Regional teams are temporarily suspended from Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) Premier Competitions in response to NSW Health’s latest advice to cease activities that result in the mixing of participants and staff from different regions.
Competitions affected include NPL NNSW Youth, Herald WPL and NEWFM Northern League One which includes teams from Northern Inland, Mid North Coast and North Coast regions.
Games involving these teams have been postponed this week, with further information surrounding the competition structure moving forward to be made available next week.
Northern NSW CEO David Eland said, it is an unfortunate disruption from the competitions, however a necessary one to assist NSW Health minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmissions.
“Teams not participating in the competition over the next six (6) weeks will still be able to train and undertake local sanctioned ‘trial matches’ within their regions and will hopefully be able to return following the six (6) week period advised by NSW Health.
The NSW Health advice also reaffirmed the importance of minimising the number of spectators at all matches, reinforcing that all community sport is expected to:
- Cease any activities that result in overnight stays (e.g. multi-day training camps) due to increased risk of COVID transmission in residential-type settings with shared facilities
- Cease face-to-face social activities relating to community sports (e.g. award ceremonies, end-of-season social gatherings, post-training group dinners)
- Avoid carpools or bus travel with people from different household groups where possible
- Limit spectators to one parent only, where the child requires parental supervision during the sporting activity.
Eland continued to reinforce the important message that it is not only Clubs who are responsible for doing the right thing, however all participants including players and parents, have a role to play.
“It is critical for both the sport and the community’s safety that all participants abide by NSW Health’s advice.
“We understand the circumstances are difficult, however social distancing, good hygiene and keeping attendees at matches to essential personnel only are the only way we are able to move forward with the season,” concluded Eland.
Other competitions affected by the most recent advice of NSW Health include NNSWF SAP Regional Gala Days and Coastal Premier League (MNC/NCF).