Football Federation Australia (FFA) has welcomed today’s announcement by the Northern Territory Government of a ‘Roadmap to the New Normal’ which sets out a timetable for the relaxation of COVID-19-related restrictions and paves the way for a resumption of community football over the next few weeks.
The Roadmap sees some restrictions lifted from tomorrow, with the NT Government having the option to move to stage two on 15 May 2020, when outdoor sports training could be permitted. A return to competitive football action could follow as early as 5 June.
FFA Chief Executive James Johnson said he was delighted with today’s announcement, and said “Football Federation Australia congratulates Chief Minister Michael Gunner and his Government for its work in developing the ‘Roadmap to the new Normal’ and laying out a clear pathway for the return of community sport.
“This is great news for the 9,200 football participants in the Territory, and as the largest participation sport in the NT, the physical and mental health benefits of a return to training and competition will be widespread.
“FFA has been working closely with governments and senior health officials to ensure any resumption of football is in line with official regulations, and we look forward to continuing dialogue to move towards a return to football in all jurisdictions as soon as possible.”
Football NT Chief Executive Bruce Stalder said “Today’s announcement by the NT Chief Minister is wonderful news for all Territorians and we look forward to getting our junior and senior players back on the park for games on 5 June.
“We acknowledge that everybody within the football community has a role to play to continue to stop the spread of COVID-19. In planning for a return, we must all strictly adhere to Government advice and implement special guidelines for our community to follow.
“We are proud of the way the football family has responded during this crisis and we are confident our clubs will take the necessary steps to help ensure a safe transition back onto the field.”
FFA and FNT fully support the Australian Government’s COVIDSafe app and encourage all members of the football community get behind the Government’s initiative. The app is available to download on the Apple App store and Google Play.