Newcastle Olympic: NPL seniors travel away to Weston & WPL are away to Warners Bay

NPL SENIORS:
On Sunday 12th July Newcastle Olympic are away to Weston at Rockwell Automation Park.
U18s kick off at 10:15AM
Reserves kick off at 12.15PM
First Grade kick off at 2:30PM

WPL:
On Sunday 12th July Newcastle WPL teams play against Warners Bay at John Street Oval.
U14s kick off at 9:00AM
U17s Kick off at 10:50AM
U20s kick off at 12:50PM
First Grade kick off at 3:00PM

YOUTH NPL:
Newcastle Olympic take on Adamstown in Round 3 of the season at Darling St Oval on Sunday 11th July.
U13s kick off at 9:00 AM
U14s kick off at 11:00 AM
U15s kick off at 1:00 PM
U16s kick off at 3:00 PM

ZONE LEAGUE:
Newcastle Olympic Zone League teams have a bye.

SAP/NET:

U12s NET kick off at 10:30AM at Darling St Oval on Saturday 11th July

OVER 35s:
Newcastle Olympic Over 35s kick off at 7:00 PM at Islington Oval vs Dudley Readhead on Friday night 10th July.

Community Juniors:
Newcastle Community juniors play Round 2 of the season on Saturday 11th July.
U6s/01 kick off at 8:30AM at Darling St Oval 1 against Meryland Fletcher.
U6s/02 kick off at 8:30AM at Darling St Oval against South Wallsend.
U6s/03 kick off at 8:30AM at Darling St Oval against Cooks Hill.
U7s/01 kick off at 8:30AM at Darling St Oval against Meryland Fletcher.
U7s/02 kick off at 8:30AM at Darling St Oval against Mayfield Junior
U8s/01 kick off at 10:30AM at Darling St Oval MiniRoos against Mayfield Junior
U8s/02 kick off at 9:30AM at Darling St Oval MiniRoos against Mayfield Junior
U8s/03 kick off at 8:30 AM at Darling St Oval MiniRoos against Maryland Fletcher
Source: Tom Tsamouras

NPL NNSW ROUND 1: NEWCASTLE OLYMPIC TRAVEL AWAY TO WESTON

The wait is finally over and the first round of the National Premier Leagues Northern NSW will get underway this weekend. Season 2020 was originally scheduled to kick off in late March but was forced to be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

WESTON VS NEWCASTLE OLYMPIC
SUNDAY 2:30PM – ROCKWELL AUTOMATION PARK

Weston will take on Newcastle Olympic in a match that appears even on paper with both sides boasting quality that can turn any game.
The Bears narrowly missed out on a finals spot last year and this year the agenda is firmly set on returning to the finals mix.
The black and white have brought in ex-Kiwi international Leo Bertos to the head coaching position to replace Kew Jaliens. Bertos will look to have an immediate effect on his side when they take on Newcastle Olympic.
The Bears also hold a great home record at Rockwell Automation Park and will look to continue that stat against Olympic, having not been beaten there since round one last season.
Newcastle Olympic are back this year under their original name and are also a team looking to improve on their showing last year.
The club parted ways with Peter McGuinness before their round one clash with Alex Tagaroulias stepping in as interim coach.
Newcastle has signed Brazilian Rudnei Sheldon from the Western Australian NPL, while they have lost Shinichi Kawachi and Reece Petit before the start of the campaign.
The Bears held the upper hand in the previous games between the two sides, coming off a draw and a win against Olympic last year. But Bertos is still unsure how it will play out and believes his side must be aware of Olympic.
“It’s going to be interesting. We’re not too sure what to expect but I do know from being there traditionally Olympic are a team that like to score goals and that’s what we’re trying to be this year,” Bertos said.
“I just want to see the effort and competing for the full 90 minutes and get through the game ok, players staying disciplined in their roles.
“At this point in time, it’s just really getting through the first couple of rounds.
“Our aim is to improve on last year. Kew did a great job last season. They just fell short and the guys are really hungry to go further.”

