Follow FA and League Advice
Sussex FA, and the two leagues in which we play - South Surrey Youth Football League and Arun & Chichester Youth Football League - have all issued updated guidance today, March 13th. All bodies have said that league fixtures should continue as normal, and that they will regularly review the situation.
We (LYFC) will follow this guidance and continue to honour fixtures as scheduled.
Training can also go ahead and will be at the discretion of individual coaches.
The advice (not mandate) from the FA and leagues is that it is good practice to avoid handshakes before and after matches. First bumps, elbow nudges and emphasis on "three cheers" should be used in preference to handshakes to recognise our opponents and good sportsmanship.
We (LYFC) will request that we avoid handshakes at matches. It will be preferable for coaches to establish this with opposition teams before the fixture so there's no risk a handshake is "snubbed" inadvertently.
Be Comfortable and Exercise Choice
Of course the decision for all of us to participate (or not) in any activity is up to us as individuals and all of the LYFC committee and coaches will respect any personal decision to opt out of training or matches. We only ask that you let your age group coach know if you decide not to attend a session.
As and when guidance changes, we will provide updates aligned to these key principles. We're in relatively uncharted waters right now and I'm sure we're all keeping a close eye on the news!
Good luck to all teams in action this weekend!