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WFC Closed - Lockdown Latest 06/01/2021

WFC Closed Until Further Notice

Following the Government’s national lockdown announcement to counter the steep rise in Covid-19 infections, all community football and Steps 3-6 of the National League System in England are suspended until further notice. As a result, the playing facilities at Church Road will remain closed for any use by Whyteleafe FC players or teams until further notice.

All Youth Football in Surrey Suspended

Following consultation between Surrey FA and the youth leagues within Surrey on Monday 4th January, it has been agreed that all league fixtures will be suspended for a minimum of three-weeks, up to and including 24 January. Youth leagues affected are listed below:

  • Surrey Youth League
  • Surrey Primary League
  • Epsom & Ewell Youth Football League
  • South Surrey Youth Football League
  • Surrey County Women’s & Girls Football League

We have recently seen a significant rise in the number of Coronavirus cases in Surrey, with 1,139 new cases recorded within the County in the last 24 hours. Ahead of the Government’s announcement on 4th January regarding new COVID-19 restrictions in England, we have decided that prompt action should be taken.

This was a difficult decision and one which we had hoped we would not have to make. However, the safety of players, volunteers and the wider community must be our main priority. Surrey FA have formally supported this decision.

This three-week break has been introduced with immediate effect. Within this period, we urge our clubs to withhold from carrying out training sessions or organising friendly fixtures, as we seek to limit the spread of this deadly virus.

We shall continually review this decision in collaboration with the Surrey youth leagues. Any further information will be circulated in due course.

Following the latest restrictions imposed by the government in relation to the coronavirus pandemic, the FA released the statement below. No date has been given for a possible restart of the National League System (Isthmian League).

An update for ‘non-elite’ football in England following latest COVID-19 restrictions

As a result, the impact on ‘non elite’ football in England will include the suspension of fixtures and training across the following, with immediate effect:

• Steps three to six of the National League System (NLS)

• Tiers three to seven of the Women’s Football Pyramid

• Regional NLS feeder leagues

• Barclays FA WSL Academy League (unless under elite status)

• FA Girls Regional Talent Clubs (unless under elite status)

• All indoor and outdoor youth and adult grassroots football, including under 18s (except organised outdoor football for disabled people which is allowed to continue)

• Vitality Women’s FA Cup (which is currently classified as ‘non-elite’ at this stage in the competition)

It is extremely important that clubs, players, coaches, match officials, league officials, volunteers, parents, carers and facility providers adhere to the UK Government’s new national COVID-19 lockdown restrictions and we implore everyone to follow these.

Dialogue will continue with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, leagues, competitions and County FAs and we will provide further updates for the 2020/21 Vitality Women’s FA Cup, Buildbase FA Vase and ‘non-elite’ football when relevant.

We would like to thank the football community once again for its hard work, resilience and understanding during such an incredibly challenging period for both the game and wider society.

So what exercise can you do?

People can only leave their home to exercise, and not for the purpose of recreation or leisure.

You can continue to exercise alone, with one other person from outside your household, or with your household or support bubble.

This should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area. 

You should maintain social distancing while exercising.

Organised outdoor sport for disabled people is allowed to continue.

You can exercise in a public outdoor place including:

● 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

While this is not the way we hoped to start 2021, we all need to play our part and strictly adhere to Government guidance over the next few weeks. This will help to protect our communities and to enable the vaccine to be as effective as possible, so we can all begin to return to a more normal way of life in the coming months.

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