As restrictions change and the safety of members continues to be a priority, one amateur football club is pleading to those coming to matches or training to keep safe and follow the rules.

Whitehaven AFC have decided parents will not be permitted onto the astroturf cage and they are reminding people to follow the rule of six.

Speaking on behalf of the club, Rob Campbell said: “We are seeing a rising number of cases of Covid-19 in our areas currently; we for now remain in the medium tier of the new tiered setup the Government introduced.

“We would just like to to reaffirm our message to everyone when visiting our site to follow the rules and guidance laid out by the committee and briefed by our lead coaches.

“This includes not gathering in groups of more than six .

“Masks must be worn when entering our clubhouse.

“This applies to all our players and away teams when entering the clubhouse whether using the toilet, moving around the bar or going to one of the changing rooms.

“Under no circumstances are parents to be admitted within the astroturf cage. Games are to be watched from outside the fence area.

“Games may be delayed in future if there are parents within the pitch and the club will follow up with any instances of this.

“We also ask for everyone to do their bit and put any drinks bottles in the many bins provided; it’s not a big ask to tidy away after yourselves.

“This helps not put our volunteers at risk collecting bottles off the pitch but also to keep the areas tidy and clean.”