Covid Return to Play Plan

 

UPDATE 25/06/2020

Following the release of further guidelines from Sport and Recreation Victoria (SRV) earlier today, it is with excitement that Football Victoria (FV) provides an update to the published Return to Training Conditions.

 
Clubs are requested to review the changes in detail and to continue to liaise with their Council (or other land owner) in relation to venue and facility access.

Clubs are reminded that compliance with the FV Return to Training Conditions and/or Return to Play Conditions is mandatory.

Key changes to the conditions include:

  • The separation of conditions between Senior (19 years and older) and Junior (18 years and under) sport
  • Junior competitive training and games can resume effective immediately, including friendly games in preparation for the competition resumption dates released last Friday
  • Senior competitive training can commence from 13 July and competitions from 20 July – subject to further advice from the Chief Health Officer
  • Spectator gatherings at venues is restricted to groups of 10 with social distancing protocols maintained between groups (though only those necessary to support participation should attend training and competitions)

To assist in the interpretation of these conditions, FV has separated our Conditions into Senior and Junior documents.

FV will be updating our FAQ’s on the Return to Football portal shortly.

FV reminds all members of the community to exercise caution and to follow and cooperate with all conditions outlined in these documents.

Thank you for your continued patience, cooperation and resilience as individuals and as a community, as we continue to navigate through these unprecedented times.

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Prior to you/your child’s first training session, Football Victoria has recommended that all players and/or parents/guardians download the COVID-Safe App. While this is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, we understand for privacy reasons some people may not want to download the App. To ensure that everyone is notified if, in the event of a case being identified at Melton Phoenix, there will be an attendance record taken by the coach or team manager to allow us to notify all participants who may have come into contact with a case, or utilised our venue during this time.

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GOVERNMENT GUIDELINES FOR RTPP

Football Victoria’s priority is to safeguard the health and wellbeing of the football community during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Federal and Victorian State governments have announced a roadmap to cautiously reintroduce football in a staged approach.

The first stage was a limited return to training from 18 May 2020, at which time Melton Phoenix did not believe we were ready and equipped to ensure everyone’s safety.

The second stage is an extension to the number of players who can train. Details were announced by the State Government on 2/3 June 2020 and this document will be effective from 4 June 2020. Our Senior Men and Women commenced training at this stage, which allowed the MPFC Committee to ensure we had all measures in place and have been altering processes as necessary.

This document outlines the conditions that must be met by Clubs during this stage to ensure we limit the spread of COVID-19 in line with Federal and Victorian State government guidance. Failure to meet these conditions may void our insurance policies under the national insurance program, may be dealt with under FV’s Grievance, Disciplinary and Tribunal By law, and critically, may delay the return to competition. Clubs must source written approval from the landowner e.g. Melton City Council, before training commences.

Our RTPP has been approved by the necessary bodies and approval has been given to utilise our MacPherson Park Soccer Precinct, not including our change rooms or social spaces. We do have access to our disabled toilet in the rear change rooms (next to pitch 4), which is cleaned every day prior to use.

 

PRIOR TO RETURN TO TRAINING

ALL INDIVIDUAL’S RESPONSIBILITIES

YOU MUST NOT ATTEND TRAINING IF IN THE PAST 14 DAYS YOU/YOUR CHILD:

  • Have been unwell or had any flu-like symptoms; or
  • Have been in contact with a known or suspected case of COVID-19; or
  • Have had any respiratory symptoms (even if mild); or
  • Are at a high risk from a health perspective, including the elderly and those with pre-existing medical heath conditions – further information can be found here.
  • Those with even mild symptoms are strongly encouraged to get tested.
  • For more information: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/getting-tested-coronavirus-covid-19

HYGIENE PROTOCOLS

Melton Phoenix FC ensure, in conjunction with the Melton City Council, that:

  • All surfaces, equipment and objects (including around entry points) are wiped down after each training session with appropriate anti-bacterial / disinfectant wipes or soap, particularly those frequently touched – this includes door handles, light switches, phones, remote controls, pitch entry points and any other high touch areas as well as all equipment including balls
  • Regular and thorough hand washing is promoted via prominent signage (including at entry and exit points – to be marked as such) around the venue
  • Prominent signage (including at entry and exit points to be marked as such) around the venue instructing people when not to attend training
  • Hand sanitiser dispensers are provided in prominent places around the venue (including entry and exit points) and are regularly refilled
  • Soap dispensers in toilets are regularly refilled
  • Bins are provided around the venue and regularly emptied
  • Toilet facilities are regularly cleaned with disinfectant
  • Prominent signage that not more than 1 person is permitted per toilet facility at any one time

