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NJFC Covid-19 UPDATE – March 26th, 2020

Hello Cougar players & families,

We have received a further up from the YJFL below (also posted on www.yjfl.org.au), if you have any questions please contact me directly via email or mobile.
Best Regards,
Chris Niall
NJFC President

Dear Parents & Families,

I advise that I have recommended and the YJFL Board has resolved the following:

‘The YJFL Board resolves to adopt the timetable of the AFL to consider starting the season, which at the moment is May 31. The Board further notes that in order for the season to start, the Executive will have to recommend to the Board that it is safe and that the players will be insured.’

There will come a time when we can again turn our minds to the sport we love; the time isn’t quite right now. We will be in contact further as more information comes to hand.

Further, as you may know, the YJFL has suspended refunds of fees paid to the YJFL by parents at the start of the season.

The AFL has advised that Clubs & Leagues should defer consideration of repayment of any fees until the end of the season. Please see the AFL announcement: https://play.afl/covid-19/faqs

This means we won’t make any further announcement about refunds until September 2020. At the end of this pandemic, we must have a League & Member clubs that can run our competition in 2021. Being financially sound is a crucial part of that assessment.

I again assure you that whatever it takes, we will run some form of competition in 2020, assuming always that our government is comfortable we can play safely, & our players are insured.

We have discussed a ‘mini’ season in July & August, with finals in the September school holidays, as well as many other options that may work. We have our ground at Bulleen Park where we could play games day & night, and we would hope to persuade Councils to extend our access for 2-3 weeks at a few grounds across the 9 Council municipalities we cover. Touch football or AFL-9’s type rules may offer us some options too, should contact between players still be an issue.

Stay safe & healthy in these difficult times.

Tim Murray
YJFL CEO

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