Newcastle Olympic: Resumption of training for Youth NPL, & SAP/NET


Training commencement
Tue 16 June 12s, 13s (4.30pm or 5.00pm) 14s, 15s, 16s (6.00pm)

Training days Location(s)
Tue (Islington Park) Thu (Islington Park)

Training commencement
Thu 11 June (LMRFF) Tue 16 June (Darling St Oval)

Training days Location(s)
Tue (Darling St Oval) Thu (LMRFF)

Training groups and organisation:

No more than 10 people (including coaches) are allowed in a designated area (approx. 30×50m).

This may require that squads are divided into manageable groups, and that sessions are done either in (a) shifts, or (b) parallel sessions.

This will be decided depending on the size of squads, the availability of space and staff.

Training will be non-contact and maintain social distancing.

Training schedule:

Training will be scheduled as normal, but may be divided into 2 × 45 min sessions to facilitate separate training groups.

For example – half the squad train at 6.00-6.45pm, and the other half at 7.007.45pm

Competition commencement:


Attendance Sheets Attendance sheets must be completed for each team. We have circulated the standard NOFC attendance sheets which are to be maintained (indicating attendance or absence of each player) for training sessions at Islington Park and Darling St Oval.

For sessions at LMRFF, there are specific attendance sheets (which have also been circulated) and which must be completed and handed in to federation officials upon entry into the facility at each session.

Arrival at training:
Players should arrive at training no more than 5 min before start time.

They should not shake hands.

They should not congregate in groups unless social distancing is adhered to.

Player preparation:
Players are to bring their own hand sanitizer and water bottle, and these must be kept in their training bag so that they only access them.

Players are encouraged to sanitize before and after training.

Dressing sheds will be unavailable for changing/dressing, washing or showers.

Toilets will be available for players at training grounds, but players are encouraged to do this at home before they come to training to ensure maximum hygiene etc.

Parents and those bringing players to training:
Parents (or those bringing players to training) will be unable to enter the training ground and are encouraged to drop off and then return for pick up.

If families (etc) must wait for the player(s), they are encouraged to remain in their vehicles in the parking areas.

We have been encouraged to avoid congregating in groups in the ovals/facilities while waiting for players to complete training.

Training groups:
Each coach will inform his specific squad of the designated training group(s) and shift time.

While we use this process, players will be rotated so the shift time may vary from session to session (but will always be within the standard training times for each squad) – for example, an NPL-16s player may be rotated and be in the 6.00pm or the 7.00pm group from session to session, but they will always be within the NPL16s normal training time of 6.00pm-7.45pm

Although some equipment is allowed to be shared (agility poles, markers, kicking balls) each group will use their own equipment (ie. balls will be allocated to each group)

If a ball inadvertently rolls into another group’s training area, it is NOT to be picked by hand, but simply kicked back gently to the correct group.

While at L1 restrictions, we will avoid the use of bibs.

Departure from training:
Players are to depart the training area immediately upon completion and return to their cars/parents. That way the next group can enter the training area, equipment can be sanitised (if required), and next session can be set up on schedule.

No players/parents are to remain and congregate in groups after training.
Source: Tom Tsamouras

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