ANNOUNCEMENT

March 17 2020
Latest update from FFA

As per the FFA circular below all of the Club's football programs have been suspended until April 14 2020
This decision has been made in the interest of everyone’s safety.
The club will continue to follow and update FFA, NNSW Football and Government advice.
Club officials will be in contact to advise on the interim period.
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Suspension of grassroots football activity

The purpose of this Circular is to provide you with a further update in relation to the steps that Football
Federation Australia (FFA) is taking in response to COVID-19.

As you are aware, COVID-19 continues to be an evolving situation in Australia and across the world.
On 16 March 2020, FFA issued Circular 20-05 to all members and participants, which set out national
guidelines designed to assist, protect and reduce infection or transmission risks for the football
community. The national guidelines state that only essential participants should attend football
activities at this time, which extend the Federal Government’s current ban on mass gatherings of 500
persons or more.

FFA today convened a meeting of the National COVID-19 Working Committee and the Presidents of
the State Body Members to further discuss football’s response to COVID-19. After careful
consideration and having regard to the feedback received from the grassroots community, FFA
advises that effective from 12:00am on 18 March 2020, all sanctioned grassroots football
activity in Australia will be suspended until 14 April 2020.

The suspension applies to all sanctioned matches and competitions, including National Premier
Leagues, FFA Cup, youth and grassroots football (including MiniRoos and futsal) as well as training
and associated football related activities.

FFA recognises that this is very disruptive for the football community and we thank you for your
understanding while we work through this difficult time. FFA will continue to closely monitor all
COVID-19 developments in consultation with the Federal Government and its National COVID-19
Working Committee and will provide updates to the football community as the latest information
becomes available and in advance of 14 April 2020.

Further information in relation to this Circular is available via FFA’s press release available at
https://www.ffa.com.au/news 


March 15 2020

As you are aware, the COVID-19 situation in Australia and globally is rapidly changing. As of Wednesday 11 March, the World Health Organization (WHO) has characterised the outbreak as a ‘pandemic’. As a football club, we are taking the situation seriously and we are putting precautionary measures in place in the interest of everyone’s health.

We are monitoring and applying the advice from the World Health Organization (WHO), the Australian Government Department of Health and advice from the Football Regulators to diligently manage the risk associated with COVID-19. The Bears have an obligation to provide a safe environment. As individuals, we also have a responsibility and duty of care when it comes to the health and safety of ourselves and others.

We ask all to follow the following processes;
• No hand shakes
• No fist bumps
• No Team huddle
• No sharing of any equipment
• No sharing drinks, towels or any personal equipment
• Limit dressing room and training attendance mostly to ‘Need to be there’
• Players stay one metre apart at team meetings – NO touching
• Use soap and hand sanitizer as provided in changerooms and follow proper clean hands protocol https://www.who.int/gpsc/clean_hands_protection/en/
• Food / snacks are individually packaged – no finger food or sharing
• Persons filling drink cups to wear gloves
All players with a suspected respiratory (cold, flu etc) or gastrointestinal illness to stay away from training and games and seek the appropriate medical advice.
Notify the club by message or phone or through your usual communication methods.
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