Local Grassroots Sport Curtailed Ahead Of England Lockdown

The Football Association (FA) have confirmed that all amateur football will be curtailed as part of the new restrictions being brought in across England on Thursday.

Holwell Sports in action at Welby Road.

A statement from the FA yesterday said: "As a result of the UK Government’s new national COVID-19 restrictions, and subject to Members of Parliament voting tomorrow [Wednesday 4 November 2020] and the publication of bespoke guidance from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport [DCMS], the impact on ‘non elite’ football in England will include the suspension of the following during this period:

• All fixtures and training for Steps 3-6 of the National League System [NLS]; • All fixtures and training for Tiers 3-7 of the Women’s Football Pyramid [WFP]; • All fixtures and training for the Regional NLS Feeder Leagues; • All fixtures and training for The Barclays FA WSL Academy League; • All fixtures and training for FA Girls Regional Talent Clubs; • All fixtures and training for indoor and outdoor youth and adult grassroots football.

Our aim is to ensure that the 2020-21 season is completed at these levels and will liaise with the relevant leagues in the NLS and WFP and the County Football Associations [CFAs] to provide support and establish appropriate options to do so if required.

The UK Government has confirmed that school sport can continue as an exemption during this period."

Melton Town's games will be postponed after this evenings at home to Saffron Dynamo (7:45pm Kick Off)

In addition, the UK Government has confirmed that all Emirates FA Cup First Round fixtures will go ahead as planned this weekend between Friday 6 and Monday 9 November 2020 and all ten ‘non-elite’ clubs that remain in the competition will be able to train together and play their fixtures under ‘elite’ protocols.

Further updates on fixtures and dates for the 2020-21 Vitality Women’s FA Cup, FA Youth Cup, Buildbase FA Trophy and Buildbase FA Vase will follow in due course.

Melton Town are at home tonight ahead of the lockdown against Saffron Dynamo with a 7:45pm kick off at Signright Park on Burton Road. Under 16's get free entry with a full paying adult.

Cottesmore Amateurs tweeted their response to the news this afternoon saying: "As expected, we will unfortunately be forced to suspend all football until at least the 2nd December at Westray Park in line with the governments lockdown. We hope to be back as soon as possible but in the meantime stay safe."

Holwell Sports game against Bourne Town this evening has been postponed due to Covid-19.

Cottesmore Amateurs in action during a home game at Westray Park, in the rain. Photo: NEMM

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