NWGFL NewsThe latest news from the Norfolk Women & Girls' Football League
As we head into another weekend of grassroots football (weather dependent!!) across the County, we are very mindful of the continued impact the on-going Covid-19 pandemic and the effect it is having on all of us.
We are sure that all involved in our clubs & leagues, along with our referees, are all desperate to ensure that grassroots football continues and we genuinely believe that it can with the continued help, compliance and vigilance from every one that has a part to play in Norfolk Football.
Please ensure we continue to follow the guidance set out by The FA and Government, so that we give the game we love every chance of taking place in the safest environment possible and can be continued to be enjoyed in the many weeks & months ahead.
This week, The FA provided some updated FAQ’s, which includes further information regarding the new NHS Test & Trace QR Codes Posters, which have been mandated by Government to be in place at all venues across the country. There was also further information from Government this week that will have an impact for some of our affiliated clubs, such as the requirement for face masks to be worn inside areas such a clubhouses and table service to be in place across all licenced premises.
Also, following the update from the Prime Minister on Tuesday, we have made the decision to once again close our County Headquarters offices, so therefore all of our headquarters based staff will be solely working from home once again. Please be patient with us, particularly when calling the office number and if necessary when your call cannot be answered, please leave a voicemail and a staff member will return your call at the earliest possible moment.
As always, thank you again for all of the continued tireless efforts and support you’ve given to ensure that Norfolk Football can continue to take place.
On behalf of everyone at Norfolk FA, thank you to you and everyone at your Club for all your continued hard work in these most challenging of times.
The 2020 / 2021 season fixtures are now available to view on Fulltime.
GiveToLocal is delighted to announce an official partnership with the Norfolk Women’s &
Girls’ Football League.
With 13 divisions ranging from Under 12s through to senior women’s football, the NWGFL is
a league that is synonymous with grassroots football across the county of Norfolk.
The partnership comes at a welcome time, with grassroots and community sport currently
plotting its return to action in light of recent Government advice.
And Chairwoman Alison Moore believes that the partnership with GiveToLocal will allow
clubs across the NWGFL to build towards a brighter future.
“I’m delighted that we’ve been able to partner with GiveToLocal,” said Alison.
“The last five months have not been without their challenges for us as a league. All of a
sudden, we went from having more than 1,000 women and girls taking part in football to
none within the space of a few days.
“We run our leagues because we want to give girls the opportunity to play football and we
do it for the love of the game.
“So we’re delighted to be partnering with GiveToLocal because they share many of the
values that we do.
“GiveToLocal is something that can help our clubs build towards a brighter future.
“It will help our teams receive financial support at a really welcome time.”
Across the UK, COVID-19 has left its mark on community sport.
And while Alison is clear that the NWGFL will follow the latest Government guidelines
closely, she also admitted that she can’t wait for fixtures to resume
“I’m really excited for the league to return to action,” said Alison.
“You don’t realise how much playing a sport or being part of team can mean until you’re not
part of it anymore.
“I can’t wait to see our leagues fully back in the swing of things. Seeing our pitches full of
players returning will certainly bring a smile to my face!
“However, it’s still really important that we take precautions and follow the guidance set
out by the Government.
“We still have to be mindful of what’s going on across the country.”
The agreement between the two organisations will see GiveToLocal and NWGFL’s work
closely to promote the awareness and benefits of GiveToLocal across the county and
And GiveToLocal’s Director of Strategic Partnerships, Colin Stromsoy, is delighted by the
potential power of the league partnership.
“Supporting leagues like NWGFL is something GiveToLocal is keen to do and we have been
in regular contact with Alison and her colleagues for some time now,” said Colin.
“The league impacts positively on so many women and girls across the county. We feel a
formal partnership benefiting all 13 divisions is the best way to reach a broad range of
clubs and local communities.
“We have no doubt that the NWGFL will be up and running again sooner rather than later,
offering women and girls a safe and supportive environment in which to enjoy their football.
“Partnering with their league’s will allows us to support community sport where it is needed
most and it enables us to shine a light on a fantastic organisation.
