OPEN LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT

To all Avalon Soccer Club members

These are uncertain and challenging times for all of us. As the coronavirus outbreak spreads, and the government introduces new measures almost daily, we are all having to adapt our lifestyle in light of what is becoming a truly significant national issue.

One change to our life is the suspension of all football activities announced on Tuesday by the FFA. In the light of this announcement ,last night the MWFA Board met, and then held an MWFA Club Forum with the 17 Club Presidents and the MWFRA to go through the current situation and the short term / long term implications for the MWFA and our football eco-system.

These are the key outcomes:

  • The MWFA competitions will re-start on Friday 1 May 2020. This is subject to change upon any advice received by the Federal Government.
  • MWFA teams and clubs will be free to commence training on Monday April 27. This is subject to change upon any advice received by the Federal Government.
  • The MWFA will work through competition structures based on starting on the weekend of May 1/2/3, playing 17 weeks (including the middle weekend of the July school holidays) with the cancellation of semi finals, moving straight to grand finals.
  • MWFA and its clubs will consider the impact on registration fees and the financial aspect of player de-registration when we know the full extent of the disruption. At this stage the suspension of football takes into account a minimal disruption that we will work to make up throughout the season as best as possible. We are delaying the start of the season, not cancelling. Any decisions around registration fees and refunds will be based on the broad principle of trying to ensure that all Clubs, MWFA, Football NSW and FFA are able to get through this difficult time in a position that will enable football as we know it to continue into the future.

These are the existing guidelines, and may well change over the coming days and weeks during these unprecedented times.

While we appreciate the disappointment in the delay to the season, the welfare of our members is the top priority for everyone at the club, and we fully support the MWFA and will enforce the guidelines.  With that in mind it is crucial to reiterate that there is NO training (group or one on one) or matches of any sort for teams from our club and there cannot be any paid coaches or academies training at Careel Bay or external venues during this time, nor is there any use of Avalon Soccer Club fields for any football activities. Please help us to enforce this.

A full copy of the MWFA communication and a series of FAQs are available on our website.  If you having any specific concerns please contact your age manager in the first instance.

Thank you all for your support and understanding in ensuring we follow the rules and do the right thing, and hopefully we’ll see everyone down at The Bay before too long.

Lee Gallagher
President, Avalon Soccer Club