West Vancouver Football Club COVID-19 Safety Protocols
West Van FC is always concerned about the health and safety of our club members, whether it is our players, staff, or family members. At a time when health and safety are concerns throughout the world and our community, it will be important that protocols are in place and followed by everyone while we are on the fields and at Ambleside Park. There are some fundamental practices that we will follow that come from our Provincial Health Authorities. Please go over these basic points with your player prior to returning to the field so that they will be comfortable with the changes that will take place when they join us for training sessions.
1. Social Distancing: Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C. Provincial Medical Health Offer, has reiterated the benefits of being outside. WVFC believes resuming soccer activity will be beneficial to our club members and can be done safely. We ask that members walking to the field keep a 2-metre distance between themselves and others, and when players enter the field, we will require the same distancing. We will have a decrease in the number of participants on the field.
2. Hand Sanitizing at Field Entrance: Each player will be asked to use their own hand sanitizer as they enter onto the field and when they exit.
3. Players need to bring their own water bottles and make sure to leave them in their group’s designated area and distanced from other water bottles.
· Players should refrain from bringing extra kit to training and leave their jackets or bags spaced from others.
4. All registrations and payments must be done online and by the deadline. We will not be able to take drop-in’s or cash/cheque payments at the field.
5. Each player will be required to answer a COVID-19 health and safety questionnaire before attending each session. This will be an important part in helping us provide a safe environment for players and coaches while training.
For Club Academy and Camp Sessions, West Van FC Will:
1. Increase the coach to player ratio in our camp sessions.
2. Create a separate entry and exit for players arriving and leaving their session to help facilitate safe distancing. Parents, please do not crowd around the gate areas to pick up your child. We will have a designated pick up area for each field so that ample space will be available for children to meet their parent.
3. Ensure that equipment is routinely sterilized after being used.
4. Create a safe drop-off and pick up routine for players.
5. Players will not be allowed to participate if they show any signs of being ill. We expect parents to be responsible about when keeping their child at home is the right thing to do.