Return to Football.

The Scottish FA have released guidance to reflect the Government’s transition to Phase 3 – as a result, subject to approval from the SFA and ELC, we are planning for a safe return to football from w/c 27th July. We have worked hard behind the scenes to ensure proper measures are in place to provide a safe and secure training environment for our Coaches and players.

We have submitted a risk assessment and drawn up a series of guidance documents, with an aim to host a staged return to football. The Guidance determines one session a week, typically no longer than 40 to 45 minutes. As such, we are proposing a return to football for our 11-a-side teams initially.

We have gone through a planning phase and the return to training will see us move to the execute and monitoring phase. All going well with Government guidelines and if we (the Club, Coaches, Players and Parents) are happy with the protocols in place, we will reintegrate and introduce a training rota covering our younger age groups.

Our aim is to have all teams training at least once per week by w/c 10th of August.

The Committee and the Club’s Growth and Development Officer have been busy but diligent in ensuring a safe return to football while also being mindful of the fact we still want to provide a fun environment to play football.

What can you do to make sure we can return?

We want to make sure that everyone understands the responsibilities that we all have to ensure a safe environment and we draw your attention to a number of official guidance documents as well as some material we have created to simplify the requirements. We advise Coaches / Parents / Carer’s to read through the material provided to ensure a stress free environment for the Players. Lead coaches and Covid officer’s from each group will also inform Parents on details listed below to make it simpler for communication purposes.

Players and Parents / Carers

Players – What to do?

• Feel safe to come back to training
• Read through the ‘Players Guidance’ CLEARLY.
• Look at the ‘Players’ infographics.
• Understand and identify ‘Entrance’ and ‘Exit’ and ‘one way system’
• Understand the ‘Pitch set up’ – Pitch 1, Pitch 2.
• Know their training slot time ‘Rota’

COVID-19 Guidance for Players

Parents – What to do?

It is important that you feel comfortable sending your kids back to football and we have tried to ease concerns by providing as much information as we can. However, we are happy to field questions and concerns.

• Advised to read the ‘SFA Return to football’ Guidance.
• Sign the ‘Parents’ Declaration and send back to Lead coach.
• Read through the clubs risk assessment.
• Read through the ‘Parents guide’ Infographics
• Understand and identify ‘Entrance’ and ‘Exit’ and ‘one way system’
• Understand the ‘Pitch set up’ – Pitch 1, Pitch 2 setup.
• Know their training slot ‘Rota’

Parent and Carer COVID Declaration

Risk Assessment Dunbar United Colts

How It Will Look?

Dropping off / Collection /Arriving to training.

Please note – That this will relate back to the ‘What to do’ Section above.

We are looking at ENTERING in through the public path from Hallhill car park which takes us to the gate opening of the grass pitches on the SW corner.

One way systems are in place to make sure we are all moving in the correct direction. The arrow shown on the picture shows one way to the second grass pitch.

EXIT will be through the Dunbar United gate shown below, where the players will walk from behind the wall to reach the gate to gain access back to the car park for collection (or to the North side of town)

Dunbar United Colts - Grass Training One Way System

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Pitch Set ups

Our Pitches will look ever so slightly different when arriving to training.

Here is what they will look like:

PITCH 1

Entrance (blue arrow) will be the same as the previous photo. When the kids arrive there will be a sanitation station at the front of the gate to allow them to wash hands before they enter their pitch.

When they arrive and meet their coach, there is Player zones (green arrows) in which they will be allocated in order for them to put water bottles (labelled), hand wash bottles (labelled) and accessories down (bikes, jackets, hoodies etc).

The First Aid box (pink arrow) will be kept in the centre of the pitch. Please note, that coaches can only carry out first aid, if the case is ‘very serious’. However, players will be instructed to go to the first aid station where they can be talked through treatment.

Dunbar United Colts - Small Pitch Layout

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PITCH 2

Entrance (blue arrow) will be the same as the previous photo. When the kids arrive there will be a sanitation station at the entrance gate to allow players to wash their hands before they enter their pitch.

