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

NNSW Football: Premier Competition Structures for Season 2020

Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) today announced its proposed competition structures for its 2020 Premier Competitions – if the go ahead to play is provided by the NSW Government .

NNSWF has been consulting with its clubs to understand the key issues impacting them and how clubs would like the adjusted season to look, ahead of a hopeful season restart in July.

Meetings were held with the National Premier League (NPL NNSW), Women’s Premier League (WPL) and Northern League One (NL1) clubs in April to gain feedback on key challenges and solutions.

From here, through regular consultation, NNSWF developed a series of model competitions which were sent out for feedback.

Northern NSW Football CEO David Eland said several key challenges had been considered following consultation with clubs.

“We have listened to the concerns of the clubs and taken that feedback on board, as well as the parameters we need to adhere to keep players and spectators safe,” Eland said.

“Clubs were rightly concerned surrounding the financial impact of the crisis, which has been felt across all levels of football.

“This along with access to facilities beyond the regular season and the potential for volunteer capability and burnout were all items discussed.”
Should NNSWF get the go ahead for football to resume in July from State Government, the 2020 Premier Competitions will be structured as such:
National Premier League NNSW

• Each team plays the other teams in the league once to complete nine rounds.
• The league is then split into two pools of five. The split will be a seeded draw to ensure fair representation of top, middle, and lower end teams in each pool.
• Teams will play the other four teams in their pool once to reach 13 regular season rounds.
• Premiership season to be concluded after 13 rounds.
• Continue with the finals series as outlined in the current regulations (top five played over four weeks).

NNSWF will also open a Player Points System (PPS) registration window in the week leading up to the start of the season to allow clubs to cater for those players who can no longer play, or choose not to, due to the circumstances.

Due to the shortened season, there will not be an additional registration window mid-season as per previous years.

This structure does not include the 18 years age group. Given this is a critical age for development, this age group will now feature in the youth competition match days and will see out a full home and away season followed by a two-week finals series in line with the other youth grades.

There is no material change to the NPL Youth competitions. Clubs will play out their season as it is currently structured, with alterations made only to the fixtures to push the season back.

HERALD Women’s Premier League
• As the WPL competition has eight teams, each team had been scheduled to play each other three times throughout the home and away season.
• This is now reduced to twice (once home, once away)
• The Premiership season will conclude after 14 rounds.
• Followed by a finals series as outlined in the current regulations (top four over three weeks).
• All results from rounds one and two which occurred prior to the COVID pandemic stand.
NEW FM Northern League One
• Each team plays the other teams in the league once to complete 11 rounds (ten matches plus a bye in senior fixtures).
• A further four Rounds will be fixtured to make a total of 14 matches over 15 Rounds.
• Those teams drawn against the bye in the extra four matches will have one extra midweek match fixtured to ensure all teams play an equal number of games.
• Premiership season to be concluded after 15 rounds.
• Continue with the finals series as outlined in the current regulations (top five played over four weeks).
• Youth competition will follow the same structure as above, with the exclusion of the bye.
• All results from rounds one and two will stand.
All NNSWF Premier Clubs returned 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 released last week.
This includes:
• Training in maximum groups of 10 people (including the Coach and/or personnel).
• Adhering to spatial requirements (one person per 4m2) on pitches.
• Maintaining physical distancing measures of 1.5 metres.
• Maintaining good hygiene practices.

Football was suspended across the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic in March, the week of NPL NNSW Round 1. Herald WPL and NEW FM NL1 senior competitions had played two rounds each.

NNSWF supports the Australian Government’s COVIDSafe app and strongly encourages all members of the football community to get behind this initiative. The app can be downloaded from the Apple App store and Google Play.

source: Tom Tsamouras

Newcastle Olympic: Update on the resumption of training

Dear Newcastle Olympic FC players and family members,

Yesterday, all clubs in Northern NSW received good news that we can begin training “in line with the recently amended NSW Government Public Health Order” from next Wednesday, 27 May, 2020.

