Coronavirus Update: Updated Risk Assessment and Method Statement

Wednesday 9th December 2020

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

The updated document covers procedures in response to the lifting of lockdown restrictions and Wiltshire's status as a Tier 2 region.

It is vital that these procedures are adhered to for the sake of all our members, opposing teams, 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, parents/guardians/carers and supporters 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, including:

  • A copy of the QR code that can be used with the NHS Covid 19 contact tracing app;
  • 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;
  • What is expected of spectators attending games;
  • Rules governing the use of the stadium pitch changing rooms
  • 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;
  • 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, notable changes include:

    Rules regarding where teams can meet

    Teams are strictly NOT allowed to meet in the Gerard Buxton Sports Ground clubhouse prior to games. Players and officials should instead wait outside or in the transport they have used to travel to the ground until access to the changing rooms and pitch area is open.

    Players and officials of teams using the stadium pitch are reminded that, while use of the stadium changing rooms is allowed, this is only permitted in accordance with the strict controls in place. Face masks must be worn by all and only two people can use the shower at the same time. This applies to both home and away teams as well as match officials.

    Rules regarding travel between tiers for adult teams

    As players and essential club staff of teams playing at steps 3-6 of the National League System (NLS) are permitted to travel into and out of Tier 3 areas, this applies to those involved with Royal Wootton Bassett Town's Hellenic League Premier Division side.

    NHS Track and Trace QR Code reminder

    Any visitors to the Gerard Buxton Sports Ground are reminded that they are required to complete Track and Trace. This can be done via the NHS Covid Contact Tracing App by scanning the QR code below.

    Those who are unable to register their attendance using the NHS App must do so by providing contact details upon their entry to the ground. Details will be stored for 21 days before being destroyed. Those refusing to provide details will be refused entry.

    The Football Club and Sports Association are independent, so those attending may need to register twice.

    NHS Covid-19 Test and Trace QR Code


    If you feel anything has not been sufficiently covered within the updated RAMS, and if there is anything you are unsure about, please contact Covid-19 Officer Paul Gerrish by email.

    Last modified on Wednesday 9th December 2020 at 17:51.