Good afternoon everyone
I hope it’s been a good week and encouraging to see things starting to open up across society. Long may it continue.
As you would expect from last week’s newsletter, there has been a lot of back and forth this week with the Council, VAFA, various health practitioners as well as the committee.
Before the update, I wanted to highlight and thank one of our longest sponsors and partners, Andrew Kokinos and Peak Physiotherapy. As some of you would know, Andrew was a Premiership player in our 1992 Under 19s while still at school. More significantly for the club, he has partnered with us for well over a decade to provide physiotherapy and physical performance services. As an example of his dedication and professionalism, Andrew and his team are running Zoom sessions for players to learn how to strap themselves for training given current restrictions. Thank you Andrew, Bayden and the team. As a key sponsor of OCGAFC, please support Peak Physiotherapy wherever you can.
Our latest updates are as follows;
As you can see, there remains a lot of uncertainty around 2020. But there are certainties we’re continuing to focus on as a Committee and club.
- Training recommenced this week at GBO under the new guidelines of 20 per group with no contact
- Andrew Romanin and Katherine Bithavas have coordinated a comprehensive plan and set of policies that have allowed this to happen
- All coaches are working diligently to ensure we comply with social distancing, hygiene and record keeping to keep our community and the wider community safe
- The VAFA have recently conducted a survey of all clubs to understand presences for a season format should one go ahead. The club responded unanimously that we were 100% committed to a season with a strong preference for that to include a finals series alongside home and away games.
- The VAFA announced yesterday that they would meet the week of JUNE 22nd to make a final call on the season
- Should the answer be positive, the proposed start date would be JULY 25th
- We are pulling out all stop to provide training and support for our players who are super keen to resume exercise, see their mates and play footy!
- We are continuing to provide support for our players welfare and encourage them to speak with the relevant organisations and individuals in our network
- We must ensure our club remains financially viable for the future
Next week we will officially launch our Future Footy Festival, a major membership and fundraising drive. It will run for June and July. More details will follow but we hope it will be lots of fun and connect as many people as possible. The critical question is why do we need a fundraising campaign?
Due to COVID 19, the club has been unable to raise revenue through fundraising events, memberships, the canteen/bar, player subscriptions and new sponsors. We are also conscious that all businesses are dealing with challenging circumstances and sponsorship money is difficult
Like all amateur football clubs, some of our operating costs including VAFA affiliation fees, insurances, licenses, website fees, coaches and trainers remain. Everyone involved with the club, particularly the coaches, understand the situation but we also want to support them and honour as much of these commitments as possible.
We’re looking forward to the launch next week and hope as many of our community will join us to have some fun and raise much needed funds for the club.
Enjoy your weekend and Come on the Wells.