Our Duty of Care
MSSP have a duty to take all measures that are reasonable in the circumstances to ensure the health, safety, wellbeing and welfare of all participants and any other attendees involved in the relevant event. MSSP have tried to ensure that all reasonable steps have been taken in its duty of care being discharged, and to the requisite standard of care, MSSP have ensured the following guidance and actions have been adhered to and carried out:
- That the advice of the UK Government and public health authorities has been followed
- That the bespoke guidance and protocols issued by the relevant NGB, federation and/or umbrella organisation (if applicable) have been followed
- That a full and proper COVID-19 specific risk assessment has been carried out.
Please ensure you read our COVID-19 specific risk assessment before entering this event. This can be found here.
MSSP are putting additional measures in place regarding COVID-19 however it is impossible to fully remove all risk. By entering this event you have carefully considered your options and made sure you are completely comfortable with the risks associated with COVID-19 and undertaken your own organisations risk assessment for participating in this event. It is in the interests of all event competitors to fully understand the measures that have been put in place to make everyone who takes part as safe as possible and it is entirely your decision to take part. Please ensure you are fully conversant with the rules of the event and pay particular attention to the following;
- All participants and attendees (including players, officials, organisers and volunteers) are aware of COVID-19 symptoms and the need to self-assess before attending every sporting activity.
- Any participant or other attendee reporting symptoms does not attend and is directed to follow NHS and PHE guidance on self-isolation.
- Participants or any other attendee are aware of any increased risk associated with taking part in sporting activity, based on the national governing body’s guidance and risk assessment, and have appropriate consent to take part in the activity.
- Participants or any other attendee are strongly advised to comply with public health restrictions and avoid high-risk behaviour outside the sports setting to reduce the risk to their fellow participants when they do attend.
- Participants and any other attendee continue to adhere to legal gathering limits before and after sporting activities, act responsibly and limit transmission risk wherever possible.
- Participants are aware that they are choosing to take part in the modified version of the game, including any relevant COVID-19 measures, and should comply with these measures as a condition of participation.
- Spectators will not be permitted entry to facilities and should be informed of this when letters are sent to parents.
Team Requirements & Eligibility
- Age: Year 5 & 6
- Mixed gender event. A team may be comprised of all boys, all girls or a mixed gender team.
- Squad Size: Maximum of 10 players in a squad.
- 7 players on the pitch at any time (one of which will be the goal keeper).
- Points awarded are: 3 for a win, 1 for a draw and 0 for a loss.
- Group placing determined by: points accrued, goal difference, goals scored, head to head result (if 2 teams), sudden death penalty shootout.
- For supporting football in your school please visit http://www.esfa.co.uk/
- Round robin groups. All teams will progress to a second stage of knockout competition according to their placement in the first round.
- Seedings will be allocated from the cluster round results. Each group of 4 teams will have 1 team from each cluster of a different seeding.
- All teams will proceed to a quarter-final, a semi-final and a final to determine the Final Standings. Final pool standings will be determined from results. Winners of the pools will take top seed of their pool, 2nd take 2nd seed of their pool, etc.
- Certificates: GOLD & Trophy: winners. SILVER: runners-up. BRONZE: 3rd place.
- Participation certificates will be presented to all participants.
Kit & Equipment
- Please provide own warm up balls. Match balls are provided.
- This event will take place on grass so please bring appropriate footwear. Studded boots will be permitted.
- Shin pads are compulsory.
- Players of the same team should wear the same colour tops/bibs. No jewellery, baseball caps etc. It is advised that if eyewear is essential, it should be made from plastic rather than glass.
- First team on pitch will take kick-off.
- A goal cannot be scored direct from a kick off.
- After a goal is scored there will be a restart with a centre kick by the team who did not score the goal.
- Goalkeepers can only handle the ball in the penalty area.
- The goalkeeper may leave the goal area however a penalty kick will be awarded against the keeper if he handles the ball outside this area.
- When the goalkeeper takes a goal kick all players must be outside the goal area.
- The goalkeeper cannot kick the ball from hand or drop the ball from hand to kick.
- Overhead or underarm throws can be made for any re-introduction to play EXCEPT corners, where the ball is placed and kicked in.
- Opposition players must be five yards away from where corners and throw-ins are taken.
- Pass backs are not allowed.
- Outfield players are permitted in the goal area.
- All free kicks are direct.
- Ball is allowed over head height.
- The taking of ANY penalties will be subject to the ‘one step’ rule.
- The ‘roll-on-roll-off’ rule applies to substitutions. Substitutions can only be made during stoppages in play and with the approval of the referee.
- Children must not slide tackle.
- No off-sides and all general FA rules apply.
- Results and event report will be available on the news webpage within 24 hours of the event ending.
- The winner of the Borough Finals will represent Merton at the Surrey FA Finals. Details tbc.
Safeguarding and DBS
MSSP acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and is committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice and the requirements of the Partnership’s host organisation, the Harris Federation.
We recognise that the welfare and interests of children are paramount in all circumstances. We aim to ensure that regardless of age, ability or disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation, socio-economic background, all children and young leaders:
• have a positive and enjoyable experience of sport or physical activity at MSSP events in a safe and child centred environment
• are protected from abuse whilst participating or officiating at MSSP events
All MSSP staff at the event are fully vetted and enhanced DBS checked. It is the schools’ responsibility to ensure any staff and volunteers who attend the event comply with the host venue safeguarding and welfare policy and can provide documentation to support this on request.
Spectators will not be permitted entry to school facilities and should be informed of this when letters are sent to parents. In order to safeguard children at our events, we will only allow entry to parents if they have been DBS checked and vetted through safer recruitment procedures and authorised to attend by your school. The school will maintain responsible for them at all times. At public sites such as parks we will section off an area for the public where parents that are not with the school party may spectate from.
For more information regarding MSSP’s safeguarding, please click here
If you have any concerns about a child at our event please make sure you say something. The MSSP safeguarding team contact details will be on display at all events or for more information on who to speak to please click here
Please see attached risk assessment for event specific planning and considerations.
MSSP values the contributions by all those involved in making our events a FUN, safe and enjoyable environment for children to take part in sport. To ensure our events continue to be successful we promote our REFSPECT campaign. We expect everyone attending our events to maintain respect for the rules, officials, opponents, teammates and themselves. Only designated staff and volunteers will be allowed on the side-lines. All spectators are to remain behind the barriers, providing positive support and encouraging a fun and fair event.
For more information about REFSPECT and codes of conduct for attendance at our events, please click here.
Photographs will be taken at this event by staff members from MSSP and may be used for promotional material. If you have any children that do not have permission to be photographed, please inform a member of staff before the start of the event.
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MSSP will have a basic first aid kit and qualified person at all events but will not be available to tend to less urgent first aid, as they will be delivering the event. As part of the school’s risk assessment a qualified first aider should be with the school team at all times (including travel) to tend to their children during the event.
Comments, Compliments and Complaints
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