Latest Club Statement - COVID-19 and Return to Training
To all Players, Officials, Members and Supporters,
In response to the latest easing of restrictions by the Victorian Government and the release of ‘Return to Training’ Protocols and Guidelines by AFL Victoria, the EFNL yesterday announced that the ban on club-sanctioned football training will cease as of midnight Sunday 31st May meaning that clubs will be able to resume training from this time onwards.
In response to this the Football Department met last night and is pleased to announce that football training - in accordance with the AFL Victoria’s and the EFNL’s ‘Return to Training’ Protocols and Guidelines - will recommence as of Tuesday 9th June as follows:
Senior Men and Under 19’s – Tuesday 9th June
Senior Women – Wednesday 10th June
This timeline allows sufficient opportunity for the club and team coaches to plan for and put in place the required protocols, procedures and schedule that will govern training, and also will allow the club to assess and respond to any information that is forthcoming following the EFNL Board Meeting which is scheduled to take place on the 1st June.
It should be stressed that there are strict conditions that must be met in order for football training to resume and to take place. All players and officials will be advised of these next week - we are awaiting an anticipated update of the AFL Victoria ‘Return to Training’ Protocols and Guidelines on the 1st June. It should also be stressed that attendance at training will be strictly limited to players and coaching and support staff ONLY – no spectators or supporters are able to attend training. No access to the clubrooms is permissible.
In regards to netball, we are still waiting on communication from the EFNL as to a timeline for official club-sanctioned training. Due to facilities remaining closed, we would presume there will be extra hurdles to overcome. As soon as we hear anything official, we will advise on a likely return date for netball training. This also applies to Saturday MENA teams. For more information, please refer to Netball Victoria’s updated ‘Return to Community Netball’ guidelines effective 1st June, 2020.
Finally, it is also important to note that the Victorian Government is yet to announce any information regarding a Return to Play for community sport, and there is no guarantee that the EFNL will conduct a season regardless of whether there is a Government decision that community sport can recommence at some point in the future. The EFNL will take into consideration club and league sustainability, the health and wellbeing of all members and the pressure and impact on club volunteers as it decides whether or not to conduct a 2020 season.
Wayne Judge and Jon Knudsen
Directors of Football and Netball
Heathmont Jets Football Netball Club