Following updated FA and government guidelines, Chesterfield FC Community Trust has taken the decision to have a phased return to delivery, supporting those who need it most.
The Trust’s popular weekly Pan-Disability sessions will return for those children and young adults to get back to the fun, friendly and engaging sessions. All delivery will be outdoor based and ensure that participants are kept appropriately distanced throughout.
The Saturday Morning Club will return with two weekly sessions: 9am-9.50am and 10am-10.50am for 5-11 year olds, allowing for cleaning time between groups. All delivery will follow the latest guidelines from governing bodies.
Football For Life is the Community Trust’s adult mental health football team. The players have been raring to go and are excited about the prospective return, being able to see each other again after such a long time.
Finally, the Spireites Sports Club is back, with some big changes. The club will now run for 7-14 year olds, with the option of full or half days to suit the needs of parents.
At each session there will be a contactless thermometer, hand sanitiser, disinfectant wipes and buckets for cleaning equipment, along with a strict one-way system at venues. All sessions will be outdoors, with indoor access to toilets and hand basins.
Commenting on the restart, Keith Jackson, the Trust’s head of sport and activities, said: “Since the start of lockdown, all of our coaches have been desperate to get back to doing what we love, being on the grass working with our participants.
“It’s been a long process, but of course we have had to ensure that the priority is the safety of participants and our staff. We will be taking every precaution to ensure all guidelines are adhered to throughout.”
“We have been liaising with parents too about what is important to them about the sessions that are returning and shared their concerns. We know that children are struggling with how to socialise after such a long time apart and it’s a big consideration in our session plans.
“Our coaches have been planning socially distanced sessions under current guidelines, but these I’m sure will be moving goalposts; we will make certain we always prioritise everyone’s safety first, before having fun a secondary priority.”
The Trust will be confirming session details in the coming weeks, including booking details.