Coronavirus (Covid-19) Support
Staff Contact Details
For enquiries around refereeing - Referees@SurreyFA.com
For marketing enquiries - Marketing@SurreyFA.com
For enquiries about Meadowbank Football Ground - Meadowbank@SurreyFA.com
For discipline enquiries - Discipline@SurreyFA.com
For Football Development enquiries - Footballdevelopment@SurreyFA.com
For FA Whole Game System and club affiliation enquiries - Affiliation@SurreyFA.com
For enquiries about courses - Education@SurreyFA.com
For enquiries about player registration on the Whole Game System - Playerregistrations@SurreyFA.com
Individual staff contact information can be found here.
An update on grassroots football
On Monday 19 July, England will move to step 4 of its roadmap in easing Covid restrictions. This means that almost all legal restrictions of social contact will be removed. However, the Government is encouraging people to act with caution. Our guidance has therefore been updated to reflect this.
This updated guidance which covers Steps 3-6 of the National League System (NLS), Tiers 3-6 of the Women’s Football Pyramid and grassroots football (including Regional NLS Feeder Leagues), comes into effect on Monday 19 July. You can read the Government guidance here.
The full guidance document can be downloaded below and should be referred to for further details. The summary key points are:
1. On field adaptions for playing football are no longer required.
2. No limits on how many people can meet.
3. 1m plus rule removed.
4. The definition of close contact remains the same, however the rules on self-isolation will be changing from the 16th August.
5. Face coverings no longer required by law, but recommended in crowded indoor settings and may be mandated by some clubs or facility providers.
6. Changing rooms can be used, however participants should use their own judgement and minimise use where possible to avoid close contact in a crowded area for a prolonged time.
7. No capacity limits for spectators but good practice is encouraged.
8. Hospitality is permitted without restrictions.
9. NHS Test and Trace QR codes not required by law but encouraged.
10. Free NHS lateral flow testing is available to clubs and The FA encourage clubs to take this up.
11. No domestic travel restrictions. Participants should continue to follow Government advice on international travel for any fixtures/ tournaments.
This guidance document applies to all youth and adult football and futsal, including all formats of the game, both indoors and outdoors.
We would like to thank you once again for playing your part in helping to get our game going again. By observing Government guidance and the football-specific protocols, we can look forward to ensuring the transition back to enjoying football is as smooth and safe as possible.
Surrey FA financial support
On 27 April, we announced that for the second season in a row, all Surrey FA affiliated clubs are entitled to free affiliation and County Cup entry for the 2021-22 season. As well as this we are pleased to be able to offer all Surrey match official free referee registration for the upcoming season.
To find out how to get started on your club's affiliation, click here.
Further FA financial support for the game
Alongside our partners at The Football Foundation, we also recently announced two other new funds to provide further financial support to clubs over the longer term.
The £14 million Grass Pitch Maintenance Fund is providing six-year tapered grants to improve the quality of grass pitches, whilst the Small Grants fund is available to help clubs pay for essential equipment and machinery they need to start playing again.
Clubs can apply for up to £25k to refurbish their changing rooms, pay for grass pitch drainage, new goalposts, pitch maintenance equipment and portable floodlights.
Clubs and leagues can access our online support hub and podcasts which includes up to date information, guidance and signposts as well as other useful information relating to funding and support services.
Surrey FA 2020-21 County Cups Update
Following a period of detailed feasibility analysis and consultation with stakeholders including leagues local authorities and partners, Surrey FA and our Board have made the difficult decision to curtail all County Cup competitions for the 2020/21 season.
You can read the full statement here.
Getting the latest Government health advice
Read the latest information about the situation in the UK, along with guidance for what to do if you think you’re at risk.
Sport England Guidance
Sport England's comprehensive information page is a great starting point, with plenty of key information and helpful resources.
You can access their page here.
Please see legal guidance in the PDF below, which has been produced in partnership with Muckle LLP around the following topics;
- Membership Subscriptions
- Contractual Rights and Obligations in relation to Suppliers
- Overseas Tours
- Club Operations
- Facilities Hire
- Financial Assistance
- Directors’ Duties
- Data Protection
These topics have been selected as risks/concerns that our clubs and leagues may be facing now or in the future, during Covid-19.
As a reminder clubs who are FA Charter Standard, NLS clubs and grassroots leagues are eligible for 30 minutes free of advice, per matter. You can contact Muckle using the below details;
Leading providers of insurance are considering the effects of Coronavirus and to understand how the crisis may affect your policy, they should be contacted directly.