There are still various strict conditions and guidelines that we will need to meet “in accordance with Return to Training – Level 1 Guidelines and ensuring that the council facilities the club uses are open”, before training begins.

These guidelines and conditions that all clubs will need to review and understand as quickly as practical so players can get back on the park in safe conditions include:

1. Types of activities that can occur at training.
2. How to conduct training safely
3. Liaison with the City of Newcastle on what their expectations are for usage of their Ovals.
4. Risk assessment reports for venues.
5. Inform and educate coaches, parents and players of their responsibility at training
6. Be involved with webinars

We will keep you informed of a definite training date start, as we work through the conditions above, with official training expected to begin from the week after next, starting from Monday 1st June.
Regards,
Con Gounis
Secretary

NNSW Football CEO Update

Wednesday 13May 2020

As many of you will have heard this week, the New South Wales Premier announced some social-distancing restrictions will be eased from Friday, 15 May 2020.

We appreciate this has, and will, continue to raise questions and expectations in relation to the long-awaited resumption of Football.

In response to the Premier’s announcement, the NSW Office of Sport is finalising an overarching framework which will guide the resumption of community sport throughout NSW. State Sporting Organisations have been informed that the framework will be distributed to sports when the current Public Health Order (PHO) is lifted.

NNSWF has been preparing for the lifting of the PHO and the resumption of community sport by drafting football specific guidelines which will clearly outline how clubs in the first instance, resume training. The Return to Training Guidelines need to be assessed against the Office of Sport Framework in the first instance to ensure that Football is compliant.

The anticipated lifting of the PHO in NSW and similar action in other States and territories prompted FFA to transition the authority to lift the suspension of all football activity to the Member Federations. The FFA Circular is available here.

NNSWF is committed to lifting the suspension and allowing clubs to return to training as soon as possible. Before this can occur the guidelines need to be approved by the relevant government authority and the Board of Directors needs to have every confidence that Management has taken reasonable steps to ensure that zones, clubs, coaches and players and parents are aware of the guidelines and have the capacity to comply fully. NNSWF has a responsibility to ensure the health and safety of participants and the broader community. Rushing the resumption of training without adequate consideration and education may impede the resumption of competitive football in the coming months.

It is important that clubs note that all football activity remains suspended until further notice. Clubs are also reminded that some Local Government Authorities (LGA’s) and Crown Lands closed local sporting facilities in response to the pandemic. If this is the case in your area, please liaise with your Member Zone to ensure fields have been reopened in readiness for the lifting of the current suspension.

Please remain patient, we assure you we will update you as soon as we have any further information.

Source: Tom Tsamouras

Newcastle Olympic: Return to training update

As most parents would have seen with the Premier’s announcement, some restrictions, including sporting restrictions, will be lifted this Friday 15th May.

As of yet, we have not been given an indication of how this may impact community sport.

The Office of Sport will be following this up and provide an overarching framework which will guide the resumption of sport throughout NSW.

Football’s draft guidelines will be aligned to the overarching framework. When Northern NSW football pass on to the Clubs, with the guidelines set, we will pass on to all.

Until then, all football activity remains suspended and a Public Health Order is still in force.

source: Con Gounis

NNSWF CONTINUES PLANS TO RECOMMENCE COMMUNITY FOOTBALL

Northern NSW Football, its seven (7) member Zones and Clubs are continuing to work together to plan the resumption of community football, positioning the sport to commence after the Federal and State Government health authorities deem it safe.

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement that the National Cabinet had agreed to principles in relation to sport, Northern NSW Football CEO David Eland said Northern NSW Football & Football NSW are collaborating to develop a set of guidelines that will support the commencement of community football as soon as possible across the state.

“Northern NSW Football and Football NSW have already commenced working together with our Member Zones and Club delegates to develop state-wide guidelines and recommendations to assist guide clubs and participants to get back on the park.

