THE Football Association has said it’s working towards the return of grassroots team sports can resume after the Government announced latest easing of the coronavirus lockdown in England.
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said outdoor pools will be able to reopen from Saturday to be followed by indoor pools, gyms and other sports facilities from July 25.
At the same time the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has also published guidance to enable competitive grassroots team sports to resume, beginning with cricket at the weekend.
The Football Association said it is working to submit a comprehensive action plan for Government approval so that grassroots team sports can return.
The governing body said: “We welcome the announcement and publication of the Government’s return to recreational sport framework today, which means we can look forward to the safe return of competitive grassroots football.
“We are now working to submit a comprehensive action plan and related guidance for Government approval as outlined in DCMS’s publication.
“Once approved, we will publish new guidance for the grassroots football community. We will confirm timings as soon as we are able.
“In the meantime, competitive grassroots football can prepare to return and look forward to the start of the new season.
“Please continue to refer to the latest guidance documents for adult players, coaches, facility operators, parents and carers involved in restarting grassroots football activity – which came into effect from 4 July – until a further update is provided, in addition to the latest Government guidance on COVID-19.
“Please also note that guidance is being developed for clubs with teams competing in the National League System (NLS) and will be shared with those clubs directly in due course.”