COVID-19 Update

The FA have suspended all non elite football activities from 05-November-2020 until 02-December-2020.

Football activities are expected to resume again from 02-December-2020 in line with the COVID-19 safety measures detailed in the information below.

What is the current guidance and advice from the FA and the Government?

The FA released their latest guidance on the return to competitive training and matches this weekend. We have digested this information and have commenced the necessary work to implement these latest measures. The safety and wellbeing of our members is of upmost importance to us therefore we have created this page to update them on the latest situation from the club.

The latest FA's guidelines and rules can be found by accessing the following link:

In this latest guidance, the UK Government and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) have sanctioned the return of competitive (contact) training and matches. The FA recommend the phased approach and the club will be following this:

  1. Until 31st July 2020, competitive training can commence with up to 30 people providing the necessary risk assessments, plans and briefings to coaches are in place.

  2. From 1st August 2020, competitive matches in the form of pre-season friendlies and small-sided football competitions can commence in line with the club risk assessments, plans and FA rules/guidance.

  3. From 1st September 2020, league matches can commence in line with the club risk assessments, plans and FA rules/guidance.

The club will keep updated with the latest FA guidance/rules throughout this period to ensure compliance.

What will the club be doing?

The club were required to put together a comprehensive plan, risk assessment and implement the necessary safety measures required to allow the resumption of competitive training and matches.

So far, we have:

  • Digested the information provided by the FA to understand the measures we need to put in place to ensure the safe resumption of competitive training and matches.

  • Updated our risk assessments, plans and guidance in alignment with the FA guidance/rules.

  • Assigned a COVID-19 Safety Officer who is responsible for the implementation and compliance of COVID-19 safety measures.

  • Purchased Hand Sanitiser, Disinfectant Spray, Paper Towels, Emergency Aid Face Masks and Gloves for all our teams including excess stock to allow for replenishment.

  • Implemented a system to enable NHS Track and Trace for all training sessions and matches.

  • Hosting briefings with all our coaches to educate them on the safety requirements and expectations to ensure compliance.

Who is the Club COVID-19 Safety Officer?

The designated Club COVID-19 Safety Officer is:

  • Calum Newman - - 07546 241012.

You should contact Calum if you have any questions or concerns regarding COVID-19 safety measures.

Please note that for any welfare concerns, you should contact the Club Welfare Officer:

  • Sallie Lavis - 07443 417693 -

Our Risk Assessments and Plans

Insurance Documents and Policies

Affiliation Numbers:

  • Abbeymead Rovers (Youth): W-GLO3975

  • Abbeymead Rovers (Mens/Walking Football/Community): W-GLO3973

  • Abbeymead Rovers (Ladies): W-GLO3974

Club Liability Insurance

The club purchase Club Liability Insurance up to £10 million during affiliation each year. This is provided by Bluefin Sport and known as CountyCoverPlus. The policy can be accessed using the link below:

Personal Accident Insurance

The club purchase Personal Accident Insurance from Bluefin Sport each year. This covers players in the event of an accident or injury whilst participating in activities provided by the club. The policy can be accessed using the link below:

Please note that this insurance is not the same as Income Protection Insurance. Players or members concerned about loss of income as a result of an injury (in particular the self employed) are encouraged to take out their own Income Protection Insurance. Nevertheless, the club continue to contribute to the Gloucestershire FA and League Benevolent funds which players have access to in a time of need.

Information Commisioner's Office (ICO) Registration

The club are registered to the ICO who are regulator for data protection and GDPR compliance.

Quick links to forms:

Who to contact if you have a concern?