This is just a quick update on your football season and what we know so far.
Obviously under Level 4, everything is closed so that means anything football related is also closed. This means no training and no games unfortunately.
When we move to Level 3, not much changes for football unfortunately. We are still not allowed to train or play games under Level 3.
Once we move to Level 2, then we can all return to training and games, however there will be restrictions on group sizes etc. We will update you on this when the time comes.
Prizegivings - we will have prizegivings at some point but they may look a little different depending on how long we are in lockdown for. Please get all your team nominations in asap so we can get the trophies sorted. We may need to change prizegivings to individual teams doing their own prizegiving rather than a big formal prizegiving all together but we will let you know once the levels change.
Last games of the season - we are working with WaiBOP on how the end of season will finish. This is completely dependent on lockdown levels but we have until September 30th to complete all games if possible. If the WaiBOP leagues are unable to be completed, we could look at inhouse games for our teams to finish the season but we will keep you posted.
Some updates regarding specific events across the WaiBOP region:
- The Miller Cup was scheduled to be played as a one day tournament hosted by Otumoetai AFC this Saturday (August 28). At this stage the event is postponed, and we will be working towards the possibility of hosting it at some stage later in the year.
- The 12th Grade Development League Crossover Festival due to be held at Puarenga Park, Rotorua on Sunday August 29 is cancelled and will not be rescheduled.
- Craigs Investment Partners Rotorua Junior Football Festival, Craigs Investment Partners Waikato Junior 5-a-side and Weir Rose Bowl As these are 3-5 weeks away we are still working under the possibility we will be at an Alert Level that will enable us to hold these events. We will keep those who have entered updated with any developments.
- Senior, Junior and Youth Leagues We will provide further updates on how Junior, Youth and Senior Football will look for the remainder of the season once we receive further updates on Friday. We will be in contact with clubs and schools regarding these decisions.
So to summarize, we must continue to wait unfortunately. Our staff and coordinators are working hard to make sure that once we get out of this lockdown we will be ready to go for any games, trainings and prizegivings we will be allowed to proceed with. Stay safe, look after yourselves and we will see you back at Fergusson Park before you know it.
Also a reminder that registrations are open for our summer 5 aside competition. There are junior, mixed and mens leagues from Grade 9 and above. A really social competition that is a lot of fun with your mates and a good way to keep up your skills and fitness! https://otumoetaifootball.co.nz/register