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ESFA NATIONAL FINALS 2020

U12 PlayStation FC 9-a-side Elite Schools' Cup: St Bede's RC (East Durham SFA) were crowned National champions by beating Whitgift School (Croydon SFA). St Bede's were losing 0-2 at half time but made it 1-2 within 3 minutes of the second half starting. Whitgift increased their lead mid way through the half. With 8 minutes of time remaining St Bede's pulled a goal back. The Peterlee school made it 3-3 with a minute to go. There was still time for Whitgift to hit the crossbar. So to penalties. Both teams successfully converted their 5 penalties but at the sixth attempt St Bede's scored and Whitgift missed thus St Bede's won 6-5.

U15 PlayStation FC Elite Schools' Cup: As this final could not be played ESFA decided that Kepier Academy (Sunderland SFA) and Torquay Boys' Grammar School (Torbay & District SFA) would be joint winners.

JOINT STATEMENT BY DURHAM FA AND NORTHUMBERLAND FA

Durham FA and Northumberland FA issued a joint statement relating to the latest arrangements for playing football in the North East. The Covid-19 statement can be viewed here.

ESFA COVID-19 GUIDANCE

All documents relevant for restarting and maintaining schools’ football activity can be found on the ESFA website by using the following link. COVID-19 GUIDANCE

A summary of key points to consider from ESFA 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.
  • Associations, schools 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 staff 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.
  • Football coaches and teachers 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, teachers and coaches should only handle equipment in training.
  • Associations: 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. Schools should follow approved guidelines relating to changing facilities regarding PE lessons and inter-school matches
  • 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.  If mini-bus or coach travel is absolutely necessary, please follow advice contained within the guidance document below
  • Associations and schools should keep a record of attendees at a match or training session, including contact details, to support NHS Test and Trace.

ESFA PUBLIC LIABILITY INSURANCE

As with all public liability policies the protection is in relation the third-party claims following injuries sustained or property damage claims. For this type of claim to be successful the claimant's solicitor would need to prove the Association had acted negligently. All risk assessments would need to be completed before events take place. For any insurance cover to be effective all activities must be in line with current guidelines, and in adherence with current Social Distancing protocols.

ESFA Evidence of Insurance document can be viewed here.

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