It has been almost two months since the British government imposed a lockdown and restricted all non-essential activities there, including football.
It has been almost two months since the British government imposed a lockdown and restricted all non-essential activities there, including football. Only elite level football tournaments such as the Premier League and Championship are still continuing with strict health surveillance and protocols. Meanwhile, the lower level, including the young age group, is temporarily stopped.
This condition also affects the #GarudaSelect Program, which so far has only had an open match against Port Vale. According to Elie Hargreaves, #GarudaSelect Physiotherapist, during this lockdown the players focus on intensive training programs. This is likely to continue for some time until the lockdown status is lifted.
“Until now there has been no recent development regarding COVID-19 in the UK. So for the time being, activities will continue as usual with a bubble system, until further notice,” said Elle.
"All grassroots football activities have completely stopped, many have stopped training for a while. Only top level football tournaments such as the Premier League and Championship".
Together with staffs and the coaching team, Hargreaves continues to monitor the progress of the players, regarding various aspects such as health condition and fitness of the players. They are also dealing with minor injuries suffered by #GarudaSelect players during lockdown.
Even though they haven't been able to do an official match, according to Hargreaves, this situation can be used by the players to focus on doing better training. "The players will continue to undergo training to maintain their fitness and improve their abilities, until there is really a green light to compete again," he explained.