We have liaised with Sportsguard and Bluefin regarding their cover and refunds and they have advised the following:
Sportsguard's Personal Accident and Public Liability policies remain in force until 30 June 2020, so as long as you adhere to The FA guidance with regards to training and footballing activities, the policies will respond in accordance with policy terms and conditions.
For cover beyond 30 June 2020 you will need to go through the affiliation process with Surrey FA
An update on insurance cover:
Surrey FA affiliated clubs will remain covered by the Sportsguard insurance policy.
Our advice to all is follow the guidelines set by the FA and Government, to remain not only within the law but also within our affiliation terms. To break with this would be to break the terms of membership to Surrey FA and therefore invalidate both this and the insurance associated insurance cover.
Claim for your employee’s wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
Self-employed? Claim a grant through the coronavirus (COVID-19) Self-employment Income Support Scheme
The UK government has also announced that there will be a fifth and final grant covering May to September. You will be able to claim from late July if you are eligible for the fifth grant. The amount of the fifth grant will be determined by how much your turnover has been reduced in the year April 2020 to April 2021.
The fifth grant will be worth:
- 80% of 3 months’ average trading profits, capped at £7,500, for those with a turnover reduction of 30% or more
- 30% of 3 months’ average trading profits, capped at £2,850, for those with a turnover reduction of less than 30%
Further details will be provided on the fifth grant in due course.
We have collated a selection of resources below to support those managing and maintaining facilities during this period.
- Sport England building maintenance guidance.
- Sport England building maintenance checklist.
- Grounds Management Association guidance for natural turf maintenance.
- Sport and Play Construction Association guidance for artificial surface maintenance.
- The Health & Safety Executive's guidance for preventing the spread of Legionnaire's disease.
The Sport and Recreation Alliance have provided and updated a helpful summary of government business support measures here.
Grants online have produced a useful page of funding streams for those in the third sector affected by Coronavirus, broken down by area here.
Contacting Surrey FA
All Surrey FA staff are now working from home and will be available via email and direct dial as this will be forwarded to the relevant member of staff. Please use this method when calling all staff instead of going through the main office switchboard. You can also email all members of staff using the email addresses found alongside contact numbers on the Board & Staff page of our website.
Coronavirus and Mental Health
The Covid-19 pandemic is affecting all our lives. Many of us are struggling with how it's affecting ourselves and our loved ones. Those of us already living with mental health problems are facing extra challenges too.
Here you'll find reliable information and tips to help you cope during this time.
Can one-to-one coaching take place during the current lockdown measures?
Surrey FA can confirm that one-to-one coaching CAN continue between ADULTS, provided that all Government guidance is followed to ensure safe involvement for both participants.
Please note - one-to-one coaching CAN NOT be conducted by coaching with any players aged 18 and under.
Can I still have my FA DBS verified?
Under the current lockdown restrictions, no DBS check appointments will be made by the Surrey FA team. From Monday 29th March Surrey FA staff members will be able to conduct DBS checks once again. To make an appointment, please content Safeguarding@SurreyFA.com.
We also ask that new grassroots club DBS checks are not submitted where grassroots football activity remains suspended.
Does everyone whose DBS check is now 3 years old have to re-do their check?
No, all individuals whose DBS checks are due to expire between 1 March 2020 and 1 October 2020 will not be required to renew their DBS checks until 1 year after the scheduled date of expiry.
The FA currently requires DBS checks to be renewed every 3 years in accordance with industry standards and best practice. However, we have made an informed decision to extend that to 4 years, in these limited circumstances, brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, and the associated difficulties this therefore creates for carrying out the in-person requirements to check ID verification documents. It should be noted that all the individuals this extension relates to, already hold a DBS check which has been previously accepted by The FA.
For more information click here.
When will Coach Education courses resume?
All courses are postponed for the foreseeable future. When the current Government advice changes and we receive confirmation from FA Learning that courses can resume in full, with scope for new bookings, we will make an announcement.
For all the up to date information regarding Surrey FA and FA courses, head to our FAQs page here.
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On Friday 1st May, Surrey FA announced that affiliation fees will be waived for the 2020/21.
On Monday 1st June, Surrey FA opened the affiliation window for the 2020/21 season. To find out more on how to get started, click here.
When will my current insurance cover end?
You should check this with your insurance provider. However, if you are covered by Sportsguard, the Personal Accident and Public Liability policies remained in force until 30 June 2020, so as long as you adhere to The FA guidance with regards to training and footballing activities, the policies will respond in accordance with policy terms and conditions.
For insurance cover beyond 30 June 2020, clubs will need to go through the affiliation process with Surrey FA, whereby you shall be covered by Sportsguard’s the Personal Accident and Public Liability policies so long as all safety protocols have been followed, in line with The FA’s guidelines.