Thank you Volunteers!

In celebration of National Volunteers Week, Golden Grove Football Club would like to take this opportunity to recognise and thank the many volunteers who contribute to our Club.

While this year we haven’t had much of a chance yet to reach out to our volunteers for help, we know that when the season does get started we can count on you all to do what you can to keep our great Club running.

Whether you have a formal regular role as a Coach, Team Manager or Committee member, or help out when you can with the half-time oranges or a canteen shift, this week-long celebration gives us the chance to acknowledge the countless hours of work our volunteers provide to our Club.

Participation in football at our Club continues to grow year on year and we rely on your support to make football a fun and inclusive game to play for everyone.

So on behalf of Golden Grove Football Club, I would like to personally thank you for your continued commitment and look forward to seeing you all out and about at the Club soon.

Kate Grandey
President
Golden Grove Football Club

RETURN TO PLAY UPDATES

30 May 2020

Another big step forward for the Club and football in general has occurred with the next stage in Return to Play, being contact training, confirmed to commence from 1 June 2020.  Strict protocols remain in place and we confirm the latest updates below:

  • Progressive changes to training numbers, up to a maximum of 4 training groups of 20 players + essential personnel on each oval.  Total of 80 players on each ovals.  No crossover between groups.
    • Senior Men’s A/B Grade – 1 or 2 zones of maximum 20 people per zone, commencing 1 June 2020
    • Senior Women’s A/B Grade – Up to 3 zones of maximum 20 people per zone, commencing 1 June 2020
    • Senior Men’s C/D/E Grade and Under 18 – Up to 3 zones of maximum 20 people per zone, commencing 1 June 2020
    • Premiership Juniors (Under 12-16) – no change to current training schedule from 1 June 2020, unless teams have excess numbers that haven’t been able to train together, and under direct agreement with either Gary Scott (Junior Football Director) or Kellie Hussey (Female Football Director)
    • Premiership and non-premiership (Under 7-11) Juniors – a new training schedule commencing on 8 June 2020 will be shared as soon as possible – which will include up to 4 zones with a maximum of 20 people per zone

From 1 June 2020

  • Physical contact permitted in match simulation and contact drills only.  Unnecessary contact to be avoided e.g. hand shakes and high fives
  • Training equipment can be used, being footballs, cones and tackle bags only, and must be wiped down and sanitised before and after each use.

Continuing Protocols

  • No access to wet areas within the Clubrooms
  • No sharing of water bottles and towels, and all participants are to bring their own
  • Hand sanitisers will continue to be available at oval entry/exit points
  • Attendance registers at training are still mandatory
  • If you or people you have been in contact with are sick, please DO NOT attend training and advise your Coach or Team Manager
  • Downloading of the CovidSafe App is recommended

The key principle for training remains as ‘Get in, Train, Get out’.

At this time, access to change rooms and the gym is not permitted (other than for toilets) while the TTG Council remains in residence at Harper’s Field.

At this time, Club bar facilities will not be open either inside or outside while the TTG Council remains in residence.

Head trainer for senior players will be available for essential strapping and medical treatment 1 hour before training commences in the home changeroom, if required.  However no more than the 1 person per 4sqm at any given time.  Massage tables and other equipment will be cleaned before and after use. Trainers will follow the relevant medical support staff guidelines.

We continue to thank everyone for their assistance, compliance and patience as we work through these unique times.

24 May 2020

Updated training footprint for next week, we have utilised some of the spare zones for some of the non premiership teams, welcome back to the U11 team, lets keep the good work going, so far we are looking good as far as the protocols are concerned.

Training Schedule 25 May 2020

Oval Training Layout

18 May 2020

Promising news yesterday with the Adelaide Football League announcing a proposed Return to Play date of Saturday 4 July 2020 for Seniors. This is subject to progression in stages to the approved Return to Train/Play Submission, and of course we are at the mercy of a shift in focus from either of the SA Health or SAPOL authorities relative to the COVID-19 risk to our community on the whole.

So while no means set in stone, this will provide a 9-week Home and Away season, and a finals series over the course of 4 weekends, allowing the season to conclude on the last weekend in September.

However, we are awaiting clarification around future restrictions on spectator numbers, canteen and bar operations, and other in-season costs (e.g. affiliation fees, insurance, umpires, etc.) to determine if this is viable for the Golden Grove Football Club and other clubs in the Adelaide Football League.

