Earlier this week the club met with the FDJFL Club presidents and AFL SE Victoria on two topics: the restructuring of the AFL in Regional Victoria, and the path to return to playing. IMPORTANTLY, we covered off the return to play process. Even though the Government said up to 10 people can do non contact training, AFL Vic has indicated that training is still on hold until the Government approves the AFL’s plans for return to training. It is hoping that AFL will get a response by Monday 18th May, and then clubs will need to review the advice and assure that correct protocols are in place before training can recommence. These protocols will cover how many can train in specific areas, what cleaning and hygiene practices are established as well as dealing with social distancing. Based on this, training is only likely to recommence the week of 25 May at the earliest. Return to play is still a way off. A number of items have to be worked through with councils and ground access, not to mention the government approving the further lifting of restrictions. The Clubs are being asked to complete a survey about all aspects of hosting Footy in 2020, including our abilities to execute safe training and game day management, financial implications and how we would enforce government rules around Covid-19 Management. So, a hurry up and wait message I’m afraid. You can still run and exercise or train with a couple of friends. Please note though that no sessions (of any size) will be club sanctioned until further notice. Soon we hope to be able to announce more widespread training commencing. We will be in touch when more information comes to hand. Thanks.
AFL Victoria is transforming how it delivers their service. This restructure is about providing a regional high level governance function to focus on Financial and Regulatory compliance along with an Advisory Committee to solely focus on the Game and it’s development. There will be major no changes to the day to day of running the footy club, or the competitions we are in, but it is expected that the clubs will have more control over local footy matters, something that has been waning recently.