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COVID-19 UPDATE

Due to new national COVID-19 restrictions, all fixtures and training for our first team, under 21s and under 18s have been postponed until after Wednesday 2nd December. This means that the following first team games will be rescheduled and played at a later date:

  • Abbey Hey vs Hemsworth MWCFC (FA Vase First Round – original date Saturday 7th November)
  • Abbey Hey vs Isle of Man FC (original date Tuesday 10th November)
  • Eccleshall vs Abbey Hey (original date Saturday 14th November)
  • Abbey Hey vs Abbey Hulton United (original date Saturday 21st November)
  • Ellesmere Rangers vs Abbey Hey (original date Saturday 28th November)

Tickets already purchased for our FA Vase First Round tie against Hemsworth MWCFC will be honoured on the rearranged date. If you would like a refund for this game, please get in touch at info@abbeyheyfc.com with your order information.

We thank you for your understand during a time that is difficult for everyone. We’d like to thank all NHS staff for their hard work and sacrifices during the pandemic. We urge all supporters to follow COVID-19 restrictions put in place so we can protect our health service and protect our loved ones.

Once we can return to playing, we’d like to assure all fans that the club have done and will continue to do the utmost to make The Abbey Stadium COVID secure and a safe place for all to attend.

The following statement has been published by the North West Counties Football League and can be found here https://www.nwcfl.com/news-articles.php?id=8326

The Football Association has provided an update for ‘non-elite’ football in England following the UK Government’s announcement on new national Covid-19 restrictions that will be in place from Thursday 5 November 2020 until Wednesday 2 December 2020.

As a result of the UK Government’s new national Covid-19 restrictions, and subject to Members of Parliament voting tomorrow [Wednesday 4 November 2020] and the publication of bespoke guidance from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport [DCMS], the impact on ‘non elite’ football in England will include the suspension of the following during this period:

  • All fixtures and training for Steps 3-6 of the National League System [NLS];
  • All fixtures and training for Tiers 3-7 of the Women’s Football Pyramid [WFP];
  • All fixtures and training for the Regional NLS Feeder Leagues;
  • All fixtures and training for The Barclays FA WSL Academy League;
  • All fixtures and training for FA Girls Regional Talent Clubs;
  • All fixtures and training for indoor and outdoor youth and adult grassroots football.

The FA’s aim is to ensure that the 2020/21 season is completed at these levels and will liaise with the relevant leagues in the NLS and WFP and the County Football Associations [CFAs] to provide support and establish appropriate options to do so if required.

The UK Government has confirmed that school sport can continue as an exemption during this period.

In addition, the UK Government has confirmed that all Emirates FA Cup First Round fixtures will go ahead as planned this weekend between Friday 6 and Monday 9 November 2020. The ten ‘non-elite’ clubs that remain in the competition will be able to play their fixtures under ‘elite’ protocols. In line with the new national Covid-19 restrictions, these ‘non-elite’ teams are only permitted to train together until Wednesday 4 November 2020.

Further updates on fixtures and dates for the 2020/21 Vitality Women’s FA Cup, The FA Youth Cup, Buildbase FA Trophy and Buildbase FA Vase will follow in due course.

Re-starting football at these levels has taken substantial determination and commitment from stakeholders across the game and The FA would like to thank everyone for their vital contributions. However, health and wellbeing remain the priority, so it is extremely important that clubs, players, coaches, match officials, league officials, volunteers, parents, carers and facility providers adhere to the UK Government’s new national Covid-19 restrictions during this period.

The FA remains in dialogue with the DCMS, leagues, competitions and CFAs and will provide further clarification for ‘non-elite’ football in England following the debate in the House of Commons tomorrow.

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