Football NSW would like to provide an update on Football activities including Training and School Holiday Programs to its clubs and participants currently engaged in a state-wide 2-week lockdown.
- In keeping with the intent of the Public Health Order (PHO), Football NSW will not be sanctioning any formal, organised training regardless of the number of participants involved; and
- the Football NSW insurance policies will not respond in the event that someone attempts to claim for injury sustained whilst undertaking unsanctioned training.
However, clubs are free to conduct online training/skills sessions for their players provided the PHO is complied with (e.g. social distancing requirements are maintained).
Attached with this following link is an Online training for children Guidelines for Delivering Online Training that Football NSW issued during last year’s lockdown.
All clubs wishing to conduct online training for children must comply with these Guidelines.
The Guidelines are also useful for clubs wishing to conduct online training for adult players and should be followed to the extent they are relevant to adults (in particular, refer to the sections on Health & Safety and Compliance).
The information on insurance cover applies equally to the online training conducted for children and adults.
School Holiday programs
The following has been published by the Office of Sport in relation to the areas that are under stay-at home orders (i.e. the Greater Sydney, as per the map available here)
Can vacation care sports programs proceed?
The Public Health Order does not prevent gatherings for the purpose of caring for children, which means that vacation care sports programs for this purpose can proceed. All premises should operate strictly in accordance with COVID-19 Safety Plan requirements.
Given the current COVID-19 situation, NSW Health recommends that, where possible, parents keep their children at home during the holidays.
Football NSW supports the recommendation of NSW Health to, where possible, keep children at home during the holidays so that we can minimise the risk of transmission and ensure the return of community football as soon as possible. Therefore we do not support vacation care sport programs proceeding.
For the latest updates from the office of sport, please click the following COVID-19 information page – https://www.sport.nsw.gov.au/covid-19-information
We will continue to monitor this situation and update you as soon as we receive any additional information.
Stay safe, stay strong, keep positive, we are all in this together and will be back on that training paddock before we know it.