STAGE 1 Restricted training
The CPR Committee would like to take this opportunity to extend a warm welcome back to all players and families. We hope that you have kept safe throughout the Covid ordeal thus far. We all need to acknowledge that it still has a long while to run and we will need your help in making the best of the circumstances under which we will return to football in Season 2020.
As you may have heard, the FFA, Football NSW and the Georges River Council have now granted permission for the stage 1 return of football, which allows for restricted football training to recommence. We are aware from the amount of calls that many of you are anxious to get back on the pitch as soon as possible and we want that for you too.
However, before allowing training to commence, we need to ensure we fulfil governing bodies requirements and guidelines to ensure your safety. We are waiting on these protocols to be delivered.
What we do know however, is that there is a large onus of responsibility put back on the clubs, their RTO’s and their members.
Below are a few examples of the guidelines which we must all adhere to:
1) A 5 minute gap between one team leaving and the next team arriving.
2) Follow the training roster as set by the Junior Vice President
3) Wash hands / use hand sanitiser before and after entering the field
4) No more than 10 people per 1/4 pitch, with social distancing and plenty of spacing between players. No interchanging between groups
5) Non-contact skill training drills only, e.g. passing, shooting, headers only (NO TACKLING)
6) Some sharing of sporting equipment such as kicking a football, use of a skipping rope, weights, agility equipment is permitted
7) Bibs cannot be shared and need to be taken home by the players to be washed
8) No spectators, for younger teams. Parents cannot be within a distance of 20 metres of the field or they count as a number.
9) No gathering before or after training
10) No spitting
11) No sharing of drink bottles
12) All teams are also required to keep an attendance record (of each training session) for the purpose of contact tracing. You can either keep a player list at home that you update every week, or bring a copy to the training, or simply take a photo of the people present that week and keep as a record in case the Department of Health needs to contact any players, coaches or parents.
Please be assured that we are doing everything we can to have you back on the fields as soon as possible. However, we need to ensure that we can provide a safe and compliant environment for all of our members.
At this stage, we do not have Council permits over the fields, and we will continue liaising with them this week to resolve this issue. We also have not received the final terms of recommencement from the SGFA, which is a prerequisite to us being able to return to training. We are endeavouring to have both completed within the next 7 days.
We will be holding a webinar meeting on Thursday 28th May with the Club RTO’s, Coaches and Managers and you can expect to hear more from your teams RTOs about the return to football within the next 7 days.
In the meantime, stay safe. We look forward to seeing you back on the side of the pitch as soon as conditions allow.
Connells Point Rovers FC Committee