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Training guidelines set

LOCAL football clubs will have to appoint at least one COVID Safe officer before being given the green light to recommence training.

AFL Victoria released its guide for next week’s return to training in small groups, which includes at least one club official undertaking the Australian Government’s online COVID-19 Infection Control Training.

It also sets out eight other steps need to take, while also encouraging clubs encourage players, volunteers and families download the COVIDSafe app.

AFL Victoria said the key principle for training is ‘Get in, Train, Get out’.

“This is a significant step for community football in Victoria and we are pleased clubs can return to small outdoor group training next week,” AFL Head of Community Football Victoria Stephen O’Donohue said.

“Returning to train in a safe, hygienic and controlled manner is paramount to AFL Victoria and the safety and wellbeing of all participants remains our number one priority.

“We encourage all Victorian leagues, clubs and volunteers to familiarise themselves with the training guide and to formulate an education and implementation plan to prepare their respective clubs to return to train safely.”

AFL Victoria is continuing to work closely with the State Government and the Chief Health Officer as it explores the potential for a full Return to Train or Return to Play if restrictions are further eased.


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Small Outdoor Group Training of up to 10 People
Clubs can undertake training in groups no larger than 10 people. The group of 10 does not include a coach/support staff who are reasonably required to manage the activity. Two groups of 10 can utilise the same oval provided they do not operate closely together, and the oval is split into two zones. No more than two small training groups per oval at any one time with groups not permitted to interact.
1.5m Social Distancing and Strictly No Contact
All training must strictly observe social distancing requirements of 1.5m and must be non-contact (i.e. no tackling, no bumping, no marking contests, etc.).Footballs Allowed, but no Other Equipment
Footballs can be used for small outdoor group training, however only limited additional equipment is permitted (i.e. field marking cones are permitted).

No Access to Changerooms
All club rooms, changerooms and wet areas are not to be used as part of the return to small outdoor group training.

Hygiene Protocols in Place
Clubs to implement hygiene protocols as per the Victorian State Government guidelines (i.e. washing hands, avoiding facial touching, staying at home if sick, covering mouth and elbow to cough or sneeze etc).

At Least One COVID Safe Officer
Clubs to nominate an official(s) to undertake the Australian Government online COVID-19 Infection Control Training prior to recommencement of club activity.

A Register of Participants
Club to implement a log, or register, to keep a track of which participants are in attendance at all training sessions.

The club to encourage all players, volunteers and families to download the COVIDSafe App to help in tracing the spread of COVID-19.

Local Government Approval
The club has received approval from the Local Government to access the oval for small outdoor group training.

Follow Directions
The club and training groups understand that they must follow the direction and advice of local and state authorities at all times.