Lancashire Football Association is pleased to say that affiliated leagues and clubs can now put their names forward to become part of our Test to Play trial, which is being implemented in collaboration with Public Health Lancashire and the Lancashire Resilience Forum to help identify asymptomatic carriers of Covid-19 within grassroots football.
Whilst football in certain areas of Lancashire was temporarily suspended earlier this month, Lancashire FA has been in regular dialogue with our partners to identify ways in which grassroots football can become more secure and sustainable in the future. Test to Play is a trial we are exploring – and leagues and clubs now have an opportunity to take part and potentially make a hugely positive difference in their locality.
If your club would like to register an interest in becoming part of our January ‘Test to Play’ trial, please sign up using the following link:
CLUB SIGN-UP LINK
Please note that when clubs sign up to the trial, parental permission will be requested for each child taking a test.
Leagues can either sign up to promote Test to Play to their clubs, or if they have a central venue site they can host testing as well. To sign your league up, please follow the link below:
LEAGUE SIGN-UP LINK
Each player will complete a lateral flow Covid-19 test, which gives results within around 20 minutes. The test is conducted via a throat swab just ahead of playing.
Testing is not mandatory to enable a player to continue to play; however, it should be encouraged.
A negative test result will allow players to continue with the game, whilst still making sure they adhere to all Covid-compliant requirements. Anyone testing positive will immediately self-isolate, removing the chance of them unknowingly transmitting the virus.
Public Health experts anticipate that this will help identify at least 50% of asymptomatic carriers of Covid-19 within those tested, and this will help to provide comfort to the players and participants involved in the game.
With the sheer volume of the grassroots football population in Lancashire, which involves around 100,000 people travelling around the county each weekend, testing within football can dramatically reduce asymptomatic virus transmission in Lancashire and will actively support and promote the county's movement to lower risk tiers. This trial will be carried out in collaboration between Lancashire Football Association, Public Health Lancashire and the Lancashire Resilience Forum.
Lancashire FA would be extremely grateful for participation and support from our affiliated clubs and leagues. By working together, we can make a positive difference within grassroots football and in the wider local community. Thank you.