“This is certainly a step forward for community football, we’re all looking forward to the day football may resume,” said Eland.
Northern NSW Football has continuously monitored developments and has been in constant contact with FFA and Governments to ensure that we will only return to the field when it is deemed safe to do so.

“We recognise that participants in Northern NSW Football administered competitions and those implemented by our seven (7) Member Zones are eager to know that football will be ready to recommence and that will happen once health authorities give the go ahead.

“Playing football will provide significant social and mental health benefits to our participants and we will be ready to go at the earliest possible opportunity.
Northern NSW will continue to monitor any changes made by the NSW Government in relation to the NSW Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order 2020 which is currently preventing sport from being conducted and expires at midnight on 29 June 2020.

Eland said Northern NSW Football, its Zones and Clubs had also engaged with local Councils, summer sporting organisations and other users of venues to discuss an extension of time for football to use facilities.
“Football, like other winter sports, uses multi-use venues, impacting 70,000 football players across northern NSW alone.

Many Councils have been sympathetic to the impact and we are working closely with our Zones and other sports in relation to moving the transition date from Winter to Summer sports back, to be fair for all sports.”
Whilst the exact date of return to play relies on the lifting of Government restrictions, Northern NSW, its Zones and Clubs are working on a series of scenarios and competition formats that is focused on providing as much football opportunities as possible in the time frame that the sport will have at its disposal.

Eland thanks the broader football community and its many players, families, officials, administrators, sponsors and volunteers.

“What has been particularly pleasing is how everyone has worked together and supported our actions and recommendations to address this pandemic.
“I am confident football will come out the other end of this more united.”

Northern NSW Football supports the Australian Government’s COVIDSafe app as part of their plan to slow the spread of COVID-19. The app, launched by the Federal Government, will help state and territory health officials to quickly alert people who may be at risk of having contact with the virus.

In order to help the grassroots football community, stay active and connected throughout the temporary suspension period, FFA recently launched an online Skills Hub, developed in association with each of Australia’s nine Member Federations.

To access the Skills Hub and get involved with the #PlayAtHomeChallenge, please visit http://www.playfootball.com.au/skills-hub
source: Tom Tsamouras

Associate Sponsor: Good Food Distributors

Continuing on with our valued ASSOCIATE SPONSORS, NOFC appreciate the support that these business/ companies give our sporting organisation, playing a crucial role in enabling the Club to continue to participate in Senior NPL, Youth NPL, SAP, NET and Newcastle Football competitions, and for the first time in 2020, in the local Women’s Premier League competition.
Their assistance plays a fundamental role in continually upgrading our facilities at Darling Street Oval.
If you can support ANY of these Sponsors, the Club would be most appreciative.

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• Deli and Pantry
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source:  Tom Tsamouras

Associate Sponsor: Terrain Earthworks and Demolition

Continuing on with our valued ASSOCIATE SPONSORS, NOFC appreciate the support that these business/ companies give our sporting organisation, playing a crucial role in enabling the Club to continue to participate in Senior NPL, Youth NPL, SAP, NET and Newcastle Football competitions, and for the first time in 2020, in the local Women’s Premier League competition.
Their assistance plays a fundamental role in continually upgrading our facilities at Darling Street Oval.
If you can support ANY of these Sponsors, the Club would be most appreciative.

Terrain Earthworks and Demolition

Matthew Hawke founder and director of Terrain Earthworks and Demolition has a passion for all things earthy.

Matthew’s inherent love for organic materials and timber began as a young boy where he worked alongside his grandfather building various backyard projects. After leaving school he embarked on a career as a Shipwright, completing Certificate III in Ship and Boat Building at Tighes Hill TAFE. He was awarded the Boating Industry Association Award for the highest average mark on completion of Cert III, the Bruce Steber Award for Excellence, the Hunter Region Apprentice of the Year, and Runner Up in the TAFE Medal. Once qualified, Matthew travelled extensively in the UK and Europe, gaining experience in boat building in the south of France and the UK, and also in the building industry.

