News Detail » UPDATE | Thomas McKeown, Chair of the Joint Response Group Grassroots Sub Group provides an update on grassroots football
The Scottish FA welcomes the Scottish Government's update in relation to the move to Phase Two of the route map out of lockdown.
Based on this and the guidelines set out within Phase Two, the permitted football activity will not materially change and we will continue to encourage informal physical activity through football based on the Scottish Government guidelines.
Whilst there is not yet an opportunity to introduce formal training and matches due to public health guidelines, we are making preparations to support our Affiliated National Associations, their clubs and the wider grassroots game to Plan and Prepare for Phase Three of the Route map.
There is no certainty on when Phase Three will commence but at that stage, an opportunity exists for football clubs to explore a return to training should they be able to meet the right conditions at that point. We understand that there are many aspects that clubs will require to have in place including risk assessments and facility access amongst many and we are aware that this may take time to fully be in place for clubs to return safely.
The health, well-being and safety of all our players, coaches, volunteers and officials are paramount and we will continue to work in the best interests of public health.
In the coming days the Scottish FA will start to provide resources and guidance to clubs and football groups on our dedicated online Hub as well as offer online education and support for groups to help with planning around a variety of key areas.
Thanks for your patience and your continued support for our game. We will continue to work with the Scottish Government, Sportscotland and other stakeholders on the return for football.
Thomas McKeown, Scottish FA Board Director and Chair of the JRG Grassroots Sub Group
Jason Leitch spoke with the Scottish FA about COVID-19's impact on grassroots football and what is possible for Phase Two. Clcik here to see the interview.