Werribee City Football Club

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** CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) – FURTHER UPDATE FROM WCFC**

May 23, 2020

Dear Parents, Players and Coaches,

Werribee City FC sincerely hopes that all of the WCFC community and their friends and family are safe and healthy as we continue to navigate through the COVID-19 crisis. It is certainly positive that we seem to be seeing an improvement in the overall situation with Government commencing the easing of restrictions. Part of the easing of restrictions revolves around Community Sport, which we have not been able to participate in for many weeks now.

As many of you may know, in the last few days Football Victoria released a framework titled “Return to Training” which sets the conditions with which football clubs can undertake training under current restrictions.

The full Return To Training conditions can be found in the FV Return To Training portal: https://www.footballvictoria.com.au/return-football

After reviewing the Return to Training guidelines, the club has made the decision to re-commence restricted training for our Senior Men, U20 Male and U18 Male groups only. The FV guidelines coupled with the Wyndham City Council requirements are very onerous and the club is not currently able to comply with these restrictions across all of our other playing groups (Female, Miniroos and NPL Juniors). Details regarding specific training guidelines will be provided to all Senior Men, U20 and U18 male squads.

Whilst the club wants nothing more than for a normal resumption of training and competitive football, our primary responsibility is our duty of care to both our football families and the broader community and to ensure everyone is safe during this COVID – 19 crisis. For this reason, NO sanctioned club training will take place at the moment for any squads other than those noted above.

The safety of our players, coaches, volunteers and parents is paramount and the WCFC committee has come to the decision to await the next State Government  announcement regarding further easing of restrictions before making any further commitments to allow training for any other group.

After 31st May it is expected that restrictions will be eased further, though these restrictions may not necessarily result in an environment where full training can re-commence.

Even though Football Victoria has also released a statement on “Proposed Return to Play” dates, these dates are very much dependent on the further easing of restrictions and any subsequent decisions by Sports and Recreation Victoria (SRV) who ultimately decide the rules with which we can participate safely in our sport.

The full Return To Play statement can be found on the FV website portal:
https://www.footballvictoria.com.au/news/fv-sets-proposed-dates-return-play

We acknowledge how important sport and the social aspect of our community club is to everyone at WCFC and the club has seriously considered all factors in coming to the decisions noted in this letter. However nothing is more important than ensuring the safety and well being of all involved at the club and we certainly hope you all appreciate and understand the cautious approach that we have taken.

The club is committed to supporting our football community through this challenging time and we will continue make decisions and provide any updates as new information comes to hand from both Football Federation Australia (FFA) and Football Victoria (FV).

WCFC thank you all for your patience and understanding regarding this very difficult situation and we certainly do not underestimate the impact that the virus is having on everyone associated with WCFC, including the club itself.

Please stay healthy and safe and do not hesitate to contact your respective coordinator should you have any queries.

Yours Sincerely,
Werribee City FC

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Situated a few short km’s from the Town Centre in large grounds opposite the Werribee River, the Club boasts a wide range of facilities including large and small Function Rooms, Members Bar, Restaurant, Squash Courts and ample car parking.

Whether you need somewhere to hold your next trivia night, dinner dance, conference, meeting, event celebration, group get together or you’re having a social sporting event we have the range of facilities to accommodate you.