The impact of COVID-19 resulted in the suspension of all football activities since early March.
Since this time, the priority of Northern NSW Football has been to safeguard the health and wellbeing of the community and to undertake it’s social responsibility to do everything we can to slow the spread of COVID-19 in line with National and NSW Government Public Health Orders.
Given football is played outdoors, the risk of infection whilst playing is minimal, and now with the rate of of infection greatly reduced, it is time for us to commence the season!
From 1 July, the documentation on this page supersedes Return to Training – Level 1 Guidelines which were in affect from AEST Tuesday 26 May 2020.
23 July NOTICE:
All participants, whether player, volunteer, parent or spectator are reminded to follow the advice of NSW Health at all times. Do not attend any football activity if you have even the mildest of symptoms or if you have visited any of the locations as listed at https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/latest-news-and-updates#latest-covid-19-case-locations-in-nsw Keep each other safe, err on the side of caution.
For those visiting Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility please assist staff in adhering to its COVID-19 Safety Plan (updated 23 July 2020).
16 July NOTICE:
This afternoon, Northern NSW Football received this letter from the NSW Government’s Chief Health Officer, Dr Kerry Chant, who has written to all Community Sporting Organisations requesting that additional measures be taken to protect against the spread of COVID-19.
It is important that the football family supports the NSW Government and the broader community by limiting the number of spectators attending matched and encouraging participants to continue social distancing measures whenever possible.
This is effective immediately and is vital for the successful continuation of our competitions throughout the state.
Northern NSW Football is working with the Office of Sport, our Member Zones and Clubs to update the COVID-19 Safety Plan Template to reflect the new directives.
Once this is complete, we will update it on our Return to Play Portal and advise all clubs in readiness for this weekend’s activities. It is important all Clubs, update their COVID-19 Safety Plan and have it on hand if requested over the weekend by any Councils or State Government Authorities.
Frequently Asked Questions
As football returns, the onus is on the individual to ensure they are doing the right thing to protect themselves and others, just like when you attend the supermarket, school, restaurant or pub.
Everyone has a responsibility to do the right thing and stop the spread of COVID-19.
Anyone attending any football activity whether it be training, community match days or Premier games, are asked to uphold Public Health Orders, maintain 1.5m from each other, maintain good hygiene and follow advice of club officials and volunteers.
All Return to Play documentation supersedes the previous Return to Training Guidelines unless otherwise advised. The COVID-19 situation remains fluid and we as a sport need to ensure we continue work with government at all levels to maintain the safety of ourselves and others.