After being away since March, Scunthorpe United made their long-awaited return on Monday for the start of pre-season training.
In a year like no other due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the initial return to training will look entirely different for the squad as they prepare for the 2020/21 campaign, which is set to begin on the weekend of Saturday, 12th September.
As per the EFL protocols for Stage One of Return to Training, the Iron squad has been split into small groups and while Covid-19 testing isn’t required at this stage, social distancing measures and other guidelines have been implemented.
The players will each receive non-invasive temperature checks before leaving their cars and will arrive in their own kit at designated time slots for training. This after completing an online questionnaire prior to arrival to confirm they are symptom-free.
A one-way system provides safe entry to the training pitch for the players, who will take part in non-contact training drills under the watchful eyes of the coaching staff and medical department.
There will be no indoor activity, such as gym workouts, during Stage One and players will return home after training without using dressing-room facilities.
We are operating in a Covid-19 controlled safe-zone environment and entry is restricted to authorised personnel only. There will be restrictions on access to the site and car parks from today in order to keep visitors onto the site to a minimum. The stadium remains closed to visitors at this time.
There will be regular coverage of pre-season across the club’s media channels to ensure fans are kept up to speed with all the goings on as United prepare for the 2020/21 season.