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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 and ongoing Government guidance was amended on 1st June and remains in place. This new guidance left the country in “lock down”, whilst easing restrictions on activity outside of the house, and also allowing you to meet up with up to 5 other from outside of your household. These measures were introduced whilst continuing to reduce risk and encourage people to stay alert. The Government has also announced that stores could begin to reopen, whilst leisure facilities could reopen from 4th July at the earliest, we are pleased to say that we will began a phased reopening of Rectory Park on Tuesday 7th July. Visit the Rectory Park website for full details.
This 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 Lock Down GUIDANCE
Work on scenario planning continues in our commitment to find ways to support you ahead of the new season, with it 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, making contact with all ongoing County Cup participants to get their thoughts on how we can complete the programme. More information will follow as we see how this virus continues to develop and impact the footballing world.
We will 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.
Middlesex FA Recovery Plan
The Middlesex FA released their supporting measures on 15th May, as we plan to ensure the future of football within the county. We want to provide our clubs with the best support programme we can and we will continue to explore further options as we move towards the 2020/21 season.
For the full details
Updates from The FA
As of The FA's announcement at 3.00pm on 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.All FA statements since 16th March 2020 can be found below, with the latest statement dated 12th June providing an update on the grassroots football as lock down is eased to allow groups of 6 to meet and take part in activities.
The FA Statement 16th March
The FA Statement 19th march
The FA Statement 26th March
THE FA STATEMENT 15TH MAY
THE FA STATEMENT 1ST JUNE
THE FA STATEMENT 12TH JUNE
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 on 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 August at the earliest, to find out who to contact in the meantime please use the below news article as a reference, alternatively contact details can be found on our Board and Staff page. During this extended furlough period we will be reviewing the staffing positions every 3 weeks and if required staff may have furlough leave ended to return to work. As the workforce remains in a skeleton state and queries around the restart of football increase we ask that any questions you may have are sent via email - firstname.lastname@example.org
CONTACT US DURING FURLOUGH
What about Safeguarding?
As of 9th April Middlesex FA have released an update on how you can report any safeguarding concerns during the Coronavirus pandemic.
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As the break in football continues, The FA have released further guidance around interacting with youth players online.
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What about County Cup Competitions?
Middlesex FA County Cups
As of 5th August 2020 the Middlesex County Cup Sub-Committees had taken the difficult decision to end all Cup Finals, those who had a confirmed final have implemented a Trophy Share, whilst those who did not have the full line up have been ruled null and void.
Capital Cups Competitions
As of 9th July 2020, the Capital Cup Committee took the decision to cancel all remaining Capital Cup Competitions for the 2019/20 season.
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, friendly fixtures and summer tournaments, 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
- 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 started on or before Saturday 4th July were postponed and did not go ahead as planned, this also affected ongoing courses (Level 1 & 2) that may be between sessions. Please note these courses were postponed at their current stage and we will update as soon as we are in a position to do so.
As of July 3rd 2020 The FA have extended the suspension of Coach & Referee Education further. Once we have a date for resumption, we will provide an update.
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 Workshop
- FA Referees Course
If you were due to take part in any of our courses and have any queries around the status of your booking, whether ongoing, in the future or simply you are considering booking a course. Email any questions to email@example.com.
What about Rectory Park?
Rectory Park began a gradual reopening on Tuesday 7th July 2020. We will be operating limited opening hours, and would request that you make a booking before arriving at the facility, with the exception of Pay & Play between 2pm & 5pm Monday - Friday. Full details of the reopening can be found on the Rectory Park Website.
If you have any queries around your planned usage of the site, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 our Football & Coronavirus FAQs page for more.