Coronavirus Update: Updated Risk Assessment and Method Statement

Sunday 2nd August 2020

Royal Wootton Bassett Town have published an updated version of its Covid-19 Risk Assessment and Method Statement (RAMS).

This updated document covers procedures for matches, as well as training sessions, at the Gerard Buxton Sports Ground. It is vital that these procedures are adhered to for the sake of all our members, their families and the wider local community. Football activities will continue to take place according to The FA and Government guidelines.

The RAMS document can be found here.

It is essential that all coaches, players and parents/guardians/carers take time to read this document. No coach or player must attend any training session or take part in a match unless they have read and understood the controls that are required. It is also necessary for coaches, players and parents/guardians/carers to have signed the RAMS form.

The RAMS document includes vital information, which outlines:

  • An assessment of risks related to maintaining social distancing, the site and buildings, equipment, health and wellbeing, and travelling, and the measures put in place to mitigate against these;
  • How training sessions and matches will take place safely in a way that reduces and minimises the risk of Covid-19 transmission;
  • What is expected of coaches;
  • What is expected of players;
  • What is expected of parents / guardians / carers;
  • Procedures that will be in place should a person become unwell with Covid-19 symptoms;
  • Maps outlining drop-off zones, collection zones, Covid-19 action zones and one-way routes that will be put in place at the Gerard Buxton Sports Ground
  • Control measures will be monitored and audited on a regular basis.

    Within the updated RAMS, notables changes include:

    Covid-19 Officer

    As per FA requirements, the club has appointed Nick Warren as Covid-19 Officer. He can be contacted by email at nick.warren@wbtfc.co.uk or mobile (07789 888300).

    Queries or questions should ideally be sent to Nick via email.

    Training

    All coaches will now be required to wear a mask or face covering during all training sessions.

    It remains the case that parents, guardians and carers are not permitted to watch training.

    Matchdays – all teams

    All managers, coaches and officials are expected to wear masks within the facility and during the game at all times. This applies to both RWBTFC and its opponents.

    We appreciate that this measure goes beyond FA requirements. However, the club feels that such a policy represents best practice at this time, and we appreciate visiting clubs' cooperation regarding this matter.

    A register of who is playing must be maintained by a team manager or coach to enable track and trace to take place, if necessary.

    Matchdays – Youth Section

    All players must arrive changed and ready to play (changing rooms will remain closed; they will only be available for use for safe-guarding issue or disability requirements).

    Parents, guardians and carers will be permitted to watch games – but they most not stand in groups of more than six people and retain social distancing at all times.

    Matchdays – Senior Section

    Use of the stadium changing rooms will be permitted – but with strict controls in place. Only six people will be allowed in at any one time, and showers can only be used by two people at the same time. Two changing rooms will also be provided to match officials which will allow social distancing to take place.

    When arriving, players need to move to the allocated home and away team safe zones identified on the map in the RAMS.

    No spectators are allowed to watch any game or training session, at the present time.

    During the game, dugouts may be used but social distancing must always be maintained. Substitutes must use the space behind the dugouts and space themselves at a safe distance.

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    If you feel anything has not been sufficiently covered and there is anything you are unsure about, please contact Covid-19 Officer Nick Warren by email.

    Last modified on Sunday 2nd August 2020 at 12:04.