Covid-19 Risk Assessment

Covid-19 Risk Assessment


  • Please arrive at the ground in match kit unless advised by the home team manager regarding the use of changing rooms.
  • EVERYONE should enter the ground by the turnstile gate (Gate A). As advised on the accompanying map.
  • Hands MUST be sanitised on entering and exiting the ground.
  • Any person aged 16 years or above, MUST use the NHS App at the turnstile gates to check in on arrival. Anyone who does not have the App can use the Green Check In QR code posters instead.
  • Opposition Managers should keep a record of their players for future reference (Youth teams only).
  • The ground has a one-way system, please use as advised.
  • Toilets are located in changing room 3 by the main stand.
  • The Exit is via Gate B by the clubhouse.
  • should remain socially distanced whilst attending games and will be restricted to 1 parent/carer per player, in accordance with FA guidelines.
  • Follow the Covid 19 advice given by Newmarket Town FC. This will be by means of Verbal instruction and/or Signage.

3G Pitch Rules

  • Coaches, Players and Linesman, MUST wear Astro Trainers or Moulded Stud Boots (No other footwear is permitted).
  • No fold up benches are allowed on the pitch.

Your co-operation is much appreciated – Stay safe.



It will be a requirement of every Football Club Manager to ensure the contents of this safe systems of work has been communicated to everyone who attends our Football Club

All staff members of the Football Club shall be required to sign the attached acceptance sheet there are no exceptions.


  1. Self-Isolation
  2. Procedure if Someone Falls Ill
  3. Travel to Football Club
  4. Football Club Access Points and Pedestrian Routes
  5. Hand Washing.
  6. Toilet Facilities
  7. Catering (food & drink) Facilities
  8. Avoiding Close Contact between staff and Club Users
  9. Cleaning
  10. Spectators


Newmarket Town Football Club recognise that operating during the Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic requires us to ensure we are protecting our staff and minimising the risk of spread of infection.

This safe system of work is intended to introduce consistent measures in The Football Clubs in line with the Government’s current recommendations on social distancing.

These are exceptional circumstances and Newmarket Town Football Club and our staff recognise that we must always comply with the latest Government advice on Coronavirus.

The health and safety requirements the Football Clubs activities must also not be compromised at this time. If an activity cannot be undertaken safely due to a lack of suitably qualified personnel being available or social distancing being implemented, it should not take place.

Newmarket Town Football Club are aware that emergency services are also under great pressure and may not be in a position to respond as quickly as usual.

Newmarket Town Football Club Football Club management will remind all Football Club staff at every opportunity of these Safe Systems of Work which are aimed at protecting them, their colleagues, their families and anyone else attending the Football Club.


Newmarket Town Football Club Management will monitor the Football Club environment and If it is not consistently implementing the measures set out below, it may be required to shut down.

  1. Self-Isolation / Self Assessment

Anyone who meets one of the following criteria should not come to the Football Club:

·  Has a high temperature or a new persistent cough, or has experiences loss of taste or smell – follow the guidance on self-isolation

·  Is a vulnerable person (by virtue of their age, underlying health condition, clinical condition or are pregnant.

·  Is living with someone in self-isolation or a vulnerable person.

·  In line with current Government and the FA’s updated Guidance on Grassroots Football Guidelines (version 1.5 – published 1 December 2020).  All team managers will be required to complete form SA­­_1 (Self Assessment for Covid-19 symptoms) before any training sessions begin.  This is to ensure all parties attending are symptom free.

  • Procedure if Someone Falls ill

If a member of staff develops a high temperature or a new persistent cough, or has experiences loss of taste or smell whilst at the Football Club, they should:

·  Return home immediately

·  Avoid touching anything

·  Cough or sneeze into a tissue and put it in a bin, or if they do not have tissues, cough and sneeze into the crook of their elbow.

They must then follow the guidance on self-isolation and not return to until their period of self-isolation has been completed.

  • Travel to The Football Club

Wherever possible staff should travel to the Football Club alone using their own transport. Where possible youth/junior members should travel to the Football Club with one parent/carer, using their own transport and need to consider: 

  • Other means of transport to avoid public transport e.g. cycling
  • Providing hand cleaning facilities at entrances and exits. This should be soap and water wherever possible or hand sanitiser if water is not available
  • How someone taken ill would get home.
  • Football Club Access Points and Pedestrian Routes

Newmarket Town Football Club Management will

·  Stop all non-essential visitors

·  If required Introduce staggered start and finish training times to reduce congestion and contact at all times

·  Monitor Football Club access points to enable social distancing Newmarket Town Football Club may need to change the number of access points, either increase to reduce congestion or decrease to enable monitoring

·  Require all Football Club staff to wash or clean their hands before entering or leaving the Football Club

·  Allow plenty of space one metre plus between people waiting to enter the Football Club

·  Regularly clean common contact surfaces in reception, Football Club, access control and delivery areas e.g., screens, telephone handsets, desks, particularly during peak flow times 

·  Request delivery and other drivers to remain in their vehicles if the load will allow it and request that they wash or clean their hands before unloading goods and materials.

