Sport

Training set to return

By Corowa Free Press

With the announcement of AFL’s roadmap to return to play last week, community football clubs are preparing to get back to training this Monday, May 25.

Head of Community Football Victoria Stephen O’Donohue said they are now in a position to be able to share more definitive plans in terms of what this means for community football in Victoria. 

“Returning to play in a safe, hygienic and controlled manner is paramount to the AFL,” Mr O’Donohue said.

“The safety and well-being of our participants is our number one priority. As such, our return to play strategy has been focused on ensuring we have the clear endorsement of State Government and public health officials at every phase of return.” 

AFL Victoria will release its return to train protocols this next week and is endorsing a return to club sanctioned training from Monday, May 25. 

“This timing will provide the opportunity to communicate our protocols with leagues and allow volunteers and clubs time to digest the protocols, go through an education period and prepare themselves ahead of returning to club sanctioned training,” he said. 

In summary, the return to train protocols for community football in Victoria will enable: 

* Training to resume in groups of up to 10 people. The group of 10 does not include a coach or the minimum number of support staff who are reasonably required to manage the activity. 

* Two groups of 10 can utilise the same oval provided they do not operate closely together, and the oval is split into two zones. 

The AFL re-opened transfers until 30 June. Further information about transfers will be provided via a comprehensive FAQ document.  In addition, an important part of this return to play process is the requirement of each club to appoint a COVID Safety Officer that is responsible for ensuring these protocols are adhered to and participants can return to a prepared and safe environment. 

The AFL has prepared a set of FAQs and a suite of educational resources and COVID safety posters that can be downloaded from www.afl.com.au/clubhelp