Further to Daniel Andrews’ recent announcements, here is the latest update from CDNA:-
As you all know, CDNA made the decision to cancel the 2020 Spring season completely and then refunded all clubs their complete fees that were paid for this year. One of the government’s announcements yesterday was that from November 1st, 18/U contact sport will be able to resume and 18+ can commence with non-contact sport.
The advice that we are receiving from Netball Victoria and Sport and Recreation Victoria is that athletes will be needing at least a 3-4 week lead in before playing any competitive sport again, as they have not done so for over 6 months and the potential for serious injuries is very much a possible factor that needs to be considered. Added to this, the Glen Eira Council have not yet given us any indication of when we will officially be able to access the Duncan MacKinnon courts and pavilion again, only that we will need a mountain of paperwork (which I’ve already compiled ready to go!) submitted before it is allowed.
As such, CDNA would like to advise everyone that we will not be seeking to run any form of competition in 2020 at all and will also not be pursuing any requests for official use of the courts from Council for the remainder of the year either.
Therefore, any individuals or teams that may wish to do some sort of training in the next few months are most definitely more than welcome, but they need to know that it will not be under the banner of CDNA’s name and will therefore be at their own decision and risk. This means that we will not be providing any COVID Safety Officers or access to the defibrillator in the pavilion. There are a great deal of new restrictions in place for teams re-commencing training, including no spectators, social distancing off the court, sanitising equipment etc and it does need to be known that there will be the local law around enforcing all of those rules, including fines.
However, we also want to bring you the positive news that we are now working through what our Representative Trials will look like and will be releasing the information as soon as possible for everyone. Also, the planning for 2021 is well underway too. We’re excited about lots of things we’ve been discussing to celebrate the long awaited return, including the plans for an early chance to get out on court for everybody before the season starts properly! The 2021 calendar is attached to help you start your own planning! We don’t envisage it changing very much, if at all.
Thank you all for everything you’ve done this year and are doing now. We look forward to speaking with you more in the coming weeks.
Netball Operations Manager
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