The Football Association has issued some further clarification on what football is permissible in schools during the current lockdown period.
"The UK Government’s new national Covid-19 restrictions permit ‘school sport’ to continue as an exemption during this period and its Department for Education [DfE] has provided bespoke guidance to further outline their impact on education. As a result, The FA can confirm the following for school, further and higher education football activities during this period:
- All school and further education college football activities are required to follow The FA’s latest guidance on indoor and outdoor grassroots football;
- Where schools are offering extra-curricular football activities, such as pre and after-school clubs, they should only do so in a school setting during the school day where it is reasonably necessary to support parents to work, search for work, or undertake training or education, or where the provision is being used for the purposes of respite care;
- All schools and further education colleges can work with external coaches, clubs and organisations for their football activities where they are satisfied that it is safe to do so;
- All schools and further education colleges can also use external facilities for their football activities in line with the DfE’s guidance for the use of, and travel to and from, them;
- All football fixtures or competitions between different schools and further education colleges are to be suspended."