Please see an update below with our plan to delay our return to football due to the numbers of virus cases in our area:
The new year begins with our area in "tier 4". In tier 4 outdoor youth football is permitted by the government; and the FA guidance, when followed correctly, allows us to train and play matches.
The fact that we are allowed to play youth football suggests that the government and FA consider the many benefits of organised outdoor sport for children outweigh the risk of virus transmission. As an FA affiliated club we will follow that guidance and look to continue playing football in due course.
However, we are aware of cases in our area, and the closure of some schools, and believe it is sensible to temporarily suspend playing.
FC Cougars currently plan to return to training and matches from the weekend of 16/17 January. This date is immediately before secondary schools re-open with testing in place for pupils. This short delay will give further time to assess the situation. Hopefully we will see a reduction of cases in the coming weeks which will allow us to safely provide football for those who feel happy to play.
Some of our age groups have games scheduled by the league for Sunday 10 January, but we have asked for matches involving our teams to be postponed. If you have any questions or comments please direct them to your age group manager or club officer using the contact details on our website.
|U7||23 Jan 2021||09:30||Training||CANCELLED|
|U9||23 Jan 2021||09:30||Training||CANCELLED|
|U13||24 Jan 2021||League||POSTPONED|
|U7||24 Jan 2021||TBC||Friendly||CANCELLED|
FC Cougars are affiliated with Berks and Bucks FA, and our club affiliation Number is W-B&B 3239.
We are fully insured for public liability and for youth football personal accident.
All our managers and coaches have active enhanced DBS checks and we help all coaches gain suitable FA qualifications.
We are delighted to announce that McDonalds have become a key sponsor of the club. McDonalds have supplied our U13 team kit, training kit, and will be helping FC Cougars to provide FA qualifications for our coaches and volunteers.
"As a local McDonald's Franchisee and as someone who played on the very same pitches as a child, I'm extremely proud to sponsor FC Cougars and support them with the kit and access to coaching qualifications they need to get all the fun and enjoyment that is possible from grassroots football" - Richard Forte, Fortress Operations Ltd.