COVID 19 UPDATE
JANUARY 16TH 2021
Crediton Youth Football Club hopes that all players, coaches, parents and family are well during these again unprecedented times we are going through. With the start of vaccinations in Crediton over this past weekend, this is hopefully the light at the end of the tunnel we are all hoping for.
Crediton Youth Football Club is again unfortunately in a state of football activity lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, though we can now see the light at the end of the tunnel regarding restarting some basic football activities in the near future.
The past 12 months have been a massive challenge to normal life for all of us, let alone a youth football club such as ours.
Before the relaxation of first lockdown, Crediton Youth officers worked extremely hard to ensure that when the go ahead was given we were ready to return, most importantly in a Covid safe environment, for players, coaches and spectators.
This we managed to do at the end of July 2020, a month ahead of our normal season and continued with the leagues restarting in September.
Due to rising Covid cases nationally the decision was made to suspend grassroots football during November, from which we returned to playing football in December again. We entered the normal Xmas break with the anticipated return planned for the start of January.
There was lots of uncertainty and lack of direction from The Devon FA and Exeter Youth Leagues when the increased tier restrictions were put in Xmas and New Year. This resulted in Crediton Youth making the decision, along with many other Youth Clubs to suspend our football activities until we deemed it safe to return, a decision will be based mainly on children returning to school. This decision was not taken lightly as we are aware of the positive physiological impact that football has on the players, but community safety is our priority.
Last season we reduced subscription to ‘zero’ based on that we didn’t expect the season to restart again, which unfortunately turned out to be the case. For the 2020/21 season we started football activities a month earlier than subscription fees were requested. This season we are not intending on amending the payments as we are planning to extend the season to ensure that we are in a position to complete the season, with the season expected to go into June if not further. Subscription covers the 12-month membership and football related expenses that the club has to cover, as expenses such as insurances, league affiliations, player registrations and pitch maintenance etc. still need to be covered. We are still planning and hoping on the same amount of football being play across maybe 12 months, with the same membership payment cost and schedule in place.
We understand that families may be going through hardship at the current point in time and request that anyone who is thinking about cancelling their membership contact the coach of your child to speak to them first. If a membership is cancelled this will mean a child will not be able to return to Crediton Youth activities until the membership process is completed again, as the child will no longer be insured with Crediton Youth, and the risk assessments and associated sign offs carried out during the membership signing on process need to be completed again.
Please bear with us, as your support is massively important and vital for your child’s club to come through this and out the other side. The club has lost the 2020 6 a-side tournament which is the big annual fund raiser for the club, as well as various smaller fund raising events which all add to the club’s ability to provide a fantastic experience for your child to play, have fun and enjoy themselves in a safe environment.
Once we are able to return to social fund raising events we would appreciate any support parents can give to enable events etc. to take place.
We look forward to seeing you all back at the club as soon as we can get back to playing football again, something we all crave for, but safety is our number one priority. We as a club are again working hard in the background to make sure the procedures, set up and pitches are safe and ready for our return, but please take heart from the fact that we will be ready to return as soon as we can.
We will keep you informed as the situation develops.
Many thanks for your ongoing and valued support, and stay safe.
Crediton Youth Football Club Committee.