EDGEWORTH EAGLES VS MAITLAND F.C
SUNDAY 2:30PM – JACK MCLAUGHLIN OVAL

Heavyweights Edgeworth and Maitland will do battle at Jack McLaughlin Oval on Sunday almost 10 months since the Eagles were crowned champions after their 2-0 triumph in the 2019 decider.
The fixture looms as another colossal encounter between the two sides with both clubs returning with strong squads looking to pick up where they left off in 2019.
The biggest story of the suspension sees the Eagles without long-time head coach Damian Zane after Zane stood down from his role at the club.
Keelan Hamilton will take the reigns as interim coach and boasts an impressive coaching record having guided the New Lambton Eagles WPL outfit to the double last season.
Edgeworth have been bolstered by the return of centre-back Ayden Brice and have also acquired former Newcastle Jets striker Kristian Brymora to the red and black.
Defending premiers in Maitland will be gunning for more of the same this season with the challenge laid before them to repeat their commendable success of last year.
The Magpies picked up last year’s Golden Boot winner Braedyn Crowley while they welcome back Matt Comerford to their squad.
Maitland have lost key midfielder Matt Thompson from their premiership winning side but look to have assembled another star studded line-up.
Edgeworth boast a tremendous home record at Jack McLaughlin Oval, having only lost a handful of fixtures at their beloved home ground in the last three seasons.
With the shortened season in 2020 reduced to 13 rounds, both sides will view the game as an ideal opportunity to hit the ground running and gain an advantage on a potential premiership rival.
In the 2019 fixtures between the two sides, both sides shared the points in the two regular season games including a 3-1 win to Edgeworth at Jack McLaughlin Oval.
Although few can forget last year’s enthralling grand final spectacle, with two late Daniel Fabrizio goals the difference between the sides.
Both squads are largely similar to those that played in the 2019 grand final so the game shapes up as another must-watch between these proud teams.
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LAKE MACQUARIE CITY VS LAMBTON JAFFAS
SUNDAY 1:45PM – MACQUARIE FIELD

In the highly-anticipated first game of the season, Lake Macquarie will host Lambton Jaffas to kick off their campaign on Sunday.
Both squads look vastly different to this time last year after strong recruitment drives from both clubs.
The Roosters were disappointed with their 2019 finish of ninth and have brought in some quality acquisitions in Chris Berlin, Cal Lewis and Reece Newton.
But Lakes have lost key player and captain Sam Walker to Broadmeadow, with Walker scoring 12 goals last term for Lake Macquarie.
Josh Rufo will also take to the dugout for his first match in charge of the historic club and will look to reel off a huge opening day win over a strong Lambton side.
Lambton were only one game away from a grand final last season and have brought in some high-quality personnel to bolster their stocks including reigning Graham Jennings Medal winner Mitch Oxborrow along with former Newcastle Jets midfielder Matt Thompson, exciting attacker Kale Bradbury. Riley McNaughton also returns to the Jaffas.
The big out for Lambton is last year’s leading goal scorer Braedyn Crowley after his move to Maitland but the Jaffas will feel they have strike all over the park. It was their defence that was their biggest asset last term only conceding a league best 18 goals, a stat they would love to reproduce with former A-League goalkeeper Ben Kennedy between the posts.
James Pascoe is again at the helm of the 2014 and 2017 champions and will look to produce a quality display to get off on the right foot in 2020.
Both teams played a number of trial games in the build up to round one after the long lay-off but will be eager to fire up the competitive engines and play for points at Macquarie Field.
Lambton held the edge over Lakes last campaign with two wins from two in their games against each other, including a 5-1 victory over Lakes in last year’s opening round clash.
With the new-look squads and extended pre-season, the team that can find their feet early and produce fluency will go a long way to winning this opening encounter.
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VALENTINE PHOENIX VS BROADMEADOW MAGIC
SUNDAY 2:30PM – CB COMPLEX

