Grassroots Connected April 2020 Update

An update from Jack and Morgan – the Grassroots Connected team – at a time when football comes secondary to the health and wellbeing of you, your family, friends and neighbours.

Happy Easter to one and all.

Introduction

‘Grassroots Connected’ is set to replace the Team Websites and Beta Leagues platforms, serving the needs of both clubs and leagues under one umbrella. As a digital sports start-up company founded in 2017 by a football coach and website designer, Team Websites grew from strength to strength, establishing partnerships with two County FA’s and attracted interest from competing companies.

With a new club website template and revised pricing model, these changes will ensure the long-term sustainability of Grassroots Connected. This ideally means our members will be able to reap the benefits in a more joined-up, all-in-one solution – design, websites and e-learning.

Moving forward, Grassroots Connected will be run by graphic designer Jack Wright and digital marketer Morgan McLellan. Jack brings his own freelance experience to the table of working with non-league clubs, having designed graphics for a selection of clubs, whilst Morgan will lead on the website design and hosting for clubs, leagues and other sporting organisations.

Season Over

Recently, the FA made the difficult decision to declare the current grassroots football playing season null and void. This applies to mens, womens and youth football. Training sessions and other social events are also not permitted under current Government advice.

This will mean that clubs face financial uncertainty and we wanted to do our part, however small. With this in mind, we have some news to share with you below, with a small gesture of goodwill.

Peace of mind

This news will hopefully give our clubs some peace of mind, with budget inevitably being slim to none during this difficult period and uncertainty caused by Covid-19.

We have taken the decision to pause the payments of all club website subscriptions hosted on our Team Websites platform until at least 30th May 2020. Beyond this date, we will then regularly review this timescale inline with Government announcements relating to the Coronavirus and provide updates accordingly.

For clubs that have chosen a yearly subscription, we will add 2 months onto the expiry date of your current billing cycle at no extra cost.

We hugely appreciate your custom and thank you for choosing to host your website with us.

Advice and Support

The latest advice about Coronavirus can be found by clicking here. Current advice includes:

Stay at home

  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home)
  • If you go out, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home

Do not meet others, even friends or family.

You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.

Stay active by going out running as your permitted form of daily exercise; get active using your own living room or bedroom with home workout tutorials on YouTube; read a newspaper or magazine, keep your mind active with a Sudoku or crossword puzzle; play a board game or video game with other members of your household (be it a flatmate, partner or other half).

Obviously we would recommend Football Manager 2020, a football management simulation game for PC and phone, for some of our passionate and very enthusiastic grassroots coaches out there. From working in a supermarket myself, chocolate brownies currently seem to be a popular baking choice, with people making use of their time at home to put their baking skills to the test.


Crucially we must not forget to play our part in publishing avenues to reach out for support for those who are vulnerable, mental health and/or the safeguarding and welfare of young people.

There are many organisations and charities out there offering support and these include:

NSPCC

The NSPCC is the UK’s leading children’s charity, preventing abuse and helping those affected to recover.

18 or under? Childline offers free, confidential advice and support whatever your worry, whenever you need help, call 0800 1111.

If you’re worried about a child, even if you’re unsure, contact our professional counsellors for help, advice and support by calling the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000.

Visit the NSPCC website

Samaritans

When life is tough, Samaritans are here to listen at any time of the day or night. You can talk to them about anything that’s troubling you, no matter how difficult.

Call free on 116 123 or visit the Samaritans website

YoungMinds

Text the YoungMinds Crisis Messenger, for free 24/7 support across the UK if you are experiencing a mental health crisis.

If you need urgent help text YM to 85258. All texts are answered by trained volunteers, with support from experienced clinical supervisors. Texts are free from EE, O2, Vodafone, 3, Virgin Mobile, BT Mobile, GiffGaff, Tesco Mobile and Telecom Plus.

Visit the YoungMinds website

Shout

Shout offers confidential 24/7 crisis text support for times when you need immediate assistance.

Text “SHOUT” to 85258 or visit Shout Crisis Text Line

CALM

CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, for people in the UK who are down or have hit a wall for any reason.

Call 0800 58 58 58 (daily, 5pm to midnight)

Free, anonymous webchat with trained staff

Papyrus

If you are under 35 and feel that life is not worth living any more, call Papyrus’s HopelineUK from 9am to 10pm weekdays and 2pm to 10pm on weekends.

Call HopelineUK on 0800 068 41 41
Text 07786 209697

Visit the Papyrus website

Age UK

With more elderly having to self-quarantine and being declared at risk of Covid-19, this can lead to them feeling isolated and low. Age UK offers an advice line and provide regular friendship calls to those who are lonely during Coronavirus self-isolation.

If you need advice or information on money, care or health, call 0800 678 1602, open 8am to 7pm daily.

Find out more information if you are feeling worried by clicking here.

Visit the Age UK website

Crisis

If you are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, Crisis can help. As a charity for homeless people, they offer support, advice and courses in 12 locations across Great Britain.

Visit the Crisis website

The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army offers help to the elderly, the young, offenders, drug addicts and blind and disabled people, aiming to provide food and shelter for the homeless.

Visit the Salvation Army website to find out about emergency assistance

Search Homeless Services

Search homelessness services in England using the link below.

https://www.homeless.org.uk/search-homelessness-services

Urgent, non-emergency medical advice

If you need help urgently but are not at risk of death or serious illness, use the NHS 111 non-emergency advice online: NHS 111 advice online

Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

People with hearing problems can use the NHS 111 British Sign Language (BSL) service.

In a life-threatening emergency… Dial 999

In a life-threatening emergency, phone the emergency services and ask for an ambulance.

Call 999
When to call 999

Foodbanks

Food banks are organisations aimed at supporting people who cannot afford the essentials in life. You can use the Trussell Trust’s website to find your nearest food bank.

Find your nearest food bank by clicking here.

If you can afford food but are unable to get it due to self-isolating or for another reason, please contact your local council or Citizens Advice.

Launch

The time for launching the Grassroots Connected platform is not quite right in the current climate surrounding Covid-19 (Coronavirus). The health of the whole nation is of paramount importance before even toying with the idea of grassroots sport being allowed to resume.

Wishing you and your neighbours good health – remember ‘Stay home, Save lives‘.

Yours In Sport,
Jack and Morgan
Grassroots Connected

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