We have now received guidance and timelines on the return of football and we have summarised the information you require below. As you will be aware there is a lot for us to understand yet and we will keep you informed as information becomes available.
We are in the process of scheduling some pre-season friendlies and expect to be in a position to announce some dates in August for these next week, in line with the guidance.
The FA would strongly recommend a phased return to competitive football activity as follows:
- Until 31 July – When ready, you can begin competitive training, with the overall group size (inclusive of coaches) being limited to 30 people;
- From August – Competitive matches to begin, for example pre-season fixtures, festivals and small sided football competitions;
- From September – Grassroots leagues, men’s National League System, Women’s Football Pyramid tiers 3 to 6, and FA Competitions can commence.
(Pre-season friendlies: A specific proposal has been lodged with DCMS, with oversight from the Sports Ground Safety Authority, on the return of Spectators at NLS Grounds. This is yet to be approved and as such, any pre-season fixture must be, until advised otherwise, planned to be behind closed doors.)
The FA has released key dates for the forthcoming season. These are subject to further approval of the Government and the Sports Ground Safety Authority:
The Ebac Northern League is at Step 5-6:
FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round: Tuesday, 1st September 2020
FA Cup Preliminary Round: Saturday, 12th September 2020
FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round: Tuesday, 22nd September 2020
FA Vase 1st Qualifying Round: Saturday, 19th September 2020
FA Vase 2nd Qualifying Round: Saturday, 10th October 2020
End date for the season: No later than Saturday, 15th May 2021
The Club needs as much support as possible and the community of Stockton has stepped up in these difficult times. We have sold a record number of Season Cards for next season but we know that many of you have been waiting on your applications until a start date was clearer or you could come down to the Club and arrange. The Club has re-opened but on limited hours at the moment, however Application Forms for new Season Cards or renewal of existing Season Cards can be be accepted and processed in person during the following times;
Saturdays 9am to 3pm
Tuesdays 6pm to 8pm
Wednesdays 6pm to 8pm
Thursdays 6pm to 8pm
If you have already purchased your Season Card on line and need to collect, please do so between the times above. If you are an existing Season Card holder your card will of been re-activated for the new Season.
If you would like to purchase or renew a Season Card this can now all be done on-line via the Club Shop. Heres the link if you wish to apply;
Don’t worry if you wish to pay with cash as you can do this over the Bar in the Clubhouse, simply fill in the Form from behind the Bar in the Clubhouse or that can be downloaded via the link below;
All applications for reserved seating will only be dealt with once the social distancing guidelines for the new playing Season are known. These will be allocated firstly to those renewing from last season and then any new requests.
Thank you for your support it is greatly appreciated by the management, players and all at the Club.