It will be Valentine Phoenix to take on Broadmeadow Magic in a mouth-watering opening day match at CB Complex.
Both sides are quietly optimistic about their chances in season 2020 and believe they can be there at the pointy end of the season.
Valentine were left disappointed with their 10th-placed finish last season having only picked up three wins but now they believe they have the right group of players to turn the tide.
Former A-League player Adam Hughes has come in to strengthen the Phoenix backline while they have also locked in experienced goalkeeper Danny Ireland to reassure a defence that leaked 60 goals last term.
Co-coaches Darren Sills and Sam Griffin have set high ambitions for the Phoenix and will desire a win to start their campaign.
As for Broadmeadow, Magic continually strive to be the best team in the area and were on the cusp of a grand final last season only to be denied by a resurgent Maitland.
That season-ending heartbreak will fuel Broadmeadow this year as they look to return to the top of the mountain.
Assistant coach from last year Anthony Richards has taken over from Ruben Zadkovich as head coach but already has a familiarity with the players after spending the last couple of seasons at Magic Park and was part of the 2018 championship-winning coaching staff.
Richards has brought in prolific goal scorer Sam Walker to partner James Virgili in attack and has signed Tom Smart from Charlestown.
The losses of Mitch Oxborrow and Kale Bradbury to Lambton and Josh Piddington’s retirement will hurt Magic with the exit of so much experience.
Broadmeadow have a superior record over Valentine in recent years which includes an emphatic 9-1 win over the Phoenix last year. But Richards said his team were prepared to face a tough assignment on Sunday.
“We had the news that the players weren’t getting paid nice and early but to their credit they all turned back up. They all just enjoy each other’s company,” Richards said.
“Even before COVID we were travelling in the right direction and starting to get things happening. It gave time for boys with niggling injuries to get over them.
“You can’t let the big teams get away from you and it is important to get off to a good start. Valentine are a good side who have recruited well and with some good players from last year still. So it will be a good game.”
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CHARLESTOWN AZZURRI VS ADAMSTOWN ROSEBUD
SUNDAY 2:30PM – LISLE CARR OVAL

Charlestown Azzurri and Adamstown Rosebud will lock horns in a fierce round one battle at Lisle Carr Oval.
The wait is over for both clubs who were eagerly awaiting the 2020 season after not reaching the finals the previous year.
Charlestown is back under the Azzurri name and looking for a change in fortune having finished sixth the last two years.
The club appointed Graham Law to the head coaching position after a successful tenure with Cooks Hill United and Charlestown look to have put together another determined squad.
They have lost key players though from the initial line-up including Lachlan Pasquale and Scott Smith and will likely feature a lot of younger players this season.
Nathan Archbold remains between the sticks for the blue and white having picked up the Bill Mahoney award for Goalkeeper of the Year last year.
Adamstown endured a tough season last year to finish last but put together an impressive Heritage Cup campaign before the season was postponed, finishing runners-up to fuel some optimism ahead of the season for Rosebud fans.
The red and green have been boosted by the return of Shane Cansdell-Sherriff who will be player-coach this year, bringing a wealth of experience to the backline.
The historic club have not featured in the finals for a long time and the youthful Adamstown will be eager to atone for their showing last season and fight for a place up the ladder.
Charlestown beat Adamstown both times last season with comfortable 3-1 and 3-0 wins in their fixtures.

source: https://northernnswfootball.com.au

NPL: Newcastle Olympic lose 2-1 in trial match against Charlestown Azzuri

Newcastle Olympic took on Charlestown Azzuri in a trial match on Saturday at Lisle Carr Oval. Despite leading 1-0 at half time through a goal scored by Jake McGinness, Olympic lost 2-1.

Reserve grade beat Charlestown 6-2 and our u18s were too strong, recording an 8-0 victory over Azzuri.

WPL:
Newcastle Olympic WPL teams had a trial game against Merewether at Wallsend HS over the weekend and recorded two wins and two loses.

