in     by Committee 22-07-2020


Billingham United COVID-19 Disclaimer


The following disclaimer is for all Players, Parents/Carers, Club Officials, Team Managers/Coaches and Club Volunteers who would like to resume training sessions during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Before a child can return to training the club must receive a completed disclaimer response form. Each club member must recognise and accept that there will be restrictions in place by Billingham United FC and Bede Sports Centre and therefore will adhere to the following below: 

  • Government and FA outdoor activity restrictions such as social distancing measures allow small group sessions up to six people (including the coach). Billingham United FC will continue to monitor guidance by both government ( and The FA ( for update. Billingham United Executive Committee will make changes where necessary following up to date guidance.

  • Anyone who is showing COVID-19 symptoms will not be allowed to attend a training session and will not be allowed on Bede Sports Centre premises.

  • If you or your child are showing symptoms of the virus or have been in contact with someone displaying symptoms within the last two weeks, then you should stay at home until and NHS practitioner advises you that you no longer need to remain in isolation.

  • All players, officials, volunteers, and spectators must undergo a self-assessment for any Covid-19- symptoms. No-one should leave home to participate in football if they, or someone they live with, has any of the following:  A high temperature (above 37.8°C);  A new, continuous cough; A loss of, or change to, their sense of smell or taste. This check should be done before each training session.

  • If your child becomes symptomatic during the session, they should be immediately removed from the session and taken home as soon as possible. NHS guidance on further management of symptoms should be followed.

  • All participants and other attendees should follow best practice for travel, people from a household or support bubble can travel together in a vehicle.

  • Maintain social distancing and avoid congestion, two metre distance must always be adhered to whilst also parents/carers watching a training session must also follow the Government 2m rule.

  • Hand sanitizer will be provided to each team and must be used before each training session. If for any know reason your child cannot use hand sanitizer, please contact Team Manager/Coach or the Executive Committee,

  • Training sessions will be restricted to 50mins (e.g. 6:05pm – 6:55pm). Team manager/coaches/secretaries will communicate with parents/carers before each training session time and pitch allocation.

  • Players, parents/carers must NOT arrive early (arrive at the allocated time slot, communicated by Team Manager/Coach/Secretary). This will help with social distancing when other teams are arriving for next booking slots. Players who can travel to training alone by walking or cycling must not arrive early and must only start training with their parent/carer present.

  • If a player gets injured, a member of their household can aid them, but others will still need to socially distance unless a life or limb threatening injury necessitates compromising guidelines to provide emergency care. Team first aiders will be equipped with appropriate PPE to protect themselves if they need to compromise social distancing guidelines to provide medical assistance.

  • Parents/Carers are required to stay during all training sessions. All spectators at training sessions (including parents and carers) must be restricted to discrete six-person gathering limits and spread out, in line with wider government guidance. Parents/Carers/Spectators must stay outside of the astro pitches and may only access the astro pitch for first aid incidents involving their child.

  • Social distancing does not permit handshake, high fives, and group celebrations, so please ensure that your child understands this and complies.

  • Players should bring with them their own named water bottles. Placement of water bottles will be dispersed to avoid groups or players coming together. Drink must not be shared with anyone else and access to Bede Sports Centre for refreshments is forbidden.

  • Competitive training can take place for all participants in an outdoor setting.
  • Equipment should be handled as little as possible, should equipment be handled, players should their hands immediately afterwards, taking care not to touch their mouth/face in the meantime.

  • In all settings before and after the session, and in any breaks, all participants should practise social distancing, in line with Government guidelines on two metres.

  • All players must behave appropriately, if any player acts inappropriately during a training session, will be asked to leave the training session immediately.

  • Bede Sports Centre indoor facilities will not be open during training sessions due to current Government COVID-19 Policy. However, one toilet will be made available with a maximum one person admission at any one time. (A child must be accompanied to the toilet by a parent living in the same household)

  • Bede Sports Centre reserve the right to refuse access if they deem that public safety could be at risk.

  • Code of Behaviour, please see below.

 Please use the link to confirm consent for your child to resume competitive training during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and agreement to adhering to the guidelines/rules outlined by Billingham United Football Club.

Thank you in advance for playing your vital part in helping our great game get going again. By observing Government guidance and the football-specific protocols, let’s work together to ensure the transition back to competitive grassroots is as smooth and safe as possible. But remember, if you’re not comfortable returning to football, whatever your role, there is no pressure to do so. Everyone’s health, wellbeing and safety are the priorities.



Covid-19 is a highly infectious and dangerous disease. A resumption of contact play is only achievable if those involved create and maintain a controlled environment that minimises the threat of infection.

Risk in sport cannot be completely eradicated but with caution and care these risks can be reduced

Each player will need to decide when to return to contact football based on their own circumstances and the arrangements that have been put in place for a safe return. This is particularly the case for players from BAME communities or those with underlying health conditions.

All those returning to competitive grassroots football must adopt the following code of behaviour:


  • Be aware of your own personal health. If you show any of the Covid-19 symptoms you must stay at home, inform NHS Test and Trace and seek medical advice.


  • Be responsible. Read the guidance provided by The FA and by your club so that you are aware of the changes to the game and what is expected of you. This will include things like being prepared to bringing your own labelled water bottle and being aware of changes to meet-up times.


  • Practise good hygiene. Wash your hands regularly and before, during and after a game.


  • Where possible maintain social distancing. This won’t always be possible in a competitive match environment (for example when tackling an opponent) and that is acceptable. However, before, and after a game you should maintain social distancing.


  • Support NHS Test and Trace. You are likely to be asked to provide your details so that in the event of a Covid-19 outbreak those potentially infected can be traced. This is to everyone is benefit so please cooperate.


  • Do not spit. Spitting and the rinsing out of mouths is now a recognised risk to health and must not be done. Avoid shouting or raising your voice if face to face with other players


  • After the game. Be aware that other users may be waiting to use the facilities. Changing rooms and showers are likely to be closed and any socialising must follow the Government’s guidance on social distancing