COVID UPDATE - 04/01/21
Temporarily closed while in lockdown
COVID UPDATE - 22/12/20
Centenary Sixes is currently closed for the Christmas break but we will officially reopen our pitches on Monday 4th January 2021 under Tier 4 restrictions.
Although Tier 4 restrictions means that adult participants are not permitted to play football here, government guidance for Tier 4 still permits organised outdoor football for Under-18s, so we are happy to reopen our doors for all our Under-18 Youth Football Training groups from 4th January. However, players cannot move in or out of Tier 4 to train or play as per government guidelines for Tier 4.
Then once Greater London is moved back into Tier 3, we will welcome back our adult groups. We understand that this situation is incredibly frustrating for 90% of our regulars but with COVID-19 cases currently surging in the South East, it is ultimately the right thing to do to try to control the virus and drive down the cases.
We will update you all with more information as we get it from the government and The FA.
Please stay safe over Christmas and we will see you all in 2021.
Yours in Football
Centenary Sixes Founder
FA Statement - 19/12/20
Further to the government’s announcement on Saturday 19 December with regards to the introduction of Tier 4 areas and the latest information on COVID-19, we have issued the following update.
Football for adult participants across ‘non-elite’ football in Tier 4 areas is not permitted, including all training and fixtures. This immediate advice in place from 20 December applies to the following aspects of ‘non-elite’ football in England in Tier 4 areas:
The government’s Tier 4 guidance states organised outdoor sport for under-18s and disabled people will be allowed, while there are exemptions for FA Girls' Regional Talent Clubs. The government’s guidelines on travel between tiers should be adhered to. These players cannot move in or out of Tier 4 to train or play.
The government’s Tier 4 guidance confirms that elite sportspeople (and their coaches if necessary, or parents/guardians if they are under 18) are able to compete and train.
It is extremely important that clubs, players, coaches, match officials, league officials, volunteers, parents, carers, and facility providers in Tiers 1 to 3 (and permitted football in Tier 4) continue to strictly follow both the UK Government's latest guidance on COVID-19 and respective bespoke guidance documents from The FA. Any incidents of non-compliance will be reported to the local County Football Association.
If there are any further updates from government we will communicate these in due course.
COVID UPDATE - 22/12/20
CENTENARY SIXES TEMPORARY CLOSURE
Hi All. Darragh here, founder of Centenary Sixes. Following Boris Johnson’s statement on Saturday 19th December, it is with regret that Centenary Sixes will be temporarily closing with immediate effect as we enter Tier 4 restrictions on Sunday 20th December 2020.
In his speech, the PM said that restrictions in Tier 4 will be broadly equivalent to the national restrictions in November during the second lockdown and that leisure facilities would have to close.
And on the gov.uk website it states:
Sports and physical activity
Indoor gyms and sports facilities will close. Outdoor sports courts, outdoor gyms, golf courses, outdoor swimming pools, archery/driving/shooting ranges, riding centres and playgrounds can remain open for individual exercise, and for people to use with others within your household, support bubble, or with one person from another household. Organised outdoor sport for under 18s and disabled people will be allowed.
Therefore this sadly means outdoor sports courts like our two 6-a-side football pitches here at Centenary Sixes will now close with immediate effect. This is because all of our adult football groups who are booked in to play here between Sunday 20th December and Wednesday 23rd December (which was due to be our final day open before our Christmas break) have players who are not from the same household or support bubble.
We hope to reopen in the New Year and will look to guidance from the government and The FA for when that date will be.
In the meantime, wishing you all a Merry Christmas and please stay safe during these unprecedented times ⚽️
COVID UPDATE - 16/12/20
Our COVID-19 Football Rules are generally the same as before but there are a few slight changes for Tier 3:
Adults cannot travel in and out of a Tier 3 area to play grassroots football. This means that adults should not travel between neighbouring Tier 3 areas, even if they share a border. Each Tier 3 area is seen as separate, they are not one continuous area. There are exemptions for travel in and out of Tier 3 for U18s, disability teams, volunteers, elite players and for those travelling for work.