First Grade were defeated 3-1 while Reserve Grade won 6-1. Our U17s edged out 3-2 winners while our U14s were narrowly defeated by 2-1.

YOUTH NPL:
Newcastle Olympic played their washed out Round 1 match of the season against Mid Coast at Darling St Oval on Sunday and recorded comfortable victories.

U16s won 7-0, U15s 6-0, U14s 7-0 and U13s 6-1.

ZONE LEAGUE:
Newcastle Olympic Zone League teams played Stockton at Corroba Oval on Saturday and won both games.

First Grade won 3-1 and Second Grade won 6-2.

Over 35s:
Newcastle Olympic Over35s opened proceedings against Stockton on Friday night and won 4-2.

SAP/NET:
Newcastle Olympic SAP and NET teams visited LMFF, Lake Macquarie Field and the Croudace Bay Complex over the weekend playing against Broadmeadow Magic, Edgeworth and Valentine and all beginning the season with great performances.

Community Juniors:
Newcastle Olympic Community juniors all travelled away to Stockton, Broadmeadow Magic, Shortland and Medowie and all had fun playing and enjoying their football journey.

Source: Tom Tsamouras

WPL: Newcastle Olympic take on Merewether in a trial game

A big weekend coming up, with ALL Newcastle Olympic teams featuring either in trial or competition matches this Friday night, Saturday and Sunday. It’s great to see all our teams back playing, and we wish them all the best over the weekend.

We especially hope that our Under 6 teams, first time OLYMPIANS, enjoy their first ever match of competitive football!

WPL:
On Sunday 5th July Newcastle WPL teams play Merewether in a trial game at Wallsend High School.
U14s kick off at 9:00AM
U17s Kick off at 10:50AM
U20s kick off at 12:50PM
First Grade kick off at 3:00PM

NPL SENIORS:
On Saturday 4th July Newcastle Olympic seniors take on Charlestown Azzuri in a trial match at Lisle Carr Oval.
U18s kick off at 11AM
Reserves kick off at 1.00PM
First Grade kick off at 3.00PM

YOUTH NPL:
Newcastle Olympic play their washed out Round 1 match of the season against Mid Coast at Darling St Oval on Sunday 5th July.
U13s kick off at 9:00 AM
U14s kick off at 11:00 AM
U15s kick off at 1:00 PM
U16s kick off at 3:00 PM

SAP/NET:                                                                                                                       U9s White kick off at 12:00PM at LMFF Field vs Broadmeadow on Saturday 4th July U9s Blue kick off at 12:00PM at LMFF Field vs Broadmeadow on Saturday 4th July
U10s White kick off at 12:00PM at LMFF Field vs Broadmeadow on Sunday 5th July U10s Blue kick off at 12:00PM at LMFF Field vs Broadmeadow on Sunday 5th July
U11s White kick off at 1:450PM at LMFF Field vs Edgeworth on Saturday 4th July U11s Blue kick off at 12:00PM at Macquarie Field vs Lake Macquarie on Sunday 5th July
U12s NET kick off at 10:15AM at Croudace Bay Complex 2 vs Valentine on Saturday 4th July

Community Juniors:
Newcastle Community juniors begin the season on Saturday 4th July.
U6s/01 kick off at 9:00AM at Corroba Oval Stockton.
U6s/02 bye
U6s/03 kick off at 9:00AM at Myers Park Broadmeadow.
U7s/01 kick off at 11:15AM at Myers Park Broadmeadow.
U7s/02 kick off at 11:15AM at Myers Park Broadmeadow.
U8s/01 kick off at 9.30AM at Tuxford Park MiniRoos 3 Shortland.
U8s/02 kick off at 11:45AM at Myers Park 2 Broadmeadow.
U8s/03 kick off at 9:00AM at Yulong Oval 8/9s Medowie.

