Covid-19 has affected us all in many different ways, and team and contact sports have taken a massive hit. As a club, we have missed coming together with the community for our regular matches at Llwydcoed Welfare Ground and our regular training sessions with all 8 of our age groups.
However, in this uncertain time, there is one thing we can do, we can focus on coming together and training in small groups and improving our skills and fitness. We’re not quite back to normal but we are so excited to be able to train together again and spend time together as friends, a team and as a club. From the 2nd of October 2020, the Football Association of Wales (FAW) released detailed stages for its “Safer to Return to Play Protocols for Phase 3” strategy. Under this protocol, the FAW’s main aim is to support Welsh Clubs by protecting the health and safety of their players, coaches, essential personnel and volunteers for a safe return to training. Under RCT lockdown restrictions, outdoor classes and team sports are free to train but social distancing must be maintained at all times.
This means training and getting together for matches will look a little different for the immediate future. It’s not what we had planned and it’s not what we’re used to, but we’re ready to tackle this season. Although we can’t get together in large groups as we normally would for training and matches, let’s still get together when we can – after all we are more than a team, we are friends, family and community. While our league matches and celebrations have been put on hold, we can still get out and play together and even play some football where a risk-reduction plan is in place (Gov.Wales).
Amateur sport is an essential part of a community and while technology and Zoom has brought us together in so many new ways, you can’t play football over Zoom. A report by The Guardian talks about the effect of lockdown and community sport, discussing how it is not just the players and coaches who face disappointment, but the supporters, parents, officials and volunteers who all invest into the sport and competitive season. Read more about the article here: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2020/jul/08/you-cant-play-football-over-zoom-community-sport-in-lockdown
Keep an eye on our Twitter feed for regular training updates and news on how we are moving forward with this season, thank you all for your support!