To All De La Players, Support Staff and Supporters,

As most of you will be aware, the VAFA has announced the postponement of the 2020 season until May 2nd. This includes immediately ceasing all Club training, practice match and social activities. We have already announced the postponement of our Season Launch. These are certainly unprecedented times.

In addition this morning the PM and Chief Medical Officer have announced several new measures, including a ban on non-essential indoor gatherings >100 people, and that these measures could be in place for 6 months. Their message on complying with social distancing could not be clearer in controlling the spread of COVID-19!! Please refer to these guidelines:

www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/victorian-public-coronavirus-disease-covid-19
www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-statement-doctor-brett-sutton

The last 24 hours in particular has changed the landscape for our 2020 season as we enter these 4-6 weeks hiatus. The Committee is meeting next Monday to develop plans for how we get through this crisis. We will outline these plans to you in coming weeks. Suffice to say, we will be looking for your continued support to ensure we get through 2020 and plan ahead to a sustainable 2021.

Coaches will be in touch separately with their playing groups to send messages of support and encouragement, and to reiterate the need to maintain the high level of fitness gained through the pre-season. Tom Smythe will prepare training programs for individuals to follow. The gym will not be available until further notice. At this point the season is still expected to run the full fixture (extended by one week), with mid year byes eliminated.

The challenge for our Footy Club Community, that is so important to so many of us, is that we cannot gather together for at least the next 4-6 weeks, and potentially much longer. No games to attend, no Thursday night dinners, no training sessions, no face to face banter. So I would strongly encourage everyone to stay in touch with one another as best they can, whether that be via phone calls, messages or social media posts. Let’s be as active with our comms as we can!!!

To the De La Footy Community I ask that you stay safe and healthy, and above all be diligent in following the health experts’ guidelines on personal hygiene and social distancing. As a Community we must strive for a risk-free outcome for those at greatest risk of infection (the elderly, people with lung or immune diseases etc). We can all contribute to the containment of this virus so we can eventually get on with doing the things we love doing!!

Go Dee’s!!!!!

Matt O’Callaghan
President