FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
To help try and provide some clarity on the ongoing impact of CONVID-19 on Grassroots Football in our region we have compiled a list of some of the most frequently asked questions.
Is the East Riding FA still open for 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.
Can We Still Charge Club Subscriptions Whilst All Football Is Postponed?
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?
Is There Any Funding For Clubs During This Time?
As things stand there is no football specific emergency grant funding available to support clubs. We would draw your attention to the support announced by the Chancellor in response to COVID-19.
The Chancellor has set out a package of temporary, timely and targeted measures to support public services, people and businesses through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19.
This includes a package of measures to support businesses including:
• a statutory sick pay relief package for 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 through 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 flows through loans
• the HMRC Time To Pay Scheme
uk government support for BUSINESSES
Can Teams Still Train?
The FA has instructed that all football is postponed. This includes matches, friendlies and training.
FA STATEMENT ON THE POSTPONEMENT OF GRASSROOTS FOOTBALL
Is Our Insurance Still Valid If We Choose To Train?
East Riding FA had mandated that all clubs should not train until The FA lifts the postponement of all grassroots football. We have consulted with insurance provider BlueFin and any clubs who use the County FA scheme for Personal Accident and Public Liability insurance must adhere to this instruction. Clubs and teams who ignore this instruction will not be insured and will not be able to make any claims against their policies.
Those clubs who do not have Bluefin insurance in place will need to check with their insurance provider.
Is My League Going To Finish? What About Cup Finals?
After consultation with a number of key stakeholders the FA have decided to conclude the 2019 / 2020 Grassroots Football season as of now. The East Riding FA will be working closely with its member leagues to help them to determine how they close out their current competitions.
Can I Attend / Affiliate Summer Tournaments?
All football is currently postponed. As a result of this East Riding FA will not be sanctioning any tournaments until the suspension is lifted by The FA.
What Happens With My Club's FA Charter Standard Annual Health Check?
All clubs that have submitted their clubs FA Charter Standard Annual Health Check for season 2019 / 2020 have had it approved. Your club's individual action plan will still need to be actioned upon the resumption of football though.
I Am A Registered Referee – Can I Still Referee For Small-Sided Football Providers?
All FA registered referees should only be officiating in FA-affiliated leagues, competitions and tournaments. Refereeing in unaffiliated football could result in disciplinary action being taken by the County FA. The FA is strongly advising that no football is played for the foreseeable future and therefore FA registered referees are asked not to officiate in any environment at this time.
Can I Still Have My FA DBS Verified?
As the Government is currently advising social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 we are recommending that DBS verification's are put on hold for the time-being. The FA are currently working on a plan to ensure that the necessary safeguarding requirements are maintained and this will be communicated as when it has been decided,
If A Coach’s DBS Expires During This Time Can They Continue Coaching After The Season Restarts?
All coaches must have an accepted DBS if they are working in regulated activity with young people under the age of 18. We are awaiting further advice from The FA in relation to the renewal of DBS checks for those that have expired.
When Will Coach Education Courses Resume?
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.
Can I still action/pay my discipline?
Yes. We encourage everyone to use the wholegame system to do this. For those that usually come into the office to deal with this, please wait until football resumes to sort.
Will I still receive late fines/suspensions if I do not deal with the discipline?
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.
Will my suspension still stand?
Yes. At the moment any ongoing suspension will continue as soon as football continues. If there is any change to this, we will let you know as and when we know.
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