Extra controls and rules in these challenging times

September 2020:

Coaches, parents and players of PAYFC

The FA has asked that we as a club respond to the government guidance to the new track and trace procedures by displaying an NHS QR code at all venues. 

These posters must be in place by 24th September so that attendees to the venue can use the NHS COVID-19 App to scan and register their presence at that venue.

PAYFC has now registered both Pembury Recreational Ground and Woodside Recreational Ground as venues used by the club.

I would ask all of the club members (including extended family / friends who may attend either recreational ground) to download the NHS COVID-19 App, which is available from Thursday 24th September, so that they can scan these QR codes on entering either venue.

NHS QR codes are a quick, simple and secure way for visitors to register that they've been to a venue used by PAYFC, enable visitors to have a digital diary of the places they've visited, to help with contact tracing, and help visitors to quickly receive public health advice if necessary.

By supporting the official NHS QR code poster system, you will help to slow the spread of the virus, reduce the impact of any second wave, and help normal life to resume more quickly.

Coaches will continue to keep a track and trace register of those who attend any PAYFC venues.

Thank you for your continued support during this unprecedented time.

August 2020: 

Players must bring their own hand sanitiser to training and matches. 

Until coaches have received signed Consent Forms (see bottom of this page) from parents or carers, players are not permitted to take part in training, matches or any other activity run by the Club.

July 2020: 

As of 18th July 2020, the FA have introduced new guidelines around grassroots football. 

Coaches, players and parents should read these guidelines (linked to below) before organising or taking part in any football activity at Pembury. It is each individual's responsibility to ensure they comply with the Covid-19 guidelines and to follow the latest government advice at all times. Thank you for helping us get our players active again in the safest way possible.


Here's the FA wording:

We can confirm that the UK Government approved our plan for the return of outdoor competitive grassroots football late last night, Friday 17 July 2020. 

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

We've 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.

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

• Until 31 July – When ready, you can begin competitive training, with the overall group size (inclusive of coaches) being limited to 30 people;

• From August – Competitive matches to begin, for example pre-season fixtures, festivals and small sided football competitions;

• From September – 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 our full guidelines.

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 our guidelines are listed for ease below:

• 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;

• Clubs and facility providers should ensure that their facility is compliant with current Government legislation and guidance related to COVID-19;

• Competitive training is now permitted, with groups limited to a maximum of 30 people, including coaches;

• Competitive match play is permitted, with social distancing in place before and after the match, and in any breaks in play;

• Players and officials should sanitise hands before and after a game as well as scheduled breaks throughout a game or training session;

• Ball handling should be kept to a minimum with most contact via a boot and the ball disinfected in breaks of play;

• Youth football coaches are encouraged to limit persistent close proximity of participants during match play and training;

• Goal celebrations should be avoided;

• 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;

• 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;

• 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

• Clubs should keep a record of attendees at a match or training session, including contact details, to support NHS Test and Trace;

• Clubs should ensure they are affiliated with their County Football Association.

Please note that at this stage, indoor football and Futsal is not permitted. We will look to work with indoor facility providers to develop appropriate guidance for indoor formats as soon as possible.

James Kendall, Director of Football Development at The FA, said: “We're 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.”