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BAFA update on 2020 season and COVID-19 – 28 May 2020

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Suspension of American football related activity extended to Friday 3 July

I would like to start, as ever, on the most important point which is saying that I sincerely hope everyone is safe and well.

As you will know from the update on 12 May, the contact season across adult, junior and youth has been postponed until 2021, while the flag season remains under review. You will also recall that all American football related activity has been suspended until the end of May.

With this deadline now approaching, I want to provide you with an update.

Suspension of American football related activity extended to Friday 3 July
I can confirm today, following further review from the BAFA board and the latest advice from the Government, that the suspension of all American football related activity will be extended until Friday 3 July 2020. Continuing from the initial suspension, this includes practice and training, group gym sessions and friendlies.

Based on the current situation and public health guidance, we believe it is right to extend this suspension in the best interests of everyone’s safety. We will keep this under constant review however and if there are changes in the advice we are receiving from the Government, we will act immediately.

In the meantime, BAFA as organisation will continue to review how we can best support you and our sport during this period, and assess how and when we might able to return to play. As part of this, we intend to provide an update shortly on support for coaches and the situation with contact coach and player-coach memberships.

I appreciate this remains an incredibly difficult and frustrating period for us all, and I hope you can understand that all decisions are being made with member safety as the number one priority. I hugely appreciate your continued patience and understanding, and please do get in contact with me if you have questions or concerns.

Pete Ackerley, BAFA Chief Executive

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