ZONE LEAGUE:
Newcastle Olympic Zone League teams play Stockton at Corroba Oval on Saturday 4th July.
Second Grade kick off at 1.00PM
First Grade kick off at 3:00PM

OVER 35s:
Newcastle Olympic Over 35s kick off at 7:00 PM at Corroba Oval vs Stockton Sharks on Friday night 3rd July.

Source: Tom Tsamouras

NPL: Newcastle Olympic take on Charlestown Azzuri in a trial game

A big weekend coming up, with ALL Newcastle Olympic teams featuring either in trial or competition matches this Friday night, Saturday and Sunday. It’s great to see all our teams back playing, and we wish them all the best over the weekend.

We especially hope that our Under 6 teams, first time OLYMPIANS, enjoy their first ever match of competitive football!

NPL SENIORS:
On Saturday 4th July Newcastle Olympic seniors take on Charlestown Azzuri in a trial match at Lisle Carr Oval.
U18s kick off at 11AM
Reserves kick off at 1.00PM
First Grade kick off at 3.00PM

WPL:
On Sunday 5th July Newcastle WPL teams play Merewether in a trial game at Wallsend High School.
U14s kick off at 9:00AM
U17s Kick off at 10:50AM
U20s kick off at 12:50PM
First Grade kick off at 3:00PM

YOUTH NPL:
Newcastle Olympic play their washed out Round 1 match of the season against Mid Coast at Darling St Oval on Sunday 5th July.
U13s kick off at 9:00 AM
U14s kick off at 11:00 AM
U15s kick off at 1:00 PM
U16s kick off at 3:00 PM

SAP/NET:
U9s White kick off at 12:00PM at LMFF Field vs Broadmeadow on Saturday 4th July U9s Blue kick off at 12:00PM at LMFF Field vs Broadmeadow on Saturday 4th July
U10s White kick off at 12:00PM at LMFF Field vs Broadmeadow on Sunday 5th July                                                                                                                                    U10s Blue kick off at 12:00PM at LMFF Field vs Broadmeadow on Sunday 5th July
U11s White kick off at 1:450PM at LMFF Field vs Edgeworth on Saturday 4th July                                                                                                                                         U11s Blue kick off at 12:00PM at Macquarie Field vs Lake Macquarie on Sunday 5th July
U12s NET kick off at 10:15AM at Croudace Bay Complex 2 vs Valentine on Saturday 4th July

Community Juniors:
Newcastle Community juniors begin the season on Saturday 4th July.
U6s/01 kick off at 9:00AM at Corroba Oval Stockton.
U6s/02 bye
U6s/03 kick off at 9:00AM at Myers Park Broadmeadow.
U7s/01 kick off at 11:15AM at Myers Park Broadmeadow.
U7s/02 kick off at 11:15AM at Myers Park Broadmeadow.
U8s/01 kick off at 9.30AM at Tuxford Park MiniRoos 3 Shortland.
U8s/02 kick off at 11:45AM at Myers Park 2 Broadmeadow.
U8s/03 kick off at 9:00AM at Yulong Oval 8/9s Medowie.

ZONE LEAGUE:
Newcastle Olympic Zone League teams play Stockton at Corroba Oval on Saturday 4th July.
Second Grade kick off at 1.00PM
First Grade kick off at 3:00PM

OVER 35s:
Newcastle Olympic Over 35s kick off at 7:00 PM at Corroba Oval vs Stockton Sharks on Friday night 3rd July.

Source: Tom Tsamouras

Newcastle Olympic sign Brazilian Rudnei Sheldon

Rudnei Sheldon

Newcastle Olympic welcome our first Brazilian player Rudnei Sheldon to the club.

Sheldon joins NOFC from Gosnells FC in Western Australia.

source: Tom Tsamouras

NNSW Football:Relaunched 2020 Premier Competition Draws OUT NOW

Northern NSW Football has released draws for its relaunched 2020 Premier Competitions. The Premier Competitions were postponed indefinitely after the suspension of all football activities in early March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The NSW government announced last week that senior community sport could resume from 1 July, with NNSWF Premier Competitions to now start or resume on the weekend of 11-12 July.

