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Coronavirus Update

Keeping you updated on the impact of Coronavirus on Middlesex football

UPDATED on 6th APRIL

Going forward all updates added on the above listed date will show in red text or will be in a red button.

From 06/04/2020 - Please click below to view a accessible version of this page, providing the update in a range of languages, inc. Polish, Punjabi, Romanian and more.

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Keeping you updated on the impact of Coronavirus on Middlesex football

We continue to monitor the ongoing situation and follow the advice provided by the Government. The current Government guidance initially will last for 3 weeks from 23rd March onward, the new guidance states that people should remain at home at all times, with a few minor exceptions. To reduce risk and encourage people to stay at home the Government has also announced that all non-essential stores and public places will close (this includes Rectory Park). Finally they have announced that public gatherings should not be happening, with any gathering being limited to 2 people, again except for certain circumstances (limited to work and where a parent has no option to leave children at home).

 

This new guidance is not a suggestion and must be adhered to, meaning the Government has given police and local authorities the power to enforce these new changes. This announcement means that COVID-19 will continue to have a major impact on not only day to day life but also football in Middlesex. For full details of the latest Government advice please click the below button.

 

FULL GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE


Work on scenario planning continues in our commitment to find ways of completing the current season; resuming when it is safe and possible to do so. We are currently looking at all possibilities around how we can ensure that we still complete a full County Cup Finals Programme. More information will follow as we see how this virus continues to develop and impact the footballing world.

We continue to follow Government advice and work collaboratively with stakeholders to ensure the safety of players, staff and the football community.

We would all like to re-emphasise that our thoughts are with everyone affected by COVID-19 and thank you for your ongoing support.


Below are the FA statements released in order for your information.

As of The FA's announcement at 3.00pm today (26th March), The FA released a statement notifying the country that all football from Step 3 of the NLS, and Tier 3 of the Women's Football Pyramid and below will be concluded with immediate effect. The full FA statement explaining how this impacts on the outcome of leagues can be found by clicking on the red button below.

The fA STATEMENT 13th march

The FA Statement 16th March

The FA Statement 19th march

The FA Statement 26TH March

Contacting Middlesex FA?

Following the Governments announcement on the evening of Monday 16th March, the Middlesex FA offices will be closed to staff and visitors until further notice.

As of 4pm today (2nd April) most staff will be going on furlough leave. This means that your normal point of contact may be on leave up to 31st May at the earliest, to find out who to contact in the mean time please use the below news article as a reference, alternatively contact details can be found on our Board and Staff page.

CONTACT US DURING FURLOUGH

What about County Cup Competitions

Middlesex FA County Cups

The Middlesex FA County Cup Committees have taken the difficult decision to postpone all County Cup fixtures (incl. Finals and all other fixtures). This postponement impacts all matches in these competitions from today (26th March).

Middlesex FA and our Cup Committees will continue to monitor the ongoing situation, taking on board Government, FA, Leagues and Public Health England advice before making any further decision on the resumption or extended postponement of our County Cup Programme.

Following The FA statement dated 26th March, all league football from Step 3 of NLS and Tier 3 of the Women's Football Pyramid has been concluded. The FA have stated that Cup Finals as "One off matches" can be played during preseason. At this point we will look at all possibilities and make a further decision on these finals. 

Capital Cups Competitions

With the governments announcement as of the evening of 16th March all Capital Cup ties will be postponed until further notice. We will update at an appropriate time as and when we have any further details.

What about Middlesex FA Development Programmes, Affiliated Clubs and Leagues?

As of the evening of 16th March, following The FA's announcement we can confirm that all 'Grassroots' league football, club football, training, and friendly fixtures will be postponed for the foreseeable future. As and when we receive further guidance to the contrary from The FA and/or The Government, at which point we will issue an update to all clubs and leagues operating in Middlesex.

This suspension will also impact on a number of Middlesex FA initiatives and leagues, including the following:

- All FA Mars Just Play sessions

- All Middlesex FA Wildcat Girls Football Centres

- Middlesex FA Flexi Football League

Middlesex FA Walking Football League (all 3 divisions)

- Middlesex FA PAN Disability Football League

- Middlesex FA SEN League

- North West London Mental Health League

  - FA FIVES

What about Middlesex FA Courses?

As of the evening of Monday 16th March, Middlesex FA have taken the difficult decision to postpone all MFA Coach Education programmes, this means all courses that start on or before Thursday 30th April will be postponed and will not go ahead, this will also effect ongoing courses (Level 1 & 2) that may be between sessions. Please note these courses will be postponed at their current stage and we will update as soon as we are in a position to do so.

If your course is due to start after Thursday 30th April, your course has not currently been postponed. Please continue to visit this link for the latest updates.

The courses impacted by this include but are not limited to:

  • FA Level 1 in Coaching Football
  • FA Level 2 in Coaching Football
  • FA Level 3 in Coaching Football (UEFA B)
  • FA Level 1 Introduction to First Aid in Football
  • FA Safeguarding Children Workshop
  • FA Welfare Officers WorkshopFA Referee Course
  • FA Referees Course

If you were due to take part in any of our courses and have any queries around the status of your course, whether ongoing, a future booking or simply you are considering booking a course. Email any questions to coaching@middlesexfa.com.

What about Rectory Park?

In line with the announcement made by Boris Johnson on 23rd March, Rectory Park is now closed to all and will not reopen for a minimum of 3 weeks in line with these latest measures. Once we have more information about the potential reopening of business we will be able to update all users of the site.

If you have any queries around your planned usage of the site, please email rectorypark@middlesexfa.com.

What if the Situation Changes? 

We are actively monitoring Government advice in case the situation changes and additional measures become necessary. As a matter of good practice we would recommend that Leagues and Clubs adopt the same approach.

Getting the Latest Government Advice

Read the latest information about the situation in the UK, along with guidance for what to do if you think you’re at risk.

Go to NHSUK/coronavirus for information about the virus and how to protect yourself. Use the 111 online coronavirus service to check if you need medical help.

VISIT GOV.UK

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