“Everyone at GiveToLocal is excited to see how this partnership can make a lasting
difference to women’s football across Norfolk and, like Alison, we look forward to the
prospect of full pitches packed with players having fun.”
To register your interest in GiveToLocal, click on the link below:
To sign up to a GiveToLocal webinar, click on the link below:
The UK Government have approved The FA’s plan for the return of outdoor competitive grassroots football.As a result of this exciting and much anticipated development, the grassroots football community now has the opportunity to return to football and prepare for the start of the new season. Please note that football activity can only take place with necessary modifications in place to mitigate the transmission risk of COVID-19. The FA are strongly recommending a phased return to competitive football as follows:Until 31 July – When ready, you can begin competitive training, with the overall group size (inclusive of coaches) being limited to 30 people;From August – Competitive matches to begin, for example pre-season fixtures, festivals and small sided football competitions;From September – Grassroots leagues, men’s National League System, Women’s Football Pyramid tiers 3 to 6 and FA Competitions can commence.Clubs, players, coaches, match officials, league officials, volunteers, parents/carers, spectators and football facility providers should read the full guidelines which can be found on our website here – http://www.norfolkfa.com/home/news/2020/jul/17/%20fa-guidance-issued-for-return-of-outdoor-competitive-grassroots-footballPlease be reminded that Norfolk FA are still running with significantly reduced staffing numbers and will do their best to deal as quickly as they can with any queries you may have from Monday.I am sure, like us, you are delighted that the return of #NorfolkFootball is almost upon us but we would encourage you to ensure that you continue to follow all of the relevant guidance at all time
The Football Association
Updated Guidance on permitted grassroots football activity during COVID-19 –1 June 2020
The FA has today issued further guidance to all grassroots football and informal football activity outside the professional game following The Government’s relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions from 1 June 2020.
Consistent with Government advice, published on Monday 1 June, the following outdoor football activity is currently permitted:
- playing football individually e.g. practice of individual skills or fitness activities;
- playing football with your family or other people living in your household;
- football training or fitness activities in groups of no more than six, keeping two metres apart at all times. Sharing of equipment should be kept to a minimum and strong hand hygiene practices should be in place before and after. Physical contact with anyone outside of your household is not permitted, therefore, playing of any games (small-sided or full) is also not permitted at this time. Avoid meeting in groups of six in busy or overcrowded areas, if it is so busy that it is not possible to maintain social distancing at all times.
- Football coaches can now undertake small group sessions up to six people (including the coach) but are reminded to follow The FA safeguarding policy when coaching/working with children. This must include risk assessing the activities, gaining consent from parents/carers and ensuring you are in sight of another adult e.g. parent/carer or another coach and that the ratio of coach to different age-groups of children is appropriate – see download 5.5 . For clarity, the additional parent/carer or coach is not included as part of the group of six but must remain in sight of the activity.
- It is permissible for coaches to organise a training session that has two or more groups of six (including the coach) involved as long as the groups of six are kept separate, everyone is socially distancing, and strict hygiene measures are in place with any equipment.
- Football coaches working with people with impairments must ensure they can adequately cater for any additional needs whilst still avoiding physical contact and maintaining social distancing. Individuals should follow Government guidance relevant to their own impairment or health condition.
Please be reminded, if an individual is symptomatic, living in a household with a possible COVID-19 infection or if you are classified as extremely vulnerable on health grounds, the guidance is that you should remain at home.
The FA continues to work closely with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) and Sport England in order to provide good practice guidance for those responsible for delivering different aspects of grassroots football and we will share further information as soon as possible.
Following on from the announcement made by The FA, the season 2019-20 has now ended. As a league committee, we have and will continue to discuss over the coming days our solution and end of season plans.
The league, as have all leagues been given the choice of nulling the season, or by using a points per game scenario. We will evaluate the options and decide what is suitable. Once confirmed, we will submit our decision to Norfolk FA, once ratified we will inform our member clubs.
NWGFL Cup and Plate competitions will be decided at a later date.
We will make no further updates until this time. Thank you all for your patience at this time, and stay safe.