CLUB & COACHES RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Entry must be refused to any person who attends training who is known in the last 14 days to have (or had) symptoms, contact with a known/suspected case, or be at high risk (further information here)
  • Staggered training start times to minimise risk of congregation
  • A gap of no less than 15 minutes in between scheduled training sessions to avoid congregation
  • An accurate record of all attendees For the purposes of contact tracing must be kept, including full name, FFA number, phone number, date and time of attendance and confirmation whether they have downloaded COVIDSafe
  • If any player presents to training with COVID-like symptoms, they must be immediately isolated and sent home as soon as possible
  • Player groups of no more than 20 plus a coach or the minimum number of support staff reasonably required to run the activity
  • Parents/carers that remain with their children during training will be considered part of the group of up to 20 people, unless they are formally coaching or instructing the activity, THEREFORE WE ASK THAT ALL PARENTS STY IN THEIR CAR AT ALL TIMES
  • Spectators are not allowed to attend training – only people with an essential role in conducting the training should attend
  • Physical distancing of 1.5 metres must be maintained (with the exception of a parent/carer supporting a person with disability)
  • No heading of the ball can take place during training
  • Activity must be non-contact e.g. no tackling, no handshakes, high fives or similar
  • Handling of equipment must be minimized e.g. no throw in’s
  • Sharing of equipment must be minimised
  • No use of shared equipment that touches the head or face or cannot be effectively cleaned i.e. soft materials or clothing

Adherence to the hygiene protocols in this document

  • Regular breaks are to be provided for the purpose of rehydrating and hand sanitising
  • No social activity is to occur once training has concluded
  • Players are to leave the venue in a staged approach, with sessions concluding in a clockwise manner
  • Any access to equipment storage areas limited to one person
  • All normal safety protocols apply – including Child Safety requirements (WWCC)
  • People failing to observe public gathering restrictions risk being issued an on the spot fine by Victoria Police

TRAINING PROTOCOLS

 TRAINING ZONES

  • Training zones must be a minimum of 45m by 45m (being half the FIFA standard full-size pitch)
  • Player groups of no more than 20 plus a coach or the minimum number of support staff reasonably required to run the activity –FV would expect no more than a single coach is required unless exceptional circumstances apply
  • Groups of 20 and coaches/support staff must not mix with each other and must remain constant, where participants cannot swap between groups
  • If a ball from one training zone enters another training zone, players are directed to gently kick the ball back rather than pick it up and throw it
  • Training zones must be clearly marked and participants and parents/guardians must be notified that they are not to move into any other zone during training
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PLAYERS/PARENTS TRAINING PROTOCOLS

ALL PLAYERS AND COACHES MUST BE REGISTERED VIA WWW.PLAYFOOTBALL.COM.AU PRIOR TO THE COMMENCEMENT OF YOUR FIRST TRAINING SESSION

  • You must not arrive more than 10 minutes prior to training commencing
  • You must not congregate at the entry point
  • You must arrive prepared to train – changing rooms and showers will not be in use
  • You must bring your own drink bottles clearly labelled. No sharing of drink bottles is permitted
  • If reasonably practical, only one parent/carer to take their child(ren) to training
  • Parents/carers that remain with their children during training will be considered part of the group of up to 20 people, unless they are formally coaching or instructing the activity
  • Spectators are not allowed to attend training – only people with an essential role in conducting the training should attend. We ask any parents that are staying at training to STAY IN YOUR CAR.
  • You must follow the hygiene protocols in this document – regular breaks will be allowed for the purpose of rehydrating and hand sanitising
  • Physical distancing of 1.5 metres must be maintained where possible (with the exception of a parent/carer supporting a person with disability)
  • No heading of the ball can take place during training
  • Activity must be non-contact e.g. no tackling, no heading, no handshakes, high fives or similar
  • Handling of equipment must be minimized e.g. no throw in’s
  • Sharing of equipment must be minimised
  • No use of shared equipment that touches the head or face or cannot be effectively cleaned i.e. soft materials or clothing (bibs)
  • You must provide your details including full name, FFA number, phone number, date and time of attendance, and confirmation whether you have downloaded COVIDSafe, to the coach/club official for the purposes of contact tracing
  • You must leave the venue immediately once training has concluded – no social activity is to occur
  • People failing to observe public gathering restrictions risk being issued an on the spot fine by Victoria Police

RETURN TO PLAY PLAN

TRAINING SCHEDULE & START DATES

The Melton Phoenix FC Committee have thoroughly assessed the issues that Covid-19 has bought to our situation and have decided to implement our Return To Play Plan gradually and over the course of most weekdays, which enables adequate social distancing.

