Keeping Connected - Week Sixteen

7 Jul by Trevor Ridley

Well the FA finally updated their guidance following the governments relaxation two weeks ago and basically there has been no change that effects how our training sessions are run. The following are still in place:

i) ALL sessions must be split into groups of six
ii) Each group of six MUST be separate from all other groups at ALL times
iii) Each group will have ONE coach (five players + a coach)
iv) Two metres social distancing must be adhered to at ALL times
v) NO playing of matches or small sided games

Given that there is no change to the FA guidance the Club will be keeping to our current Rules and Restrictions – click on the paperclip to see the full list. I have been asked why we have to be so strict on our implementation. The main reasons are that the Club does not want to be responsible for anyone contracting Covid-19, if anyone did contract Covid-19 then it is highly probable the we would have to cease some or all training sessions. Also, if we don’t keep to the FA guidelines then our Club insurance would be invalidated and our FA affiliation could be called into question.

On a brighter note I have heard that if the current reduction in coronavirus cases continues the current trend then a more positive announcement may be made by the government and the FA around the 17th July. Fingers crossed!!

Later today the committee will be meeting to discuss the Club’s future training arrangements, various tours which may happen later this year but certainly next year as well as various other matters. A brief report and the meeting minutes will be published later this week.

There are two birthdays to celebrate this week: Alison Kay and Keith Solly – a Very Happy Birthday to you both.

Graham Manicom again filled the Quiz Master’s chair and tasked the competitors with questions that tested their knowledge of the London Underground, the Eighties, Who Sang That First, Sport and TV Series. It was a lot closer this week but the raining champions, Team Conligans, were not to be dislodged with 48 points, Team Weston ran them close in second with 40 points while John and Caroline came 3rd with 38 points.

Zoom meet-ups are still happening every Friday between 11am and 12 noon. To sign up just pop over to the Zoom Meet-Up Event in the App and RSVP.

It seems as if we have been waiting forever and having some restrictions lifted just seems to make the waiting hard which led to the following reflections.

“Patience is not simply the ability to wait – it’s how we behave while we’re waiting.” – Joyce Meyer


“Reject your sense of injury and the injury itself disappears.” – Marcus Aurelius

Take care, be safe and see you soon.
Trevor Ridley
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