RECENT CHANGES TO THE NSW GOVERNMENT’S COVID-19 GUIDELINES – FRIDAY 17TH JULY

For all players, parents and spectators please read the recent changes to the NSW Governments Covid-19 Guidelines. 

thanks,
LugarnoFC Committee

Yesterday (16 July), the NSW Government issued new guidelines for community sport so as to help stem the spread of the COVID-19 virus and keep our game’s participants healthy and safe. Further, it released an updated version of its recommended COVID Safety Plan. For the benefit of our members and in line with these new guidelines, Football NSW also updated its own template Safety Plan and has now provided this to all Associations and Clubs for wide dissemination, adoption and implementation.

Effective immediately, and until further advised, the key changes that we encourage all members of the football community to respect are as follows:

  • Parents, supporters and clubs are asked to limit the number of people attending games to a minimum so as to avoid the congregation of large crowds around our football pitches. Where feasible, it is suggested that only one parent/guardian should accompany children to games. Furthermore, grandparents, aunts/uncles and other family members and supporters should remain home to assist in the prevention of community transmission. For those attending games, please practice good hygiene, social distancing of 1.5 metres between individuals, and as quickly as possible, ‘get in, play, and get out’ so as avoid any unnecessary co-mingling.
  • All participants, including players, match officials and spectators, are excluded from football training and games if they have visited Victoria in the past 14 days
  • Similarly, all participants including players, match officials and spectators should exclude themselves from any football activity if they have attended any of the reported case locations on the NSW Health website
  • Where sufficient numbers to field a team cannot be achieved, work with the respective competition administrator (the club or Association) and prioritise delaying the game or event to another date, rather than using and mixing players from other teams.
  • Players, team officials, parents/guardians and other club members must not attend training or games, if in the past 14 days they have been:
    • been unwell or had any flu-like symptoms, or
    • been in contact with a known or suspected case of COVID-19, or
    • any sudden loss of smell or loss of taste, or
    • are at a high risk from a health perspective, including the elderly and those with pre-existing medical heath conditions.
  • The number of people in a facility should not exceed the ‘one person per 4 sq metres of space to a maximum of 500 people. For games played at major recreational facilities and sporting stadia, QR codes should be used to record details of attending patrons and these can be developed for key games by Football NSW.

Once more, Football NSW encourages everyone to respect the NSW Government’s amended guidelines and work with their respective Clubs/Association in providing a safe environment for our sport.

Thank you for your cooperation, and enjoy the weekend’s games

Important Information – Non-Comp Spectactor Areas at Gannons Park

Lugarno FC would like to welcome everyone back to football. We hope all the players, coaches, managers, family and friends enjoyed the first week back as much as we did! We have had fantastic feedback regarding the new fields, canteen, change rooms and amenities.

However, we are living in unprecedented times and in order to keep the games going and players on the field we have to adhere to the guidelines defined by the health authorities and government.

We have new bright yellow Perimeter Ropes which we have used to create one large playing zone around all of the junior playing fields. Only Players, Coaches and Managers are allowed in the playing zone, please refer to the image below. You will notice on the diagram that the green area is the acceptable spectating area and the red area is the playing zone.

Due to the current advice from the relevant authorities all supporters MUST say outside the playing zone and responsibly maintain social distancing. We appreciate that while these measures might seem excessive to some and frustrating to others, it is our way of doing our bit to protect out players and their families while ensuring that we can continue and finish the season.

Thank you all for your cooperation.

Imminent return to training – a message from the President

Message from Lugarno FC President Hagop Tchamkertenian regarding imminent resumption of training.

Lugarno FC is excited and looks forward to the resumption of training after Football NSW removed the ban they had initiated on training. We are now waiting to be provided with the green light by our association the SGFA to commence training at Gannons Park.

When the SGFA advises Lugarno FC that we can resume training, we will advise all our teams and members accordingly.

It is important to remember that when training resumes at Gannons Park, it will be done under strict guidelines to manage COVID-19. This means we have certain protocols we need to introduce and follow to ensure that training is both enjoyable and safe for all members of our football community.

It is critical that all Lugarno FC players, parents, team officials, and supporters familiarise themselves with and follow the return to training guidelines that have been issued by FNSW. The guidelines have already been circulated to our team officials and they can be accessed via the following link:

Click to access Return-to-Training-Guidelines-FNSW.pdf

Additional FNSW return to training resources are also available via the following link:

Return to Training Resources

It is becoming a bit of a cliche but to manage the “new normal” we need to remain diligent and abide by the health guidelines. The virus has not gone away and is likely to be with us for the foreseeable future. We have been given the opportunity to resume training activities with certain limitations aimed at promoting public safety.

