LATEST UPDATE FROM BERKS & BUCKS FA
Important Message from our CEO
At this very difficult time, let me start by wishing you, your families and your members well. I would also like to pass on my thanks to the Berks & Bucks FA community for adapting to the changes and continuing to support football at this extremely challenging time.
The Government restrictions in place have had a major impact on all our lives both professionally and personally and while football is taking a “break” serious economic and social challenges are in place across the County. As a not-for-profit organisation we are not immune from these challenges and, at a recent board meeting, a difficult decision was made.
From Friday 10th April all Berks & Bucks FA staff, except for those listed below are to be placed on furlough leave. All other members of staff have agreed to be placed on furlough leave for a short period in order to protect roles within the organisation and will not be financially disadvantaged during this period.
Core Team (Until further notice)
Liz Verrall - Chief Executive Officer
Jon Wood - Head of Delivery
Richard Brant - Workforce Development Officer
Steph Clark - Communications Officer
Alastair Kay - Football Services Manager
Chris Penny - Football Investigations Officer
The Core team will continue to provide general support and customer service to the football community across Berks & Bucks whilst we plan for the start of next season. (Please note however, that on occasions, staff may take longer than usual to reply to your request in line with working patterns, personal pressures and volume of work.)
During this period, if you have any queries, please direct them to Info@Berks-BucksFA.com as this email address will be accessible by all members of staff available at this time.
From myself, and all of us at Berks & Bucks FA, we hope that you remain fit and well. Please continue to stay safe while “Football Stays at Home”.
Liz Verrall – CEO
Berks & Bucks FA
What if the situation changes?
The FA is actively monitoring and adopting Government advice and, as a matter of good practice, would recommend that Leagues & Clubs and individuals adopt the same approach. You can stay up-to-date with the latest advice from Public Health England and the NHS via their websites:
Public Health England
Further information about the virus can also be found via the UK Government website:
*Please note, this article was last updated on Tuesday 7th April 2020 at 19:00. Please refer to the links above for the most recent government advice at the time of viewing.*
UPDATE FROM BERKS & BUCKS FA (19.03.20)
In an announcement earlier today (Thursday 19th March) The FA and other professional game bodies confirmed that the professional game in England will be further postponed until no earlier than Thursday 30 April.
Read the Full statement here
UPDATE FROM BERKS & BUCKS FA (17.03.20)
Following yesterday's Government announcement and the subsequent decision by The FA to postpone all grassroots football activities for the foreseeable future, we have the following update to provide for our football community across Berks & Bucks.
Berks & Bucks FA can confirm that we have postponed all of our football activities across the County with immediate effect.
This means that we have had to make the very difficult decision to postpone all outstanding County Cup competition fixtures, including Finals which were due to be played over the coming weeks, as well as all upcoming Education Courses, for the foreseeable future.
We understand that there will be disappointment and frustration for many of you over this decision and, in the short-term at least, confusion and concern about what happens next.
The current global health crisis is an unprecedented and fast-evolving situation that we all find ourselves in together, and, whilst we may not have all the answers to your concerns right now, please be assured that we will be working hard over the coming days and weeks to keep you updated and bring you news when we have it.
Throughout this period, we have continued to take Government advice, with the priority being the health and wellbeing of all in our community. With this in mind, we have also taken the decision to close our Headquarters with immediate effect with all staff now working from home until further notice.
Our aim at Berks & Bucks FA has always been to support the grassroots football community within our region, our affiliated clubs & leagues and our wider members. We are committed to continuing to do this wherever we can and we ask for your continued understanding in what is unchartered territory for us all.
Staff will remain contactable by phone with all direct-lines diverted to mobile. The main office numbers will not be monitored during this period so please do not leave a voicemail.
Contact a member of staff
If you can't get through on the main telephone, or if you have any questions or concerns regarding this announcement, please email Info@Berks-BucksFA.com and a member of staff will be in touch as soon as possible.
We will continue to monitor the situation closely but in the meantime, we hope that you stay safe & well and urge everyone to continue to follow the latest Government advice.
UPDATE FROM BERKS & BUCKS FA (16.03.20)
The FA have, this evening, released the following update regarding the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on football in England.
Following the Government announcement earlier today, for people to avoid social contact and gatherings where possible, we are now advising that all grassroots football in England is postponed for the foreseeable future.
Throughout this period, we have taken Government advice with the priority being the health and wellbeing of all. We will continue to work closely with the grassroots game during this time.
We are in regular communication with the Government and the situation within English football at all levels remains under regular review. Further updates will follow as needed.
Please be advised this announcement relates to all football activity at grassroots level including training sessions, friendlies and fixtures. Further updates from Berks & Bucks FA will follow in due course.
UPDATE FROM BERKS & BUCKS FA (13.03.20)
Following the announcement earlier today (Friday 13th March) by The FA and other professional game bodies to postpone all elite level football until 3rd April at the earliest, we can provide the following update.
At the time of writing, the government has not placed any restrictions or advisories against public gatherings, and The FA’s advice around grassroots football has not changed.
However, any decision to continue playing or to postpone fixtures is a matter for each League/Competition as autonomous bodies within the game.
We continue to urge people to take a common sense approach to the guidance provided and to highlight and emphasise the need for good hand hygiene at all times.
Today (Friday 13th March) at 16:30pm The FA released the following statement. An FA Spokesperson said:
"The FA is fully aware that there are questions about whether grassroots football in England should be played because of the Covid-19 virus.
"Consistent with Government advice, The FA is recommending that grassroots football is able to continue as usual for now, with each league or centre making its own individual decision based on its local situation and the availability of players and officials. However, we would fully respect and support any leagues, centres or teams that wish to postpone fixtures in light of the Covid-19 virus.
"The decision to postpone all professional football in England has been taken with the integrity of the competitions in mind, considering the availability of players, staff and facilities.
We will continue to monitor all Government advice and keep the situation under constant review, with the priority being the health and wellbeing of all. Further updates will follow as needed."
UPDATE FROM BERKS & BUCKS FA (06.03.20)
We continue to receive a high number of enquiries from our members looking for guidance regarding COVID-19 and attempts to control the spread of the virus, specifically in relation to the use of pre/post-match handshakes.
The FA continues to follow Government advice, which at the time of writing, continues to highlight and emphasise the need for good hand hygiene at all times but does not currently offer any directive to say that people should not be shaking hands.
However, we urge people to take a common sense approach to the guidance provided, and, if this means teams or individuals feel happier not shaking hands, then that is absolutely their choice and we would encourage Leagues to be understanding of people taking this decision.
Should teams decide not to shake hands or opt for an alternative method this must be conveyed to the match referee before the teams enter the field of play.
Alternatively, Leagues themselves may choose to issue a policy to remove the procedural pre/post match handshake, however this would be solely at the discretion of the League.