One way systems (yellow arrows) are in place to allow the kids to enter their pitches and well as an exit off the pitch. The players will leave the pitches on the North side and down towards the Exit (red arrow) Gate.

When they arrive and meet their coach, there is a Player zones (green arrows) in which they will be allocated in order for them to put water bottles (labelled), their own hand wash bottles (brought and labelled) and accessories down (bikes etc). This are is to the South side of the big grass pitch. The First Aid box (pink arrow) will be kept in the centre of the pitch. Please note, that coaches can only carry out first aid, if the case is ‘very serious’.

Dunbar United Colts - Big Pitch Layout

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ONE WAY SYSTEM 3G

Our One way system in place for when teams head back to the 3G! (This is not our 3G but looks fairly similar)

Entrance (blue arrow) Entrance will be via the rugby pitches. Where most of us walk over to our session. Or down past Hallhill use the walk way.

One way systems (yellow arrows) are in place to allow players to get to their pitches.

Exit (red arrow) will be through the back gate, in which the players will walk down the left hand path (primary school path) were they will be collected.

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Infographics – Players Guide and Parent / Carers Guide

Player Guide
Dunbar United Colts - Parent Guide

Walk through video by Development Officer

This all looks and sounds a lot more complicated than it actually is but we have been instructed to provide this information and it is in compliance with the guidelines. To ease the worries, we will produce a video which will be uploaded by our Club Growth & Development Officer (Chappie) to walk and talk us through the steps to take when arriving to training. This will be available to view here on our club website as well as our social media platforms as of Friday 24th July.

Parents Attending Training session

We advise all parents to stay in their cars when dropping off or collecting their children back and forth from training sessions. However, if you prefer to stay and watch a session, we ask that no parents enter the grass pitch area. We ask you to follow social distancing measures behind the fencing allocated around the pitches and also following, Entrances ,One way systems, and Exit points.

Rota’s / Training times

The lead coaches from each age group will be given an allocated time slot for training, in which they will communicate with parents to allow them details of training times. Training Session will last no longer than 45 mins with a proposed 15 minute window for a new age group to enter and exit.

Dunbar Colts Training Times

Sanitisation Protocols

We ask all kids to bring their own hand sanitisers to and from training. However if they fail to do so, then there will be a sanitisation zone allocated as the players arrive.

The pitch set ups allow us to work with very little equipment. However after each session, the lead coach and Covid coach, will be sanitising all equipment with disinfectant spray before the next team enters. (Goals, Balls etc).

General Update

We understand that Government guidelines may ease in the coming weeks so various things may be tweaked in order for us to get back to some more ‘normality’. Please make sure you are checking our website, social media platforms and emails from coaches regularly as and when things change.

If anyone has any questions about any of this information, then please don’t hesitate to ask: info@dunbarcolts.com or chair@dunbarcolts.com.

Last but not least. PLEASE MAKE SURE you take the time to read:

Coaches

Coaches – What to do?

Teams must be registered to ensure insurance is in place *******

  • A Covid Officer should be in Place for every age group.
  • Discuss ‘Ready to Start’ document For Coaches.
  • Declaration must be signed and sent to Jamie Chapman.
  • Read through the Coach guide ‘infographics’
  • Register must be taken each session and a copy sent to Jamie Chapman.
  • Read through the clubs risk assessment
  • Understand and identify ‘Entrance’ and ‘Exit’ and ‘one way system’
  • Understand the ‘Pitch set up’ – Pitch 1, Pitch 2 Grass.
  • Know the allocated training slot ‘Rota’

COVID-19 Guidance for Coaches

Coaches COVID Deceleration

Coaches Covid Register

Infographics – Coaches Guide

Dunbar United Colts - Coach Guide

We are very excited to see the players back playing football and we are confident that we can continue to provide a facility and environment fit for champions. Our staged return allows us to gauge and ensure we are doing things correctly.

See you soon!

Dunbar United Colts Committee and Growth Development Officer