At this time we have had no communication from SANFL Juniors on their proposed start date.

We will continue to keep you informed as further news breaks.

15 May 2020

Further to our last communication on 12 May 2020 below, SANFL has advised of further variations/clarification to their initial restrictions regarding Return to Train from 18 May 2020, to meet the required protocol level to protect the health and safety of all participants and the broader football community.

The majority of initial protocols remain in place with the following updates and/or amendments only:

  • Temperature testing does not apply, however all players and officials entering Harper’s Field will still be required to enter the ovals through the designated gate direct to their designated training area. An Attendance Register is to be completed by the Coach for each and every training session, including asking standard health-related questions.
  • No other persons are allowed on the oval during training (no lap running) other than medical staff in an emergency.
  • Please don’t get there early or if you do, stay in your car, don’t go onto the oval until your exact allocated time, get off the oval at the exact allocated time and leave straight away.  Social distancing to be maintained when waiting to enter/exit.
  • Teams are permitted to train in maximum three groups of 10 plus 1 official per oval.  There is no interchange of group members, including coaches, at any time until further advices are issued on this restriction.
  • There is to be strictly no contact at training including no tackling, no bumping, no marking contests, and no small sided games or match simulation where incidental contact can occur.  Social distancing of 1.5m to apply even during drills.
  • Cones can also be used with sanitising before and after training.
  • No alcohol is to be brought into the grounds as we are still subject to liquor licensing laws.
  • Please follow the link for full Return To Play details http://sanfl.com.au/returntoplay.
  • COVID-19 infection control training is required to be completed for all officials prior to commencing training.   https://www.health.gov.au/resources/apps-and-tools/covid-19-infection-control-training.  Please send your certificate to ggfcsecretary@gmail.com once completed.

Please note that any non-adherence will be subject to both Club/League disciplinary action and report to SAPOL, which can attract significant fines.

Return to Train is not compulsory if you do not yet feel comfortable to do so.  If you or your player is not training, then please advise your Coach or Team Manager ASAP.

For non-competitive junior age groups that are not currently scheduled for training, please note that we are working hard to have all teams return to training as soon as we can, and when it is safe to do so.  The requirements are constantly changing as the community starts to return to the new normal, and as a Club, we will respond quickly, as we know how important playing footy is to the health and well-being of our members.

Fees

At this stage as we have not been advised of a playing start date, we are holding off making any decisions regarding any refund or reduction of fees until we have a clear timeframe of the season length to work with.  Please remember our fees not only go toward training and playing costs, but also the costs of maintaining the ovals and buildings (insurance, electricity, water, maintenance, etc. etc.) and we are hoping many of our members will not seek a refund as a gesture of goodwill to the Club, no matter what the season looks like.

Please advise the Club’s COVIDSafe Officer if you have undertaken a COVID-19 test – Kate Grandey Ph 0439434034  kjgrandey@bigpond.com

Stay safe, and go ‘Burras!

12 May 2020

As you would be aware, SANFL has received State Government approval for a structured return to training in groups of 10 for SANFL, SANFL Juniors and Community Football, with training to commence under strict protocols from Monday, 18 May 2020.

At this time there is no timeframe for Return to Play, and Golden Grove Football Club has made the decision that at this stage, non-premiership junior grades will not be included in the Return to Train date of 18 May, to ensure we can adhere to the strict mandated protocols to protect the health and safety of all participants and the broader football community.

Our protocols are based on the advice from SANFL, and summarised below.  Please note that any non-adherence will be subject to both Club disciplinary action and report to SAPOL:

