Update- 8th April
Firstly, I hope you are all safe and well whilst we battle against this unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic together.
Clearly this is a very difficult time for many organisations. Following consultation with my Board colleagues at Sheffield & Hallamshire County FA, I am writing to update you regarding a key decision that we have had to make at this time. With effect from Wednesday 8th April, Sheffield & Hallamshire County FA staff with the exception of those listed below will be placed on furlough leave. This situation will however be kept under review and re-assessed in line with organisational needs and Government updates.
Our team have been supportive of this decision and we all look forward to returning to work together at the earliest possible opportunity in order to help support football across our region.
- Simon Frost – General Manager
- Sarah Wood – Football Development Manager
- Rob Wharton – Discipline & Governance
- Claire MacRory – Safeguarding
- Geoff Wainwright – Finance
- Leon Dearns – Football Development (Leagues)
- Aaron Bannister - Referee Development
- Molly Johnson – Business Support
For general enquiries during this time please continue to use the following email address Support@SheffieldFA.com
Please stay safe, and follow government advice.
Uriah Rennie – Sheffield & Hallamshire County FA Chair
Update – 17th March
Sheffield & Hallamshire County FA Update (Uriah Rennie, Chair)
Sheffield & Hallamshire County FA’s priority is the health and wellbeing of all. From the 17th March 2020 this office will be closed to visitors. However, we have contingencies in place and will continue to support the grassroots game during this period. All staff can be contacted on the telephone numbers below.
Update - 16th March
FA Announcement (16/03/2020)
"Following the Government’s announcement today, for people to avoid social contact and gatherings where possible, we are now advising that all grassroots football in England is postponed for the foreseeable future.
Throughout this period, we have taken Government advice with the priority being the health and wellbeing of all. We will continue to work closely with the grassroots game during this time.
We are in regular communication with the Government and the situation within English football at all levels remains under regular review. Further updates will follow as needed".
Sheffield & Hallamshire County FA will also postpone all courses, events and workshops until further notice.
During this time please use the following email address and telephone numbers to contact SHCFA staff (in the first instance, please use email or mobile numbers);
Claire MacRory - 07534 442015
Education / Courses
Sarah Wood - 07841 466057
Robert Wharton - 07704 170919
Sam Firth - 07837 294310
Mark Wozniak - 07805 683784
Tom Measham - 07704 170915
Mike Drummond - 07704 170917
Leon Dearns - 07704 170925
Aaron Bannister - 07704 170918
SHCFA office: 0114 261 5500
Sheffield & Hallamshire County FA continue to monitor the situation and follow the advice provided by the Football Association and the Government.
Update - 13th March
Read the latest information about the situation in the UK, along with guidance for what to do if you think you’re at risk.
Go to NHSUK/coronavirus for information about the virus and how to protect yourself. Use the 111 online coronavirus service to check if you need medical help.
What about SHCFA Courses?
We are currently operating our courses as usual except medical courses which include the FA Level 1 Introduction to First Aid in Football and FA Level 2 Emergency First Aid courses, until minimum of April 4th, due to the nature of how these courses are delivered. During our courses we will be reminding individuals of basic hand hygiene protocols and cough etiquette and ask all learners to observe these during the course programme.
If you have travelled to and from the affected areas (Click Here), in the past 14 days, have been in contact with anyone affected by the virus or are showing symptoms we ask that you do not travel to the venue and advise us accordingly. The recommendation is for you to seek advice from NHS 111.
What if the situation changes?
We are actively monitoring Government advice in case the situation changes and additional measures become necessary. As a matter of good practice, we would recommend that Leagues and Clubs adopt the same approach.
Further updates will be added to this page as appropriate.
FA Spokesperson: “The FA is fully aware that there are questions about whether grassroots football in England should be played because of the Covid-19 virus."
“Consistent with Government advice, The FA is recommending that grassroots football is able to continue as usual for now, with each league or centre making its own individual decision based on its local situation and the availability of players and officials. However, we would fully respect and support any leagues, centres or teams that wish to postpone fixtures in light of the Covid-19 virus.
The decision to postpone all professional football in England has been taken with the integrity of the competitions in mind, considering the availability of players, staff and facilities.
We will continue to monitor all Government advice and keep the situation under constant review, with the priority being the health and wellbeing of all. Further updates will follow as needed."