Firstly, we would point out that all youth footballers are different (for clarification from Bingham Town FC's perspective, 'youth footballers' are all children under the age of 18 who we, as coaches, are responsible for once they arrive at training). Some will relish the challenge of cold weather conditions, others definitely won't. Older children are, in general terms, probably much better equipped to deal with cold temperatures than very young ones.
THE ADVICE OF THE BINGHAM TOWN FC WELFARE TEAM IS THAT TRAINING DOES NOT TAKE PLACE IF THE TEMPERATURE (OR FORECAST TEMPERATURE) IS 0 DEGREES OR BELOW.
If you do decide to go ahead with a session ask yourself the following questions:
- Do I have the expertise to deliver a cold weather session (very different to a normal warm weather session)?
- Have I notified the players what to wear? (you are responsible for their well being once they arrive at training)
- Do I have the knowledge of what is the correct clothing they should be wearing in order to give them that advice? (Don't just rely on 'It's common sense' - IT'S NOT! - There is plenty of professional advice - minimum starting point is hats, gloves, plenty of 'breathable' layers and covered legs)
- Am I prepared to send them home if they are incorrectly dressed?
- Do I have the expertise to recognise if a child is not enjoying it and will I know what to do if they aren't from a safeguarding and welfare point of view?
- Have I got the well being and enjoyment of the players as my number one priority?
IS IT REALLY WORTH IT? IS IT ESSENTIAL? - WILL THERE BE A POSITIVE OUTCOME FOR EVERYONE INCLUDING COACHES BY PUTTING ON THE SESSION?
This advice will be put on the Club Website and incorporated into the upcoming 'CHAIRMAN'S MESSAGE' which will be sent out shortly to all parents.
Parents should also remember that they have a responsibility to decide whether or not they feel it is appropriate to send their son or daughter to training and to ensure that they are suitably dressed if they do.
Updated 07:31 - 10 May 2018 by Robert Harwood