COVID-19 Visitors & Friendlies

In-line with Government, League and FA Guidance – Last updated 10/09

As a central home ground in the local area with multiple pitches, it’s common that friendlies will be very popular at Lancaster Park.   That said, we wish to ensure a safe environment for all our members and those visiting our club.   Football is a key priority for us, but not if it jeopardises safety.

As of the 7th August, we opened our doors to external teams by way of friendlies.  This has meant we have had to adjust our processes to ensure we can keep within the required COVID-19 safeguarding arrangements.   Below are some key factors regarding visiting our site.

General

  • Friendlies MUST be pre-booked with the club secretary and given authorisation.
  • Friendlies are limited across the pitches at any one time to reduce total numbers at the site.
  • Coaches are provided sanitation equipment to use pre and post-event.
  • Additional sanitation equipment is on-site for visitors and players.
  • Cafe not open during the week, only weekend.
  • Toilets available on site with a one in one out process per gender.
  • Current government guidelines have authority at all times.
  • Spectating of games is allowed, you must socially distance and scan our track-trace 

Higham Coaches

  • General club COVID guidance in force (found here)
  • Coaches to clean equipment used pre and post-event, limit use where possible.
  • Coaches to provide hand sanitiser to all players pre and post-event.
  • Only players who have undertaken an online consent application to be present.
  • Keep a log of each player, coach or helper associated with Higham for track and trace.
  • Social distancing promoted at all times where players do not need to be apposed.
  • Where more than one coach is provided within a team, the second coach should line the game, not parent helper.
  • Not to share equipment with the other team (other than ball if required)
  • Agrees to report any player, parent, coach known to them who develops symptoms or is tested positive for COVID-19 after the event.
  • Agrees that no players, parents, coaches, helpers will be used who have any symptoms or have had symptoms in the last 14 days.
  • Limit non-foot contact with the ball as much as possible.

Visiting Coaches

  • Coaches from the opposition team are responsible to ensure their players and parents adhere to social distancing and current government rules.
  • Coaches to clean equipment used pre and post-event, limit use where possible.
  • Limit non-foot contact with the ball as much as possible.
  • Hand sanitiser to be provided and used by visiting coach or players.
  • Keep a log of every visiting player, coach and/or helper who attended for track and trace.
  • Where more than one coach is provided within a team, the second coach should line the game, not parent helper.
  • Not to share equipment with the other team (other than ball if required)
  • Agrees to ensure players, parents, helpers leave the site as promptly as possible after the event.
  • Agrees to report any player, parent or coach known to them who develops symptoms or is tested positive for COVID-19 after the event.
  • Agrees that no players, parents, coaches, helpers will be used who have any symptoms or have had symptoms in the last 14 days.

Visitors (Spectators) Home and Opposition

  • Spectating of games is allowed, you must socially distance and scan our track-trace
  • Visitors to keep 2 meters apart (unless from the same household) when using the facilities (toilets/cafe) and then return to car.
  • Visitors will not interact with the ball at any times or a player who is not within their household.
  • Visitors agree to ensure their child’s details are logged with their associated club for track and trace purposes.
  • Visitors agree that if after the event they or anybody within their household who were associated with the event suffer symptoms and/or test positive for COVID-19, they will let their club know, who in turn will inform the opposing club.
  • Visitors agree to only attend if they currently have no symptoms or underlying health conditions which would put them and others at risk.
  • Visitors agree that they and others associated with them attend the site at their own risk.  Higham will take as many measures as possible to limit the risk, however, this is not a full-proof situation and sport is currently a “luxury” activity, not critical.

Higham Town F.C. COVID-19 Risk Assessment
For a more detailed outline of our COVID controls, please feel free to download our latest COVID-19 Risk Assessment