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💬 Chambers | “We’re trying to keep the vibe going as a team”

Royals boss gives update on current situation

2 April 2020

Reading FC Women manager Kelly Chambers shared her thoughts at a very strange time for football in both the men's and the women's game at the moment when she spoke to BBC Radio Berkshire.

“It’s been tough,” Chambers said. “I think the biggest thing for me is not being around the girls every day.

"I suppose it’s like a little family, in a way. The girls have all got their own home programme and they’re all working really hard, but I suppose it’s all they can do at the moment. We try to stay in contact as much as possible and try to keep the vibe going as a team.”

No-one knows when football might return and in what format, but Chambers is simply working to the latest guidance given to her and the other FA WSL managers.

“You’re only working to the last bit of information that you’re given, and at the moment that is April 30th and we’re all trying to work towards that," she said. "Although the likelihood of that happening is very minimal. So, it’s very hard to work out what you’re going to do and how you’re going to get back to things.

“We came away from Bisham Abbey just before the lockdown, when this was still in its early days and we started training over at Bearwood.

"It was nice, we actually had Bearwood to ourselves which was lovely and were training in relative isolation as the men’s team were training at Hogwood. Then once the government changed the rules, we had to finish.

“We’ve been in regular contact with the FA and they’ve been really good. Their plan is the same as the EFL; they want to finish the season, and there are various scenarios that are being contemplated.

"The very last one is to not finish the season. With the Olympics not happening now, that gives us a bit of breathing room to hopefully finish the league."

For now though, it is about staying home to save lives and accepting the circumstances for what they are. “I think the one thing this situation has done for everyone is help them to appreciate the little things.

"The things that you probably take for granted in day-to-day life. Just going for a walk is just lovely and we will all want to do it a lot more often now.”

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