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20 May, 2020

Dear GNA members,

Firstly, we would like to thank you for your patience in relation to the current COVID situation and the 2020 season.

The GNA Executive have a very lengthy discussion at our executive meeting last night in regards to the return to training at Adcock Park and how we can manage this based on the Netball Australia Risk Assessment guideline template.

After discussing the template In point form the Executive completed the Resumption of Community Netball Risk Assessment Guidance Template provide by Netball Australia. (The GNA findings will be provided to your Club Secretary by Saturday.)

We have asked that your club executive read through the risk assessment document thoroughly. At this stage as we are unable to hold a council meeting with all the club representatives so we have invited one club delegate to attend a zoom information session next Monday night.

The GNA steps now in place:

  • Clubs to check with their teams if they would like to resume training.
  • Clubs/Teams who wish to resume training will be required to abide by the Risk Assessment guidelines put in place.
  • Everyone involved in the return to training must sign a copy of the risk assessment to acknowledge they have received it and understand what is required to return to training. Clubs will keep these on file until requested by the GNA Secretary.
  • The lights will be on from Monday to Friday (at a cost to GNA). Training times will be 3.30pm to 8.30pm and Saturday times to be advised (no lights).
  • Clubs will advise GNA if they would like to OPT IN to training and the number of teams that will be training by Friday 29th May 5pm.  
  • GNA will then allocate a number of courts and court numbers to clubs who will manage their own teams, training nights/day and times.  
  • A full register of players, coaches etc attending training MUST be kept with what time and court number they were on. This is mandatory in case there is a COVID outbreak.
  • Courts need to be allocated by clubs keeping in mind the “10 people per Court Rule & only allowing max 1 hour training sessions at a time and 1 session each week”. NO ONE a can be on the sidelines. Therefore if a team has 10 players and 2 coaches clubs will need to be mindful they may require 2 courts. Based on social distancing required they may only want to allocate 30 minute training sessions.
  • Clubs/Teams will need to provide their own sanitiser, wipes, first aid kits and ice packs as per Risk Assessment.
  • The clubhouse will be closed, however the external toilet at the side of the clubhouse will be available to players that are training & GNA will provide sanitiser for the toilet.

We would like to point out it is not compulsory to attend training and we will make this very clear to clubs to filter that information to their coaches. There may be players for personal reasons unable to rejoin their team at this stage.  Clubs may merge 2 or 3 teams together to make up the number of 10. Training will be non contact and include social distancing so coaches will need to be creative.

We propose a starting date for training would be pushed back until Monday 1st June, 2020 to allow clubs additional time to complete their own risk assessments and allocate training times to their teams one GNA provide the court numbers and amount of courts available.

We are unable to issue any information at this stage with regards to refunds or a competition start date until after our next Executive meeting Monday 1st June 2020 and only if at the meeting we have received any further updates from Netball NSW regarding the COVID restrictions. We understand some members are asking questions but this stage it is out of our control and to issue any information would not be accurate and we would be guessing.

Clubs have been asked if they have questions relating to the “return to training risk assessment” before our zoom information session can you please submit them by Sunday 24th May, 2020 6pm and will do our best  to address all concern at the Zoom meeting on Monday night.

We thank you all for your patience and support during this challenging time.

Kind regards,

Belinda Beresford

President

Gosford Netball Association