All participants (adult and youth) should minimise contact in training where possible, e.g. minimise tackles/any drills or practices that require close contact.
Spectators are permitted in Tier 3, but must follow the rule of six and strict 2 metre social distancing guidelines.
It is extremely important that clubs, players, coaches, match officials, league officials, volunteers, parents, carers, and facility providers continue to strictly follow both the UK Government's latest guidance on COVID-19 and respective bespoke guidance documents from The FA:
The FAQ's from The FA below about the Tier System is also incredibly useful:
COVID-19 FOOTBALL RULES
It’s vital we all keep in mind that COVID-19 is still amongst us. Therefore we need all players to be very careful when playing football here so we can all help to limit the transmission of the virus.
Although contact football is now permitted, any of us could have the virus and any of us could catch or pass on the virus at any given moment. The latest lockdowns and spikes around the country also highlight how the virus is not going away any time soon. Therefore please social distance before and after your game as well as during any breaks in your game.
⚽️ Firstly and most importantly, everyone should self-assess for COVID-19 symptoms before playing football. If you are showing symptoms or living in a household with possible or actual COVID-19 infection, you must not participate or attend. Let your organiser know if this applies to you so he can find a replacement player.
What are COVID-19 Symptoms?
- A high temperature (above 37.8 degrees)
- A new continuous cough
- A loss of or change to your sense of smell or taste
⚽️ The safety of our customers and staff is our upmost priority. Please remember that studies have shown that people from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic background (BAME) are at a greater risk from COVID-19. We want all players to feel comfortable playing and you are under no pressure or obligation to play. Do what's right for you.
⚽️ For those who are happy to play, please kindly read about the changes and new rules we have implemented below as recommended by the government and FA guidelines:
CHANGES AT CENTENARY SIXES
⚽️ 4 hand sanitiser stations are positioned outside each of our 4 pitch gates, which we ask all players to use before, during and after your game. Keeping your hands clean is crucial and antibacterial gel kills the virus. Please push with your palm to use.
⚽️ There is now a one way system into the pitches to stop groups mixing. We ask all players to enter the pitches from the pavement side gates only and then to exit the pitches from the grass side gates only. After exiting please do NOT walk back over to the pavement side or sit on the benches outside the pitches. Please ask all your players to leave Centenary Park via another route please.
⚽️ 2 metre social distancing tape is outside both pitches, which we ask ALL players to adhere to. Please note the recommended government advice is still 2 metres not 1 metre plus. Please social distance while warming up, during breaks in play and after you finish.
⚽️ We recommend bringing your own ball. However we will still provide two balls per pitch if required. Balls will be sanitised by us before each game with anti-bacterial wipes.
⚽️ Goalposts will also be sanitised by us before each game with antibacterial wipes. We have created a 10 minute gap in-between most groups so that our staff can do this so please kindly wait outside before your game starts while we complete this.
⚽️ All pitch gates and handles will also be cleaned throughout the day by us with antibacterial wipes.
⚽️ We will no longer provide bibs. The FA guidelines advise that the sharing of all kit and equipment should be avoided.
⚽️ Our Changing Rooms will be shut permanently so please change at home and arrive ready to play.
⚽️ Our toilets will remain locked at all times but can be opened on request. We highly recommend all players go to the toilet at home before you leave. Please don’t go outside our pitches.
⚽️ The gates to our old tennis courts will remain locked at all times so if you are playing on Pitch 2 and kick all footballs over into these courts, please pop over to our office to inform us and a member of staff will quickly throw them back over for you. Do not climb over the fence to retrieve the balls yourself.
⚽️ We ask groups playing on Pitch 1 to park cars outside the middle park gates on Culver Grove. And groups playing on Pitch 2 to park cars outside the last park gates (towards Kenton) on Culver Grove. This will help prevent groups playing at similar times mixing.
⚽️ If you are unsure about any of the rules please read the signs outside the pitches or speak to a member of staff. Remember our new office is located next to the pitches.