Upon his return to Australia he moved into Industrial Management. His 10 years in the field allowed him to hone and refine his ability to relate to people, problem solve, be diplomatic and think on his feet.

He completed several more qualifications during this time including:
• Diploma in Frontline Management
• Diploma in Project Management
• Diploma in Business Management
• Certificate III in Workplace Training and Assessment

Terrain Earthworks and Demolition was born from Matthew’s desire to live his passions and combine his diverse skillset and abilities with his interests: a love for the environment, sustainability and being outdoors, enthusiasm for operating big machines, and a desire to create aesthetically pleasing spaces whilst helping people solve a problem.

If you’re looking for someone who can bring a wealth of experience to your job, is personable and honest to deal with, and prides himself on attention to detail and delivering a great service experience, then contact Matthew today.

Terrain Earthworks & Demolition Pty Ltd
Matt Hawke – 0422 864 101
info@terrainearthworks.com.auAdamstown Heights NSW 2289
ABN: 63 602 725 093
Licence No: AD212912

source: Tom Tsamouras

Associate Sponsor: Air Extreme Air Conditioning

Continuing on with our valued ASSOCIATE SPONSORS, NOFC appreciate the support that these business/ companies give our sporting organisation, playing a crucial role in enabling the Club to continue to participate in Senior NPL, Youth NPL, SAP, NET and Newcastle Football competitions, and for the first time in 2020, in the local Women’s Premier League competition.
Their assistance plays a fundamental role in continually upgrading our facilities at Darling Street Oval.
If you can support ANY of these Sponsors, the Club would be most appreciative.

AIR EXTREME AIR CONDITIONING

RESIDENTIAL SERVICES
We offer preventative maintenance, air conditioning repair, and air conditioning cleaning for our Residential clients. Contact Air Extreme in Newcastle today. We guarantee prompt, reliable, professional service. Our rates are competitive, and you’ll be met with the best services in the industry.
COMMERCIAL SERVICES
In addition to providing you quality equipment, we also provide design and consultation services as well. Our technicians ensure quality work each time. So no matter what your project is, we can assist with office build outs, computer rooms, new office layouts, and much more.

Technicians:

Air Extreme Air Conditioning is proud to have a team of highly qualified Domestic, Commercial and Service Air conditioning technicians. Air Extreme Technicians are all highly qualified and have many years’ experience as well as up to date Training in Air Conditioning Installation, Preventative Maintenance and breakdown.

Apprentices:

Air Extreme Air conditioning prides themselves on producing quality tradesmen from their Apprentices by spending quality time teaching and ensuring that they are understanding what they are learning from both on the job experience and in the classroom at TAFE.

Our ongoing focus is to always ensure complete customer satisfaction.
As a market leader in the air conditioning industry, thanks to our qualified air conditioning installers and mechanics, Air Extreme is often the choice of the trade – and there is no better compliment than when your own industry turns to you for your experience, expertise and advice.

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source: Tom Tsamouras

Associate Sponsor: Albatross Marina

Continuing on with our valued ASSOCIATE SPONSORS, NOFC appreciate the support that these business/ companies give our sporting organisation, playing a crucial role in enabling the Club to continue to participate in Senior NPL, Youth NPL, SAP, NET and Newcastle Football competitions, and for the first time in 2020, in the local Women’s Premier League competition.
Their assistance plays a fundamental role in continually upgrading our facilities at Darling Street Oval.
If you can support ANY of these Sponsors, the Club would be most appreciative.

Albatross Marina
Marinas – Lemon Tree Passage, NSW 2319
44 Cook Parade, Lemon Tree Passage NSW 2319

4982 5522

*Nice water front parklands.
*Plenty of tables and seats.
Great range of foods available.
An enclosed area for a pool, safe for children to swim

source: Tom Tsamouras