No Gear Day – Club Apparel Sale Online

Due to the uncertainty of numbers allowed for public gatherings, physical distancing requirements, etc, the club’s committee has decided to not hold Gear Day this year as it could introduce unnecessary risk to our club as there can be large numbers of people attending Gear Day at any point in time. 

For those wishing to purchase any club apparel, this now can be done online at the Club Shop on the website   https://wildcatsafl.com/club-shop/

Orders will be packaged up each week and distributed via your AGC.

A reminder that you will need to purchase club shorts and socks as a minimum, all other items are optional, we will provide jerseys closer to round 1 which is still expected to be 19 July.

There is an online form in the shop for families to send through enquiries regarding apparel.  Items can be exchanged or refunded as long as they are in the same condition as it was sent to you.

As there is no Gear Day, Mobile Mouthguards will not be at GHO to talk custom mouthguard fittings.  If you still want a custom fitted mouthguard, you can contact Anthony Adaimy at Mobile Mouthguards 7 The Strand Croydon NSW 2132, 97156567 or 0414585427, info@mobilemouthguards.com.au

RETURN TO PLAY

This is Brian Jackson, Club Secretary. Starting this week I have taken on the role of the Wildcats COVID Safety Officer. This message is quite long but it has a lot of important information.


We are on the way to a Return to Play. AFL NSW/ACT are working hard and planning for a truncated but still substantial season, at this stage likely starting in July and finishing late September. If all goes well, we will get a good block of football played in coming months. Auskick will also resume once the season starts.


But first there will be a resumption of training for our youth and junior teams, starting with small groups of 10. The NSW Government has relaxed restrictions and Willoughby Council has now approved a return to formal training sessions at Gore Hill as soon as we have a proper framework in place.


The AFL has given us the framework to follow and it is up to us a Club to implement that framework.


The main page to check out on the AFL website is here:
http://aflnswact.com.au/return-to-play/
The official statement from the AFL is here:
http://aflnswact.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/AFL-NSWACT-Update_NSW-Government-Small-Group-Training-21.05.20-1.pdf
And the Framework is here:
http://aflnswact.com.au/return-to-play/return-to-small-group-training-up-to-10/

The Framework provides a detailed set of protocols across three areas.

  1. Training Protocols – these specify what training sessions will look like.
  1. Hygiene Protocols – these specify what hygiene practices and standards must be followed.
  1. Education Protocols – these specify what everyone in the club needs to know before training resumes.

This email is a key part of the Education Protocols. In order to resume training we have to make sure everyone is informed on and complies with the guidelines and rules laid out in the Framework. Coaches, officials, parents, and players all need to be on board with this.


Full details of the Training Protocols and Hygiene Protocols are in the Framework linked to above, but we can summarise the key points.


Training sessions will be three groups of 10 (including players and coach) on an oval at any one time, with no mixing between groups, no physical contact between participants, 1.5 metre social distancing, a log to record attendance, and no equipment other than footballs and cones.  Parents are to keep off the field and maintain social distance. There is also no access to change rooms and players are expected to turn up ready to train. The message is: Get in, Train, Get Out.

A schedule for training sessions for each Age Group will be arranged soon. Age-Group Coordinators and coaches will manage attendance. With only 30 people allowed on the field at any one time it will be a difficult challenge accommodating all our players and there will be some system used in each age group to manage this. Please bear with us. 
The Framework’s Hygiene Protocols are straight-forward and in line with what has been adopted in schools and elsewhere. Hand sanitiser will be provided at training sessions and footballs will be wiped before and after sessions. No physical contact, no spitting, cough/sneeze appropriately, no sharing of water bottles etc, no access to change rooms, stay away if you are unwell or have been in contact with someone who is unwell.
Coaches will be briefed on all of this in more detail in a videoconference on Monday night. And once training resumes, coaches will brief and remind players about the protocols before each session. But parents also need to be aware of what needs to happen, so please make sure you are clear about that is in this email and consult the linked documents for more detail.

The AFL’s Framework recommends that clubs implement a minimum one-week “Preparation and Education Stage” before training resumes. For the Wildcats, this stage started Thursday May 21st when the Committee discussed the Framework and appointed me as COVID Safety Officer. This email also represents an important step in this stage, as will the coaches’ videoconference on Monday May 25th. We have also been in touch with Willoughby Council to let them know what the plan is and what we are doing to fulfil the plan.

