Football NT COVID-19 DAILY Update



Football NT COVID-19 DAILY Update

Thursday 19 March 2020

A remainder that Football in the NT is currently postponed. This is a temporary measure and we hope to be back playing, coaching and watching Football as soon as possible.

Our thoughts go out to all those impacted by this unprecedented event, especially to the healthcare workers, scientists and governments who are working hard to contain the Coronavirus and keeping the economy of the country as strong and resilient as it can be.

As we prepare to return to Football as soon as possible the Australian Government has announced new community sport guidelines to slow the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). This follows ongoing consultation with sporting organisations like Football NT and is focused on providing relevant advice on change room access, physical contact, travel, social distancing and hygiene practices. These guidelines were developed by the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC), comprising all state and territory Chief Health Officers and is chaired by the Australian Chief Medical Officer, Professor Brendan Murphy. The guidelines were subsequently endorsed by the newly formed National Cabinet which is made up of all Premiers, First Ministers and the Prime Minister.

AHPPC COVID-19 Community Sport Guidelines

All community sport participants must play a role to help reduce the transmission of COVID 19, including those organising, attending or supporting attendance at these activities.

Participants should not attend and participate in Community Sport if they:

  • Have travelled internationally or been exposed to a person with COVID-19 in the preceding 14 days or
  • Are at a high risk including the elderly and those with pre-existing medical conditions.

Attendance at Community Sport activities

Only essential participants should attend activities, i.e. players, coaches, match officials, staff and volunteers involved in operations and parents/guardians of participants.

All players, visitors should practise the following social distancing measures at Community Sporting activities:

  • Players, visitors and officials should minimise physical contact as much as is practicable, for example no shaking hands, no walking out with player mascots, no pre- or post-match celebrations and no celebrating between players during the match.
  • When spectating or attending a game or training session, ensure a distance of 1.5 metres is kept between yourself and others;
  • Access to change rooms should be restricted solely to players, officials and essential staff;
  • If spectating, try to maintain 1.5 metres between yourself and others.
  • It is recommended that sporting teams, including school sporting teams, maintain local competitions only, with no inter-district, or inter-club travel. As with all gatherings, basic protective measures should be observed, such as regular hand hygiene practices before, during and after the match, do not share drink bottles, and avoid touching your face.

It is acknowledged that contact sports have a greater risk of transmission than other sports, and as such, should be considered on a case-by-case basis. However, other mitigation strategies for match socialisation and contact must be employed to reduce the risk to players, visitors, and officials more broadly.

Something for all of us to remember as we prepare to return to football in Darwin and beyond is the notification from Darwin City Council “Council will not be stocking any of the amenities blocks at the ovals with toilet paper or soap for the foreseeable future due to all getting stolen over the weekend. Please keep in touch and let us know when you will be returning to field so we can start restocking our amenities blocks or arranging for the host clubs to collect the items from the council’s operations centre in Winnellie.”

We have been asked by some players and coaches can they continue training. Unfortunately, the answer is ‘no’ as we are currently ceasing all football activity until 31st March 2020. What we prefer is that players undertake individual training programmes.

When we return to football, Football NT will ensure that players and teams have the appropriate lead time in which to prepare for the playing of competitive football in the NT.

Finally, please note that the presidents of your clubs are constantly working with FNT to prepare for the return of Football as soon as possible.

The Board and CEO of Football NT will meet as planned on Tuesday 24th March 2020 to review both the postponement and the current status of Government and Chief Medical Officer’s advice.

We conclude this update on Coronavirus and Football in NT by strongly suggesting you keep up with the Coronavirus updates provided by relevant agencies below:

Please ensure you wash your hands often and for at least 20 seconds with soap and water (or hand sanitizer)

Practise social distancing by trying to keep at least 1.5 meters from others.

Wednesday 18 March 2020

Please note Football NT has issued a temporary postponement of all Football activity until 31 March 2020. We cannot stress enough that we seek to be back playing, training, coaching and watching Football as soon as possible.

The Board and CEO of Football NT meets next Tuesday (24th March) to review the decision on the temporary postponement.

With the issues accumulating around the Coronavirus your Football Club needs you more now then ever. Your club needs your support by continuing to register, to offer to coach or manage a team, to sit on the committee or give an hour of your time once a week.

Please note, our CPA Level 4 course set to be held on Saturday 28th March will be rescheduled. And just reminder that the minimum age for Level 4 course is 13 years of age and we encourage young people to join the referee ranks.

We conclude this update on Coronavirus and Football in NT by strongly suggesting you keep up with the Coronavirus updates provided by relevant agencies below:

Please ensure you wash your hands often and for at least 20 seconds with soap and water (or hand sanitizer)

Practise social distancing by trying to keep at least 1.5 meters from others.

Tuesday 17 March 2020

FNT Media Release: Football NT Postpones Football for two weeks

Today the Board of Football NT advised that all football activity in the Northern Territory would be postponed for two weeks effective immediately.

This postponement affects all football activity including but not limited to:

  • Miniroos football aged 5 to 11 years (which was to start this Sunday)
  • Junior football competition (which was to start this Sunday)
  • FFA Cup (which was to start tonight)
  • Senior Football (which started last weekend)
  • All Club training and scratch matches
  • Over 35’s football
  • Remote and regional football clinics
  • School-based football clinics

The postponement will be from Tuesday 17 March to Tuesday 31 March.

The Football NT Board will meet again next Tuesday to assess the situation and we stress that this is only a postponement and we will be firmly focussed on recommencing football in the NT.

The management of Football NT continues to monitor the NT Chief Medical Officer’s advice, the national decisions of Football Federation Australia and the Commonwealth Government and its agencies and will provide a “Coronavirus and Football in NT” update daily to the football family.