Following the new FA guidelines relating grassroots football, the club have been working hard behind the scenes to make sure we can offer Covid-19 safe training, we are pleased to say that we are now in a position to restart safe training, please contact you team manager to find out what training time and venue your team has been allocated.

Welcome to South Woodham Ferrers United

Proposed Plans for Safe Return to Training

Training Restart

Following the recent guidelines released by the FA in respect of Grassroots Football, we have been awaiting further guidance to see how and when we can look to provide safe training while making sure we comply with the guidelines.

The committee held a meeting last week via zoom, to discuss how we might be able to provide training, we thought it would be a good idea to try and keep everyone informed as to where we are at present.

Step 1: The club has submitted a risk assessment to Chelmsford City Council (RA for SWFU June 2020 version 2), currently awaiting approval. A big thank you to Helen and Paul Hamilton for their help in getting this completed.

Step 2: The club will be looking to run zoom meetings for managers who are looking to train, so they are fully aware of the guideline requirements.

Step 3: The club feels it would be best to run a couple of managers sessions to act as a run through on how sessions should be set up and managed, any manager looking to return to training will need to attend a session.

Step 4: The club is currently looking to secure PPE for each manager, we hope to have this in place during the next week.

Step 5: The club is in the process of purchasing Social Distancing signage, this will need to be displayed at any venue where training is provided.

Step 6: We will be looking to run a trial session to ensure that our plans and risk assessment mean we can operate safe sessions.

We believe that once we have completed the above steps, we should be in a better position to start training over the weekend 5th & 6th July, sessions times to finalised.

Whilst we appreciate that many managers and players are keen to get back to training, the club will not compromise the safety and health of Managers, Coaches, Players and their families.

We will only be able to offer training if we get the help of everyone to ensure we comply with the guidelines.

We hope that the above and the attached risk assessment helps to cover most of the questions you or your players parents may have, if you do have any further questions please email them to us info@swfu.co.uk and we will try to answer them as soon as we can.

Thank you for your patience while we assessed all the options, to come up with a plan for a safe return to training.

The FA Guidence of Permitted Grassroots Football Activity During Covid-19 1st June

The FA have released the guidance attached below today around permitted activities. This follows the government announcement on Saturday.

Our approach will be cautious around this as we only have one chance to get it right.

We are in consultation with the local authorities to ensure there are adequate facilities and procedures to achieve maximum safety.

The guidance does not mention the taking of temperatures and we know from consultation that government guidance does not recommend this in schools as it can provide anxiety for children.

Please bear with us. Your managers will be in touch to gauge how many of you intend to send your children along.
In the meantime please read the guidance.

Stay safe – SWFU ⚽️

LATEST GUIDANCE ON PERMITTED GRASSROOTS FOOTBALL ACTIVITY DURING COVID-19 FROM 1 JUNE

Link: The FA Guidelines

Club Statement – Player Subscriptions

Following the FA’s announcement earlier today to suspend all football until 30 April at the earliest the Club Management Committee have made the following decision regarding player subscriptions.

All March payments are currently being processed. However, we will suspend all April payments, with the next payment being due in May. As the situation develops we will review this arrangement and make any decisions necessary.

There is no need for you to do anything – our admin system will amend everyone’s payments. In fact we urge you to not cancel any direct debit please, as this creates unnecessary work for our volunteers and could delay us restarting.

Lastly we would like to wish you all the very best during these difficult times and ask you to bear with us. Every member of the Club Committee have full time jobs but will endeavour to respond to any questions or concerns as soon as is physically possible. Our number one priority is to ensure our long term sustainability so we are all here to offer everyone the opportunity to play football for the long term. Please follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and on our website as that will be the fastest point of contact going forward.

Club email – info@swfu.co.uk

Coronavirus/Covid 19 Update

Official statement from the Club Secretary, Iain Watts – 13th March 2020

Coronavirus/Covid 19 Update

The FA status mirrors that of the government for the general public. Our club stance will also mirror this, whilst the schools remain open.
All training is available to those that want to tomorrow (Sat 14th March) including Development Squad and Wildcats

In terms of matches the following is valid for this weekend:
• Mid Essex Men’s league – Postponed (until 3rd April)
• Blackwater & Dengie – Postponed (until 3rd April)
• Essex County Girls League – Fixtures on upon agreement from both teams
• Chelmsford Youth League – Postponed (this weekend only)
• Southend District Youth League – Fixtures on upon agreement from both teams
• Pope & Smith Men’s League – Fixtures on upon agreement from both teams

The Club is also cancelling all friendly matches.

We take any safeguarding concerns seriously and if anyone takes the decision not to come training or play then the club fully respects that.

If you do feel unwell please follow the government and NHS England advice.

Training & Matches Resume This Weekend

The club would to wish everyone involved with SWFU a happy New Year.

All training sessions and matches resume this weekend 4th/5th January 2020

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at SWFU.

A massive thank you on behalf of the girls and boys for your fantastic support this year, it means the world to them.

Enjoy the break!

Christmas Parties 2019

This year’s Christmas party for our mini soccer teams is now booked.

These are always popular so we hope as many children as possible are able to attend and enjoy the fun. This year we are splitting the age groups to have three, smaller parties (see below).

The club has arranged everything for you so all you need to do is provide a taxi service to and from Champions Manor Hall.

Parents are welcome to stay if they wish. Tea and coffee will be available, along with the club shop, and a raffle.

Details:
Venue: Champions Manor Hall
Date: 14th December 2019
Times: Development Squad & Wildcats 14:30 – 15:45
U7’s & U8’s 15:30 – 16:45
U9’s & U10’s 16:30 – 17:45

Cost: Free

For the first part of the party the children will be entertained by Essex Kids Camp. They will then move to the smaller hall where they will be fed and watered, along with receiving a small gift from a surprise visitor!

Please advise us of any allergies on arrival

Important Dates for Your Diary

SWFU will again be supporting the towns Christmas Fayre 16th November, why not come along and enjoy the light switch on!!

This years children’s Christmas party will be held on Saturday 14th December 13:00 till 16:00 at Champions Manor Hall, more information to follow.

Good Luck Tomorrow

Good luck to the rest of the teams that start their season this weekend.