·  Designate pedestrian routes in order to reduce the need for customers and staff to pass each other. This will be in the form of one-way routes i.e. one way in one way out.

  • Hand Washing

Newmarket Town Football Club Management will

·  Provide additional hand washing facilities to the usual welfare facilities

·  Ensure soap and fresh water is readily available and kept topped up at all times

·  Provide hand sanitiser where hand washing facilities are unavailable

·  Regularly clean the hand washing facilities and check soap and sanitiser levels

·  Provide suitable and sufficient rubbish bins for hand towels with regular removal and disposal.

  • Toilet Facilities

Newmarket Town Football Club Management will

·  Implement a one-way entry and exit system for the toilet in the main club house

·  Restrict the number of people using toilet facilities at any one time.

·  Wash hands before and after using the facilities

·  Enhance the cleaning regimes for toilet facilities particularly door handles, locks and the toilet flush

·  Provide suitable and sufficient rubbish bins for hand towels with regular removal and disposal.

  • Catering (food and drink) Facilities

Newmarket Town Football Club Management will

·  Ensure all areas used to prepare food/drink will be thoroughly cleaned before food preparation commences and again at the end of the day.

·  Ensure that the serving hatch/kiosk/bar is thoroughly cleaned on a regular basis.

·  Ensure Hand cleaning facilities or hand sanitiser are available at the hatch/kiosk/bar.

·  Ensure that a clear Perspex screen is fitted between the customer and the kitchen/bar staff.

· Implement a one-way queuing system for the purchase of food/drink at the kiosk/bar, which will incorporate social distancing measures.

·  Ensure that customers have minimal contact with the kitchen/bar staff – food/drink orders will be taken and customers will be asked to wait in a designated area, whilst observing social distancing.

·  Ensure Tables and Seating adhere to Govt guidelines in respect to social distancing and the rule of 6.

·  Ensure that there are adequate rubbish bins for the disposal of litter.

  • Avoiding Close Contact


Newmarket Town Football Club recognise that there will be situations where it is not possible or safe for Football Club staff to distance themselves from each other by 2 metres.

Newmarket Town Football Club Management will

·  Monitor the Football Club to ensure that non-essential physical work that requires close contact between Football Club staff should not be carried out

·  Ensure that work that might create skin to skin contact will not be carried out

·  Plan all other work to minimise contact between members

·  Ensure that single use PPE is disposed of so that it cannot be reused 

·  Increase ventilation in enclosed spaces 

Football Club Meetings

·  Only absolutely necessary meeting participants should attend

·  Attendees should be one metre plus. apart from each other

·  Rooms should be well ventilated / windows opened to allow fresh air circulation

·  Consider holding meetings in open areas where possible.

9. Cleaning

Newmarket Town Football Club Management will


Newmarket Town Football Club recognise that enhanced cleaning procedures are needed in Football Clubs, particularly in communal areas and at touch points including:

  • Taps and washing facilities
  • Toilet flush and seats
  • Door handles and push plates
  • Handrails on staircases and corridors
  • Machinery and equipment controls
  • Telephone equipment
  • Keyboards, photocopiers and other Football Club equipment

·   As required increase rubbish collection and storage points and ensure these are emptied regularly throughout and at the end of each day.

10. Spectators

Newmarket Town Football Club Management will

  • Ensure that all visitors to the ground are fully informed of Newmarket Town Football Club’s policies and procedures with regard to Covid 19, this will be by way of signage, floor markings, club stewards and a pa announcement system
  • Ensure that social distancing floor marking are in place in all areas where queuing is likely to occur e.g. turnstiles, food kiosk and bar
  • Ensure that social distancing floor marking is in place in spectator standing areas
  • Ensure that social distancing markers are in place in the stand to ensure that social distancing restrictions can be observed
  • Ensure that a one-way system is implemented to manage crowd movements
  • Ensure that visiting clubs will be informed of guidance for their spectators, via signage, email and social media
  • Ensure that a qualified first aider is present at all games in the event of a spectator becoming unwell (first aid kit and defibrillator can be found on the outside of the clubhouse)
  • Ensure that any spectator not adhering to the social distancing and Covid 19 guideline is removed from the ground
  • Ensure spectators numbers are restricted to the current FA guidelines
  • Ensure all visitors register with the track and trace app on entering the ground
  • Will be advised to wear face coverings outdoors at all times when the ground has large crowds.
  • Spectators will be restricted to: one spectator per player from 29/03/2021 for youth games whilst under Tier 2 until further notice.

In signing the above, I confirm that I have read/been briefed on the Newmarket Town Football Club Coronavirus/Covid 19 Safe System of work.

I understand what I am required to do in order the comply with the safe system of work and agree to abide by these at all times whilst in the Football Club and accept that if I breach the safe system of work, I will be asked to immediately leave the Football Club.