By July 5, 2020 No Comments

We hope everyone has kept safe and well over these unprecedented months. During this period SFA staff have continued to work hard and prepare session plans for the resumption of coaching in the near future.

Simon Francis Academy will be resuming coaching sessions over the school holidays. Groups of 6 will be able to have specialised 1 hour long sessions at Slades Park 3G.

Please see below the guidelines put in place by the FA on returning to football sessions.


  • Avoid touching equipment e.g. cones and footballs. The focus should be on kicking the ball and limiting any touching of the ball with hands.
  • If access to a facility is required, hand-cleaning facilities should be provided. Please use them regularly. If there is no facility for running/clean water at the venue, please bring hand sanitiser with you.
  • You should refrain from spitting. If you need to sneeze or cough, you are encouraged to do so into a tissue or upper sleeve and advised to avoid touching your face. Ensure any tissues are disposed of in a sealed bin as soon as possible.
  • Equipment should be handled as little as possible by as few people as possible. Where equipment is handled by more than one person, they should wash their hands immediately afterwards, taking care not to touch their mouth/face in the meantime. For goalkeepers, it might be sensible for players to have their own individual ball for the session, with wiping of the ball using disinfectant wipes every so often if it is being handled by more than one person.
  • Ensure you take your own water bottle that is clearly recognisable. Do not share your drink with anyone else.
  • If you get injured, a member of your household can assist you, if present, but others will still need to socially distance unless a life or limb-threatening injury necessitates compromising guidelines to provide emergency care. If there is a first-aider or other medical personnel present, they should be equipped with the appropriate PPE to protect themselves and others if they need to compromise social-distancing guidelines to provide medical assistance.
  • If you become symptomatic during the session, you should immediately remove yourself from the session and return home as soon as possible. NHS guidance on further management of symptoms should be followed.


  • When the session is finished, you should leave the venue rather than congregate, and avoid congestion at gates or doors.
  • All participants should wash hands at the earliest opportunity and personal equipment should be wiped down with a disinfectant.

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