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FAQ relating to the conclusion of 2019/20 season

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The NLS leagues from Step 3 down to Step 7 would end immediately, with all results being expunged from the record, with no promotion and no relegation. 

This decision also impacts the Women's game. The FA and the Leagues within Tiers 3 to 7 have reached a consensus to bring the season to an immediate end and all results will be expunged. This will mean no promotion or relegation of clubs between Tiers 3 to 7. Agreement has also been reached to end the Regional Talent Clubs season, which was due to conclude in April 2020. 

All grassroots football, adult & youth - both boys and girls, will be finished immediately, the decision on how the season is resolved lies with the leagues, meaning it is at their discretion how positions, promotion/relegation are decided, or if like the NLS and Women's pyramid they wish to expunge the results, with no promotion or relegation. 

Part of The FA statement does touch on Cup Competitions and they have provided us with a clarification around Cup Finals that may allow us to complete our Cup Finals Programme. With that in mind we are looking at how we will be able to complete our Cup Finals and if it is possible, as a 'one off' game.

At this point all Cup Finals are postponed. When we have any further news, we will update all clubs involved in the Finals or those still to play ties in earlier rounds of competitions.

The FA have concluded the 2019/20 football season at grassroots level. As a result, any affiliated tournament due to be played should not go ahead.

During this period Berks & Bucks FA will not sanction or affiliate any summer tournaments.

No.Discipline charges and cases will not be expunged.

Refunds for the current affiliation season will not be considered at this time. We continue to work on the affiliation process for next season.

As things stand there is no football specific emergency funding available to support clubs. However, in line with the Chancellors response to COVID-19 there is support available.

The Chancellor has set out a support package targeted at supporting public services, people and businesses through this period of disruption caused by the spread of COVID-19.

This support includes a package of measures targeted at businesses, including:

A statutory sick pay relief package for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs).
A 12-month business rates holiday for all retail, hospitality and leisure businesses in England.
Small business grant funding of £10,000 for all business in receipt of small business rate relief or rural rate relief.
Grant funding of £25,000 for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with property with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000.
The coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme offering loans of up to £5 million for SMEs though the British Business Bank.
A new lending facility from the Bank of England to help support liquidity among larger firms, helping them bridge coronavirus disruption to their cash flow through loans.
The HMRC Time To Pay Scheme.

We have agreed to extend the payment deadline for any invoices issued on or after 11 March 2020 to the restart of the football season, or 30 June 2020, whichever is sooner. No late payment fees will be incurred during this time; however Clubs are still required to acknowledge cases within the standard deadlines. 

We are continuing to hear misconduct cases throughout this time which will be invoiced on a case-by-case basis, with the payment deadline extended to 30 June 2020.

You can check the status of any outstanding invoice/s at the bottom of the Club Dashboard on the Whole Game System. Please note any late payment fees relating to invoices issued before 11 March 2020 remain in effect. If you are struggling to receive payment from players for outstanding football-related expenses (including disciplinary fees) you may also wish to review The FA's Debt Recovery programme.

We encourage all our clubs to review any outstanding discipline payments and look to get these paid over the next few weeks. We have removed late fines from invoices generated from 11th March 2020 until 30th June 2020 to help ease burden Our Football Services Team are still working and available to take any payments or field any of your questions.

Being proactive in this matter will prevent your club or team falling into suspension during this unprecedented pause in the season, meaning you can get right back to playing when the season recommences in whatever form it takes.

We also recommend that you update any online qualifications that may prevent a swift affiliation process when football re-commences next season.

All Annual Health Checks and New Charter Standard applications will be ‘awarded’ if there are sufficient action plans in place.

Please contact Info@Berks-BucksFA.com to ensure your club has an action plan in place.  Any actions will be picked up when football can safely resume.

The deadline for Charter Standard Health Check has been pushed back to 31st May 2020

As the Government is currently advising social distancing, to prevent the spread of COVID-19 we have been told that all DBS verifications, both existing and new, have been put on hold.

We are continuing to receive new information from The FA and hope to have a further update for those who may be impacted by this.

As part of a clubs safeguarding responsibility all youth coaches must have an accepted DBS if they are continuing to work with young people under the age of 18.

We are awaiting further advice from The FA in relation the renewal of DBS checks for those that have expired.

The FA are currently reviewing expiry dates and will update accordingly

You can still access this, and would be good opportunity to get ready for next season by completing courses. Any problems contact our Designated Safeguarding Officer Beryl Richardson via Safeguarding@Berks-BucksFA.com 

Yes, and Berks & Bucks FA strongly encourage that all clubs take this time to go through Club Administration especially Player Registration, even if their League is not using the system this season.

Clubs can add players, detach and amend their players listed so that it shows the most up to date information. Any questions, please direct to Info@Berks-BucksFA.com

All FA (County FA) affiliated referees should only be officiating in leagues, competitions and tournaments that are affiliated by The FA or the relevant County FA.

Officiating in any form of unaffiliated football could result in disciplinary action being taken by the County FA. The FA is strongly advising that no football should be played for the foreseeable future, therefore any affiliated referees are asked not to officiate in any environment at this time.

We are working hard to arrange courses for the new season. In the meantime, we are actively monitoring the guidance of the Government and The FA. When we receive notification from FA Learning that courses can resume, we will make an announcement.

Level 1 bursaries will be put on hold for now and when Coaching Courses recommence, they will be reactivated. Please contact the Education Department if you have any questions relating to bursaries via Education@Berks-BucksFA.com.

We will be contacting all Learners who have started courses to advise of what sessions they have remaining and options they will have once we resume

If you are nearing the expiry of the registration period, please contact us at Education@Berks-BucksFA.com and we will liaise with 1st4Sport

Yes, you are still able to access and complete the Level 1 online modules through the FA Learning site   

Yes, if the course was held prior to March 22nd 2020, you will be able to access the L1 online modules by visiting www.falearning.thefa.com from 6th April 2020

At this point in time we have had to postpone all BBFA courses up to and including 31st May 2020. 

This blanket postponement effects, every course we were running during this period, this does also include those such as Level 1 & 2 courses that were between sessions. We are encouraging those that have booked on to a course to contact the office to arrange a transfer on to a new course.

The Exam will be rearranged to later this year to allow 5 games to complete once football resumes. We will contact you once the Exam has been rearranged