In the women’s game, this means that the Women’s Super League and the Championship will continue but not the next level down, the FA Women’s National League. Unfortunately, with the WNL defined as “non-elite”, this has put Orient WFC’s season on hold for the time being.
Speaking about today’s announcement, O’s boss Chris Brayford emphasised that the health and wellbeing of everybody involved in the game must come first.
“We are obviously disappointed about the shutdown but we support the measures in the collective best interest. Clearly the key priority is that the restrictions have the desired effect and the rate of infection goes down.”
Brayford also highlighted some of the work he and the team will be doing over the coming weeks while matches and training are off-limits.
“We will be trying to keep up a regular schedule in lockdown and focus on what we can do e.g. video match analysis for example. Tag, David and Petya, who have done a great job on the team’s strength and conditioning, will be running sessions for the players online plus we will have a home fitness programme for them also.
Despite the enforced break, the Orient manager has no doubt that the team spirit fostered within the group will remain high throughout the next month.
“In the last lockdown, the players showed how creative they are with some great ideas for the weekly zoom calls: in addition to the quizzes and suchlike, there were things like having to recreate and photograph a scene from a film and identify it, as well as a version of Through the Keyhole where they were guessing who lives where. So we’ll still be doing stuff even if we can’t get out on the pitch to train or play for these next few weeks!”
Make sure to follow @OrientWFC for all the latest updates surrounding the club, including some exciting announcements. Orient’s next fixture is expected to be the re-arranged Vitality FA Cup tie versus Eastbourne Town on Sunday, December 6.