The Vampires Diaries – Special Edition
Good afternoon Vampires Community
I am writing to you this afternoon to inform you of our current strategy relating to the Club’s response to the COVID-19 virus.
Our current advice to the Age Group Co-Ordinator’s is the Club’s official pre-season training program will continue as scheduled tomorrow (Sunday 15th March). We are following the advice of the AFL and SMJFL that for gatherings with less than 500 people can proceed until further notice.
The following link is an excellent guide from the AFL https://play.afl/content/covid-19?utm_source=Australian+Football+League&utm_campaign=d603e70045-EMAIL_COVID-19_2020_03_13_20_20&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e8420e9e64-d603e70045-364709005&ct=t(EMAIL_COVID-19_2020_03_13_20_20)
That said, I appreciate that there will be many in our football community uncomfortable and unwilling to proceed with their scheduled pre-season training tomorrow. And that’s ok. If your AGC, in consultation with their coaches and other team officials, want to cancel their AGC training session, I will support their decision.
What I ask from our membership is that if personally you or your children are feeling unwell or are demonstrating any symptoms associated with the COVID-19 virus, that you remain home and seek medical advice.
Pre-season training doesn’t necessarily have to involve a defined period on a Sunday with teammates. Bayside and surrounding LGAs have a wonderful array of parks and reserves where kids can go with their cousins, brothers or sisters, mates, parents – whoever – for a kick. Kids can commit to 100 kicks (both feet) and 50 handballs, practice their over-head marking, go for a run around bouncing the ball. I want our kids outside running around, having fun and getting ready for the upcoming season.
- Communal use of water bottles is prohibited.
- All players should be in possession of their own drink bottle, and should not share with any other players
- Do not share drinks, towels, lip balm, sunscreen with others (have own)
- Limit physical contact such as avoiding shaking hands or full contact drills
- Implement smaller sub-groups utilising different drills that minimise contact
Communal changerooms at Hurlingham Park are closed until further notice.
Outside of the immediate health impact on our community, it is important that we support the local businesses that support our Club. Prosthetique Dental Designs are our Club’s official mouthguard sponsor who have been conducting mouthguard fittings at the Clubrooms for several weeks.
If you have scheduled a mouthguard fitting the new address is 17 Kinlock Avenue, Murrumbeena and you can contact Jyana on 0403 747 207 for any queries you may have.
Round One of the SMJFL is presently scheduled for Sunday 19 April 2020 (5 weeks). As we’ve all seen, this is a dynamic situation. The SMJFL will keep all Club Presidents up to date as information comes to hand.
The team at the Vampires will endeavor to keep the membership up to date with the latest information as it comes to hand.
In closing, I want to say that I couldn’t be prouder of the way our Club is responding to this unprecedented crisis. My dealings with AGCs, Coaches, Team Managers and the wider community has been top shelf and I applaud all for their contribution.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol?based hand sanitiser
- Wash or sanitise your hands before eating
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Stay home and seek medical treatment when you are sick
- Cover your mouth to cough or sneeze