UPDATE - 28th July 2020
2020 will be remembered as the year that the world changed massively due to Coronavirus. In footballing terms, the 2019/20 season was cut short in March and then deleted, and then we faced a long wait before hearing when football could safely return once again.
Outdoor team sport was allowed to recommence in small "bubble" groups in June, before the FA and Government worked together to allow full squad training towards the end of July. We have since affiliated once again with the Kent FA and will be permitted to play competitive matches from August 1st 2020.
In line with the permission to play, things will continue to be different to what we are used to, with spectator and player safety at the forefront of all decisions.
We are pleased to announce that Risk Assessments are now in place for both our football section as well as for the Lordswood Sports and Social Club, which have been approved by the SCEFL. All players, management, committee members, spectators and visitors are encouraged to read these Risk Assessments to ensure they are aware of what to expect when visiting the ground for football and also the clubhouse. This is a new situation to us all and we are all in this together to guide and help each other along the way. Please be mindful of your fellow supporters when visiting and follow any signage or verbal instructions as required. These guidelines are in place for the benefit and safety of us all.
Pre-season friendlies have been announced for August, and at the time of writing these will be played behind closed doors. Government and FA guidelines are evolving rapidly though and there is the possibility that this could change in due course. Please follow us on Twitter and/or Facebook for the latest up to date information regarding these games.
I would like to thank my fellow committee members for their hard work and dedication in getting us to the point where football will once again be played at Lordswood FC and in particular our secretary Steve Lewis who has worked tirelessly in preparing the Risk Assessments and Affiliations. Our senior management team must also take credit for the incredible work that they have been putting in behind the scenes in building a brand new squad, running training sessions compliantly to the guidelines and also for their superb work in attracting new sponsors to the club and their work on ground improvements.
We thank you in advance for your co-operation in these matters and look forwards to welcoming you back to the Grove when permitted. #BeKind