I hope everyone has been keeping well in isolation, staying in contact with each other and maintaining their health and fitness. Based on the numbers we are seeing at the moment I thinks it’s safe to say that we are all most likely corona virus free and apart from boredom and running out of projects to do around the house we are all looking forward to putting this behind us and getting the footy season started again.
Following the announcement by Mark McGowan on Sunday the 26th of April that relaxed the social gathering restrictions from two to ten person groups it is looking more likely that we will have a football season in some form. The start date to re-commence training is currently scheduled as Monday the 1st of June for the colts and women, Tuesday the 2nd of June for the men and Thursday the 4th of June for the integrated all abilities team with the first game for all teams scheduled for the 13th of June. Obviously this all depends on social distancing restrictions being relaxed further.
We are aware that Scott Morrison and the national cabinet are meeting on Monday the 11th of May with the intention of hopefully relaxing some of the social distancing restrictions from a national level. We are hopeful this will give us some clarity about how we will be able to move forward as a club this season.
At this point there are a lot of unknowns on how social gathering restrictions will affect our modified season particularly in relation to changerooms, supporter attendance, the canteen, the club bar and beer shed but we are hoping for the best outcome in this regard as the club relies heavily on revenue from its bar and food sales to operate.
To the Playing Group
The club executive, football operations and the coaching panel are meeting on Wednesday the 6th of May in order to prepare to hit the ground running when training resumes. We want to get back to where we were in late March before our pre-season got derailed.
Before we got locked down the atmosphere, attitude, and enthusiasm from all the playing group this pre-season was extraordinary and infectious. Keep an eye and ear out for any news or messages from your various coaches on getting ready for a return to training and bring that positive atmosphere and attitude back with you as well.
If you haven’t been maintaining the level of conditioning you achieved during your pre-season now would be a good time to get that underway again. While the club isn’t able to run organised training sessions we encourage each team to get together in groups of 10 and have a run around and kick the footy.
For your information we expect to receive our training packs, training shirts and women's singlets in the next week or two and we expect to receive our polo shirts and club casual shorts in about a month. These were all delayed due to the corona virus. If you have pre-ordered any merchandise you will be emailed when it is available. If you haven't pre-ordered any but want to buy some before it runs out you can do so on the team store www.willettonfootballclub.com/team-store.
To our Social Members, Supporters, Past Players, Volunteers and Sponsors
As enjoyable as its been reliving old glory days with rerun games on TV we are looking forward to getting our show back on the road. We are extremely hopeful that by our scheduled Round 1 on the 13th of June we will be allowed to have gatherings of up to 100 people and be allowed to have supporters at our games. On that note we still have a number of social memberships available from our team store that include a hat, stubby holder and membership card www.willettonfootballclub.com/team-store.
As we get closer to round 1 we will let you know what planning decisions are being made at both the Western Australian Football Commission and Perth Football League levels and how this will impact on you coming out to support your Willetton Blues. The full committee will be meeting on Wednesday the 13th of May, where we will be armed with the latest information from the government and be able to chart a course forward for the club.
Damned if you do, Damned if you don’t
It’s a very difficult balance to satisfy everyone’s expectations in terms of the level of communication that should be emanating from a Football Club. Some are happy to receive little or no communication while others will expect lots of communication to ensure they are being informed on what’s happening at the club. We feel (and hope) that we have so far got this balance right. The club’s position is that when there is some new and relevant information we pass it on in a timely manner. We are aware there are plenty other sources of Covid-19 news and you are likely receiving communications from many businesses with their latest updates.
As we begin to come out of the tight restriction’s we may receive new information relevant to our football season regularly and we will make sure we communicate that with you in a timely manner. These are unique times and we will make sure we keep you informed of any information around our 2020 football season.
Bring on 2020 and lets all have a hand in bringing our Willo Blues back to the field with all six teams experiencing some success!
Willetton Football Club