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All Consett AFC games are OFF until further notice due to Tier 4 Covid-19 restrictions

Consett AFC first-team games and training are being postponed until further notice, due to Covid-19 precautions.

This is due to the Government’s decision to place the North East into Tier 4 restrictions to try to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

That means our first scheduled game of 2021, the Durham Challenge Cup tie at Birtley Town this Saturday, January 2, is OFF.

Northern League fixtures, which were hoping to restart on Saturday, January 9, will not be resumed until further notice.

That means our next scheduled home game, v Seaham Red Star on Saturday, January 9, is OFF.

Subsequent fixtures will depend on which tier of restrictions we’re placed in at the next review.

The Northern League management committee meets on Monday, January 4, to consider options available for the rest of the season.

Consett AFC Chairman Frank Bell said: “Sadly, we have entered Tier 4, and we won’t have football for some weeks.

“However, I believe it is in all our safe interests. Please take care, and I hope to see you all soon.”

Support the Steelmen and help fight Covid-19 with Consett AFC face masks and the new NHS app

Consett AFC fans will soon be able to show their support for the club while helping in the continuing fight against coronavirus.

The club has signed a sponsorship deal with personal protective equipment supplier EOS. As well as taking an advertising board at Belle View Stadium, they have agreed to supply the club with custom-made face masks.

With spectators now required by Durham FA to wear masks at games, among other measures, they’re just the job to help protect yourself and others from the spread of Covid-19.

The face masks are £5 each, and will be on sale from the clubhouse from 4pm on Friday 25 September.

From today, all Northern League clubs are required by law to use the new NHS Covid-19 app. Further details on downloading the app are HERE.

Consett AFC will be using the app in addition to the paper system we already have in place, for supporters who don’t have a smartphone or don’t want to use the app.

Consett AFC’s stance on training after FA allows socially-distanced sessions of up to six people

Consett AFC is reviewing communications from the FA and the Government regarding permitted grassroots football activity during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Relaxation of some Covid-19 restrictions from 1 June means that the following outdoor football activity is now permitted:

• Playing football individually. For example, practice of individual skills or fitness activities;

• Playing football with your family or other people living in your household;

• Football training or fitness activities in groups of no more than six, keeping two metres apart at all times.

However, the club is looking into the stringent measures which will be required to ensure a safe return to football for our children, coaches, parents and staff.

At this time we request that all of our coaches, parents and players remain patient and DO NOT UNDERTAKE ANY COACHING ACTIVITY until such time as the club has a standardised safe approach as to how this will restart.

For now NO JUNIOR TEAMS ARE PERMITTED TO TRAIN until further notice. Thank you for your ongoing support, patience and cooperation.

Consett’s FA Vase semi-finals v Bitton postponed as FA closes down all grassroots football due to coronavirus outbreak

Consett’s two-legged FA Vase semi-final against Bitton has been postponed ‘for the foreseeable future’ after the FA closed down all grassroots football in a bid to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

The club was informed today that the games, scheduled for March 21 and 28, have been postponed.

However, the FA is committed to try to complete the competition fixtures, and will be liaising with clubs about the options.

A statement issued by the FA this evening said: “Following the Government’s announcement today, for people to avoid social contact and gatherings where possible, we are now advising that all grassroots football in England is postponed for the foreseeable future.
“Throughout this period, we have taken Government advice, with the priority being the health and well-being of all. We will continue to work closely with the grassroots game during this time.
“We are in regular communication with the Government and the situation within English football at all levels remains under regular review. Further updates will follow as needed.”