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COVID-19 RESOURCES AND GUIDANCE
Please be aware that localised restrictions may be introduced at short notice. Where an area or region is subject to localised restrictions, guidance in this information hub may not apply. Please regularly check for any local restrictions in England, Scotland and Wales that may impact on your ability to hold practices or host or travel for friendly non-contact games with other nearby teams, where applicable.
 
Return to play roadmap infographic (3 November)
Return to play FAQ - (21 September)

Tools and resources - England
Clubs should use the post-code checker to confirm which tier their club activity will take place in, and then make sure activity is currently permitted at that level. This should be considered at all times as part of risk assessment and activity planning. Particular notice must be taken of travel restrictions in place for tier 3 and what this may mean for members who live outside of the local authority region in which the club operates and who may be in a higher or lower tier.

BAFA return to play - stage 4 community club guidance England (1 Dec)
Example risk assessment template
Example Covid-19 health screening questionnaire template
Example EAP plan
ReActivate - returning to sport and physical activity with confidence

Tools and resources - Scotland
Please note, Scotland's new protection levels are now in force. Team must be based within a level 2 area or lower for adult American football activity to be permitted. Activity for U18s is permitted across all levels except level 4.  Please use the post-code checker here to confirm which level your team is in.

BAFA return to play - stage 3 Scotland  protection levels activity guide
BAFA return to play - stage 3 community club guidance Scotland (4 Sep) 
Interim phase 3 guidance for Scotland - under 18s
Example risk assessment template - Scotland Phase 3
Example Covid-19 health screening questionnaire template - Scotland Phase 3
sportscotland Covid-19 officer e-learning module
sportscotland Covid-19 officer role profile

Tools and resources - Wales
All American football activity in Wales is currently at Stage 4 of BAFA's Return to Play guidance

BAFA return to play - stage 4 community club guidance Wales (1 Dec)
Example risk assessment template - Wales Stage 3
Example Covid-19 health screening questionnaire template - Wales Stage 3
Covid-19 awareness course for the sport and recreation sector

Covid-19 update messages from BAFA
New restrictions on adult American football activity in Scotland from Friday 9 October (7 Oct)
BAFA return to play moves to stage 4 from 3 Oct (England and Wales only) (2 Oct)
BAFA Covid-19 return to play – update and stage 4 (22 September)
Return to play guidance now available for Wales (8 September)
Return to play guidance approved for adults by sportscotland (4 September)
Return to play guidance approved by DCMS for England (4 September)
Interim return to play guidance for children in Scotland approved (21 August)
BAFA update on return to play submission (16 August)
BAFA update on season suspension and return to play (5 August)
BAFA update on season suspension and Youth & Cadet Flag season (29 July)
Update on return to play guidance for Scotland and Wales (11 July)
BAFA update on season suspension (10 July)
BAFA update on season suspension (3 July)
BAFA update on adult flag football (23 June)
Guidance on outdoor training - Q&A (7 June)
BAFA update on season suspension and outdoor training (4 June)
BAFA update on 2020 season and COVID-19 (28 May)
BAFA update on 2020 season and COVID-19 (12 May)
BAFA update on COVID-19 (9 April)
BAFA update on COVID-19 (25 March)
BAFA update from Chief Executive Pete Ackerley on COVID-19 (19 March)
Q&A on coronavirus (COVID-19) and suspension of American football activity (14 March)
BAFA statement from Chief Executive Pete Ackerley on COVID-19 (13 March)
BAFA update on COVID-19 advice (12 March)

Useful links
Club Matters Covid-19 resources
UK Coaching
USA Football - return to youth football Covid-19 resources
Sport England - Covid-19 resources
SportScotland - Covid-19 resources
NSPCC - Covid-19 resources for supporting children

Useful links - Scotland
Children 1st (Scotland) - child wellbeing and protection considerations
Scottish government Coronavirus in Scotland website
sportscotland getting your facilities fit for sport guidelines
sportscotland Covid-19 officer role summary
sportscotland risk assessment template




General coaching resources

The British American Football Coaches Association
(BAFCA) works to build and maintain the highest possible standards of coaching American football in the United Kingdom. For the information on becoming a coach, and for the latest guidance on coach education, including qualifactions, visit www.bafca.co.uk

USA Football is football's National Giverning Body in the US and sets the global standard in research and development for the grassroots game. Their website, USAFootball.com contains a wealth of information designed to inform and educate aspiring coaches and players. Key information includes:

- Heads up football
- Heads up tackling
- Concussion Education
- Heat and Hydration

There is also an extensive video library and excellent guest blogs.

Check out USA Football at www.usafootball.com

UK Coaching
is the lead agency for coach development across the United Kingdom. Working across sports, UK Coaching supports a breadth of organisations recruit, retain and develop coaches to ensure that all participants have the best possible experience and opportunities from their involvement in sport.

Their website hosts a range of resources to support people in their development and they organise a huge number of workshops around the country which address topics such as:

  • Safeguarding and Protecting Children
  • An Introduction to Fundamentals of Movement
  • A Guide to Mentoring in Sport
  • How to Deliver Engaging Sessions for Children

Take a look at their Resource Bank and Workshop programme at www.ukcoaching.org

 

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