Chairman's Corner

Covid-19

COVID-19 - Update!

Thank you to everyone who completed the COVID-19 forms this week and has been following the guidelines on their completion. There was 100% last week (October 18th). Please keep this going as it's a vital part of keeping on top of the guidelines and risk assessments and keeping us all safe.

We have had positive cases reported and the clubs involved have acted quickly to isolate the players involved and quickly establish, who else had or hadn't been in contact with that person. They had also acted quickly on their test and trace information. Thank you to those clubs for being on top of the situation and helping to reduce the impact on others. If you are aware of anyone who needs a test, has received a positive result or who has been in contact with someone who is positive, please let us know as soon as you can. Communication with your players is essential.

As a result of those positive cases some fixtures have been postponed. The co-operation of the opposition teams has been excellent and thank you to those teams for being understanding especially when some games have been postponed later in the week. When postponing fixtures the safety of everyone is paramount and is the safest way to ensure we are not the source of an outbreak.




Covid-19 Guidelines

Guidelines to Use if COVID-19 is SUSPECTED

Given the incident on October 11th 2020, it is now more important than ever, that BOTH TEAMS complete the COVID-19 Check List, for every game played. This document MUST be completed by both teams and submitted with the Match Report Form.

The submission of this form is covered under the Standard Code of Rules, for reference, it is SCOR Rule 21, fourth line 'or any other information required by the competition'. We WILL use this to enforce completion and submission of this form, fines WILL be issued for non compliance and we DO NOT apologise for doing so.

To make things easier for all parties, we placed the emphasis on the HOME Team, to provide and return the Check List.

However if for any reason, when you are the AWAY Team, you are not offered a Covid-19 form, fill your own in and email to Lee Hodgson – his e-mail is: lee.hodgson@ndsfl.com

We all have to work together in beating Covid-19, but if common sense prevails and we work in partnership, there may be a need to call games off, but we are considering everyone's safety !

NDSFL - Re-Start Confirmed !

I am pleased to announce that following the email I sent out last week, it has been agreed by an overwhelming majority of clubs that the season will restart on Sunday April 4th. Thank you to everyone who has replied.

The voting was as follows: -

There were 37 clubs in membership and therefore eligible to vote.

30 Clubs voted in favour (81%)
1 club voted against.
6 clubs did not send in a reply.

The Government announcement has given March 29th as a start date, but they have stated that this could slip back if the COVID-19 data moves in the wrong direction. We really hope that the good news on this data continues and that cases continue to fall so please stick to the National Guidelines as the lockdown begins to ease.

There are a few things that you will need to be aware of the following: -

1.       All football activity remains suspended until March 29th including training or any sort. Please do not meet in groups to start training or be tempted to hold warm up friendlies as this is not allowed.

2.       The FA are currently in talks with the DCMS regarding guidelines to be followed when we restart. They have not yet been issued but are likely to be along the exact same lines as those issued in August and September 2020. When we receive them, we will contact you again, however you may receive a copy directly from the FA or BCFA so please keep an eye on your emails.

3.       Paul will now send out the fixtures to you in the next few days. Please read them carefully and talk to your players to make sure they know when they are playing. If any issues arise, please speak to Paul directly.

We have spent a great amount of time, Paul, and Steve Masters especially with fixtures and referees, to get us this far. It was always our intention to get the season restarted as safely and as fairly as we could. It would have been easy for them to say that it couldn't be done but they have proved that it can be done. It is now up to us all to make sure we support their efforts and complete the season which I know from the comments I have had, that you are looking forward to. 'Best news in a year', 'the lads can't wait to start' and 'we are chomping at the bit to play' are just a small sample of those comments.

Please keep an eye on your emails over the coming weeks as given that we cannot meet yet all information will be communicated this way.

Andy Baggott
Chairman - NDSFL