COVID-19 Update 01/06/2020

Important COVID-19 Update:

Wednesday 27 May 2020

Guided by Capital Football, GUFC is planning a return to football via a staggered approach in a safe and compliant manner.  A whole-of-club email will be going out to all members this week outlining the plan for the 2020 season.

It is ESSENTIAL that ALL members of our football community adhere to the following Return to Football Guidelines.

Friday 15 May 2020

We had some news from Capital Football last night regarding the recommencement of football training with strict adherence to Government guidelines.

A club the size of Gungahlin still has quite a bit of planning to do to ensure a safe return within these strict Government guidelines.

We are sure there are plenty of players and coaches in our community eager to hit the fields as quickly as possibly. While we are keen to help you get there ASAP we will be formulating a GUFC approach over the weekend which we will communicate to everyone early next week. It’s essential we have a measured, strategic and well communicated approach.

Continue to keep an eye on your emails, Facebook and our website.

In the meantime check out the Capital Football news  and their Return to Football Guidelines.

Monday 11 May 2020

As per our whole-of-club email that went out today, please see the following important update:

As our government prepares our country for a staged approach to life after COVID-19, the GUFC Executive is creating the “Return to Football Policy” for the performance streams, and the “Safe start to 2020 season Policy” for our community streams, based on documents coming out of the AIS. We understand that the ACT Government and the Chief Health Officer were working through procedures and details on Saturday regarding return to sport.  So we are doing everything possible to be on the front foot for when our governing body announces “game on”.

All football clubs will be involved in meetings with Capital Football to discuss competition formats over the next week. We are hopeful that we will be able to release their strategy on start dates and competition formats for all playing streams. Our Executive will write to you as soon as we have the official word from our governing body with a plan to safely start the 2020 season. The season as a whole will not be like previous seasons with very strict guidelines and measures we will need to work within.

Again, we appreciate your patience as we navigate through these very challenging times.  Please know that for the future of our sport across Australia, we will continue to do what is best for the sport as a whole by being involved in planning and supporting whatever decisions are ultimately made for safety and longevity.

As you can imagine a lot of information is being thrown at us.  We will continue to communicate as soon as new information is available.

Please continue to watch the FFA and Capital Football news feeds, and keep an eye on our emails and the COVID news page on our website.

 

Sunday 3 May 2020

As you know, due to COVID-19 the Football Federation of Australia suspended all Football activity until Sunday 31st May 2020. This includes any training, trial matches, competition games, friendly games, Centre of Excellence, Summer Development Program, meetings, group fitness and any other group activities for football clubs across Australia.

The GUFC Executive continue to monitor the situation carefully and remain in contact with our governing bodies. We stopped taking new registrations and while we have your jerseys on stand-by ready to go, we suggest you don’t buy shorts, socks and boots until we get the green light for football to recommence.

Last week we sent out an email to all members of the club with answers to some Frequently Asked Questions.  Right now, the questions surrounding refunds are difficult to answer as we don’t have enough information to know the overall impacts to the season or the expenses the club will need to cover.

This does not mean there won’t be refunds.  We just need more information before we can assess how much and in what circumstances refunds can be made to ensure the future of both the club and Australian soccer. We will be actively engaging with Capital Football and the FFA to work through the information required to make these decisions.

We are aware that the financial commitment members make to play football is significant and as a not-for-profit club, run largely by volunteers, we are committed to providing a fair and transparent outcome with regards to any refunds for the winter 2020 season.

Wednesday 22 April 2020

The Executive continue to work with our governing bodies identifying and mitigating the impact COVID-19 might have on the future of our sport in 2020 and the impact this may have on community sporting organisations like GUFC.  We are all remaining positive and hopeful and will let our GUFC members know as soon as we hear anything.

To keep up to date with the latest in Australian grass roots football, keep an eye on FFA News and information coming out of Capital Football.

Wednesday 8 April 2020

GUFC has been proactively responding to the COVID-19 situation by ensuring the safety and well-being of our players, coaches, parents and volunteers through adherence to the grass roots suspension and Government directives.

The Executive continue to work with our governing bodies identifying and mitigating the impact COVID-19 might have on the future of our sport in 2020 and the impact this may have on the future of community clubs like ours.

The GUFC leadership team (Executive, Head Coaches and key volunteers) will continue to proactively respond to the COVID-19 situation by reviewing Australian Government, FFA and Capital Football advice and providing information to our GUFC community as it becomes available. This will include advice on fees once GUFC, FFA and community sporting groups in general assess all possible options.

Reminder for you to continue to watch the news feeds from both the Football Federation of Australia (FFA) and Capital Football for an insight into the Australian grass roots football season.

Wednesday 1 April 2020

The GUFC Executive continues to liaise, seek advice and monitor the future of our 2020 grass roots football season within the current COVID-19 pandemic.

The following two memos were received today:

We will let you know of further updates as soon as they become available. In the meantime you can continue to watch the news feeds from both the Football Federation of Australia (FFA) and Capital Football for an insight into the Australian grass roots football season.

The GUFC Executive, head coaches, coach coordinators, corporate affairs team and volunteers continue to work proactively behind the scenes to ensure a strong future for our players and extended GUFC community.

Wednesday 25 March 2020

The Football Federation of Australia (FFA) continues to provide information on COVID-19 and the suggested approach to grass roots sport via their website, social media and direct communication with clubs via each state’s governing body, which in our case is Capital Football.

Under their guidance GUFC has closed all registrations for the 2020 playing year, paused any payment plans that are in the system, and put measures in place to ensure all registration monies received to date are being held with our bank until we hear more about the future of our sport within the current world-wide pandemic. Until we receive updates and/or revised timings from our governing body, we will continue to prepare for the possibility of a 2020 season in whatever form it may take.

To read more about the GUFC response to COVID-19 see the Letter from our Executive here.

Tuesday 24 March 2020

Do you have questions about your football fees in light of COVID-19? Gungahlin United Football Club is being guided by our governing bodies during this worldwide pandemic.  For the latest information from the Football Federation of Australia, click here.

To keep abreast of all Corona Virus news as it relates to football, keep an eye on the Capital Football News Page.

Tuesday 17 March 2020

In accordance with our national regulatory body’s decision regarding the Corona Virus, GUFC is suspending all grassroots football from tomorrow, Wednesday 18 March to Tuesday 14 April 2020.

This four-week suspension includes our Premier League and Community Streams. Read the full Football Federation of Australia statement here:

ffa.com.au/news/suspension-grassroots-football-activity

ALL TRAINING FOR GUFC TEAMS AND ALL FOOTBALL MATCHES WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM TOMORROW, WEDNESDAY 18 MARCH, TO TUESDAY 14 APRIL 2020

The future of Season 2020 for our registered players will be decided as soon as possible as outlined by FFA and Capital Football. We will follow their lead in this regard, and we thank you for your patience with us during this time.

Stay well everybody!

Regards
The GUFC Executive and Head Coaching Team