BURTON Albion Community Trust (BACT) are still awaiting further guidance from the government and other professional organisations before a decision is made on a return of Football Development programmes delivered in the community.

BACT are actively working towards a start date for some of our Health & Wellbeing projects and other targeted projects inline with guidance, however, BACT is not currently expecting an immediate return of face-to-face delivery on any Football Development programmes and all sessions will continue to be delivered online where possible. Until there has been further information released from the government, alongside further guidance from the FA and Sport England, BACT does not feel that it is currently necessary to open its facilities or programmes for delivery.

Risk assessments, projects plans and other protocols are being looked at to allow for a swift return to action when possible, however, this will not happen until BACT can ensure the full safety of all its participants and staff in its vicinities.

The same situation also applies to any potential customers that are looking to book out one of BACT’s football facilities, as the full health and safety aspect for everyone cannot be fully guaranteed at this current time, we will not be taking bookings for groups of any sizes.

Matt Hancock, Head of Community, said: “The safety of everyone comes first, it really is as simple as that. We continue to liaise with many authorities and, at this moment in time, all of our work and delivery is centred around vulnerable individuals, groups and community projects that we deem necessary.

“We’re putting everything that we can in place so that when we can return to our football development delivery, we will do so. However, at this current time, we still do not feel that we can do this with an acceptable level of risk to our staff, volunteers and participants. We will be sending a survey out to all our existing participants in the near future as we plan for the coming months.

“We appreciate people are itching to get back out onto the football pitch, as we are, but following on from a number of enquiries we have received over recent days, we thought we needed to clarify our position.”