Football NSW has received formal notification from Football Australia that unfortunately and for the second year running, the respective National Youth Championships (for boys and girls), and the NTC Challenge (for Under 17 girls) have been cancelled for season 2021.
It will come as no surprise to anyone that with the current lockdown restrictions in Sydney, and the worsening situation now expanding to Victoria, that this decision has been taken, in consultation with Football NSW and all the other Member Federations.
It goes without saying that the health, safety, and wellbeing of our players (and accompany parents, staff and spectators) comes first.
Whilst all the above is disappointing, we wish to assure you that Football NSW is fully committed to continuing to provide our ongoing identification and development opportunities to our talented players. To this end, we are currently looking to organise alternative events and activities at Valentine Sports Park and/or around the state to offer an alternate state team program in lieu of the ‘nationals’ – albeit clearly all dependent on the lifting of COVID restrictions and the resumption of football in metropolitan Sydney.
In light of all of the above, when planning these activities, we will of course consider club commitments, logistics, the overall calendar of a heavy weighted end of season, and of course any Government’s restrictions at the time, and we will keep you informed as we progress with these plans.
The return to training and the resumption of our respective competitions (as soon as we are allowed), remains our immediate priority as does resuming our own activities, be that be the Girls’ Institute Program, TSP training, elite games and so on.
We do understand the overall inconvenience to everyone and our collective frustration levels, and do thank you for your patience, perseverance and understanding, as well as everyone’s commitment to and support of the various government restrictions.
Please stay safe and healthy and we will see you on the football pitches soon.