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Frequently Asked Questions

To help try and provide some clarity on the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on Grassroots Football in our region we have compiled a list of answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.

general football business

Yes all staff are currently home based and are eager to provide as much support to clubs and leagues as possible. Staff will be maintaining the working hours of 09:30 - 16:30, Monday to Friday.

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Government advice is that people should only leave their home to shop for bare necessities, to exercise for one hour, for medical needs or for essential work. Therefore under no circumstances should teams be meeting up to train or play matches.

LATEST GOVERNMENT ADVICE

After consultation with a number of Key Stakeholders the FA has decided to conclude the 2019 / 2020 Grassroots Football season. All East Riding FA member leagues have also reached a decision on how they are going to close their season. For more information please contact your league secretary directly. 

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This is a club decision. We would advise that you consult with players, parents and guardians on reaching a decision. Clubs who own / lease facilities will still have bills to pay and this should be explained. However, clubs should be mindful of people who are currently out of work as result of COVID-19 or have had their working hours reduced and may struggle to make payments. 

Could you offer payment holidays for those in need? 

Can you allow subscriptions to be paid in installments? 

Would people be prepared to pay an advance on their subs to help the club out in the short-term if they are able to? 

safeguarding and welfare

Yes. Although football is not being played the welfare and safety of young people is still our main priority. If you have have any concerns then please report them to  our Designated Safeguarding Lead. If a child is in immediate danger or at risk of harm then contact the Police (999) or the NSPCC (0808 800 5000)

The FA is implementing temporary changes to DBS checks in football for the period that football is suspended due to COVID-19, up to and including the start of 2020 - 2021 season. As a result we ask that new DBS checks are NOT submitted until we receive further guidance from the FA.

For the avoidance of doubt, volunteers will not be permitted to carry out regulated activity with U18s until they have obtained a DBS check. The FA will provide a further update on processing new DBS checks in due course when there is further clarity on football activity will resume.

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DISCIPLINE

Yes. We encourage everyone to use the wholegame system to do this. For those that usually come into the Roy West Centre to deal with this, please wait until football resumes to sort.

Yes. Any suspension still outstanding following the last competitive fixture will be served at the commencement of the 2020 / 2021 season.

The system is set up to issue late fines and suspensions automatically so they will still come through although we are happy if any fines / suspensions occur during this time, we will take these off.

In line with Government advice no personal hearings are to be staged at this time. You may be offered the chance to proceed by papers or digitally but this is on a County by County basis. If you want a personal hearing then this will be held once Government restrictions are listed.

With the amount of outstanding fixtures that were due to be played it is unlikely any team will surpass the threshold. For those teams that already have reached the threshold then your punishment will be served at the start of the 2020 / 2021 season.

Should the current COVID-19 restrictions continue for longer than 12 weeks then applications can still be submitted by clubs although action may not be taken until the County FA offices reopen. If a player refunds a club directly during this time then please notify the County FA as soon as possible.

FA Charter standard

The East Riding FA has taken the decision to APPROVE all Annual Health Check submissions providing they were submitted prior to January 31st 2020. If your submission was put back into 'progress' then we will have automatically approved it and at this stage there is nothing else you need to do. If your club was issued with an action plan then this will be revisited once football resumes.

The company which is tasked with ensuring clubs receive their rewards has taken the decision to close as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic in an effort to safeguard its staff. As a result no orders are being processed and rewards are not being delivered. We hope to have more news on when normal service will resume once current Government advice changes.

The East Riding FA has taken the decision to APPROVE all Annual Health Check submissions providing they were submitted prior to January 31st 2020. If your submission was put back into 'progress' then we will have automatically approved it and at this stage there is nothing else you need to do. If your club was issued with an action plan then this will be revisited once football resumes.

coach education and courses

All courses are postponed for the foreseeable future. When the current Government advice changes and we receive confirmation from FA Learning that courses can resume we will then make an announcement.  

Learning opportunities are is still available though and learners are encouraged to use the FA's online coaching resource The Boot Room

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