S.F.A and S.Y.F.A Guidelines for Returning to Training


The S.F.A and S.Y.F.A. announcement on guidelines for grassroots football returning to training has been made and this is how it looks.

To get back to training I must let you all know that initially it will be Under 17s groups first and they will be in no more than groups of ten with two coaches. Adults will begin training in groups of up to five.

The sessions will be one per week at present and may have to be shortened for the first few weeks as coaches will have to clean equipment between sessions.

Only coaches will be able to administer life-saving first aid, so parents will be asked to stay in their cars in the car park.

There will be a very strict toilet procedure with a one way system into the building and one way out. This will all be marked out for players to follow and it will be strictly one player in the toilet at a time. Hand gels will be located at the entrance to the building, with hand washing sinks in the toilets and hand gel on exiting the building. Hand hygiene signage will be visible throughout the building, so please follow the instructions shown.

The building will not be used for anything else at present during training sessions.

Players must come to training ready to start with their own water bottle marked with their name on it.  Allocation of an area where water bottles are to be kept during training will be specified by coach prior to starting.

Cleaning of toilets and walk ways will be on a schedule and done at regular intervals.

Coaches will be required to take a register at all sessions and this will have to be kept at the pavilion for the trace and protect scheme. Please make sure your coach has an up to date phone number for you in case you need to be contacted.

Coaches will be limited as to what drills they can do given the amount equipment being required during training to be cut back due to cleaning requirements, so please bear with them as they will be doing their best.

My Club Hub details will need to be updated with player’s medical information as soon as possible, prior to recommencing training.

We will continue to give you as much information as possible in the lead up to returning, in due course. We are aiming and preparing now to return on or after 20th of July. Please note, our two youngest groups (Joe’s and 2013) will be returning at a later date due to current Scottish Government guidelines.

Returning to training will be dependent on coach’s availability given that it’s the summer holidays now and people have been working through the crisis and will need a little rest.

Thank you for your support and patience during this period.  Your coaches will be in contact with you in the coming days.


Fiona Redpath

Covid co-ordinator
Child wellbeing Officer