The 2020 National Premier Leagues NNSW competition, which was days away from starting before the suspension of football, will begin with five fixtures on 12 July.

This includes a blockbuster grand final rematch between Champions Edgeworth Eagles FC and Premiers Maitland FC at Jack McLaughlin Oval.

The Herald Women’s Premier League, which was halted after two incomplete rounds, will resume with four fixtures on 12 July including top of the table Adamstown Rosebud hosting second-placed Merewether United at Adamstown No.1 Oval.

NewFM Northern League One competition, was also stopped after two incomplete rounds, will resume on 11 July when Thornton Redbacks travel to Turner Park to face Cessnock City.

NNSWF CEO David Eland said he can’t wait for the Premier Competitions to return.

“This is great news. These competitions are the showpieces for the game in our region,”Eland said.

“We understand how tough Premier Clubs are doing it during this period and we appreciate their patience, understanding and consultation as we worked towards getting back on the park.

“It is a real positive that our Premier Competitions now have a start date and we look forward to a great season ahead.”

NNSWF released its revised competition structures for its Premier Competitions last month.

The NSW Government has advised further easing of restrictions from 1 July to remove the limit of 500 people in attendance at an outdoor facility, replaced by one person per four square metres, which means limited crowds may be permitted at games.

“If this is the case, it will relieve some further financial pressure from Premier Clubs for season 2020 – we are currently investigating systems which may be able to aid clubs allow spectators,” Eland

 2020 Premier Competition Draws

NPL NNSW

Herald WPL

NewFM NL1

source:northernnswfootball.com.au

 

 

NNSWF CEO Announcement: No More Waiting, Senior Football Will Return in 2020

Dear Member Clubs and Players,
This morning the State Government announced all community sport including senior teams may return from 1 July! This is no doubt fantastic news to many clubs and players.
Later this week, the State Government will release some measures in which we need to operate for this to go ahead, as soon they are released, we will review them and provide advice.
Please note the Acting Minister for Sport Dr Geoff Lee made it perfectly clear that the 10 person rule at training remains in place until the new framework/checklist is received and likely to continue until 1 July.
If you have not registered for the season, now is the time to do so, so your Clubs can advise Competition Administrators, and the season can be planned.
Please be patient with your Club and Zone Administrators as they prepare for the upcoming season, information, including local start dates will be released as soon as they are available.
This is a big win for football and a step to normality for the community. We thank Acting Sports Minister The Hon. Dr Geoff Lee for advocating on the behalf of sport during these unprecedented times.
Great work everyone on your continued commitment to the game!
David Eland
CEO
Northern NSW Football

source:https://northernnswfootball.com.au/

Newcastle Olympic: Resumption of training for Youth NPL, & SAP/NET

TRAINING LOGISTICS AND PROTOCOLS (LEVEL 1):

NPL
Training commencement
Tue 16 June 12s, 13s (4.30pm or 5.00pm) 14s, 15s, 16s (6.00pm)

Training days Location(s)
Tue (Islington Park) Thu (Islington Park)

SAP
Training commencement
Thu 11 June (LMRFF) Tue 16 June (Darling St Oval)

Training days Location(s)
Tue (Darling St Oval) Thu (LMRFF)

Training groups and organisation:

No more than 10 people (including coaches) are allowed in a designated area (approx. 30×50m).

This may require that squads are divided into manageable groups, and that sessions are done either in (a) shifts, or (b) parallel sessions.

This will be decided depending on the size of squads, the availability of space and staff.

Training will be non-contact and maintain social distancing.

Training schedule:

Training will be scheduled as normal, but may be divided into 2 × 45 min sessions to facilitate separate training groups.

