COVID-19 Update 17/07/2020

Under the guidance of Capital Football, football competitions for our Community Juniors, Seniors, Masters and Premier League streams will commence on the weekend of 18 July 2020.

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

Important COVID-19 Updates:

See below for the latest news on the 2020 season which includes all COVID related information, plus plans for the return of a 2020 season.

Friday 17 July 2020

Please see below a letter from Phil Brown, CEO of Capital Football regarding the Return to Football this weekend.

Dear Colleagues,

Further to our meeting last night, I wanted to send a note to reiterate the importance of limiting gatherings at matches this weekend.

While spectator gatherings at junior and senior leagues games are largely composed of the family of players, and therefore easier to influence (i.e. limiting the number of parents attending), support of the NPL competitions is broader.

I know that encouraging the youth age grades to stay on and support the 1st team is an important part of building an atmosphere at games and the culture at your club. I ask that you actively discourage that this weekend.

I also ask that you communicate with your players and parents and ask that they limit attendance at your matches this weekend.

It is vitally important that football shows its ability and willingness to adhere with the conditions under which competitions have been permitted to resume.

Hopefully, the Government’s management of Covid-19 in our community will allow for further easing of restrictions next week, and we can again welcome spectators back to our grounds.

But for this week at least, I seek your active help in ensuring we limit attendance and adhere to the public health order.

It is also an opportunity to remind your players and parents that the NPL1 1st grade and U23 matches, and NPLW 1st grade matches will be live streamed.

Thanks again for your assistance, and good luck this weekend.

Kind regards

Phil Brown

Thursday 16 July 2020

Today the ACT Government gave approval for soccer to move forward with the 2020 season  this weekend.  For more information read the Canberra Times article here.

Keep an eye out for the whole-of-club newsletter which will go out tomorrow.

Tuesday 14 July 2020

Until advised otherwise, we are still on track to start the season for our Community Juniors, Seniors, Masters and Premier League streams this weekend, 18 July 2020. Any updates to this will be advised after Capital Football report to us on Thursday evening.

This year, unlike previous years where the clubs nominated the divisions for their teams, in an effort to create a more balanced competition Capital Football have used a variety of information in determining the placement of our teams across the various divisions.  In some cases this has resulted in some team being placed in an unexpected division.

Capital Football have been consistent in their messaging to clubs that all feedback is welcomed, although changes can’t be guaranteed, and will be reviewed in view of the entire division and not in isolation.

If you have any feedback about your team’s placement please provide that to your relevant Age Group Coordinator  who will work with the Club to provide a consolidated message to Capital Football.

The schedule is available on the SportsTSG website.

Tuesday 7 July 2020

If you’re returning from Victoria, or have been in recent close contact with someone from a Victorian hot-spot, we ask that you stop and say “I’ll stay away before I play”.

Please consider the potential impacts and follow Government advice to ensure the safety of the GUFC community. We look forward to welcoming you back once you know for sure you are safe and well.

#slowthespread

#keepyourdistance

 

Thursday 2 July 2020

As per our newsletter of today, we advised that Capital Football has agreed to refund 50% of their fees for the 2020 season. For more information on the Capital Football refunds and to find links on how to get your CF partial refund, click here. ADDED NOTE: The cut off date for an August refund is 18 July 2020. You can lodge after this date but you won’t receive your refund until the end of the season.

In regard to GUFC partial refunds, we are currently finalising the partial refund policy for the 2020 season.  The Executive will be meeting to finalise the policy and to streamline the process over the two weeks or so.  We hope to get information on the partial refund policy to you soon after.

Thursday 18 June 2020

Capital Football announced today information pertaining to refunds to some of their fee structure for season 2020.  We understand you will have questions however, Capital Football are yet to advise clubs how the refund process will be facilitated and when we should expect the refunds to occur.  The GUFC committee are waiting on advice from Capital Football and we will share this information when it comes to hand with our community.

The GUFC committee are working on how we can support this refund process and will keep our members updated.

Join us as we prepare to kick off our football season for 2020.

A whole-of-club email will come out shortly with the “business as usual” information about the season.

Thursday 11 June 2020

We’ve just noticed that Capital Football have announced a return to football plan on their website, with proposed competition dates.

https://capitalfootball.com.au/2020-competition-structures/

We have no more information to share just yet, but we have been advised of a Presidents meeting next week where we hope to find out everything we need to know to be proactively involved in the season, including info on draws, potential refunds etc.

If you have any questions you would like us to ask at the Presidents meeting please forward them to FAQS@GUFC.org.au

Friday 5 June 2020

As you are aware, due to the size of the club, we have employed a staggered approach to our return to football.  Our Coach Coordinators have been working closely with the GUFC Executive for a return to training for our Community Juniors (10-18s) next weekend.

If you fall in the 10s-18s community age group (boys and girls) keep an eye on your emails for advice from either your coach or your Coach Coordinator over the next week with a full plan of grounds, times and our Return to Football Policy for the Community Juniors stream.

For our Community Mini Roos we are working hard with our governing body and with our Mini Roos age group coordinators on a return to football very soon.  Keep an eye on your emails over the next 7-10 days.

More than ever we still need coaches to allow for all teams to get back onto the field.  In order to ensure the safety of our players and to comply with COVID-19 rules, we need your help.

If you can coach or could assist with the coaching of any Community Juniors or Mini Roos age group, please reach out to the Coach Coordinator or Age Group Coordinator for your age group.

A full list of these contacts can be found ere. https://www.gufc.org.au/latestnews/community-juniors-age-group-contacts/

Thank you for your continued patience as we ensure the safe and compliant return to the 2020 football season.

Friday 29 May 2020

The latest update on GUFC’s Return to Football can be found in our letter from the Executive.  To view that letter click here.

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