The key new training guidelines are:

•Team officials need to keep an attendance record of players involved in training seasons. They can either use the FNSW template or take photos of the training session. These attendance records are essential as they will be used if there is a need to undertake contact tracing.
•Hand wash or sanitisers need to be provided for the training groups. Coaches and Managers need to manage this for their group.
•The maximum number for a training group is 10 people including team officials.
•There is to be no contact skills training, participants need to maintain social distancing and practice good hygiene such as regular washing of hands with soap and/or sanitisers.
•Drink bottles and bibs must not be shared and training equipment must be sanitised before and after each training session.
•Players from one team must not mingle with players from another team.
•When training finishes the expectation is for players and team officials to head straight home and not to socialise with others.
•Parents are encouraged to drop their kids to training and pick them up instead of remaining at the park. If some parents have to remain at the park during training, they must remain at a certain distance from training activities.
•Under no circumstances is anyone permitted to attend training whilst unwell. The simple message remains: if your unwell or have the symptoms of COVID-19 then you must stay away from training and get tested for COVID-19 as soon as possible.
•Anyone who has been tested for COVID-19 must not engage in any football activities until they have received a negative result.

As a football community, we must do the right thing and respect and abide by these guidelines. If we collectively remain disciplined then we have the opportunity to progress quickly to the next step and participate in games.

While some factors will always remain beyond our immediate control, others are dependant on both our behaviour, actions and adherence to the training rules.

Lugarno FC requests all players, parents and team officials to remain diligent and follow all rules and directives issued by the club, the SGFA and Football NSW.

We can play football, we can have fun, but we have to do it in a safe and responsible manner.

Lugarno FC welcomes you back to football.

Yours in football

Hagop Tchamkertenian
President
Lugarno FC

Important Update – Football NSW

An update from Football NSW CEO Stuart Hodge.

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Dear all,

I wish to briefly update you on the rapidly changing circumstances surrounding COVID-19 as they relate to football.

As much as I understand everyone’s enthusiasm and excitement about the potential return to training, and in due course, a return to play, again I ask for everyone’s patience while we wait for additional information to be released by the NSW Government and while we finalise our Return to Training resources.

Here is how we are planning our next steps:

  1. Earlier today, FFA released a Statement (Circular No.20-10) titled Game Plan for Resuming Grassroots Football in Australia, whereby it essentially lifted its national temporary suspension of grassroots football activities, recognising the easing, to varying degrees, of COVID-19 related restrictions by the States and Territories of Australia. The Circular is available here;
  2. that on Friday, 15 May 2020, the NSW Government is expected to confirm that, from that date,  outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people will be allowed;
  3. Following this announcement and the change to the Public Health Order, we are told to expect the release of a framework from the NSW Office of Sport which will expand upon the relaxation of social distancing measures from a sporting perspective;
  4. In anticipation of this, Football NSW has been working with Northern NSW Football and Capital Football (ACT) on a set of resources to assist the football community understand what this means with regard to returning to training. These resources include Return to Training Guidelines , a two page Return to Train Checklist and finally, a ‘Return to Training’ colour poster that can be printed out and displayed at venues, clubs and facilities and disseminated widely to parents and players.  These resources will be tabled at, and considered by, the Football NSW Board at its meeting on Thursday, 14 May 2020);
  5. These resources flow on from and are in alignment with previous information provided by the Federal Government through the AIS’ Reboot Framework as well as the FFA guidelines (of several weeks ago), albeit with specific reference to football and developed locally for the NSW environment;
  6. Following the release of the NSW Office of Sport’s framework, we will make any necessary adjustments, seek the Office of Sport approval (especially in relation to number of players per pitch) and provide these Resources (the Guidelines etc) to you as soon as practically possible;
  7. All being well, this may occur on Friday, however for planning purposes, I would suggest that we work towards next Monday (18 May 2020) so as to allow some slippage in time, especially since we are waiting on the Office of Sport;
  8. In support of these Resources, Football NSW is planning to host a webinar/teleconference session on Tuesday evening (19 May 2020, exact time to be advised) during which we will walk Associations, Clubs and coaches/volunteers through the Resources. During that presentation, our Technical staff will also provide coaches with some ideas as to how to best conduct sessions when constrained to no more than 10 people and so on;
  9. It is our intention to broadly publicise this session to as many people as possible but to also record it for dissemination the next day to those people unable to join us live;
  10. With all of the above in mind, it is unlikely we will be able to return to training until at least Wednesday, 20 May 2020 and this too may change.  It is our shared objective that as many people as possible watch, learn, implement and follow these guidelines in the interests of everyone’s health and safety. I cannot stress enough that the failure to comply with these guidelines may end up jeopardising or delaying further our full return to competition. It may also jeopardise the constructive and valuable relationship we’ve built with the State Government as being a real leader amongst the state sporting entities.

