FAI SAFER RETURN TO TRAINING PROTOCOL UNDERAGE FOOTBALL (U18 players and younger)

Return to non-contact training April 26th

FAI notes Government green light for underage training return The Football Association of Ireland notes confirmation from Government that underage football, Grassroots and League of Ireland, can return to non-contact training from April 26th, the first step on a phased return for football at all levels of the game. Reacting to the announcement by Taoiseach Micheal Martin, FAI CEO Jonathan Hill has acknowledged the work of Government and its agencies to facilitate the return to training on April 26th, in pods of 15 for all underage players. The CEO has also assured all amateur adult teams that this return for underage players is the first step towards a return to football for all grassroots players as Ireland eases out of lockdown. “We obviously see this announcement from Government as a positive for all our underage players who have waited so patiently for the chance to play football again although, of course, we would have loved this to have been from April 5th but we note the realities of the current situation,” said Jonathan Hill. “Non-contact training in pods of 15 represents the start of a return for our game that will see all our players at all ages permitted to train and then to play in what we hope will be the near future. This battle with COVID-19 has been so demanding for Irish society and our footballers have had to endure so much in Level 5 lockdown “We thank them for their perseverance and their patience. The adherence to the Government guidelines of our grassroots clubs, their volunteers, coaches, match officials and players, has been exemplary and to be applauded. Our adult amateur game will unfortunately need to continue to be patient as we await a return to training for them and of course playing matches, but our game has proven itself to be safe in a COVID-19 environment and I urge all clubs to maintain this as we return in the first instance to training for our younger players on April 26th.” The FAI will now take the following steps in light of the Government update: We will update the FAI’s Safer Return to Training protocols for our underage teams and players. We will host a COVID-19 webinar for all Grassroots Leagues and affiliates on April 12th. We will follow this with regional workshops for Club COVID-19 Compliance Officers during which we will present and discuss our latest protocols in detail. We will review where we stand with all affiliates in relation to all Leagues and Competitions and agree next steps as soon as is possible. We will consult with the SFAI on the hosting of the Kennedy Cup and the Gaynor Cup tournaments later this year. We will consult with all Men’s and Women’s Underage National League clubs on their return to training schedule and next steps.

Last man standing competition starts Jan 1 2021

Our new last man standing competition starts on Jan 1st 2021 and can be viewed on our last man standing tab. Anyone wishing to play please text your name and number to 0831133003. €10 per player.

Support Local Business

The club are encouraging all our members to support local business during these difficult times. Local business has looked after our club in the good times and its up to us to look after them now. Local business means local jobs. Stay local, Stay safe.

Online coaching courses

The club have been keeping busy during the various lockdowns and have organised for some of our young coaches to complete their first steps on the coach education pathway online. PDP1 is now available to complete with places available on the FAI website. Our youth secretary Bernie Cleary and PRO Dave Cummins have successfully completed Safeguarding 2 and ensure our child protection and player welfare structures are fully up-to-date.

Club Annual Christmas Draw Results

Our annual christmas draw took place on December 24th of Decemember. Thanks to all who supported it and to Rooneys Supervalu for sponsoring the fantastic hampers. Hampers were won by Helen Verachtert, Finn Verachtert and Anits Maguire.

New Sponsors

We are delighted to announce that Sarah McCann and the Granary Bar have come on board as the main sponsor of the clubs Senior team. The Granary Bar will now host all functions that are ran under the auspices of the club. Our new Granary Bar jerseys will get their first outing when the Super league season kicks off on Sunday 8th September.Thanks again to all at Granary Bar.

Club Committee 2020/2021 Season

Because of the ongoing Covid-19 situation the committee of Manorhamilton Rangers will remain as is until we can safely hold our AGM Chairman Hugo Clancy Secretary Eugene Gilgunn Treasurer Joe Cleary Youth Secretary Bernie Cleary PRO & Assistant Child Protection Officer Dave Cummins Child Protection Officer Bernie Cleary