The SFNL Board this week resolved to return to play on July 25as per the Government guidelines.
Returning to play in a safe, hygienic, and controlled manner was paramount to the board’s decision with the safety and well-being of our participants being our number-one priority.With this at the forefront of mind, The SFNL present to clubs the following Return to Play (RTP) documents from AFL Victoria:
Further resources to support the implementation of the protocols are available on the Toyota AFL Club help website https://www.afl.com.au/clubhelp
Moving forward the protocols will be updated in line with the directions and advice from DHHS https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/sport-and-exercise-restrictions…
The RTP document includes a section on the restrictions of spectators, we are pleased to report that no restriction has been placed on the overall number of spectators at a venue – however strict social distancing rules must be undertaken at all times.
The SFNL’s consistent approach during these unique and challenging times has been to take advice from Federal and State Government, our sporting bodies – AFL Victoria and Netball Victoria – and to work collaboratively amongst our clubs to ensure the best path forward.
This will remain our approach as we are fully aware of the importance of a safe environment for all participants involved and the ongoing sustainability of our clubs.
The SFNL will continue to work with leagues, clubs, participants, coaches, umpires, and all volunteers to ensure we return to competition play in an effective and safe manner and in adherence with Victorian Government guidelines and AFL RTP Framework.
We know how much community football means to our community and we look forward to working together to ensuring community clubs return to play in a safe and well managed environment.