“The club is dead.” At least the concept. The devastating phrase of the president of the Camprodon, Joan Busquets, is as hard as it is true. Procicat measures against the spread of covid-19 are like a lethal weapon for the clubs amateur i de base. Far from seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, they run out of oxygen and it is becoming increasingly clear that no one takes them into account when deciding no matter how much outdoor sports are allowed. «It is not breathe football. Emotionally and emotionally we are shattered, this is what is contagious. We have no hope because small towns are always in line“, the Mint.
The case of Camprodon shows that football is in a critical situation. Without parties and despite making efforts to have activity, they are prevented. “In December we resumed training, but with the perimeter confinement of Ripollès we had to stop again. It’s like doing three preseasons because we start again every time we are left», Explains Busquets. The restrictions were not as strict as in Ripollès and Cerdanya, however the Guíxols also suffered the measures of Christmas and is paying dearly for the shock plan that has been in effect since Jan. 7. “Our coach is from outside the Baix Empordà and has not been able to come for weeks. The idea was to train voluntarily during all the Christmas holidays, but we let it be because only eight players could come. Territorial football is designed more for the province of Barcelona than for those outside. This year we have a squad with 50% of players from here, which does not mean that they are only from Sant Feliu, but that they come from Platja d’Aro, Santa Cristina and even Llagostera “, comments the president of Guíxols, Laia Bodro.
With the same problem is the He threw. “There will be no training for any base football team or the first team. We will wait for the new restrictions to come out to decide later what to do “, the club said in a statement. At this time, there is no news on what the outcome of the 2020-21 season will be. The entities face the day to day blindly, with the fear of leaving even more harmed. “We don’t know anything, though if they tell us the competition has to end it will be an offense. Especially considering that there would be ups and downs. We can’t play everything with 17 or 18 games “, says Busquets. In this sense, Bodro is also worried: “Better than not because it is also being difficult to find sponsors. Here we live from tourism and I don’t know with what face we should go to a bar to ask them for something. It is an impossible season. Starting over can be a mountain even if the investment is already made because the cards and the mutual societies are paid ”.
Even footballers are supporters of leave the year blank. Without being able to train the Palamós, the striker Dembo Batchilly came to a agreement with Banyoles to be able to play in Tercera (depends on the RFEF): «Those of us from Girona we couldn’t go to train with Palamós for a day. We’re fucked because we like football and it united us, but resuming competition would be tricky because we don’t have any kind of pace. Everyone tries to exercise on their own, but it has nothing to do with it. He physical trainer of La Jonquera, Pere Brugat, warns that “there is a psychological point that is also very important because the players are tired of the situation and are not one hundred percent. The sole purpose of the workouts is to keep the group going because without League there is no motivation. It is a cluster of things that affects them physically and mentally. If the competition resumes, the intensity will not be the same and if it is or many try, they will end up injured.
One of the groups that will suffer the most is the infants. “These boys and girls are missing a stage of their training. They are the most affected, not only in football, but in all aspects. This is the worst of all because they will lack learning and personal experiences which develop at all ages. They will jump straight into a category with a totally different type of game. When they play again we will be able to see it, though surely the level will go down», Assures the football coordinator 7 and coach of the infantile B of the Peralada, Sergi Barco. And all unjustifiably because “sport is no more contagious than some things that are allowed.” “In the three or four months we’ve been able to train more or less, there was no outbreak. There have been cases, yes, but all have been through contacts of friends or family. Tests have been made throughout the bubble group without any problems and the player in question has been isolated. We follow all the rules, check in and out, locker rooms closed … and the sport continues to be harmed», Adds Barco. Brugat has the same opinion, who, apart from the physical preparation of the borders, is the director of the EssentialFIT gym and suffers the restrictions on two sides: «In Primera Catalana we have not had any positives and in the gym only a couple who have infected outside by contact with friends or family. You never know if they will close you, open you, what rules they will set … All this accumulates and affects everyone a lot. Doing physical activity is healthy and preventative for a person to be well. The most sedentary people always tend to have more problems recovering from any illness.
Bodro has the synthesis of all this mess: «Amateur and grassroots sports have had to pay for the broken dishes of government improvisations. Let’s all go on an adventure. I think there is a lack of clear leadership, both in the Generalitat and in the Federation. They need to set guidelines so that everyone knows what to look for. As of February 7, what? The only answer we have is a ‘we’ll see’.