Football West is pleased to announce the resumption of limited and modified football activities from next week.
Football West recognises the important role of football and community sport in the response to COVID-19 and improving the physical and mental health of the community, however we must do so whilst ensuring that community safety remains the highest priority.
Following today’s meeting of the National Cabinet, the relaxation of restrictions announced by the WA State Government this week, and the development of Football Federation Australia guidelines and the AIS Framework for Rebooting Sport in a COVID-19 Environment, Football West advises that clubs and Associations who are in the position to do so, can restart limited and modified activities from Monday, 4 May, 2020.
A set of guidelines will be released over the weekend to ensure Associations and clubs can put in place the necessary measures for the resumption to happen. This will include but will not be limited to restricting training groups to 10 people or fewer; maintaining the social distancing rules and adhering to the relevant WA Government guidelines.
Since the suspension of all football in Australia was announced in mid-March, Football West has worked closely with State and Local governments, FFA, clubs and Associations to ensure we can resume activity in a safe and measured manner.
Football West is proud of how the WA football community has heeded the expert medical health advice and we urge everybody to continue to practise safe behaviour in relation to COVID-19.
However, please note that the current suspension is still in place until Monday, 4 May, 2020 and that clubs and Associations will engage with you in due course to ensure that activities can commence only when they are practical given the differing circumstances across WA.
We recognise that whilst this is a positive step there is a long way to go and we need to play our part as part of the broader WA community. To further aid the fight against COVID-19, Football West supports the Australian Government’s COVIDSafe app and encourages all members of the football community to get behind this initiative. The app can be downloaded from the Apple App store and Google Play.
We will continue to engage and update as we progress and we appreciate your continued understanding and support.
CEO, Football West