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Whaley Bridge AFC Season 20/21 Commences 5th September

The FA have stated that at CFL level spectators are not allowed to attend. However, as we all know that's only practically feasible within the confines of an enclosed ground; Horwich Park is open green space and accessible to anyone at anytime.

Attendance is therefore 'not' the Club's responsibility and WBAFC will neither encourage nor deter. However, spectators, should they decide to attend, must adhere strictly to all Government's general 'Social Distancing' Guidelines, spread out along the touchlines and not gather in groups. Please do not interact with the players (unless within a family bubble) or congrigate in groups in or or around the dugouts & leave promptly after the final whistle.

The players, staff and match Officials have additional guidelines issued directly by the FA covering all manner of football related issues; a brief outline of their responsibilities will be published below in due course along with the Club's mandatory Risk Assessment.

In all cases the conduct of spectators, players & none playing staff may be monitored and failure to comply with general Government or Specific FA Covid 19 Guidelines may result in the Club being sanctioned.

This is a difficult time; Jamie & Aaron and their assistants are disadvantaged by the circumstances but are working hard pre-season...  match days will not return to normal for some time.

Thank you for your cooperation; watch this space for further information.

 

WBAFC Covid-19 Guidance Notes 1.0: 13/08/2020

The following is a brief summary containing the key points of the FA’s latest guidance; it is important that all football related personnel (management, coaches, players & parents) read and absorb the content.

The full FA Guidance can be accessed &/or downloaded by clicking here on FA GUIDANCE

  • Everyone should self-assess for Covid-19 symptoms before every training session or match. If you are symptomatic or living in a household with possible or actual Covid-19 infection you must not participate or attend. You should stay home and follow the latest Government guidance.
  • Coaches must maintain attendance sheets for both training and competitive games. Records need to be kept for a minimum of 21 days, to comply with 'Track and Trace'. The FA can turn up to audit at any time without notice and will take appropriate action if good practice isn’t maintained; that action may result in suspension from the league.
  • Youth team coaches should re-acquaint themselves with all safeguarding policies and procedures
  • Meet-up times should be adjusted to avoid time spent congregating at a venue
  • Travelling together by car should conform to government guidelines but as a minimum face masks should be worn inside a well-ventilated vehicle. Sanitise your hands before entering and after leaving the car; clean your car between journeys using standard cleaning products - make sure you clean door handles and other areas that people may touch. Obtain prior written permission from a responsible person for those under 18 travelling with adults.
  • Hand sanitiser will be made available at the ground to facilitate the use of the toilets; separate guidance on the toilet protocol in line with government guidance will be issued in due course.
  • Players should have their own individual water bottles clearly labelled with their name and bring their own hand sanitiser (alcohol based). Water will not be available at the facility.
  • The changing rooms and showers will not be available under any circumstance until further notice. However, the toilets will be open on a one in one out basis.
  • Players and officials should arrive changed in their pre-allocated kit and shower at home afterwards.
  • The ball, goal posts and corner flags should be wiped down with anti-bac wipes before matches, after matches and at half time.
  • Managers/Coaches & substitutes should adhere to social distancing on the touchline. If social distancing cannot be fully accommodated in the dugout then spread out in a line along the touchline.
  • When the ball goes out of play, it should not be retrieved by non-participants and should be retrieved using the feet rather than the hands where possible.
  • Close proximity goal celebrations should be discouraged.
  • Participants must not spit and should avoid shouting or raising their voices when facing each other, as detailed in The FA Covid-19 Code of Behavior
  • If a player gets injured a member of their household can assist but everyone else must socially distance unless emergency care is required. Otherwise a first-aider can assist but must be equipped with appropriate PPE including a face mask.
  • Unless absolutely necessary, participants should take their kit home for washing. Managers/coaches will ensure that the kit is returned in the event that a player be subsequently unavailable or not selected.
  • All Club personnel should adhere to social distancing before, during and after the game. The facility should be vacated within 30 minutes of the final whistle.
  • Ideally, reduce the use of cash to a minimum (Referee email to follow). Senior players & junior fees will ideally be completed by bacs transfer; failure to do so will exclude that player until arrears are dealt with. This item is under review tbc.
  • Recent communication from the FA states that the Tuck Shop can operate within government guidelines.
  • Theoretically all games should take place behind closed doors. However, attendance is something we can’t control at Whaley but all we ask is that those directly involved in club activity inc. parents, socially distance whilst attending events and adhere to discrete six person gathering limits and spread in line with wider government guidance.

  • Please adhere to the above guidance and remember, a single case of Covid-19 infection could theoretically subject the whole team to quarantine.
  • Reported failure to comply with any of the above guidance could result in the club being sanctioned.

