Guidelines for how Cambridge FC’s teams and players can train have changed following the easing of restrictions on the size of gatherings.
From noon on Friday May 29, gatherings such as community sports events can be held with a maximum of 100 participants, providing COVID-19 Alert Level 2 guidelines are adhered to.
This means our club can hold team training sessions and matches providing:
- We provide a contact tracing system
- We adhere to health and safety guidelines, including physical distancing
- We restrict each gathering (ie. training session or match) to a maximum of 100 participants (including non-players)
- We keep each gathering apart (our standard is to maintain a minimum 20-metre separation between groups)
Our priority is to provide a safe environment for our members and we ask players, coaches and supporters to be patient and co-operative while we are implementing the new ways of operating.
Tuesday evenings – Northern League squads, WaiBOP Championship.
Wednesday evenings – women’s team.
Thursday evenings – all men’s senior teams.
The Ricki Herbert Football Academy holds sessions on Monday (player development programme), Tuesday (girls-only skills centre) and Wednesday (skills centre). Click here for details.
Goalkeeper sessions run by Just4Keepers are held on Monday. Click here for details.
Wednesday – Federation U-12 and U-14 teams.
From May, our club will use the iDMe contact tracing system, adopted by New Zealand Football and other major sports.
All players, coaches and visitors are required to manually log in to the iDMe contact register when they visit our grounds.
The system is easy to use – please click here to see how to use it.
When does the season start?
WaiBOP Football’s revised target dates for the start of local football are:
- Youth – Sunday June 7 for our federation U-14 youth team who will be playing at Papamoa.
- Juniors – Saturday June 13 (originally scheduled for June 6 but delayed after consultations between WaiBOP Football and local councils).
- Seniors (men) – Saturday June 13.
- Seniors (women) – Sunday June 14.
- Youth (J League) – Sunday June 14 for our federation U-12 youth team.
- Lotto NRFL – target date of Saturday June 20 (under review).
Key requirements for training sessions
- Each session is led by a club-appointed coach who is registered in COMET and who will implement our guidelines.
- No one showing any signs of illness should come to our grounds.
- Maintain physical distancing wherever possible and avoid unnecessary contact (handshakes, hugs etc.)
- Players need to arrive changed as no changing facilities or showers will be available.
- Players need to provide their own drink bottles and must not share them.
- Each training group must remain at least 20 metres from the next nearest group.
- No mixing of participants between groups, and no mingling in common areas (car park, sidelines etc.)
- Clubrooms and changing rooms are closed but we’ll provide access to toilets.
Our club physiotherapist (Vigour Physiotherapy) will treat player injuries at their premises in Empire St, rather than at the club at least until mid-June.
All our coaches are required to follow a checklist of our guidelines and remind participants to log in using iDMe for each session.
New players wishing to join a senior team are invited to email Cambridge Seniors in advance and our coach will make contact.
New players wishing to join a junior team are invited to email Cambridge Juniors in advance and our coach will make contact.
What happens next?
The government plans to review on Monday June 8 how well its guidelines for Alert Level 2 are working.
By Monday June 22, Cabinet will consider whether the country is ready to move to Alert Level 1.
The committee of Cambridge FC has agreed that its policy will be to adopt and adhere to NZ Football guidelines for combatting the spread of COVID-19. The club expects its members to respect its policy. For latest NZ Football guidelines, click on the following link:
If you have any queries about our club’s guidelines or policies regarding COVID-19, please email Cambridge FC.
New Zealand Football will continue to take advice from Sport New Zealand and the Ministry of Health.