JUNIOR FOOTBALL UPDATE #4
Hoping this finds everyone well and coping as best you can in our current conditions.
As you are no doubt aware, on Friday the Federal Government provided guidance on a pathway out of the COVID-19 restrictions. The Prime Minister also detailed that how we evolve from these conditions will be dependent on each state’s individual circumstances.
To that end, I thought it wise to provide an update on where junior football fits into this, and where to from here.
Currently, the Premier, Mr Andrews has not unveiled the process for Victoria, which makes making decisions based on the federal guidelines on what can and cannot occur all the more challenging.
Behind the scenes the SMJFL, has been working closely with the AFL, and its stakeholders (the 26 clubs) to consider possible scenarios for a return to junior football. As mentioned previously, a working party was established by the SMJFL to consider the logistics of how this may work in the junior football space. Their guiding document is the AIS matrix, and information provided by the AFL, and health department.
No decisions on what the season will finally look like have been made as yet, save to say they are working towards a possible 12th July 2020 start date. The clubs and league have asked for a four-week lead time to assist in preparing for a possible season. Whether the four-week lead time includes training arrangements is still to be determined based on social distancing guidelines established by the State and Federal Government.
At this stage, the club will await the direction of the SMJFL, and any additional guidelines imposed upon it by other regulatory bodies before we provide direction around training, teams and games.
Our community has been fantastic in maintaining the rules associated with social distancing and supporting each other and patience is the key here. As soon as it is appropriate and deemed safe to do so by all the appropriate regulatory bodies, the Beaumaris Football Club will undertake the resumption of junior football, and what that entails for season 2020.
I expect that I will be able to provide a further league update sometime next week and will continue to update our members and supporters as information comes to hand.
Thanks to everyone for your continued support of our local businesses and the club.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish all the Mums, Grandmothers, and significant female support crew a fabulous Mother’s Day today. It may not be the way we planned, but nonetheless, it is an opportunity to thank and acknowledge the amazing input these people have on our lives. For me, it is the first time since 2006 that I have not been at the football on a Sunday….
President - Juniors
JUNIOR FOOTBALL UPDATE #5
On the back of my update No #4, please see the below latest messaging from the SMJFL.
On the back of yesterday’s State Government announcement around easing some restrictions the eight metropolitan leagues met with AFL Victoria today.
The current position around training is that no sanctioned training should take place until “return to training” protocols are established, put in place and accepted by leagues, clubs and local council alike.
AFL Victoria is establishing these protocols and we hope to have these in the near future.
A number of considerations around health & safety protocols and insurance need to be worked through prior to training being sanctioned.
We have also been advised that player transfers will be reopened soon and we will provide an update on both items as soon as this information comes to hand.
In short, there are still a number of items that need to be worked through before we can resume training safely and with the appropriate direction.
As soon as further updates come to hand I will advise accordingly.
Stay well and safe, and continue to observe the government’s restrictions. We are in this together.
President - Juniors