 

As always, I commit to keeping everyone informed as we progress this.

Again, thank you for your ongoing cooperation, support and assistance during this difficult period.

Stay safe!

Regards,

Stuart

TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF GRASSROOTS FOOTBALL ACTIVITY – Update from the SGFA

The COVID-19 outbreak has clearly affected us all.

That said, we are sure you would all agree and appreciate, we all play our part in minimising its spread so as to bring it under control as soon as practically possible. Parallel to all government and community announcements about ‘social distancing’, good hygiene practices, football and indeed all sport has a role to play amongst our members and all involved in the game.

To this end, today our National Governing Body, Football Federation Australia (FFA) has released an updated Circular (Circular No 20-06), suspending all community football activities (i.e. below A-League and W-League), effective from 12:00am on 18 March 2020, all sanctioned grassroots football activity in Australia will be suspended until 14 April 2020.

To view a copy of Circular No 20-06 please click here.

 

 What does this mean for our Association, our competitions/leagues and your clubs ?

  • Effective immediately, all games, training and other football activities must cease; until 14 April at the earliest.
  • Where possible, unnecessary meetings and other gatherings should either cease or be minimised. We suggest that you look to alternative forms of meeting (teleconferences) or by utilising other forms of technology (e.g. Skype).
  • No competitions will commence at this stage and the St George Football Association is currently working on a revised competition structure based on this directive. A meeting with Club Presidents is scheduled for this Thursday 19th March, where an update will be provided and discussed.
  • Any football activity which takes place during this period is not sanctioned by the Association nor Football NSW and, therefore, the Personal Accident insurance cover that is provided as part of a player’s registration may not apply

As you would appreciate, we are working with our state governing body, Football NSW, who is in turn constantly liaising with FFA and relevant government agencies, and everyone is committed to keeping you informed and up to date in these rapidly changing times.

Lugarno FC Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

In this rapidly changing environment, we wanted to reach out and let you know that Lugarno FC as a club are first and foremost thinking of the health and safety of all our players, coaches, managers, parents, families and supporters.

The FFA has today, Monday 16th March 2020, confirmed all community football can continue at this stage.

Tuesday 17th March 2020 and Thursday 19th March 2020 we will be getting further advice from FFA, Football NSW and the SGFA in relation to the situation and we will update you accordingly.

As of Monday, 16th of March, we have introduced the following new protocols and guidelines for training and any upcoming trial games.

  1. If your child displays any symptoms of being unwell, please do not bring them to training or games. If this is the case, please let the coach or manager know.
  2. All training, and upcoming trial games against Sylvania on the 22nd of March are still going ahead at this stage.
  3. When at training, players should avoid unnecessary contact including shaking hands or high-5’ing. There should be no hugging or leaning on each other when waiting in line to do drills. Please maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 meters (one big step!) between players, coaches and managers.
  4. Exercise commonsense, keep hygiene standards high, regular washing of hands and or use hand sanitisers. Do not share water bottles, clothing or towels under any circumstances.
  5. If a player becomes unwell during a game or training or displays signs that they are not well, they need to be removed from the activity immediately. Any unwell player needs to stay away from the team until they have been cleared by a medical practitioner.

Any person that enters Australia now has to go onto a 14-day self-isolation period. From Sunday 15 March if any player has travelled overseas and returns to Australia they MUST NOT attend training or games for 14 days.

If any player has come into close contact with anyone who has been identified as contracting COVID-19 virus, or they have indeed been diagnosed with the virus, they must self isolate and inform Lugarno FC immediately.

Lugarno FC is monitoring the situation closely. As more advice comes from NSW Health, FFA, FNSW or SGFA, it will be shared immediately. Please visit Lugarnofc.com.au or follow us on Facebook as we will be keeping you posted via these channels.

Please be patient with us as we navigate through this peculiar time.

The measures Lugarno FC are introducing are common sense precautions that would also apply in the case of an outbreak of the common flu.

If you have any questions please contact me or your team manager ASAP, and we will do everything we can to help.

Yours sincerely

Hagop Tchamkertenian
President
Lugarno FC