Norfolk FA Statement: Covid-19 Updates

Norfolk County FA
Important updates from Norfolk FA & The FA during the Covid-19 pandemic. (03.04.20)

Norfolk FA Statement: Covid-19 update 

3 April 2020:

The FA is implementing temporary changes to DBS checks in football for the period that football is suspended due to coronavirus.

This decision has been made in light of the current cessation of football activity, difficulties regarding online ID verification for the purposes of renewing a DBS check and demand on the DBS service due to the current health crisis.

These changes will apply to all roles in football and can be found here:

2 April 2020:

Sport England has announced a £20 million emergency fund for local sports clubs, leagues and community sports organisations who are experiencing short term financial hardship due to the impact of Covid-19. 

Clubs, leagues and community organisations who are not currently in receipt of Sport England funding can apply for a grant of £300 - £10,000. This fund could provide a lifeline for a number of Norfolk affiliated football clubs & leagues who need emergency money to cover costs such as rent, utility costs, insurance, staffing, and facility/equipment hire. The fund is currently open for applications and will remain open until 31 July 2020.

Read more about the Sport England Community Emergency Fund here: 

1 April 2020:

Joint statement from Norfolk FA & our Sanctioned Leagues.

Joint statement from Norfolk FA, the Hadley & Ottaway Anglian Combination, Central & South Norfolk League sponsored by Barnes Print, Sonata Security Great Yarmouth & District League, Mid Norfolk Youth League, East Point Sports Norfolk & Suffolk Youth League, Norfolk Christian Football League, Norfolk Combined Youth Football League, One Broker Veterans League, Norfolk Women’s & Girls Football League, Walcott Lighthouse Inn North East Norfolk League, RB Trucks North West Norfolk League and the Norwich & District Sunday League.

Following the FA’s announcement last week regarding the conclusion of the 2019/20 season for all grassroots football, the committees of all Norfolk FA sanctioned Leagues have reviewed the information and options provided to them by The FA with regards to the conclusion of the season in Norfolk.

On Tuesday evening, Norfolk FA hosted a meeting with all Leagues (Youth & Adult) at which they fed back with regards to their League’s preferred position and this was followed by a comprehensive discussion on the potential outcomes and implications for Norfolk football.

At this meeting it was clear that all Leagues wanted to ensure a collective approach to communicating with our Clubs, Officials, Players and Volunteers.

As such each League now has the opportunity to feedback the outcomes of the meeting to their respective Management Committees to allow them to review their preferred choice if they wish to do so.

Once all Leagues have completed this a further statement will be issued with regards to the conclusion of the grassroots season in the County.

We would like to take this opportunity to send our best wishes to all involved in the grassroots game in Norfolk and beyond. Please stay safe and continue to follow the government guidance and instructions put in place to help control the spread of the virus.


26 March 2020:

The FA has today released a statement to bring clarity to the conclusion of this season’s competitions.
Furthermore, we can now confirm that The FA has decided that all grassroots football is concluded for the 2019/20 season.


Read the full statement from The FA here:

20 March 2020:

After yesterday’s statement from The FA regarding the extended suspension of the Professional game until Thursday 30 April 2020, we can confirm that all County Cup Finals taking place at Norwich City FC’s Carrow Road are now postponed until further notice.

Furthermore, with the status of the Grassroots Game currently unknown, we are today confirming the postponement of ALL other Norfolk County Cup Finals that were scheduled throughout April and May.

A full list of this season’s Cup Finals that were due to take place at Carrow Road and The FDC, can be found here. 

19 March 2020:

The FA has today released a statement confirming an extension of the 19/20 season indefinitely in relation to professional football.

In addition, the professional game in England will be further postponed until no earlier than Thursday 30 April 2020.

Read the full statement from The FA here:

17 March 2020:

As per The FA's statement released last night, Grassroots Football has now been suspended nationally, for the foreseeable future.

This supersedes the mentioned earliest restart date of Friday 3 April within our statement yesterday. 

Read the full statement from The FA here: 

County Headquarters & FDC Staffing

Please note: From today (Tuesday 17 March) at 3pm, County Headquarters will be closed to the public and staff will be working from home until further notice. Our Football Development Centres were closed to the public from yesterday afternoon and all centre staff are currently working from home until further notice.

From 3pm this afternoon, all phone lines will divert to voicemails which will be picked up by relevant staff members. In addition, working staff will be contactable via email the details for which are detailed on our staff page.

Staff List

16 March 2020:

After another Emergency Board Meeting taking place today, we are issuing the following update to all involved in Norfolk Football:

Today (Monday 16 March 2020) the Norfolk County FA Board of Directors has taken the decision to suspend all of its football activity in Norfolk with immediate effect until Friday 3 April.

After seeking the views of our sanctioned leagues across the County, this includes the recommendation that all league fixtures be postponed as well as organised team training throughout this period.

The County Cup fixtures including the Wensum Print Sunday Junior Cup Final and the Norfolk Primary Cup Final due to take place on Friday 20 March and Friday 27 March respectively, have also been postponed.

In addition, our Football Development Facilities (theFDC, Bowthorpe; theFDC@OpenAcademy and theFDC@Flegg) will cease operations from 3pm this afternoon for this period; resulting in the postponement of all bookings, activities and County 5IVES fixtures taking place at each of the FDC’s and other satellite facilities throughout the county, until Friday 3 April. All three FDC’s will however be staffed (not open to the public) from 9am-5pm each day this week for customer queries, unless further Government advice is issued that prevents this.

All of our Education Courses and Football Development activities will also be suspended during this time and will result in any courses, training or CPD events scheduled, being re-arranged for a later date.

County Headquarters & FDC Staffing

Moving forward, the County FA Headquarters will be operating with some members of staff in the office and some working from home. All staff that are working will be contactable via email and the County HQ phone lines remain open via 01603 704050 (Ext. 1).

Those needing to contact staff members working from home will be directed towards email communications or an alternative mobile number.

As mentioned previously, each of the Football Development Centres will be staffed from 9am-5pm every day this week in order to answer customer queries.

Government Advice

In the meantime, we wish the Norfolk Football community well and urge them to follow the latest advice which can be found here:

Official NHS Advice


Chief Executive, Gavin Lemmon said: “In an ever-changing landscape and this unique situation we find ourselves in, the Board felt strongly that as a County FA it is our responsibility to not only act upon the guidance given to us by The FA and the UK Government, but also in the best interests of our participants, volunteers and staff. 

“Without doubt this has been the most difficult decision we’ve ever faced and one that we know will not meet the approval of everyone, however we do ask that everyone involved in the grassroots game looks out for one another and for our clubs and leagues to operate in a way that best serves their participants, maintaining the priority of welfare for all.

"We will continue to monitor the situation closely at all times and should the need for updated advice or action occur, we will inform the Norfolk Football community as soon as possible.”