latest safety guidelines

Last updated 4th January 2021 – Tier 4 Update

Our commitment to your safety

Adult Football

  • From the updated guidance provided adult clubs, teams and individuals (Players, Coaches and Spectators) cannot continue to play or train in Tier 4 and the game is therefore suspended.

Youth Football (Under 18’s), Including Disability Football

  • The government’s Tier 4 guidance states organised outdoor sport for under-18s and disabled people will be allowed, while there are exemptions for FA Girls’ Regional Talent Clubs. The government’s guidelines on travel between tiers should be adhered to. These players now cannot move in or out of their Tier 4 region to train or play. 

It is extremely important that clubs, players, coaches, match officials, league officials, volunteers, parents, carers, and facility providers continue to strictly follow both the UK Government’s latest guidance on COVID-19 and respective bespoke guidance documents from The FA. Failure to adhere to the guidance will result in sanctions for non-compliance.


If you are intending on visiting Poolfoot Farm over the coming days please fill out the NHS Test and Trace online form before your entry to the facility. This has to be completed every time you enter the facility. QR codes can be found within all inside areas and entrances to the pitches.

Pizza Calcio:
Pizza Clacio and clubhouse facilities will be closed. Take away service only will be provided from the Hatch.

Face Coverings:
Unless you have an exemption, face coverings are mandatory for all staff in retail/hospitality outlets (e.g. the clubhouse). This also applies to users of the facility indoor areas, except when seated at a table to eat or drink. The latest Government guidance on face coverings is here.

Customers Visiting Poolfoot Farm Football Pitches:
Football at Poolfoot Farm is back, and the safety of our customers and employees is our highest priority. Please be assured that Poolfoot Farm is following all government advice and is committed to providing a safe environment.  

All football pitch activities at Poolfoot Farm will be consistent with the government guidance regarding health, social distancing and hygiene. This means that spectators and guests can maintain a safe one-metre distance, good hygiene practices is in place, equipment is disinfected before and after use, and that it is clear that anyone who is symptomatic or suspects they have been exposed to the virus does not take part and remains at home.  

In addition, one-way queuing systems around the pitches and facilities will be in place to support the one-metre distancing guidelines and we will be sanitising all areas daily including reception, toilets, pitch gates and the pitches themselves (gates and balls will be sanitised between sessions).  In line with this, our changing rooms will remain closed.  

Here are eight ways you can keep it safe when playing at Poolfoot Farm:  

1) U18s training is permitted, with groups limited to a maximum of 30 people, including coaches.  
2) U18s match play is permitted, with social distancing in place before and after the match, and in any breaks in play.  
3) Players and officials should sanitise hands before and after a game, as well as during scheduled breaks throughout a game or training session. 
4) Ball handling should be kept to a minimum with most contact via a boot, and the ball should be disinfected in breaks of play. 
5) Goal celebrations should be avoided.
6) Where possible, players, coaches and officials should arrive changed and ready to play, and shower at home afterwards, as changing rooms will remain closed.

7) Only 1 parent or guardian per player will be allowed to enter the facility.

8) Teams will only be allowed to enter the facility 15 minutes before the training slot time or fixture kick-off time

Here are seven ways Poolfoot Farm is keeping it safe to play:  

 1) Online payments/contactless payments only – no cash is accepted anywhere on site.
Payment for Poolfoot Farm pitch bookings can be taken using contactless methods, via card, mobile phone, or other electronic devices, or you can pay in advance online, eliminating the need to handle cash.

2) Sanitation stations 
We have hand sanitiser stations at multiple locations around Poolfoot Farm and soap will be readily available in restrooms.

3) Increased cleaning measures
All main surfaces are regularly cleaned with throughout the day. Equipment will also be cleaned/disinfected at the end of each game.

4) Clearly visible social distancing signage
Floor signs and tape systems are used where queuing is necessary, especially in the reception areas to ensure no unnecessary contact.

5) Face Masks
Protective face masks must be worn at all times when entering the facility building and are available at Reception if required.

6) NHS Test and Trace
Poolfoot Farm must now comply with the NHS Test and Trace system. This includes collecting name and address information for all visitors/ users of the venue. Poolfoot Farm has a registered NHS QR code and displayed the official NHS QR poster in indoor and outdoor areas from Thursday 24 September to help NHS Test and Trace to identify and notify people who may have been exposed to the virus.

7) Ensure that no one is displaying any symptoms
Anyone displaying Coronavirus symptoms is requested not to come to play and stay at home until they have met the self-isolation or testing requirements.  

For any further questions or guidance, please contact Poolfoot Farm on 01253 208440 or email us at  

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Following the new Government and FA guidance, Poolfoot Farm is currently closed.