Please note the new training days for some teams are at this stage, only applicable from Monday 15th June to Sunday 28th June and then we will attempt to change back to normal (Tuesdays and Thursdays) hopefully with the introduction of the new synthetic field at MacPherson Park. We do not take changing training lightly, however, to ensure we abide by the social distancing laws set by Sport and Recreation Victoria and Football Victoria and considering the amount of teams Melton Phoenix FC now has, we have not had any other choice.

The stages of implementation are as follows:

Stage 1:

Tuesday 2nd June, 2020

Seniors (Men and Women) to Return to Training 7pm-8:30pm

Stage 2:

Monday 15th June, 2020

Masters & Thirds Return to Training 7pm-8:30pm

Under 8 Boys, Under 8 girls, Under 9 boys, Under 11 boys and Under 10 Boys teams to Return to Training 6pm-6:45pm

Stage 3:

Tuesday 16th June, 2020

Under 17 Boys, Under 15 Boys, Under 14 Girls, Under 12 Boys, Under 12 Girls, Under 7 boys, Under 9 Girls to Return to Training 6pm-6:45pm

Stage 4:

Saturday 20th June, 2020

Kinder Program to begin 9:30am – 10:15am

All players and coaches must enter through the entry gate and exit through the exit gate

All players and coaches must sanitise unless wearing gloves (which is recommended)

All players and coaches must go straight to their designated training space, as per plan attached

All parents must stay in their car, however if for any reason you are outside your vehicle, you must practice social distancing and NEVER enter the fields of play (ie inside the fence).

UNIFORM COLLECTION DAY

The Melton Phoenix FC Committee have been working hard off field to get all of the gear prepared in time for collection, due to Covid-19 and Masita closing down. Due to such a short time frame to the proposed first match, being 28th June, we have bought forward this date to:

 Sunday 21st June, 2020

Uniform Collection Day at the Club between 10am and 2pm

Please register your child online at www.playfootball.com.au before this date and your child’s uniform will be available for collection. We ask that you abide the signage on arrival to ensure adequate social distancing. We will be providing you with the sizing that was ordered and there will be no exchange of sizing due to Covid-19.

FEE STRUCTURE:

Kick-Off        Under 4 to Under 6      $250

Miniroos        Under 7 to Under 11     $400

Juniors         Under 12 to Under 17     $500

FAQs

What is the start date for my child’s season?

Football Victoria are still predicting that the Miniroos and Junior Season will commence on Sunday 28th June, 2020, if this changes we will definitely communicate this to Team Managers who will in turn communicate this to our members.

Will the season be shorter than a usual season?

Football Victoria have advised that the season will be a complete 18 rounds, as per a normal season for juniors and Miniroos, however it will not include Bye’s or Catch-Up Rounds.

Will my fees be cheaper because of the shorter time at the Club?

Unfortunately fees will remain as they were unless Football Victoria reduce their costs for player registration and/or insurance, which does not seem likely as they are still offering a full season.

If the season is cut shorter, will I get a refund?

Unfortunately once the money comes in, it is used for costs of equipment, team entries, player registration and insurances etc, as previously provided to you at the start of the pre-season period. However, if reprieve is given to the Club for any facet of the membership costs, we will definitely be assessing ways we can pass this on to our members.

As we have not been entered into any tournaments, will my child’s fees be cheaper?

We are endeavouring to utilise the tournament entry funds at the end of the season and early 2021, instead of pre-season 2020. These funds are put aside for team entries for tournaments for all junior teams and will remain in this fund and hopefully see more teams entered into tournaments post season and early Season 2021 for season preparation.

 What is the season completion date?

Football Victoria are working to a timeline that all Juniors and Miniroos will be completed by 18th October, 2020, however this is subject to change by Football Victoria depending on team entries, fixturing and ground availabilities.

What should my child wear to training?

Our suggestion is that the children wear long length leggings/skins under their shorts, long sleeve skins tops under their t-shirts or a jumper,  gloves and a beanie. These items will eliminate any skin contact with equipment or other bodies. It is then the suggestion to wash all clothing (including gloves) after each session to avoid any transmission.

Do I/my child need to be registered on the www.playfootball.com.au website prior to the first training?

Yes, you/your child must be registered with Football Australia (have an FFA number) to be eligible to train. This does not include payment, if you wish to pay at the Club, then choose Manually Pay At Club, at the end of the registration instead of Pay Now.

When will I/my child receive club gear?

Our gear has arrived and will be distributed on June 21st at Uniform Collection Day. All players must be registered and financial to receive their uniform.

Note: Snoods (neck and face covers) are available for $20 each and can be purchased on the first training night. Please place $20 in an envelope and there will be a table under the verandah on the rear grounds to pick up a snood on payment.

If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact:

Club President:       Michelle Williamson   0406 420 890

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