Clubs told to wait for training by AFL Victoria

By Brayden May

FOOTBALL and netball clubs still face a waiting game to decide when they should restart training for the 2020 season.

That's despite the Victorian Government announcing an easing of restrictions which will allow people to train in groups of up to 10 people.

In a statement released on Monday, AFL Victoria said it was still planning how local competitions might return to action in the coming weeks.

“On the back of today’s State Government announcement around easing some restrictions, AFL Victoria’s position around training is that no sanctioned training should take place until further notice,” the statement said.

“AFL Victoria will seek clarity from the State Government around what today’s announcement means for community football and be in contact in due course.

“A number of considerations around health and safety protocols and insurance need to be worked through prior to any training being sanctioned.

“AFL Victoria will provide a return to play protocol for community leagues and clubs once it is approved by the State Government.”

Mr Andrews said those clubs who do return to training should follow strict social distancing rules.

"If you are sharing equipment, you should try to minimise that,” he said.

"But if it's unavoidable, given the nature of the sport, then you should hand sanitise, clean the equipment, all of those quite logical things.”


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