⚽️ Please now take a look at our new rules. Please pay special attention to the NO SPITTING or NOSE BLOWING rule. It is not only disgusting but it risks transmitting COVID-19 on our pitch surfaces. If you need to spit or blow your nose either swallow it, do so in a tissue or open the gates and go outside the pitches on the grass as far away from all entrances and exits..
NEW RULES AT CENTENARY SIXES
BEFORE YOU PLAY
⚽️ Do not play if you have any COVID-19 symptoms.
⚽️ Please follow the Government and FA advice for travelling safely to and from venues. Try to avoid public transport.
⚽️ Meet up times should be adjusted to avoid congregating outside the pitches too early. No smoking outside our pitches too please.
⚽️ Social distance 2 metres outside the pitch and while warming up on the pitch.
⚽️ Use the hand sanitiser as you enter the pitch via the pavement gates.
⚽️ NO handshakes, NO hi-fives and NO hugs with other players before your game. Basically no unnecessary touching.
⚽️ Bring your own drinks and hand sanitisers in named containers.
⚽️ Do not share kit or equipment like bibs or gloves.
WHILE YOU PLAY
⚽️ No Spitting on the pitches.
⚽️ No Blowing your nose on the pitches.
⚽️ No Chewing Gum.
⚽️ No eating food including sunflower seeds.
⚽️ SHOUTING is to be avoided when playing especially when facing players due to the risk of airborne transmission.
⚽️ Do not touch the rebound boards or crossbars due to the risk of surface transmission.
⚽️ Do not tackle against the rebound boards. Instead give the opposition player space to get out.
⚽️ We recommend taking hygiene breaks during your game at least once. Use the hand sanitiser stations to clean your hands especially if you’ve been in goal and saving shots. Feel free to also ask us to clean the balls/goalposts more often if required.
⚽️ Try not to head the ball.
⚽️ Try not to man mark too closely.
⚽️ Social distance 2 metres when there are breaks in play.
⚽️ Sneeze, cough or blow your nose into your upper sleeve or a tissue.
⚽️ No Goal celebrations with other players.
⚽️ Ball handling should be kept to a minimum.
⚽️ Do not let non-players touch the ball if it gets kicked over. Go get it yourself.
AFTER YOU PLAY
⚽️ Please take all your belongings and empty bottles and rubbish with you and leave promptly via the grass side gate so a member of staff can sanitise the balls and goalposts before the next group starts.
⚽️ Use the hand sanitiser as you exit the pitch to clean your hands.
⚽️ Social distance 2 metres when leaving our pitches.
⚽️ Personal equipment should be wiped down with disinfectant and players should bring their kit home and wash it themselves.
⚽️ No smoking outside our pitches and no congregating in groups of 7 or more in the park as per the current Tier 2 Rule of Six government guidelines.
We would also recommend you take a look at The FA’s full Covid-19 guidance on re-starting outdoor competitive grassroots football:
⚽️ NHS TEST AND TRACE
To help with the NHS Test and Trace scheme for COVID-19, it is a requirement by law for your group to provide us with the first names, surnames and mobile numbers of everyone who is playing.
Therefore as the organiser, please kindly message us these details before your booking starts.
As per government regulations we will delete these details from our system after 21 days.
Centenary Sixes also displays our NHS QR Code outside our pitches so players can scan the code on their phones and check-in on the NHS Test and Trace App.
⚽️ We kindly ask that organisers pass on all of the COVID-19 Changes and Rules to your group before your booking so that everyone can abide by them when you play football here.
Please note that repeated breaches of our rules in particular spitting, blowing your nose, chewing gum, shouting, tackling against the boards and not observing social distancing could result in players and/or groups being banned. We make no apologies for being strict during this pandemic.
As you have read, we have taken significant measures to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 here but ultimately you return to play football at your own risk.
We appreciate that this is a lot to take in as we get used to a new normal here at Centenary Sixes, however we kindly ask you to follow these guidelines to protect your own health and those around you. Therefore your co-operation and patience is greatly appreciated at this time.
If you have any further questions then please get in touch otherwise we look forward to seeing you for your next game.
Yours in Football
Centenary Sixes Founder ⚽️