Townsville Touch Football Eyes June Return, Encourages COVIDSafe App Use

Townsville Touch Football (TTF) has today confirmed that it is working towards a return to play in June, after the state government’s recent easing of COVID-19 restrictions.
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All touch football activities have been suspended nationally since the 23rd of March by the sport’s national body, Touch Football Australia, for a period initially up until 1st June, with the national bodies position reaffirmed in a memo to all local competitions on 1st May.

Buoyed by the significant reduction of cases in the state, and the Townsville area not recording a single reported case of infection since early April, the TTF Executive Committee have advised clubs of the intent to resume competition once it is deemed safe to do so by state and federal health authorities and the sport’s governing bodies.

The organisation is also strongly encouraging all members and the wider community to download and activate the Australian Government Department of Health’s COVIDSafe App on their smart phones, to aid the community to return to normal as soon as possible.

Using the COVIDSafe app will provide the government with confidence that it can safely ease restrictions while still keeping us safe, which will enable us to return to things like community sport much sooner.

Being able to return to the sporting field isn’t just about being able to remain physically fit and healthy, the mental health and wellbeing of our members and the wider community is just as important, and getting active through touch football has always been a great way to do just that.

The efforts of our community to restrict the COVID-19 spread by staying at home have been nothing short of tremendous and has given us this opportunity to be considering a return to play as early as next month should we be given approval to do so.

TTF are also pleased to see that competitions in the Northern Territory have been given the green light by the NT Government and Touch Football Australia to resume from the 5th of June.

The organisation aims to return to competition in accordance with the Australian Institute of Sport’s Framework for Rebooting Sporting in a COVID-19 Environment, as well as guidelines to be released by state and federal health authorities and Touch Football Australia.

While several models are currently being worked through to determine the structure of local competitions for the remainder of the year, TTF have confirmed that a single, extended-length season will run through to the end of the year, in place of the two regular (winter and summer) seasons.

It is expected that the organisation’s premier men’s and women’s competition, the 2020 Colliers Shield, alongside the Monday night Mixed and Tuesday night Veterans competitions, will resume from round 5, with changes to teams being permitted as needed to ensure competitions can go ahead.

The Thursday night junior mixed competition, which was due to be completed in early June, will be cancelled and nominations will be called for an extended junior boys and girls season.

At this point in time, TTF expects that from the resumption of play spectators will be discouraged from attending competition, with only essential players, coaches, and officials allowed in the vicinity of matches, however will look to lift those restrictions once advised that it is safe to do so.

We thank our members for their patience and support over the last few months, as well as the support they have given each other during these trying times.

We are looking forward to being back on the field and playing touch football (safely) as soon as we can.

Further information will be released to members as we come closer to the resumption of competition.