COVID 19 Guidelines


Calverton Miners Welfare FC Risk Assessment

(Adopted by Arnold Eagles Girls & Ladies FC)

Match Days:


This risk assessment will inform safe systems of work by objectively identifying appropriate, proportionate risk controls that will be considered when carrying out the return of Grass Roots Football Matches. 


This risk assessment will be reviewed on the date given or if there is reason to suspect it is no longer valid or there has been significant change[s] to related matters and is consistent with the latest Government and F.A guidance.



Activity Brief

This risk assessment is to enable Calverton Miners Welfare FC to resume football Matches at Calverton Miners Welfare during the Covid-19 Pandemic. 




Known Risk:

• Potential Spread of Covid-19.


Games will be staggered, and where possible consideration should be given to one mini soccer game, and one 9v9/11v11 game taking place at the same time.



Latest F.A Guidance as of 18th July 2020:


Part A – Generic Risk Assessment:



Persons affected

Existing generic risk controls

Existing site specific controls

Control measures adequate Yes/No


Contact with COVID-19 infectious person.

Contact with potentially contaminated surfaces 


Players, parents, coaches.

• The car park will be unlocked at least 30 minutes before matches are due to commence

• Coaches to arrive first and wait on the pitch.

• Parents/players to make their way to the pitch maintaining social distancing at all times.

• Consider sending pitch map as part of information so players/parents can go straight to the relevant pitch.

• Coaches to keep a record of all players present as well as parents who attend, to comply with Test, Track and Trace.

• Ensure consent has been given by the parent for a return to playing.

• Consideration to be given to asking the opposition manager to text players names on match day instead of team sheets.

• Information to be shared if anyone present on the day from either team subsequently contracts Covid. Managers to keep eachother’s details for at least 21days.

• Players to return to their parent’scar/leave straight away after matches, unless less making use of the club house. NO congregating in the car park, or walk ways. 

• Coaches leave the pitch last and leave in their own cars, unless using the club facilities.

• People from different households not to share cars unless they are part of a support bubble.

• If you need to share transport outside of a support bubble please follow the government guidance.

• Wash hands before arriving, and wash on return home. (If hand sanitiser is available, players should use on arrival and as they leave. Must be a minimum 60 % alcohol based).

• DO NOT attend if you are feeling unwell with symptoms in line with COVID-19 e.g. continuous cough, temperature/fever, loss of taste/smell – those with symptoms are to contact 111 if needed and to self-isolate for 7 days in line with Government advice.

• DO NOT attend if any person in your household is unwell with symptoms attributable to COVID-19 – you should self-isolate for 14 days if your household are symptomatic or you have been contacted in line with the track and trace system.

• Have a clear one way system to avoid unnecessary contact.

• Ask spectators to bring mini hand sanitiser if possible.


On Arrival. 

Contact with COVID-19 infectious person.

Contact with potentially contaminated surfaces 


Players and Coaches.

• A self-check assessment should be carried out with each player on arrival asking question based on their current health.

• All persons intending to play should arrive in their football kit. No changing rooms or showers will be available either before or after training unless requested in advance, and only if following Government guidance.

• Spray/wipe down crowd barriers and goal posts. (Spray/wipes to kill viruses as well as bacteria).

• Tape off dugouts or ensure social distancing if using them.

• Spray/wipe down gate furniture. 

• When laying out equipment thecoach to wear disposable gloves. Players not to touch equipment.

• Only use equipment and footballs supplied by the club (Includes the coaches training equipment). Players not to bring their own footballs.

• Match preparation meetings by officials should be held by video call.



Eating, drinking, taking welfare breaks, smoking, vape breaks etc.  


Inadvertent contamination with COVID-19 


Players and Coach’s.

• Players and Coaches to bring their own water bottles with their name on. NO sharing.

• Toilets to be open in line with Government advice. Toilet seat, and flush to be wiped after use. Wipe to be binned straight away.Consider the use of a traffic light system.

• Hand towels to dry hands.

• Wipes, disposable gloves, disposable bottles, and any tissues to be binned at the end of the session. Coach to provide a bin bag, and dispose of the bag at the end of the session. Wheelie bins to be provided and emptied regularly.

• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing. Bin the tissue straight away/wash or sanitise hands. 

• Inhalers and other medication to be placed in sealed plastic bag by the player and kept with their kit with their name on. NO sharing.

• Remove jewellery before arrival. 

• No sharing of cigarettes/vapes. 

• Wash hands before eating, smoking/vaping.

• Each player to have their own small bottle of sanitiser with their names on.

• NO spiting.

• Consider hand sanitisers pitch side.



During the Match.


Contact with COVID-19 infectious person.


Inadvertent contamination with COVID-19.

Players and Coaches.

• Goal posts should be wiped down before/after matches and at half time.

• Keep team talks as short as possible.

• No shouting.

• Social distancing must be maintained where possible.

• Participants to retrieve footballs, and use their feet where possible.

• Bibs aren’t to be shared, and MUST be washed in-between use.

• Subs to provide own coat to prevent subs sharing. If sharing does occur, ensure each person washes/sanitises their hands.

• Pre-match handshake should not happen.

• Team talk huddles should not take place. Team talks can take place, as long as social distancing is observed and held outdoors where possible.

• Warm-ups/cool-downs should always observe social distancing.

• Coaches, other team staff and substitutes are allowed, but must also always observe social distancing on touchlines/dug-outs. 

• Social-distancing must also be observed during interactions when a substitution is being made.

• Set plays – corners/free kicks: referees and coaches should encourage players to get on withthe game to limit prolonged close marking.

• Physical contact during goal celebrations is NOT allowed. 

