Senedd Member calls for clarity on return to grassroots football

Local Senedd Member, Laura Anne Jones, has called on the First Minister to clarify when grassroots football will be able to resume in Wales.

Commenting on the lack of guidance from the Welsh Government, Laura Anne Jones said:

“The Welsh Premier Football League has now been given dates to go back and start matches, which is of course welcome.”

“However, the Welsh Government has given no indication as to the dates grass-roots football, that is our lower leagues and children's football, can return to play matches and start their seasons too.”

“It defies logic that the Welsh Premier League has been given the go-ahead to play, yet they and the leagues below are all part-time players, and, of course, our children are going back to school and yet can't play outdoor matches.”

“Last month, the UK Government approved the plans of the Football Association for the return of outdoor competitive grassroots football in England.”

“From September, grassroots leagues can commence once clubs and facility providers have completed the necessary risk assessments and have safety plans in place.”

“Supporters, parents and other spectators can attend as long as they remain socially distanced.”

“It's paramount now that we give the green light as soon as possible to people being able to start playing football matches, even before the season dates are announced, so they can prepare and plan and get ready for the season ahead.”

“Adequate notice must be provided. As a former secretary of a junior football club, it takes a lot of time to plan for the seasons ahead.”

“The Welsh Government must advise when the green light for these matches to kick off here in Wales will be given.”

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