Local footy clubs could be back training on Monday, May 25 after AFL Victoria advised clubs to prepare for being back on the track on that date.
AFL Victoria is set to release their return to play protocols this week with training initially limited to non-contact training in groups of up to 10 people.
Clubs would also be allowed to have two groups of 10 training on the same oval at once as long as they do not operate too closely together and the oval is split into two zones.
In a letter addressed to AFL Victoria affiliates on Saturday, Stephen O’Donohue, the head of community football Victoria, said that “in the event of further easing of restrictions, we hope to be able to return to full training and competition later in the year, with hygiene and safety protocols firmly in place”.
Because clubs rely so heavily on income from crowds there remains uncertainty among many competitions as to whether it is viable for clubs to play games in 2020 despite an acknowledgement of the benefits of a resumption from a wellbeing perspective.
The Victorian government announced this week they would put $40 million into state sporting associations, leagues and clubs which have been unable to operate under the lock-down however there is uncertainty among clubs as to how far that money would go in sustaining clubs.
Most are keen to get junior programs up and running if government restrictions allow them however so the modified training process is the first step towards reaching that outcome.