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Covid 19 Update 8th January 2021

As walking football is sadly not classed as Elite Sport it is suspended until further notice. issued the following advice:

National restrictions apply in England from 6 January. People should stay at home where possible and should only travel to work if they cannot work from home.

Find out about the new restrictions and what you can and cannot do.

You should minimise time spent outside your home, but you can only leave your home to exercise, and not for the purpose of recreation or leisure (e.g. a picnic or a social meeting). This should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area. Exercise includes but is not limited to running, cycling, walking, and swimming. Personal training can continue.

You can exercise in a public outdoor place:

  • by yourself

  • with the people you live with

  • with your support bubble (if you are legally permitted to form one)

  • in a childcare bubble where providing childcare

  • or, when on your own, with 1 person from another household

When around other people, stay 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household - meaning the people you live with - or your support bubble. Where this is not possible, stay 1 metre apart with extra precautions (like wearing a face covering).

Public outdoor places include:

  • parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, forests

  • public gardens (whether or not you pay to enter them)

  • the grounds of a heritage site

  • playgrounds

Indoor gyms, climbing walls, dance studios and sports facilities must close along with outdoor sports courts, outdoor gyms, golf courses, outdoor swimming pools, archery/ driving/shooting ranges and riding arenas.


Covid 19 Update 1st December 2020

The end of the current lockdown has seen England divided again into Tiers to cope with the crisis.

St Helens as part of Liverpool City Region has been designated as a Tier 2 High Risk area.

Restrictions cover a broad range of measures but outdoor sports and specifically those organised sports playing with guidance from a National Governing Body (WFA covers our game) can resume.

St Helens Beacon WFC plays using the guidance protocols from local government and WFA, therefore our sessions will recommence on Wednesday evening 2nd December 2020 at Sutton Leisure AstroTurf and on Monday morning 7th December at Ruskin Leisure AstroTurf facility

Co-Vid 19 Update to Guidelines (November 2020)

Following the Government’s recent announcement effective 5th November 2020. People were advised to avoid social contacts and gatherings where possible. All Walking Football in England is postponed for the foreseeable future.

Further guidance will be published as guidance is updated in due course. 

Return To Play Guidelines (September 2020)

The pandemic has caused pandemonium around the world and our sporting lives have been hit dramatically.

Whilst Walking Football has returned at outdoor venues, we are still awaiting news from the Government on indoor venues. Hence, there are many WF clubs who have yet to resume their sessions.

The current Government guidance also restricts sporting activity to a maximum of 30 individuals. We are still in extraordinary times, with infection rates now again rising and more restrictions imposed.

Having consulted with the Government (DCMS) and been asked to make appropriate modifications to recognise the vulnerable age groups in our sport, the WFA, as the National Governing Body for Walking Football, has decided to add the following restrictions to the existing approved published guidelines:

  1. No competitive matches to be played between clubs or organisations until 1st November 2020

  2. No tournaments of any kind to be played until 1st November 2020

  3. Recreational and training sessions can be played within the existing guidelines which currently limit the number of participants to 30.

These decisions have not been taken lightly, but we have a duty of care to provide sensible and cautious advice to limit any risks to our participants.
Adherence to these guidelines is strongly advised not only to ensure a safe play environment but also to avoid any potential claims for negligence against clubs or organisers.

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