JUNIOR FOOTBALL IS BACK

A statement from the FA (Monday 1st December 2020)

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport [DCMS] has this evening issued updated guidelines on the return to recreational team sport which permits the return of ‘non-elite’ football in England from Wednesday 2 December, and includes all fixtures and training for:-

• Steps 3-6 of the National League System [NLS];
• Tiers 3-6 of the Women’s Football Pyramid [WFP];
• Regional NLS Feeder Leagues;
• Barclays FA WSL Academy League;
• FA Girls Regional Talent Clubs;
• Outdoor youth and adult grassroots football.

Organised outdoor football activity is permitted at these levels across all three tiers from Wednesday 2 December but it is extremely important that clubs, players, coaches, match officials, league officials, volunteers, parents, carers, and facility providers continue to strictly follow both the UK Government's latest guidance on COVID-19 and respective bespoke guidance documents from The FA.

Organised indoor football and Futsal is permitted in Tier 1 areas if the rule of six is followed and in Tier 2 areas if the rule of six is followed and it is possible for people to avoid mixing with others that they do not live or share a support bubble with. Indoor football is not permitted in Tier 3 areas.

In all three tiers there are exceptions for indoor disability football, sport for educational purposes and supervised sport and physical activity for U18s, which can take place with larger groups mixing.

Training for teams in Tier 3 must have minimal contact.

Travel

Adults can travel to play grassroots football in between Tier 1 and Tier 2. However, adults cannot travel in and out of Tier 3 to play grassroots football. There are exemptions for travel in and out of Tier 3 for U18s, disability teams, volunteers, elite players and for those travelling for work.

Players and essential club staff at steps 3-6 of the NLS, tiers 3-6 of the Women’s Football Pyramid, the Barclays FA WSL Academy and Regional Talent Clubs can travel into and out of tier 3 areas.

Spectators

Clubs at Steps 3-6 of the NLS and Tiers 3-6 of the WFP remain permitted to accommodate a phased and limited return of spectators in Tier 1 and 2 areas if they follow the UK Governments’ latest guidance on COVID-19 and The FA’s guidelines for the NLS or WFP. There are no spectators permitted in Tier 3, as set out in Government guidance.

Regional NLS Feeder Leagues, Tier 7 of the WFP and outdoor grassroots football also remain permitted to accommodate socially-distanced spectators but must follow the rule of six and Government guidance on restrictions in certain tiers.

Hospitality

Clubhouses can operate in Tier 1 but must do so by table service (ordered and consumed at the table) only and observing the rule of six. In Tier 2, Clubhouses must close unless they operate as if they were a restaurant. This means serving substantial meals, like a main lunchtime or evening meal. They may only serve alcohol as part of such a meal and all food and drink to be ordered and consumed at the table. Tables can only be same household and takeaway must be eaten or drunk off the club premises. Under UK Government guidelines, bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants in Tier 3 areas must be closed except to sell by takeaway or click-and-collect.

 

All clubs are required to have a designated COVID-19 officer; complete and publish bespoke risk assessments and action plans; and continue to support Test and Trace efforts.

We implore everyone to strictly follow the UK Government’s national COVID-19 restrictions. Any incidents of non-compliance will be reported to the local County Football Association. 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.

New players wanted for Under 8s team

Our Under 8s team is looking for boys and girls in school year 3 who are interested in joining us. We play in the Harrogate & Wharfedale Junior Friendly League and train on Saturday mornings at 10am. Please contact Steve Sherman on 07939 534516 or Dan Jones on 07958 006567 for more details.

Coaches are FA trained and DBS checked. We are a FA Charter Standard Club.

Revised rules for Grange Park clubhouse users

In order to control and limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus Government measures for meeting in public places were revised on September 24th 2020. Consequently the rules for users of the Grange Park clubhouse have been revised and take effect immediately. The main changes for clubhouse users are:

- If you have downloaded the NHS Covid 19 app the QR code can be scanned at the clubhouse entrances.
- For those without the NHS Covid 19 app the existing VenueTrace system remains in place with a QR Code.
- One member of each group (of up to 6) must provide details if wishing to eat/drink inside.
- Anyone declining to provide their details and wanting to eat/drink at a table will be refused access (unless just using toilets).
- A face covering must be worn throughout the building UNLESS seated at a table to eat/drink. If leaving the table for any reason, e.g visiting the toilet, a face covering must be worn.
- If the bar is open then this is table service ONLY - no queuing, no standing at the bar. The table service will be provided by bar manager/volunteers.
- Catering will be provided 'take-away' from the terrace hatch. If you want to eat your food in the clubhouse you can only do so if there is a table free.

Stay safe, stay healthy, and thank you for your support.

U16s Girls: from Kirk Deighton to Harrogate

Kirk Deighton Rangers JFC have been huge supporters of developing girls football in the local area and for the 2020-21 season have agreed to work with Harrogate Town and host Harrogate Town's first ever girls grassroots team at Grange Park. Many of last season's KDR U15s team have moved to the Harrogate Town U16s squad to be part of the Harrogate Town female football development pathway, with the aim to progress to the Ladies development and first team squad.

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New players wanted for Under 9s

Our Under 9s team are looking for boys and girls in school year 4 who are interested in joining our team. We play in the Harrogate & Wharfedale Friendly League and train on Saturday mornings at 11am.  Please contact James Arthur on 07805 261070 for more details.

All of our coaches are FA trained and DBS checked. We are a FA Charter Standard Club.

Papa John's Pizza Ad filmed at Grange Park 

Eagle eyed TV viewers may have noticed something familiar about the new Papa John's Pizza commercial. The ad was filmed at Grange Park in the autumn of 2019. If you look closely you may spot some of our players in the background.