Newark FC, Newark Town and Southwell City announce pre-season fixtures as FA reveals plans for football’s return
Clubs across the district have started planning for the new season after the government and Football Association lifted restrictions on the nation’s most played sport.
The new guidelines mean competitive training in groups of up to 30 can return, while from August competitive matches can take place.
The FA also announced grassroots leagues, the men’s National League system and women’s football tier could resume from September.
Senior Non-League sides Newark FC, Newark Town and Southwell City have wasted no time in their return, with August set to be jam-packed with friendlies.
Craig Roche (below, centre), joint-manager of step five club Newark, said it was a long wait.
“Everyone at the club is delighted,” he said.
“It was a big relief to get the news through, and now it’s time to get pre-season underway and start looking forward to the new season.
“We have always had a pre-season training schedule, but without any updates it was hard to say when we needed to start, but obviously we can do that now.
“We gambled on the season starting in September, so we have friendlies already booked in throughout August, and, all being well, we will be able to fulfil those friendlies.”
Newark will kick things off with a behind-closed-doors match against Gedling on Saturday, August 1.
The club’s first training session took place on Tuesday night and Roche said they planned to have three sessions a week to get back to match fitness.
“It is about putting the training into match scenarios, and competitive friendlies are a way of doing it,” Roche said.
Luke Parsons (above, right) player-manager of Newark Town, said his players were delighted to get back to competitive action.
“It (training in small groups) was something different to what were used to, but the lads have thrived and we could tell by the numbers we had every week that they enjoyed it,” Parsons said.
“Every one has been chomping at the bit to play, even in training. They were asking for a small sided game, but obviously we couldn’t.
Town kick their pre-season off away to step six side Brigg Town on August 1.
Southwell start their pre-season at Clifton on Saturday, August 8.
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