Statement - One to One Coaching
It has become apparent that some individuals within a club role/environment, or as a private provider, are offering one to one coaching sessions, and in some cases already providing one to one coaching, in particular to children as young as four-years-old.
This is deeply concerning in the current climate and goes against current Government/FA guidelines.
This is not considered in any case to be “good practice” and would always require a parent/carer to be present, therefore would be breaching Government guidelines.
Some individuals are interpreting recent guidance on carrying out sporting activity between two people as a means of starting one-to-one coaching of children from other households. This is unacceptable and does not take into account any measures of safeguarding and social distancing, as young children and youths must have a parent/carer present.
There are no circumstances where any person can carry out this activity within a club environment or with a club’s agreement, nor as a private provider as you would be breaching Government regulations.
Although we fully understand the frustrations/worries that understandably arise as a result of the necessary restrictions currently surrounding COVID-19, we must safeguard all of our young children and the wider as a priority, whilst also adhere to social distancing regulations to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Please do not engage in this practice. We will deal with any breaches in the appropriate manner and escalate to the appropriate agency.