For example – half the squad train at 6.00-6.45pm, and the other half at 7.007.45pm

Competition commencement:

Sat-Sun 4-5th July TRAINING PROTOCOLS NPL SAP

Attendance Sheets Attendance sheets must be completed for each team. We have circulated the standard NOFC attendance sheets which are to be maintained (indicating attendance or absence of each player) for training sessions at Islington Park and Darling St Oval.

For sessions at LMRFF, there are specific attendance sheets (which have also been circulated) and which must be completed and handed in to federation officials upon entry into the facility at each session.

Arrival at training:
Players should arrive at training no more than 5 min before start time.

They should not shake hands.

They should not congregate in groups unless social distancing is adhered to.

Player preparation:
Players are to bring their own hand sanitizer and water bottle, and these must be kept in their training bag so that they only access them.

Players are encouraged to sanitize before and after training.

Dressing sheds will be unavailable for changing/dressing, washing or showers.

Toilets will be available for players at training grounds, but players are encouraged to do this at home before they come to training to ensure maximum hygiene etc.

Parents and those bringing players to training:
Parents (or those bringing players to training) will be unable to enter the training ground and are encouraged to drop off and then return for pick up.

If families (etc) must wait for the player(s), they are encouraged to remain in their vehicles in the parking areas.

We have been encouraged to avoid congregating in groups in the ovals/facilities while waiting for players to complete training.

Training groups:
Each coach will inform his specific squad of the designated training group(s) and shift time.

While we use this process, players will be rotated so the shift time may vary from session to session (but will always be within the standard training times for each squad) – for example, an NPL-16s player may be rotated and be in the 6.00pm or the 7.00pm group from session to session, but they will always be within the NPL16s normal training time of 6.00pm-7.45pm

Equipment:
Although some equipment is allowed to be shared (agility poles, markers, kicking balls) each group will use their own equipment (ie. balls will be allocated to each group)

If a ball inadvertently rolls into another group’s training area, it is NOT to be picked by hand, but simply kicked back gently to the correct group.

While at L1 restrictions, we will avoid the use of bibs.

Departure from training:
Players are to depart the training area immediately upon completion and return to their cars/parents. That way the next group can enter the training area, equipment can be sanitised (if required), and next session can be set up on schedule.

No players/parents are to remain and congregate in groups after training.
Source: Tom Tsamouras

NNSW Football: Junior Football to return in Northern NSW from 1 July

Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) is delighted to announce that junior football for those aged 18 years and under will be able to resume from 1 July in accordance with the NSW State Government’s announcement on Tuesday.

NNSWF CEO David Eland is ecstatic to get junior players back on the pitch and said Northern NSW Football welcomes the NSW Government’s announcement.
“No doubt the announcement will create great excitement throughout the football community and the 35,000 players under the age of 18 years.
“We’re encouraged that the Government has also signalled the resumption of senior football.

“NNSWF and Football NSW will continue to impress on the Government how important Senior Football is to community clubs and are hopeful that senior football can also return to play in early July.

“NNSWF and the Member Zones are well prepared for the return of community football. The Sport’s Return to Play Guidelines have already been submitted to NSW State Government for approval.

“Our focus will be now be applied to helping clubs and local government authorities prepare for competitive football and MiniRoos including attracting further volunteers for clubs.

“This season has been challenging to say the least. The enduring support of the thousands of selfless volunteers who have hung in there and held their clubs together throughout this crisis is acknowledged and appreciated.

“I strongly encourage the parents of young players to continue to be patient as their club’s volunteers prepare for the long awaited return of Football,” said Eland.

The COVID-19 pandemic saw all football activities suspended in early March. All NNSWF Clubs were allowed to return to training from Wednesday 27 May, with the caveat they abide by the NSW Public Health Order and NNSWF Return to Training Guidelines which were recently released.

While junior football has been given the green light to return from 1 July, there continues to be no age restrictions on training for senior players and teams, who will be able to continue to train provided they abide by the NSW Public Health Order and the NNSWF Return to Training Guidelines.

source: Tom Tsamouras