A message to the East Riding Grassroots Football Family,
COVID-19 has created challenges and situations that many of us will have never been presented with before. We have all had to find a new ‘normal’ with the way we work, rest and play constantly changing.
The past four months has seen grassroots football face its biggest ever test with the ramifications of the pandemic set to continue for several years. That said we have started to see the light at the end of the tunnel and the governments announcement that people can return to socially distanced training in small groups was a welcome boost for all those involved in the game we love. It has been heart-warming to see pictures of young players and adults smiling and having fun during innovative socially distanced training sessions. We appreciate how much the game has been missed and the difference grassroots football makes to your life both in terms of the game itself and the friendships formed within it.
That is why we want to pass on our thanks and appreciation to the hardworking volunteers who have gone above and beyond to provide football in the most challenging of circumstances. Coaches are now giving up their evenings and mornings so that all their members can attend training sessions safely, club officials are cleaning equipment so that the risk of infection is minimised, and league officials are working hard to ensure that their league is ready for the return.
We also recognise the impact that the current government and FA guidance is having on players and parents. Your cooperation in helping make football happen in the most testing of times is both humbling and inspiring.
You are the heartbeat of grassroots football in our county and we thank you for weathering the storm. You continue to make friendships and create life long memories.
Football in full will be back one day but for now please continue to deliver football activity in accordance with government and FA guidelines.
Thank you from the East Riding FA.