COVID Back to training update

Dear POFNC players, sponsors, supporters, members & wider community,

As many of you are probably aware, the wheels have been in motion over the past few weeks regarding a potential return to ‘Stage 1’ training for our players.  There has been several guidelines and communications from our governing bodies, including AFL Victoria, EFNL & Manningham Council – all of which we are bound to follow and satisfy.  Please see below a brief summary of ‘Stage 1’ training and the impact upon not only the player group, but our families, members, supporters, etc.

What training can we go ?

  • Small outdoor groups of 10 people (not including coaches)
  • 2 groups of 10 participants can utilise the same oval – see attached mark ups of these splits for both Domeney & Stintons Reserves
  • Footballs can be used, however only limited additional equipment is allowed (training cones are ok)
  • No mixing between groups – once groups of 10 are set there is no changing week-to-week or session-to-session

What will training look like for the players ?

  • Staggered training sessions with 15 minutes between to avoid crossover with other groups
  • ‘Get in, train, get out’
  • Arrived dressed & ready to train.  Leave immediately after training.
  • BYO water bottles, towels, etc. – no sharing
  • Hand sanitiser to be used before & after training (provided by the club at the oval gates)
  • Attendance register upon arrival and leaving training
  • No access to changerooms – these will be locked at all times
  • No strapping or massages.  Players to tape before coming to training if required.
  • No contact training (no bumping, tackling, marking contests, etc.)
  • 1.5m social distancing at all times (no high fives, etc.)
  • Strictly no attendance at training if they are sick (or someone who they are in close contact to is sick)
  • No obligation to train if not satisfied with the protocols in place

What will training look like for families, supporters, members, etc. ?

  • No spectators permitted at training
  • Parents dropping off/picking up players to remain in vehicles

The playing group was educated on these items (and more relevant specifics) via a Zoom presentation on Tuesday night.  Coaches will advise them of groupings, training times, etc. in the next few days.

The above measures will be implemented and monitored by the coaches, trainers and committee to ensure we are compliant at all times.  We ask everyone to please be patient and positive regarding these protocols – as much as it is not back to normal, it will still be great to see the men & women back on the track!

These protocols are for a ‘Stage 1’ return to training only.  We are anticipating further advice from AFL Vic & the EFNL regarding changes to ‘Stage 2’ training in the coming weeks (per State Government announcement last weekend).

Thank you for your continued support.

Will Debney
POFNC COVID Saftey Officer