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Impact of the latest lockdown restrictions on grass roots sport

Following the Government’s announcement that grassroots sport can resume from 29th March, The FA granted permission for the 2020/21 season to be extended to 30th June to allow clubs “the flexibility to complete their fixtures”. In the interim period we have been in meetings with the London based County FA’s to discuss how the various leagues and cup competitions could be adapted to fit this time frame. Once we have this information, LPFF will produce a ground by ground plan indicating how many grass pitches will be available, how long they will be available and how our clubs can book them.

Ground users will appreciate some of our grounds have multiple cricket squares and, with the cricket season starting on 24th April, we will have to be flexible in the kick-off times offered to our football clubs. On those sites where we have 3G pitches the pressure on pitches will naturally be reduced.

The other matter that we will have to consider is the football pitch renovation works which normally take place in April/May in order to ensure that your playing surfaces have time to recover for the following season. Once again we will have to demonstrate some flexibility but we will keep football clubs updated on this.

We recognise that the last four months have been really challenging for our clubs but we are determined to help them to bounce back stronger than ever. We will contact clubs again in the coming weeks when we know more about what the leagues are doing and when we have the latest advice from The FA on Covid-19 protocols, including guidelines for the use of changing and social facilities.

Until then, we can confirm that all organised sport, which includes team training and matches on LPFF facilities, is suspended. Our grounds remain open during weekday working hours for local people to undertake socially distanced exercise such as walking, jogging and running. For the avoidance of doubt any informal training and matches are strictly forbidden.

To view the full FA statement please visit their website.