FSC Football training to return

Back on deck: Coast football clubs will return to limited training this week with a meeting on Monday night to determine the season calendar.
Back on deck: Coast football clubs will return to limited training this week with a meeting on Monday night to determine the season calendar.

Far South Coast Football clubs will meet on June 1 to discuss the potential return of play as COVID-19 restrictions ease.

A number of clubs have returned to limited training with group sessions restricted to 10 people in the past week, but outdoor gatherings are expected to be opened up further this week.

"The association is hoping to get the season up and running sometime in the coming month or two," Eden Killer Whales president Mick Sawers said online.

"A meeting will be held on Monday night the first of June for this decision to be made with input from every club."

Wolumla Tigers president Blake Rosseland said seniors would return to the training field, but was seeking input from club members about the return of play and what impact there may be on junior competitions.

"At this stage we can resume training with strict guidelines, that being said we will commence training with our senior men's, reserves and ladies players first," he said.

"The meeting will see how the season may pan out and to work out how the juniors might work - the draft guidelines to return to competition mean that there is to be no spectators, only one parent to take kids."

He said the guidelines also meant training would likely have to be spanned over three or four nights in the week to maintain social distancing and the number of players per area.

Mr Sawers said the junior season would be a particular interest at the meeting.

"We are interested to know parents opinions on this season restarting especially with the guidelines that are to be in place," he said.

Merimbula Grasshoppers president Steven Judd said he was keen to see players from all clubs getting as many games as possible with the Grasshoppers returning to limited training runs from the start of June.

"If all goes well, it's hoped that our competition will start around mid July, and run through August and finish around late September," Mr Judd on the club's Facebook page.

"The exact dates and competition format are to be worked out by the Far South Coast Football Association committee.

"The emphasis from our club is to do whatever we can to get players (from all clubs) as many games as we can during this time."

Limited training runs have started for a few after the Football Federation of Australia (FFA) lifted the limited suspension on training alone.

The governing body said competition games were still suspended, including 'friendlies' as part of any training schedule.

The FFA have also released a series of guidelines for safely returning to training and are working with government agencies to ensure the return of play as early as possible.

Full resources are available at the FFA website.

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