Season Update - 21st May 2020
Hi Minchinbury Jets Soccer Club Members. We hope that you are all keeping well during the current COVID-19 health situation. Today Football NSW has sent a letter to all Associations and NPL Clubs advising the following: "We are pleased to inform you that effective from 12.00am on Friday, 22 May 2020, Football NSW will be lifting the temporary suspension of football as it relates to training only. For the avoidance of doubt, no competition matches are permitted to be played (including 'friendly' matches as part of a training session). It is required that all training be conducted in accordance with the Public Health Order available on the NSW Government website. To support our participants, Associations" There has been some confusion created by this letter that we need to clarify. Whilst Football NSW has lifted the suspension on training activities, all soccer activities, including training and playing cannot commence until the local Soccer Association and Council have agreed on the guidelines for a return to soccer and council then reopen the grounds. Please be aware that all grounds in the Blacktown Council area are currently closed until further noticed and there is to be no training until the grounds are reopened. At present, Blacktown Soccer Association is formulating its guidelines for a return to training and will be developing these over the next week. Once completed, the guidelines will be presented to Blacktown Council for approval. Once the guidelines are approved by council, both Blacktown Soccer Association and the Council will then determine a date for the resumption of training. When we do resume training there will be restrictions on the number of people involved and the types of activities that are able to be done. The guidelines for these will be formulated by Blacktown Association based on Football NSW and NSW Health approved guidelines and distributed by the club to coaches and managers. All teams and their officials must adhere to the guidelines. Blacktown Soccer Association has a revised "Plan of Management" on the home page of their website (www.bdsfa.com) that outlines a number of different scenarios based on when we can get back on the field. The preferred option is a 14-round season with training starting mid-June and matches kicking off early July and running to mid-October. Obviously, all of this is subject to approval from Health authorities and the relevant bodies such as Blacktown Council, the State Government, and the Federal Government. Whilst we understand your anxiety over the constantly changing situation and appreciate your eagerness to get onto the field this year, our primary concern is the safety and well-being of all our members and their families. We hope that a return to soccer some time soon will help to restore some sense of normality to your lives again. Please be assured that every effort will be made by the club and the relevant authorities to make the return to the field as safe as we possibly can. Until then stay well, look after your loved ones and we will see you at the ground sometime soon! Stephen Bradbury - President, Minchinbury Jets Soccer Club.