AFL Victoria advises against club-run training

AFL Victoria has advised against organised training for local football clubs despite the State Government announcing that groups of 10 or under outdoors are now permitted.

AFL Victoria has advised against club-run training, despite updated COVID-19 restrictions allowing groups of 10 to gather outdoors, while an announcement from Netball Victoria is expected at any moment.

After Monday’s announcement by Premier Daniel Andrews granted golf, fishing and hiking their return, football and netball have been patiently waiting for the green light to get its players back on the track to train.

AFL Victoria was quick to advise against this however, sending out a brief statement asking clubs not to organise training just yet.

“On the back of today’s (Monday’s) State Government announcement around easing some restrictions, AFL Victoria’s position around training is that no sanctioned training should take place until further notice,” an email to league officials said.

“We will seek clarity from the State Government around what the announcement means for community football.

“(The) AFL will provide a return to play protocol for community leagues and clubs once it is approved by State Government.”

While organised trainings aren’t permitted — groups of 10 outdoors are, meaning that as long as physical distancing of 1.5 metres is used, people could gather for fitness on their own.

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