The COVID-19 crisis is challenging our country, our people and our sport. We know it will take some time to get things under control and we know that taking responsibility along with decisive action is needed now, more than ever.
For the good of our community and for the good of the game, our number one priority is to help prevent the spread of the virus.
The situation is fluid and we obviously can not predict how COVID-19 will continue to affect our sport. We are in constant engagement with our governing bodies (New Zealand Football and NFF) to ensure we keep abreast of changes as they happen and we will pass on to you any relevant information regarding the upcoming season as soon as we receive it.
We know the first step is to stop the virus from spreading, whatever it takes. Then we can focus on the longer term implications.
All things being equal, the season is due to commence on May 2 and while this may seem like an eternity, the reality is that it doesn’t have any match-day impact on our Grades 9 to 12 and our Youth teams will only be delayed by one match-day.
Training has been postponed to April 18 and I strongly recommend that players keep fit and strong over the coming weeks. Our Director of Football, Ben Bate, is constructing a personal fitness plan for our players and he’ll be sharing more on this with you in the next few days.
The time has come for the football community to unite and use the strength of football as one of the most powerful social tools to support efforts to overcome this crisis.
We are with you, our members. For now stay safe and stay strong.