Rockmount soccer club are putting safety first before any return to training

Rockmount soccer club are putting safety first before any return to training
Rockmount defend against a Mayfield corner-kick in an U13 clash back at the start of the season. Picture: Larry Cummins

ROCKMOUNT schoolboys secretary, Jim O’Brien, has confirmed that the club is planning to return to training, but won’t return this week.

The FAI informed Cork soccer teams at all levels they are allowed to return to training from last Monday, provided a number of safety measures are implemented.

The Whitchurch side is eager to return to action, but O’Brien said they will only do so when the time is right.

“We are already making plans,” O’Brien said.

“Things are changing by the week, with bringing things forward, but as it stands now, the FAI guidelines state that we can go back training from last Monday.

“We had a couple of coaches on to us straight away, saying they will go back training, but we had to tell them to wait until we are ready.

“We had a meeting at the weekend. Before that, we went through all the FAI guidelines and we had to appoint a Covid-19 compliance officer in the club,” O’Brien said.

“Eddie Kelly has been appointed now. We held a meeting with all our coaches with the schoolboys and the academy, just to make them aware of the new rules, what can and can’t be done.

“It’s going to throw up some strange situations, with some of the restrictions, but we expect, in another month or so, that they may be relaxed again, but the main thing is that everyone is safe.

“We hope the new season will start at the end of August or the start of September, so even though we can go back training this week, I wouldn’t expect our teams to do that yet,” O’Brien said.

He also said he was disappointed that last season was ended abruptly, but he has defended the league’s decision to do so. 

“We were all disappointed that everything was brought to a sudden halt, back in March,” O’Brien said.

“Up until a couple of weeks ago, nobody was quite sure what was going to happen, but in fairness to the CSL, they were early enough, or as early as they could be, in deciding to finish the season, because there was no prospect of finishing things, regardless of when they could restart.

“We were going to run out of evenings that we could play matches and things like that,” O’Brien said.

“Most clubs would, maybe, have a couple of teams that were going to benefit from that decision and a couple of teams that would suffer from it. 

"You have some winners and you have some losers, but, overall, everyone knows this is a difficult time — it is unprecedented — so there is no point in arguing about what they should’ve done or what might have happened.”

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