Returning to Training Protocols
We have received some further guidance and updates in relation to Club requirements today for a return to training. Thankfully their appears to be consensus amongst Government departments that a more streamlined and simpler approach can be taken by Clubs. Given we have been in a COVID environment for over 6 months we hope that common sense for the most part will prevail.
Please find attached the AFL Victoria Return to Training Protocols which have been approved by the relevant State Government authorities.
The Club committee will review the detail contained within the document to ensure the Club can comply with each of the requirements listed.
AFL Victoria has recommended a week long preparation period leading into training to digest the requirements, enable the appointment of the COVID Safety Officer https://www.health.gov.au/resources/apps-and-tools/covid-19-infection-control-training and complete the relevant education to coaches, players, parents and support staff as applicable. The guidelines are more extensive than the RTP/RTT provided earlier in the year.
These Return to Training Protocols are fluid and will continue to change as we progress through the stages (hopefully easing) although we fully expect restrictions to be with us for 2021 or until such time a vaccine is made available to all residents.
The League will leave it with clubs to determine when they commence training,and they anticipate that most Senior teams may have a few sessions pre-Christmas and most Juniors teams will kick off next year. The critical component is making sure Clubs are well planned and can meet the COVID requirements. Access to grounds will be challenging prior to Christmas so we will need to find alternate venues, what doesn’t change is the requirements to adhere to the guidelines.
BEFORE WE ARE ABLE TO COMMENCE TRAINING WE MUST PROVIDE THE LEAGUE WITH THE DETAILS OF THE COVID SAFE OFFICER AND A COPY OF THEIR CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETON INFECTION CONTROL TRAINING.