Firstly, in recognition of National Reconciliation Week which would normally be marked by the AFL’s Indigenous Round, everyone at St Ives AFL would like to acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, the traditional custodians of the land on which Acron Oval lies, and pay our respects to the Elders past, present and emerging.
Apologies for the long note below. Please be patient and read it as it’s important to support your child(ren)’s return to AFL.
Following our update last week, we’re delighted to let you know that preparations are well-underway for small group, non-contact training to start on Sunday 7th June for our Club.
Our coaches, managers and officials are all super excited to welcome back players and families and have been working very hard behind the scenes to make sure we can provide your children with a fun, active and safe environment to resume AFL.
I’m really proud of our dedicated group of Club leaders who give their time so generously and as a parent, I feel confident that my child is in safe hands at our Club.
You can expect to hear from your team manager shortly on the date/time for your child(ren)’s scheduled training. Please note as always, arrangements are subject to change and we appreciate your flexibility if we need to make any adjustments.
To enable us to train safely while having fun re-engaging in footy, we ask all families to take note the following important points:
1. training is not compulsory. If you’d prefer your child(ren) not to participate at this stage, there will be no impact on future participation or game time.
2. if your child is ill with cold/flu symptoms or has been in contact with someone who has these symptoms, please do not bring them to training. As with school, we reserve the right to ask children not to participate if they appear to be ill.
3. the Club is required to keep accurate records of all training participants for contact tracing purposes. Please pay close attention to your coach/team manager who will inform you about how to help us do this at training.
4. there will be no contact at training, ie tackling, competing for marks, practice matches. Coaches are preparing a range of fun activities that will help players gain fitness and refresh skills during this non-contact period.
5. Training sessions will run for a hour with 10 mins for change-over to the next group. Please make sure your child(ren) arrive promptly, wearing training gear and ready to go. To minimise contact, please pick them up promptly at the end of the session to avoid contact with other groups.
6. While toilets remain open, the club house and change rooms will not be available for general use.
7. We will divide Acron Oval into 3 sections, and a maximum of 10 training participants per third is permitted, including coaching staff. Please be understanding if we need to ask additional people to move behind the boundary line.
8. social distancing should be observed by all adults at training and we request that only one parent/guardian per child be present.
9. club officials and children will be asked to use hand sanitiser before and after training (supplied by the club).
10. Footballs and cones used at training will be sanitised before and after each training session.
11. As per our normal process, if the Council closes Acron oval due to bad weather, we will notify you via Team App as soon as possible.
I’m sure you’ll agree that these safety measures are sensible and will help us all enjoy a welcomed return to footy.
As Government restrictions hopefully loosen over coming weeks, we’ll provide further updates on changes to training format and the competition ahead for this season.
In the meantime, please look out for more details from your team manager and let us know if you have any questions.
Thanks so much for your support and look forward to seeing you at Acron soon!