• Interactions with referees and match assistants should only happen with players observing social distancing.

• Small-sided football should be modified to provide more regular hygiene breaks in activity. 

• Youth football coaches are encouraged to limit persistent close proximity of participants during match play (where young participants may be more likely to cluster around the ball) and provide regular hygiene breaks in activity.

• Where there are breaks in the game, if throw-ins or handling has occurred the ball should be disinfected.

• Consider having a number of clean footballs around the pitch.

• Any payments relating to the fixture (match fees, referee fees or facility fees) should wherepossible, be made in a cashless manner.


F.A Guidance during Covid-19.





Player, coaches and parents.

• Compliance with existing F.A safeguarding outside of Covid.

• Ensure clear signage pitch side explaining the rules.

• Risk Assessments to made available on the club website.

• Any spectators must be restricted to discrete six-person gatheringand spread out, in line with wider government guidance, ensuring space for officials, coaches and substitutes.

• Respect line must be a least 2m from the pitch.

• Football for All – coaches to confirm understanding of hygiene and social distancingwith participants, and find out if additional welfare considerations are required.




We are still following F.A guidance on Safeguarding:


Also see download 5.5 – adult to child ratios in F.A. guidance


Any questions please speak to Joanne Swinscoe or Dean Wilson.



First Aid.


Contact with COVID-19 infectious person.

Inadvertent contamination with COVID-19.

Players and Coaches.

• If it’s a child, the parent or carer should administer first aid unless it is an injury or medical emergency/life risk requiring a qualified person.

• In line with government advice, make sure you wash your hands or use an alcohol gel, before and after treating a casualty also ensure that you don’t cough or sneeze over a casualty when you are treating them.

• Don’t lose sight of other cross contamination that could occur that isn’t related to COVID-19.

• Wear gloves or cover hands when dealing with open wounds

• Cover cuts and grazes on your hands with waterproof dressing

• Dispose of all waste safely

• Do not touch a wound with your bare hand

• Do not touch any part of a dressing that will come in contact with a wound.

Every coach is the minimum of an F.A First Aid Certificate.


Each Team has their own first aid bag.


Guidance from: 


F.A Guidance:






Contact with COVID-19 infectious person.

Inadvertent contamination with COVID-19.

Players and Coaches.

Adult Advice:

• Call an ambulance. If COVID 19 is suspected, tell them when you call 999. 

• Recognise cardiac arrest by looking for the absence of signs of life and the absence of normal breathing. Do not listen or feel for breathing by placing your ear and cheek close to the patient’s mouth. If you are in any doubt about confirming cardiac arrest, the default position is to start chest compressions until help arrives. 

• Do not perform rescue breaths or mouth-to-mouth ventilation; perform chest compressions only. 

• If there is a perceived risk of infection and no mask for the rescuer is available, rescuers should consider placing a cloth/towel over the victims mouth and nose. 

• If happy to do so, use the club defibrillator. This significantly increases the person’s chances of survival and does not increase risk of infection. 

• If the rescuer has access to any form of personal protective equipment (PPE) this should be worn.

• After performing compression-only CPR, all rescuers should wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water; alcohol-based hand gel is a convenient alternative. They should also seek advice from the NHS 111 coronavirus advice service or medical adviser. 


Paediatric advice:  

• Call an ambulance immediately.  

• You will need to do rescue breathes as well as compressions.

• Doing rescue breaths will increase the risk of transmitting the COVID-19 virus, either to the rescuer or the child/infant. However, this risk is small compared to the risk of taking no action as this will result in certain cardiac arrest and the death of the child. 

• Where possible use a face shield.

On site Defibrillator.


Guidance from:





































Check the onsite defibrillator can be used on children.




Spreading Covid-19


Contact with COVID-19 infectious person. 


Inadvertent contamination with COVID-19.

Players and Coaches.

• Where it is not possible to maintain a 2 metre or more distance away from an individual should wear disposable gloves and a disposable plastic apron. Disposable gloves should be worn if physical contact is likely to be made with potentially contaminated areas or items.

• The use of a fluid repellent face mask is recommended and additional use of disposable eye protection when there is an anticipated risk of contamination with splashes, droplets of blood or body fluids.

• Clean your hands thoroughly with soap and water or alcohol sanitiser before putting on and after taking off PPE. In all circumstances where some form of PPE is used, the safe removal of the PPE is a critical consideration to avoid self-contamination

Guidance from: 



Generic Risks.

Slips, Trip and Falls.

Players, parentsand Coaches.


This is already covered in Welfare Risk Assessment, this Risk Assessment is only to cover additional points during the Covid-19 pandemic.











Subject Matter Expert[s] consulted for guidance:


Government guidance for the return of outdoor sport and recreation.

F.A guidance for grassroots football during Covid 19 – Covering Coaches, Parents/Carers, and Players.

Government guidance for first responders during Covid 19

Resuscitation Council guidance for CPR during Covid 19

F.A Safeguarding guidance.

St. John’s Ambulance guidance during Covid-19.




Further Actions (in order of appearance):





Senior Committee/Trustees

Traffic Light system for the toilets.


Senior Committee/Trustees

Hand sanitiser pitch side.


Senior Committee/Trustees

Club rules visible for all to see and Risk Assessment available to view on Club Website.


Senior Committee

Contactless payment method for match officials.



Document History

This Version:


Author of changes:

Summary of changes:



Steven Smith

New Document.

Previous  Versions:


Author of changes:

Summary of changes:





Review Period:

In line with Government and F.A. Guidance 


Reviewed by Steve Weatherby, Welfare Officer, Arnold Eagles FC 9.8.20

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