We’ve now enjoyed three Over 30’s Football sessions at Vauxhall Road on Monday evenings and we’ve received some positive feedback. This is opportunity for anyone to get active (not just TSC members or Hemel FC fans) and we’ve seen a good mix of people so far. We’ve now scheduled our fourth “Kickabout” at Vauxhall Road, at 9pm on Monday 2nd November 2020 – this will be our last session ahead of the second “lockdown” which is being implemented on 5th December and we’re targeting a return as soon as the restriction on group sports is lifted. Our small-sided football sessions take place on the recently laid all-weather artificial grass at Hemel Hempstead Town FC. Both the six-a-side and main pitches have been relaid to FIFA Quality Pro standards and we’ll use whichever facility we have sufficient numbers for.
There is compulsory use of the correct footwear as directed by Hemel FC for their new artificial surface – Football Boots with moulded plastic studs are preferred. Please be aware that bladed boots of any description, metal studs, metal tipped studs and flat soled trainers are not permitted.
We’re obviously following Government and FA guidance closely and will continue to monitor for updates, but at this stage competitive training/matches can take place in an outdoor setting provided this takes place in groups of no more than 30 (including coaches), with social distancing in place before and after the session, and in any breaks in play.
The cost to participants will be £6 (£5 TSC members); payments can be made by PayPal or debit/credit card at the point of completing the online booking form. If these sessions continue to go well and there is sufficient continued interest, we’ll enquire with Hemel FC about block booking the facility for 10 weeks, however in order to achieve this we may require payment up front from participants who want to commit to the 10 weeks.
The session is for people aged over 30 because cardiovascular disease in people aged between 30 and 74 in Dacorum is statistically significantly higher than the averages for England and Hertfordshire and around 50,000 residents aged 50 and above suffer from a long-term health problem or disability. Our aim is to encourage participation amongst our community; whilst this is an initiative of the Tudor Supporters Club, anyone is welcome to participate (albeit we will subsidise the costs for our members).
The emphasis on these sessions will be having fun! If this initiative is to succeed, then participants need to enjoy our sessions; in turn we’ll hopefully see continued participation and you’ll see an improvement in fitness. There’ll be no referee, no VAR, no points for a win and no scrutiny of your abilities or tactical nous… the only competitiveness should be between you and your personal fitness. It hopefully goes without saying (although we’ll say it anyway!) that taking our games too seriously and/or being aggressive or discriminatory towards other participants or the organisers will not be tolerated. You’re a winner just for taking part, we won’t be keeping a record of results or scores. We reserve the right to refuse the participation of anyone who threatens the enjoyment or effectiveness of our sessions.
Whilst we’re encouraging you to improve your physical fitness and mental well-being, your personal health and safety remains your own responsibility – please consider your current physical condition before participating in this or any physical exercise and seek medical advice if you’re unsure about your suitability to join in this type of activity. By participating in our sessions you agree to the terms of this health and safety policy: you’re participating at entirely your own risk and you have sole responsibility for any injury, illness or death that may occur or later arise as a result of playing football with us.
There remains well publicised risks of catching and spreading Covid and we’ll liaise with Hemel FC to clarify what suitable measures may be applied to booking sessions on their facility. All players and organisers must undergo a self-assessment for any Covid-19- symptoms. No-one should leave home to participate in football if they, or someone they live with, has any of the following:
- A high temperature (above 37.8°C);
- A new, continuous cough;
- A loss of, or change to, their sense of smell or taste.
This check should be done before each session; should an individual have demonstrated any such symptoms, they must not participate. Instead they should follow NHS and PHE guidance on self-isolation. Anyone who has already been instructed to self-isolate by a health care practitioner or PHE should continue to follow this advice and may not participate.