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AFL Vic gives training green light

LOCAL football clubs have been given the go-ahead to return to training on May 25 – but with conditions.

AFL Victoria confirmed on Saturday clubs can return to training in groups of ten players, with a coach or support staff “who are reasonably required to manage the activity” not included in that number.

Two groups can use the same ground, as long as they maintain distance and the oval is split into two zones.

“The safety and wellbeing of our participants is our number one priority,” a statement from AFL Victoria said.

“As such, our return to play strategy has been focused on ensuring we have the clear endorsement of State Government and public health officials at every phase of return.

“Each State Government is responsible for determining what level Australian football is in their State and approving when we can transition into the next stage.

“Following Victorian Government advice around the return of community sport this week, AFL Victoria will release its return to train protocols early next week and is endorsing a return to club sanctioned training from Monday, May 25.

“This timing will provide the opportunity to communicate our protocols with Leagues and allow volunteers and clubs time to digest the protocols, go through an education period and prepare themselves ahead of returning to club sanctioned training.”

AFL Victoria is hopeful of a return to full training and games being played “later in the year”.

“Our primary focus is preparing to return to train in a safe environment in a well prepared and educated manner,” the statement continued.

“In order for this return to play to be successful, and in line with Government advice, it is essential that clubs and individuals work within the timelines and protocols and do not move ahead of the level and restrictions in place.”

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