After Boris Johnson announced details of the roadmap out of lockdown for England, we wanted to provide an update on what that means for us as a club.
Last week, the Stroud league held a vote on how the season should be concluded. It was decided by unanimous vote that the season be null and voided and essentially restarted in September. Whilst it’s a disappointment that we won’t complete our first season back in Division One and our Reserves will miss out on winning Division Seven, we look forward to preparing for next season and respect the decision that was made.
It was announced on Monday that grassroots football could begin to return from the 29th March. This will allow us to begin training again from this date and we’re raring to go, as everyone must be in the country. We’ll look forward to possibly the longest pre-season ever and this will allow the players to get back to full fitness and for Graham and his assistant George to further instil their playing style and beliefs into the squad.
We will look to arrange friendlies throughout the summer. If other clubs are struggling to arrange their friendlies due to the cricket season taking place, then we would welcome them getting in touch as our pitch will be readily available.
We spoke to first team manager, Graham Fletcher, and he echoed these sentiments.
“It was a delight to hear yesterday that outdoor Grassroots Football could restart on the 29th March. The great news was tinged with a little sadness as the Stroud League had already decided to make the current season Null and Void. Clearly, at the time the decision was taken, we were still under lockdown, in my opinion the Member Clubs took the correct decision.
That said, we now need to look forward to pre season training, our very popular ‘Friendly’ tournament will return, now expanded to 8 teams, maybe we could invite some more? And hopefully be thankful that the nightmare of the last 12 months will soon be behind us, but I don’t think anyone will forget Covid in a hurry.
We can now all look forward to getting back on the grass, getting fit again, and playing football, it will be a great feeling when that happens.
The Club will let everyone know shortly about upcoming plans, we will continue with our ‘Zoom’ meetings and George and I look forward to seeing you on the ‘grass’ very soon.”
We hope all that are reading this are safe and well and we can’t wait to be back. Up The War.