All this means that we are on track to resume training at Gore Hill by the end of the month as long as everyone is clear about what they need to do and we all follow through. We are aiming to have training sessions on weekday afternoons, Sundays (until the season begins), and potentially Saturdays at an alternative venue for at least a few weeks.

These plans for a return to training apply to our youth and junior teams. Auskick, unfortunately, is not yet ready to return under the AFL’s Framework. Our expectation is that Auskick will resume once the playing season starts and so we are hoping that it will take place from sometime in July until sometime in September. We will let you know as soon as we have more information.

The Framework also recommends that everyone involved with the club downloads the COVID-SAFE app it they have not already done so. The ability to trace contacts once training resumes will be an important element of making this safe and minimising the risk that tighter restrictions will be re-introduced. The app can be accessed here:
https://www.health.gov.au/resources/apps-and-tools/covidsafe-app
Everyone – but particularly coaches and officials –  are also encouraged to complete online training about COVID safety. The online module does not take long to complete but having a large number of our community doing it will demonstrate the Club’s commitment to making sure that our operations comply with public health guidleines. The training can be accessed here:
https://covid-19training.gov.au

So that’s the plan. As COVID Safety Officer I will be the main contact for all of this, but will also have other officials assisting me. If you have any queries or concerns about the plan, please get in touch at secretary@wildcatsafl.com or on 0416 721173. If you complete the online training module, please email your certificate of completion to me at this email address.

This message and the links in it will be going up on a dedicated page of our website, and we will continue to update that page and send further emails as required.

Thanks.

19.3.2020 Covid Update

Dear Parents and Players,

You may be aware that the AFL has issued an updated statement with its position on COVID-19, which can be found here.

The start of the 2020 season has been postponed to 31 May 2020. In addition to the postponement of Auskick and junior and youth footy games, the AFL’s decision also means that pre-season practice matches, training sessions and other AFL-related activities are now also cancelled.

Clearly, that is disappointing but not surprising. As you know, we had already made the decision to cancel all club-related activities. Having now heard from the AFL about postponement of the season, I can confirm that Gear Day on 22 March is now also cancelled.

We will keep working through various club-related issues over the coming weeks in preparation for the delayed start to the season. We will also continue to update you regarding developments as necessary. In the meantime, the AFL has issued some FAQs, which might answer some of the questions you may have.

Regards,
Brendan O’Brien
President Willoughby Wildcats JAFC

president@wildcatsafl.com
0410 296 587

Covid Update

New Girls Footy Shorts and socks

Based on feedback from our girls we have organised for footy shorts and ¾ length socks especially for the girls. The shorts are on sale for $30 and socks $10. We encourage all girls to purchases these new items so along with the new girls jerseys they will look and feel fantastic.

New Jerseys for 2020

As we have a new major sponsor, Artarmon HQ, the club has replaced its entire jersey stock so all the players wearing new jerseys featuring the new sponsor. We also have created boys and girls style jerseys. The old jerseys has been handed to the AFL who have a program to distribute them to developing communities which is great that they don’t just go straight into landfill.

Free Gift for every Auskick registered player

As a way to say welcome or welcome back to Auskick, the club is providing a free gift with every Auskick registration. You can choose from a club T-shirt or back pack. This is in addition to the free gift you also receive from the AFL.

New Training Shirt

New training T-shirts for 2020 – As we have a new major sponsor, Artarmon HQ, the club will provide a new training T-shirt as part of the registration fee to every registered player in Junior/Youth Wildcat teams.

2020 Gear Day

Please note the change in date to Gear Day – it is now 22 March!

2020 Gear Day – Gear Day for the 2020 season is to be held on Sunday 22 March, 8:30 – 12:00 at Gore Hill Oval. You can purchase club shorts and socks and other optional apparel items or collect items purchased through the club’s website. We also have a mouthguard supplier onsite so can purchase a custom fitted mouthguard if desired.

Registrations now open

Registrations now open for the 2020 season – the fees have been kept at the same level as last year; $210 for Auskick and $270 for Junior / Youth Footy.  Don’t forget to use a NSW Government Active Kids voucher to go towards the registration fee. https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/apply-active-kids-voucher#introduction