Following NSW Health’s measures released Monday 17 August, we remind all community football participants, not just clubs, to undertake your bit to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.
Community football clubs and volunteers across the region have worked tirelessly over the past six months implementing COVID-19 Safety Plans to ensure players, particularly children are able to play football for the season.
Northern NSW Football CEO David Eland reinforces that it is not only Clubs who are responsible for doing the right thing, however all participants including players, parents and spectators – we all have a role to play.
“It is critical for both the sport and the community’s safety that all participants abide by NSW Health’s advice and listen to club volunteers if and when on the ground.
“We understand circumstances are difficult, however social distancing, good hygiene and keeping attendees at community matches to essential personnel only, are the only ways we are able to move forward with the season and reduce the risk of spread,” said Eland.
This week’s advice also reaffirmed the importance of minimising the number of spectators at all matches, reinforcing that all community sport is required to:
Cease activities that result in the mixing of participants and staff from different regions, for example by ceasing zone, regional or state championships or competitions;
Cease any activities that result in overnight stays (e.g. multi-day training camps) due to increased risk of COVID transmission in residential-type settings with shared facilities;
Cease face-to-face social activities relating to community sports (e.g. award ceremonies, end-of-season social gatherings, post-training group dinners);
Limit spectators to one parent only, where the child requires parental supervision during the sporting activity.
Northern NSW CEO David Eland said, it is an unfortunate we need to take these measures however it is necessary to assist NSW Health minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmissions.
DO NOT ATTEND ANY FOOTBALL ACTIVITY if you display any of the following symptoms:.
By listening to the advice of authorities and cooperating with our hard-working volunteers, we can ensure football continues in a safe environment for Season 2020.