Latest update on Return to Football from SYFA 31st March 21

This message was sent out from the board of the SYFA today

Good Morning,     

This email has been sent to all Club & League Secretaries     
Please see below update on the Return to Football.     

Update      
In line with Scottish Government and sportscotland guidance, we have set out Guidance for All for the 5 – 25 April only, as well as age-related guidance for Under-12s12-17 year-olds and 18 years and older.    
Please note, only Under-12s and 12-17 year-olds are permitted to engage in contact training, as per Government and sportscotland guidance.      
If you do not live on mainland Scotland, you can follow the guidance for your area here.    

Guidance for All

  • All activity for all age groups must take place outdoors.
  • A reminder that information on the Level 4 travel restrictions can be seen here.
  • All activity must be arranged to take place in an appropriately risk assessed venue.
  • All activity must only be arranged by Scottish FA registered clubs (clubs registered with an appropriate Affiliated National Association).
  • All activity should avoid inter-club training, competition or events.
  • Parents/carers are reminded that spectating is not permitted at any time and they should not congregate at the facility or nearby.
  • At no stage should groups mix and appropriate one way systems should be in place at your respective facility.
  • Please ensure that hygiene measures are implemented at all times.

All players, participants over the age of 13, and parents and carers are advised to undertake a COVID-19 eLearning course if they or their children are to participate in sports training, competitions and other events.       

Under-12s    
Scottish Government and sportscotland guidance for children under the age of 12 permits participation in outdoor contact group activitysportscotland Level 4 guidance can be found here.   

We would urge everyone to adhere to the following guidance:

  • Contact activity for this age group is permitted, however physical distancing should be in place before and after activity.
  • Parents/carers can take a young person under the age of 18 out of their Local Authority area for their organised activity.
  • Physical distancing is necessary for coaches at all times.
  • All group activity can consist of a maximum of 26 players and four officials per 1/3 of a pitch (the officials must be PVG certified and contain a COVID Officer, First Aider and an appropriately qualified coach).
  • No inter club, competition, matches or events are permitted.

12-17 years    

The Scottish Government and sportscotland guidance regarding children between age 12-17 who are permitted to participate in outdoor contact group activity with full Level 4 guidance can be found here.

We would urge everyone to adhere to the following guidance:

  • Contact activity for this age group is permitted, however physical distancing should be in place before and after activity.
  • Parents/carers can take a young person under the age of 18 out of their Local Authority area for their organised activity.
  • Physical distancing is necessary for coaches.
  • All group activity must consist of a maximum of 13 players and two officials per 1/4 of a pitch (the two officials must be PVG certified and contain a COVID Officer, First Aider, and an appropriately qualified coach).
  • No inter club, competition, matches or events are permitted.

18 years and above    

The Scottish Government and sportscotland guidance regarding 18 years and above who are permitted to participate in outdoor non-contact group activity with full Level 4 guidance can be found here.

We would urge everyone to adhere to the following guidance:

  • All activity must be non-contact, ensuring physical distancing is in place at all times before, during and after activity takes place.
  • All activity must be organised within your own Local Authority area and players are not permitted to travel to neighbouring authorities to participate, as per Scottish Government travel restrictions.
  • All group activity must consist of a maximum of 15 players and officials (two appropriate PVG officials for SYFA) and all activity must contain a COVID Officer and First Aider per 1/4 of a pitch.

 All further updated guidance will be published on the Scottish FA ‘Return to Football Hub’ this week and we would ask all members to continue checking for further updates. The Scottish FA are still seeking further clarification on the group sizes, travel guidance in relation to the 26 April which could permit organised match play activity to be arranged

This guidance may still be subject to change and we ask that you do not, at this stage, publicise this to the wider domain.  We have shared the guidance as it stands at the moment to give you an idea of how the Return to Football will progress.   

Kind Regards,   
The Board

SYFA

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