NFNL update on COVID-19

Published on Monday, March 16, 2020

The NFNL has issued an updated response in relation to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Please continue below to read a statement from NFNL CEO Peter McDougall, which has been issued to all NFNL clubs.

“As you are all aware, COVID-19 is impacting everyone in many ways.

Since we last communicated to everyone a lot has happened and I am writing to you to keep you up to date with where the NFNL is at.

Please note, to keep this succinct, I won’t repeat key messages, but without stating the obvious, the welfare of all participants and supporters in the NFNL is of paramount importance.

The NFNL Board is meeting on Tuesday night and will be discussing the impact of COVID-19 on all NFNL activities.

We have been in regular discussions with AFL Victoria and other metropolitan league CEOs discussing the impact on football and netball matches for this season. We have all agreed that it is important to have a consistent approach and to be measured and level-headed as we work through the dynamics of this issue.

We will continue to be advised by the appropriate authorities, and as additional information comes to hand, decisions will be made based on this information.

As a starting point, we will look at all planned meetings/events scheduled over the next month to determine if they proceed as planned or are postponed or cancelled. This will be based on the level of importance of the activity to the season ahead.

Junior football, senior women’s football and winter netball competitions are not scheduled to begin until mid-April, but Round 1 of our senior men’s competitions is fast approaching and a decision needs to be made if we are to commence as scheduled.

This is new territory for all of us and I ask you all to be patient, stay calm and we will continue to work through this in a pragmatic way that will ultimately determine the best outcome possible for everyone.

I appreciate that you all need to plan ahead, hence this communication to keep you up to date with where we are at.

I will provide an update after the NFNL Board meeting on Tuesday night.

Thank you for your understanding and patience.”

Peter McDougall
NFNL Chief Executive Officer

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