We know that volunteers take great pride in their work, but it is essential that volunteers continue to follow the latest Government guidelines, accessed here.
The following resources have been created for volunteers, to help them understand what they can do during the pandemic.
As the professional body for grounds management we appreciate the lifecycle of natural turf and the passion for high quality but, strongly advise volunteers and their clubs to consider the risk to life.
The National Council of Voluntary Organisations offers a range of advice for volunteers which you can access here.
The Health and Safety Executive, helps workers understand how they can stay safe and well. They work to ensure everyone has the right to come home safe and well from their job.
As many volunteers work alone when conducting grounds maintenance it is important that they, and their clubs, consider the risks of lone working and work with their clubs to ensure hazards are reduced and good lone working practices can be put in place. The issues relating to Covid-19 shoud be considered. The HSE have produced advice and best practice on lone working. While it is not written form the perspective of Coronavirus there are principles and guidleines that will be helpful to lone working grounds management volunteers. Click here
Ahead of the return of grassroots football, the FA have released guidance, based on Governement advice and regulartions, for clubs to follow in order to ensure a safe return to sport. You can see the FA's guidance in full by clicking here.