A LOCAL football club has had to suspend all its activity for at least a week after one of its players tested positive for Coronavirus.

Barnoldswick Town, who play in the North West Counties League Premier Division, will not be able to train or contest any matches until at least September 30.

The club stated that the unnamed player is now self-isolating for 10 days.

As a result, Barnoldswick have been forced to cancel their final pre-season friendly with Farsley Celtic on Saturday.

Town were last in action last night against Steeton and are set to kick-off their 2020/21 league campaign on October 3.

The statement on Barnoldswick Town's Twitter page read: "The club has received news that one of our first team players has tested positive for Coronavirus.

"In line with government and FA guidance all football activity will now be ceased at the club and will recommence no earlier than the 30th September 2020. This includes all training and competitive matches meaning our friendly against Farsley Celtic is now cancelled.

"The club and the individual involved are following all necessary requirements in relation to track and trace.

"The player affected is fully fit and has not displayed any symptoms, however in line with government requirements he is now required to self isolate for 10 days. We wish him and his family a return to normality as soon as possible.

"Barnoldswick Town FC have significant procedures to ensure the safety of all players, staff and visitors to the club and to minimise the risk of transmission.

"We would like to remind everyone that anyone who is displaying symptoms of Covid-19 should self isolate and obtain a Covid- 19 test immediately. Also, everyone should follow the government and NHS guidance in relation to good hand hygiene, wearing of face coverings and practicing social distancing.

"Please take all the necessary precautions to keep yourself, your family and your community safe.

"The club are continuing to monitor the situation and further information will be issued as appropriate."