank you all in advance for playing your vital part in helping our great game get going again. By observing Government guidance and these documents, let’s work together to ensure the transition back to enjoying football is as smooth and safe as possible.”

Along with that statement on Friday 12th June 2020 the FA issued three guidance documents applicable for grassroots football;

Following publication of this guidance from the FA, and also because the Government are now permitting training, with no more than 6 people in each session, Winwick Athletic FC have put together procedures within our DRAFT Risk Assessment, published here on Thursday 18th June 2020.  After final club consultation with Managers and Parents, we will adopt and then resume team training in specified age groups.

Winwick Athletic FC Risk Assessment and Procedures to be Adopted for COVID-19 Training >> CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD << NOTE:  You MUST read these training procedures, and explain them to your child, then complete the online form below BEFORE your first training session.


ALL Parents/Carers (and Players) must have gone through all of the documentation on this page, and signed-off that they have done so, plus give consent for their child to train using the online form above. At the first training session they shall also be inducted on how the sessions will be operated to ensure full understanding by all participants and those stood watching from at least 5m outside of the designated training areas.

Please note that these procedures are likely to be modified in the light of any future Government and/or FA advice. We will advise as soon as we need to of any changes.

We resumed training from Saturday 27th June 2020, with full parental consents and Winwick Parish Council agreements in place.

FA covid guidance-12-june-2020

The next statement from the North-West Counties shows that we will need to be patient for quite some time before seeing a return to ‘normal’ close-contact football.


Across the North West we recognise the challenges that have faced grassroots football throughout this Covid-19 pandemic. Our immediate thoughts have always been with all those affected and those who have provided both front line support via the emergency services and the key workers who have worked tirelessly, many of those being actively involved in grassroots football.

Across the North West we are all aware that the return of grassroots football will be complex with both phased and conditional transitions likely throughout the 2020/21 season.  That first phase has now allowed small groups of up to six persons, including your coach to meet and take part in sessions that abide by the Governments advice and guidance.

All our County FA Memberships/Affiliation processes will be open from Monday 15th June enabling all our Clubs to recommence their administration.  However, let’s present a clear and collective message from all of the County FAs in the North West; there is no return date or likely return date known for grassroots football. We do understand the eagerness to get back to football, but would ask that you follow the guidance offered by The FA and most importantly the Government guidance.

It is also useful to refer to the Blue Fin National Game Insurance Scheme (NGIS) summary for “Football Activity during COVID-19” issued on 11th June 2020.

Also to our Public Liability Insurance Cover with Blue Fin through Lancashire County FA, which we have from the 2019/20 affiliation until 30th June 2020, and then our newly purchased one for 2020/21 season commencing 1st July 2020.

Further updates will be posted here.