Football Mid North Coast (Mid Coast FC) will continue to participate in the NPL NNSW Youth and Herald Women’s Premier League (WPL) in response to updated advice received from the NSW Chief Health Officer on the evening of Wednesday 19 August.
The updated advice for regional NSW requires existing competition structures to minimise the need for overnight travel and to avoid car-pooling or other shared transport arrangements.
The amended advice also acknowledged that it may be necessary to maintain existing arrangements in regional NSW with neighbouring associations or districts to ensure there are enough teams to participate in a competition.
NNSWF determined that it is reasonable to allow Mid Coast FC to continue competing on the basis that car-pooling or other shared transport arrangements were not required. The Mid North Coast’s proximity to the Hunter Region also prevented the need for overnight stays.
Mid Coast FC’s continued participation enables identified players to continue to compete in premier competitions aligned to NNSWF’s Talented Player Pathway.
Importantly, Mid Coast Council has confirmed that teams from the Hunter Region will be permitted to play on council facilities provided COVID-19 Safety Plans are strictly implemented.
Unfortunately, the updated advice did not facilitate the lifting of North Coast Football and Northern Inland Football’s temporary suspension from their respective competitions due principally to factors associated to remoteness from the Hunter Region. NNSWF is working closely with local administrators to identify suitable local participation opportunities for players impacted by the Chief Medical Officer’s advice.
NNSWF remains steadfastly committed to the health and safety of the football family and the broader community and will continue to abide by the advice of the NSW Government in relation to minimising the spread of Covid-19.
NNSWF is appreciative of the Chief Health Officer’s preparedness to consider the views of State Sporting Organisations following the release of the initial advice on Monday 17 August.
These items are of immediate effect. Mid Coast FC games will proceed this weekend.