Via: The Leader

St George Football Association’s Craig Kiely has warned that community sport will be a different experience for everyone this season following the easing of COVID-19 restrictions.

People will need to continue to be patient and responsible as sporting clubs work towards full resumption of play, he said.

“It is our shared responsibility and objective that everyone understands and follows the NSW Public Health Orders and the guidelines that follow, in the interests of everyone’s health and safety.

“Some clubs will commence training this week under the Level 1 guidelines, which is limited to groups of no more than 10 with no contact in an outdoor setting.

“It is imperative that community members work together to support our sporting club volunteers and committees in remaining compliant so that we don’t end up jeopardising or delaying further our full return to training and competition,” Mr Kiely said.

The next phase for sporting clubs is the development of ‘Return to Play’ guidelines, to allow for a return to competitive play.

Georges River Council has reminded residents that patience and cooperation will be required for return to sport.

“With the easing of COVID-19 restrictions there is much speculation around sport and how teams and clubs will return to competitive play,” a council spokesperson said.

“The Georges River local government area enjoys strong levels of participation in a range of sports, with each requiring different considerations in response to the pandemic.

“Georges River Council is encouraging parents in particular to be mindful of the complexities involved for each sporting code and club, and the additional responsibilities placed on everyone to ensure community safety is maintained.”