COVID-19 Update

Good evening members,

You will no doubt be aware of the ACT Government’s update yesterday afternoon easing some restrictions in relation to “informal outdoor, non-contact sport”.

From midnight Friday 15 May 2020, non-contact sporting activity can recommence in outdoor spaces with a maximum of 10 people. However, there are important mandatory requirements that must be applied to this activity.

The ACT Government’s revised guidance is at the following link

https://www.covid19.act.gov.au/…/easing-of-sport-and-recrea…

The general principles set out by the ACT Government for any training activity are:

– Training only – Get in, train and get out
– Outdoor sports only
– Groups of a maximum of 10 people
– Practice good hand hygiene before and after training
– Changerooms, canteens and kitchens remain closed – arrive dressed and ready to train
– Stay home if you are unwell
– Don’t share drinks or towels
– Sharing of equipment such as balls and weights is allowed however should be kept to a minimum. If equipment needs to be shared, it will require proper cleaning and disinfecting during and between sessions.
– Sportsgrounds must be booked prior to use
– Follow the one person per 4 square metres rule to ensure sufficient physical distancing between participants

AFL Canberra also provided an update yesterday afternoon where they indicated that clubs would be involved in information sessions in the coming weeks and further information on returning to training (and hopefully competition) would be provided at that time. AFL Canberra made the statement that they “won’t rush ourselves to snap back into training without giving our clubs all of the education and resources required and giving our people the confidence that they will be training in safe environments”.

In addition, the ACT Government has identified that sports will be required to prepare a “Return to Play in a COVID-Safe Environment” framework for all coaches, volunteers and participants that supports the resumption of sporting activity.

AFL Canberra is in the process of preparing further guidance on the return to small group training, including club checklists and documents to assist recording attendance. This AFL guidance will be published by them tomorrow by social media, website and email. Some of the materials will need to be adapted for the Jets training environment and this will be provided to members as it is developed.

Separately I note that Netball ACT is seeking to provide further guidance to players within the next two weeks. Our Netball President (Lisa Mennen) will be monitoring progress on this and notify our netballers of next steps as they emerge.

In the meantime, our Senior Football President (Rohan Wilson) and Junior Football President (Lisa Burns) will be working with coaches to understand training times and priorities across the club.

Importantly, as part of this process, sportsgrounds need to be booked and oval space will be challenging across our many junior and senior teams. This will take some time to implement properly and we will all need to be flexible in our approach. Coaches should ensure they work closely with Rohan and Lisa as we work towards commencing training across the club. We recognise how keen all of our players and coaches are to get training but please do this in consultation with Rohan and Lisa so there is a measured approach to the return and that there is visibility of activity across the club.

In any of our training activities undertaken across the club, we absolutely must adhere to the requirements and principles published by the ACT Government. It is our role in the community to model the correct behaviours. Failure to do so will put at risk the health of people within the community and potentially impact our ability to continue training.

We will update members as more information becomes available.

Until then, keep well and we look forward to seeing our teams back out training in the coming weeks.

Shane O’Keeffe – Jets Chairman