Prepared by the WBAFC Covid-19 Committee:      Ros Dranfield - Covid-19 Officer

Steve Rampley - Chairman

John Hind - Development Officer

Nigel McCann - Welfare Officer

 


 
Jamie Kay Appointed WBAFC Player Manager
Written by Steve Rampley   
Monday, 10 June 2019 12:03

June 2019: Jamie Kay Appointed WBAFC Player Manager

WBAFC is pleased to announce the appointment of 1st Team Player Manager Jamie Kay

Currently a senior member of a very successful WBAFC team Jamie’s playing career includes spells at Liverpool; Stockport County; Stalybridge Celtic; Woodley Sports; Curzon Ashton and Glossop North End where he appeared in the FA 2009 FA Vase Final at the new Wembley stadium.

Having managed Stockport Town and New Mills under 18s with some distinction Jamie decided to play again under Darryl and Jon at Whaley . . . . . . . . . . . . .

“Managing wasn’t something I thought I would do untill around 35/40 but it’s taking me longer to recover and my knees are hurting more. I thought the time was right to use my coaching skills to help younger players progress their game. Here's to the start of big things to come and I would like to thank Darryl, Jon for the last couple of years and the Chairman for this opportunity”

 
End of an Era
Written by Boninsegna   
Tuesday, 07 May 2019 07:24

Darryl Hall & Jon Brogden have decided to step down after what has been a long and successful managerial partnership, a partnership that is surely unparalleled in the annals of local football.  Often batting way above its weight WBAFC under their guidance has scared the living daylights out of opposition supposedly of a much higher standard and on several occasions only just failed to get to the Derbyshire ‘Senior’ Cup semi-finals.

Repeatedly rebuilding the team with a strong local bias the duo have won everything there is to win at the current Step 7 level over the last 9 years and have even made history by winning 4 consecutive CFL Challenge Cups; previous to that WBAFC became the ‘standout’ club in the Hope Valley League and again under Darryl sustained an unparalleled series of success in all competitions. This has all put Whaley on the footballing map and made it the club anyone within a 10 mile radius wants to play for and only 5 years ago the FA Chairman David Bernstein came to visit one of the FA’s first and outstanding Community Charter Status clubs.

Chairman Steve Rampley, the WBAFC Committee and supporters alike would like to thank Darryl & Jon for their tireless dedication, we all thoroughly appreciate their efforts over the years and their attitude is an example to all. Having said that they both intend to add their ‘weight’ to the committee and get involved in none-team matters from now on increasing the ‘back-room’ contingent and with their experience that can only strengthen the club’s all-round viability.

WBAFC is now actively engaged and looking to hear from those wishing to express an interest in taking over a successful squad with lots of up and coming talent in a well-respected and well organised club.  If anyone simply wants an informal chat to see what’s what then that can be arranged confidentially through the Chairman’s contact email on this we site.

 
Billinge 3-0 WBAFC
Written by Riva L   
Tuesday, 07 May 2019 06:48

It might suggest otherwise but the score line certainly wasn’t a fair reflection of a game.

Darryl again took the opportunity to use this last game of season at the Billinge ‘outpost’ to introduce more Development Squad lads into 1st team football with 4 starting and 3 more on the bench; Due to ‘cricket’ absentees, suspensions and injury all didn’t necessarily get to play in their preferred positions but all looked comfortable at this level and that can only bode well for the future.

The worst possible start saw Billinge take the lead after only a couple of minutes through a series of basic errors. To their credit heads didn’t drop and the visitors played some good football and throughout the game looked to be the far more positive and creative team. Unfortunately most of their attempts on goal came within the reach of the excellent if diminutive Billinge keeper but nevertheless he still had to make a string of outstanding reflex saves to keep the home side ahead until the last quarter.

Through necessity top scorer Sam Leadbetter started at left back; Jimmy Golphin, looking calm and assured, came in alongside Captain Sutton at the back with Jake Drayson on the right. The 2 wide men Dan Connell and Dillon Roberts both looked strong, confident and effective making determined breaks down the flanks linking well with the energetic Will Bailey and George Langford in centre mid. Dwyer always dangerous mesmerised the Billinge defence with shots flying just wide and young Jacob O’Donnell made some good skilful runs.

The visitors pretty much dominated the second half but again failed to find the killer touch eventually conceding late goals from what were probably Billinge’s only real two attacking moves of the half, both goals coming from close range following good work down the wings with sharp crosses into the 6 yard box.

So a spirited performance and a useful learning curve for the 6 impressive under 18s.

Tattersall; Drayson; Sutton; Golphin; Leadbetter; Roberts; Bailey; Langford; Connell; Dwyer; O’Donnell

Rumbelowe; Adderley; Meadows

 
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