Policy, Guidance and Considerations for Restarting Football Training during COVID-19 Restrictions

This policy document has been put together at short notice by Warsash Wasps SFC in response to The FA’s “Updated Guidance on Grassroots Football Activity During COVID-19” The aim is to:

  • Set out the WWSFC club’s formal policy in response to The FA guidance.
  • Support squads who wish to restart training and football based activities.
  • Provide a central source of information that managers/coaches must be aware of.
  • Clarify additional club requests/restrictions/constraints that need to be adhered to.
  • Set out some of the considerations that need to be addressed before any restart.
  • Provide a process for the approval of any training restart.
  • Explain who to contact if there are any questions or concerns.

COVID-19 – NOTICE of Warsash Wasps Club SFC Official Closure

FA Notice

“Following the Government’s announcement today, for people to avoid social contact and gatherings where possible, we are now advising that all grassroots football in England is postponed for the foreseeable future.
 
Throughout this period, we have taken Government advice with the priority being the health and well being of all. We will continue to work closely with the grassroots game during this time.
 
We are in regular communication with the Government and the situation within English football at all levels remains under regular review. Further updates will follow as needed.”

Warsash Wasps Notice

In response to this announcement, reluctantly, the decision has been made by the Club’s Committee that all facilities at Warsash Wasps will be on lock down and not accessible to any teams, adults or children for official or non-official training, development on Saturday mornings, private hire or use of the 3G pitch or club in any circumstances from 9pm Monday 16th March 2020 until further notice.

Warsash Wasps Wildcats 2020

Warsash Wasps is a recognised centre for the FA Wildcat initiative, and we are running a second year of Wildcats for girls between the age of 5-11. These sessions will start in April and run until July and girls can start at any time during this period. The sessions are designed to be fun but it is also a way of leading onto joining one of the Warsash Wasps teams, if appropriate.

Please contact warsashwaspswildcats@gmail.com or 07966201470 for more details.

Hampshire FA Stay Safe Online Guidelines

Hampshire FA have issued some information regarding keeping children safe online and also for acting in a responsible manner online. All participants in football, including players, managers and coaches, are required to act in a responsible manner online that does not bring the bring the game into disrepute. All participants can be charged under FA Rule E3 (1) and E3(2) for posts, comments and shares made online, and the information given below is aimed at helping to promote safe use of the internet for all participants in football in Hampshire.

Hampshire FA have teamed up with the NSPCC to provide Youth Clubs with the resources that will help to keep your children safe online. They have sent out two guides on how to keep children safe online.”Your Child’s Online World” gives parents hints and tips on how to approach your child about what they are viewing online and why they might be at risk. The second guide “A Parents Guide to Being Share Aware” reinforces these points and gives guidance to parents on what to do if something does go wrong.

The NSPCC – As well as the attached resources The NSPCC have a comprehensive website with hints tips and links, as well as videos and templates to share with your children. You can find the NSPSS Internet safety pages here.

Net Aware – Net Aware is an app which gives parents the opportunity to search for apps that their children may have downloaded, and gives a brief overview of the app, and the risks that are associated with it, as well as ‘top tips’ associated to those apps. You can find the Net Aware website here.

The O2 Guru’s – The NSPCC have also teamed up with O2 to give parents support and guidance that they need to help keep children safe online. Parents can ring 0808 800 5002 Monday – Friday 9am – 7pm, for this support, and you can also ring with your child. The O2 gurus will be able to give you tech support on issues such as, how to set up parental controls on your WIFI, or privacy settings on apps as well as personal issues such as how to stop online bullying and how to deal with ‘sexting’. Alternatively, you can walk into an O2 store, and ask to speak to one of their Guru’s to get the same advice. You can see the O2 Guru website here.

New u15 Team Sponsor

Many thanks to GlenTech Ltd who are sponsoring the u15 Sunday Team this year.

GlenTech Ltd are based in Hunts Pond Road, they have over 20 Years IT Service / Engineering experience and offer the following services:

Technical Service Provider
Repair & Upgrade of PC’s, Laptops, Mobile Devices & Tablets
Home Technology Solutions
Microsoft Qualified

Opening Times

Mon to Friday 10.00am -6.00pm

Saturday 8.30am – 12.30pm

Fore more information please go to their Facebook page or website.

Football Kits to Uganda

One of our Committee members, Mark Gibson, recently teamed up with a charity in Africa to send some of our used kits out to a village in Uganda.

The charity ‘Mercy Hands Uganda’ has been going for 10 years and is run by Daniel & Juliette, they are Ugandans themselves but want to make a difference to those in poverty and marginalised. The kits have gone to a village called Kifumu which is 7km from Mpigi and is west of Entebbe. We have so far sent enough kits for 2 teams – one for the boys team and one for the mens team . You will however notice lots of the children don’t have boots, if you have any football boots you would like to donate please bring to the club, we are also collecting anymore used kit to send out.

The charity are working with the local school where there are 140 children between the ages of 3 and 17, the charity workers run enterprises in the local area such as a shop and keeping 1000 chickens to help raise funds for the school.

The team were keen to have an opportunity to thank Warsash Wasps for the kits, as can be seen below.