President’s Perspective

To all Adamstown Rosebud Football Club members,

I write today to provide you with a further update on our staged ‘Return to Football’.

Four months ago, I was most concerned with the possibility of having to cancel training and/or matches due to excessive heat. Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined that we’d be in a situation where almost everything on the planet was cancelled.

I acknowledge that many of our members, sponsors and supporters have had a very tough few months in dealing with the fallout from COVID-19. It almost feels inappropriate to be discussing football when so many other more important aspects of our lives are not yet back to normal. However, I have been encouraged by the number of players and parents who have contacted me in the past few days to tell me how keen they are to get back on the paddock as it now gives them something semi-normal to look forward to.

I am pleased to advise that some of our teams will resume training this week. This is an important milestone for our club in that we are now able to open some of our facilities to welcome back our players to football.  We will be staging the reintroduction of training to ensure that our club can provide a healthy and safe environment for our coaches and players. Our coaches will be in contact with their respective teams to advise the training dates, times and venues.

We all need to remember that everything we do as a club and as individuals within our club, is subject to the regulations contained in the NSW Public Health Order, which was most recently amended on 29th May. Further relaxation of these regulations with respect to sport will be essential before we can progress to ‘contact training’ and competitive matches.

As we move back to training over the next few days and weeks it is essential that we closely observe the Level 1 – Return to Training Guidelines which can be found here. I am calling for everybody’s support to help make this transition back to football as seamless as possible. It is no single person’s responsibility to make this work – it is the collective responsibility of our whole club.

Recently, you may have heard that the NSW Government has given the green light for the restart of junior football matches from 1st July. We are yet to receive confirmation regarding senior football but expect an announcement soon. However, it is important to note that competition draws have not been published but we operating on the provisional basis that SAP and Youth matches may resume on the first weekend in July. This will be confirmed ASAP.

When football matches do resume, then this will be subject to different specific guidelines. We will advise you of these guidelines as soon as we receive them. One thing that is certain is that our matchdays will not be the same as what we have been used to. Many of us will find this difficult, challenging and possibly unfair, however, our club is committed to doing whatever is necessary in accordance with the NSW Public Health Order to ensure that we can play football again.

Finally, I would like to acknowledge and thank my fellow board members and many other club officials who have worked tirelessly in the background to ensure that our club can resume training and then effectively participate in the 2020 season.

I look forward to seeing many of you again very soon.

All the best,

John Connors

ARFC President