Important message from HFI
Please find below an important message from HFI Business Manager Eddie Palachi
Dear Hills Football Community,
This week we received information that required clarification and context as it relates to recommendations from the NSW Chief Health Officer. Attached for your reference is updated advice from the Office of Sport.
In essence, coming out of a debrief with FNSW CEO Stuart Hodge, the below are the key principles we are asked to comply with and the impact to our competitions.
The principle is to restrict activities to local competitions to avoid inter-mingling and potential community transmission.
Competitions should be run within the local district, zone or association boundaries determined by State Sporting Organisations or the Peak Body for the respective activity.
Competitions may run across local government areas within these boundaries, but if there are enough teams or players within one LGA, a more local competition should be considered.
For land-based sports in greater Sydney1 there should be at least eight (8) ‘regions’ determined by the SSO/SSOD, but ideally more. The regions may differ between sports and may align to existing zone, district or association structures.
Hills Football Winter Competition will continue as per normal, we are able to play across the Hills Shire Council and Parramatta City Council LGA’s. Confirmed by FNSW we exist within Zone which adheres to the above recommendations.
However, feedback is Community Sport is under a “spotlight” and we must ALL reinforce and adhere to our COVID-Safe Protocols. The Chief Health Office has received images of Community Sport not adhering to Social Distancing requirements.
All key decisions makers are supportive of Community Sport, they want it to continue, they understand the benefits to the Community.
Our responsibility is simple…continue to be vigilant, adhere and promote COVID Safety.
MAINTAINING SOCIAL DISTANCING ALWAYS
CONTINUE TO HAND SANITISE
CONTINUE TO SURFACE SANITISE
NO CAR POOLING
ONE PARENT PER PLAYER FOR JUNIOR AGE GROUPS
MINIMISE SPECTATORS FOR SENIOR AGE GROUPS
AFTER YOUR GAME LEAVE THE FIELD
NO GATHERING POST MATCH
IF YOU HAVE FLU LIKE SYMPTOMS DON’T TRAIN OR PLAY
Hills Football Pathway Program will continue as planned for this weekend, a formal decision will be made by FNSW early next week to discuss the future state of GSAP and AYL.
In regional NSW (ie outside of Greater Sydney), existing competition structures or scheduling should aim to minimise the need for overnight travel. If overnight travel is required in order to participate in sporting activities in regional NSW, car pooling or other shared transport arrangements should be avoided. The use of shared accommodation facilities that would lead to mixing of people from different households should also be avoided.
Now more than ever we need be united in our efforts to comply with the above. I’m overwhelmed with the efforts of our Clubs, Volunteers and Community…we need to support each other through this period.