Flixton Juniors Guidance

UPDATE 04/01/2021

Following today’s Government announcement, the Club has no alternative but to cease all footballing activties, including outdoor training, for the foreseeable future

Previous Information

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 here.

The Risk Assessment (FJAFC002) is effective immediately, and supersedes Risk Assessment (FJAFC001) which was issued on 3 July 2020.

There is also a Risk Assessment provided by the South Manchester Girls League for their Woodsend and Partington centres, which can be downloaded by clicking here. This is directly relevant to our U11 Lionesses, coaches and parents, and to anybody who may wish to watch their matches in Partington.

Our COVID-19 Officer is Pierino Gattei (Pev), 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: Matchday Checklist (update 14/09/2020)

In addition to the requirements of the Risk Assessment, all managers must complete a Matchday Checklist for any match in which their team is involved, and this form must be retained.

This Checklist captures the key control information required for our COIVD-19 procedures and can be downloaded by clicking here.

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 here for printing:

Parents and carers who travel to and from the venue, and who may stay and attend the training and footballing activity or reamin 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 offerred (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.

Important: COVID Safe Management at Wellacre Academy for Weekend Matches

Following the increased rules regarding Coronavirus and Track and Trace, Flixton Juniors have implemented people flows at Wellacre Academy for their weekend matches.

All persons who attend or participate in a match at Wellacre Academy are obliged to follow the new rules.

The flows set out from where coaches, substitutes and spectators should watch their match.

All adults who participate or spectate at a pitch are requested to scan the unique Pitch QR Code into the NHS Track and Trace Application on their mobile phone.

The flows are shown here:

Important: COVID Safe Management at Wellacre Academy All-Weather Pitch for Evening Training

Following the increased rules regarding Coronavirus and Track and Trace, Flixton Juniors have implemented people flows at Wellacre Academy All-Weather Pitch (AWP) for their evening training.

All persons who attend or participate in the training at Wellacre Academy are obliged to follow the new rules.

Teams and parents should congregate in their waiting areas prior to a session, adhering to the rule of 6.

Once allowed onto the AWP, people should make directly for their areas.

Coaches and players should not leave their quarter of the AWP during the session.

Parents and spectators should place themselves in the vicinty of the areas marked out for parents for a particular section of the AWP, and adhere to the rule of 6.

All adults who participate or attend training are requested to scan the unique QR Code relevant to their section of the AWP into the NHS Track and Trace Application on their mobile phone.

The flows are shown here:

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.

The FA can confirm that the UK Government approved its plan for the return of outdoor 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.

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:

  • 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.

Separate guidance has been developed for clubs with teams competing in the men’s National League System (NLS) and the Women’s Football Pyramid tiers 3 to 6. This will support these Clubs on the safe return of paying spectators and also the applicability of the guidance to facilities under Ground Grading conditions, to ensure the safe return of competitive matches.

Please note that at this stage, indoor football and futsal is not permitted.
The FA 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 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.”

The links to the National League System Club Guidance and Women’s Football Pyramid (Tiers 3-6) Guidance have not been included.

Current COVID-19 Risk Assessment


Previous COVID-19 Risk Assessments