  • Teams are permitted to train in three groups of 10 (including 1 official) divided across three designated areas of the oval that will be marked. The groups are not to mix or cross over at any time. Training activities to be limited contact and social distancing of 1.5m between coaches/players/club officials between drills.
  • Limited use of equipment (footballs only) with sanitising before and after training.
  • Stringent hygiene practices to be applied.  Bring your own clearly labeled water bottle/towel/etc.
  • Participants are to adhere to the principle of ‘get in, train and get out’. Taping is to be undertaken at home.  Trainers/first aiders may be on-site to act only in the event of an injury. Strict 10 min break between groups to crossover.
  • No access to clubrooms, canteen, bar, changerooms, gyms or wet areas.  Access to toilets via rear changeroom doors only.
  • Essential support staff only to be on site, with no more than one official per group of 10.  One parent per junior player, and parents are encouraged to drop players off or wait in the car, and absolutely no socialising outside of cars.
  • Club officials (Coaches, Team Managers, and Assistant Coaches) are required to undertake COVID-19 Infection Control training in advance of training returning. The Club is maintaining a register of those that have completed the training, and only those on the register will be permitted to enter Harper’s Field.
  • Entry into Harper’s Field will only be via the main gate on One Tree Hill Road.  All players and officials entering Harper’s Field will traverse through three separate holding areas at each oval’s entrance gates for temperature checks before admission.  If in the last 14 days, you have been or are feeling unwell or have been in contact with people who are sick, do not attend. If a temperature reading is over 37.5 degrees Celsius, the player/official will not be able to remain at the ground, and will require a clearance from a doctor to return to training.
  • A Record of Attendance is required for players and officials for each training session.
  • All persons are recommended to download the COVID Safe App.
  • Coaches and Team Managers are required to attend briefing for protocols on the morning of Saturday 16 May – more information will be sent out to those specific officials shortly.
  • A revised training schedule and oval map is attached.

Whilst we are all very happy to be returning to training, we need to ensure that we do this right, so hopefully the season can commence as soon as it is safe to do so.  We are staying in constant communication with our affiliated leagues and health officials, and anticipate that the next update will be provided around 8 June 2020.

Return to Train is not compulsory if you do not yet feel comfortable to do so.  If you or your player is not training, then please advise your Coach or Team Manager ASAP.

Stay safe, and go ‘Burras!

Kate Grandey
President
Golden Grove Football Club

GOLDEN GROVE FOOTBALL CLUB WINS 2019 NATIONAL AWARD

Golden Grove Football Club has been crowned 2019 Good Sports South Australian Club of the Year at the national Good Sports Awards in Canberra.

Good Sports clubs from across the country were today honoured at Parliament House for their commitment to building healthy and inclusive environments, where members look out for one another around alcohol and tobacco management, safe transport, healthy eating, mental health and positive spectator behavior.

Golden Grove Football Club was named South Australian Club of the Year for inspiring positive change and building a healthy, family-friendly club. It receives $500 for its achievements.

President Kate Grandey credits the Good Sports program for helping the club be the welcoming place it is today.

“We are a family club but also a club that is family. This is summed up by our catchphrases ‘Kookabrothers and Kookasistas’. Our club focus is to continue to develop a positive, healthy and inclusive club culture and Good Sports provides invaluable support in these areas,” said Ms Grandey.

Golden Grove Football Club has reached the highest level of the Good Sports program, implementing policies around alcohol management, tobacco and safe transport. It is also committed to providing a positive and supportive environment for their youngest players through the Good Sports Junior program.

Minister for Youth and Sport, Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck, represented the Australian Government at the Awards. He praised the winners and finalists, calling them community champions.

“All of the Good Sports Awards finalists should feel incredibly proud of their efforts in building strong, inclusive and healthy environments,” Minister Colbeck remarked.

“Sporting clubs are the beating heart of many communities and clubs that demonstrate healthy behaviours are role models for local families and the whole community,” Minister Colbeck added.

In South Australia, Good Sports is funded by the Australian Government and the South Australian Government. Managed by the Alcohol and Drug Foundation, Good Sports is Australia’s largest and longest-running health initiative in community sport.

“The Good Sports team is proudly working with almost 10,000 community sporting clubs across Australia and more than 1,000 in South Australia,” said Alcohol and Drug Foundation Chief Executive Officer, Dr Erin Lalor AM.

“The free program encourages systemic changes in club culture to promote long-term positive health outcomes,” Dr Lalor explained.

Good Sports is proven to reduce risking drinking at participating clubs by 37% and has seen a reduction of alcohol-related accidents among Good Sports club members and supporters by 42%.

You can find the full list of this year’s Good Sports Awards winners and finalists on the Good Sports website: https://goodsports.com.au/awards/

Congratulations to our U18 Men – 2019 Premiers!!
Congratulations to our U13 Red Boys – 2019 Premiers!!
Congratulations to our U13 White Boys – 2019 Premiers!!
Congratulations to our U12 Girls – 2019 Premiers!!

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