COVID-19 Update From NRL Victoria

NRL Victoria issued the following message to its member clubs and affiliates this evening.

Whilst it is exciting to see that the NRL Premiership will be commencing very soon along with the announcement this week by State Government to ease limits on some restrictions, community Rugby League in Victoria continues to remain suspended.

It must be noted that any possible return is contingent on the health directive of the Victorian State Government. Accordingly, there is no certainty of exactly when Rugby League will be able to commence. NRL Victoria has developed plans for scenarios based on various start and end dates, and these remains in draft form until such time a confirmed start date has been determined and can be communicated formally to the community.

We appreciate that this uncertainty may cause frustration but please be assured that NRL Victoria is working closely with State Government, other sporting codes, local councils and the NRL so we are ready when the time comes to return to play in a manner that is safe for all. This work includes:

  • establishing and adopting national return to play guidelines for Rugby League (includes return to training guidelines) that are in line with the AIS principles so everyone will know what to do when to return safely

  • consideration of possible extension of winter season allocations of facilities

  • support for clubs are required through State Government and Local Councils to address challenges of return to play for community clubs.

This week’s announcement by the State Government includes easing of restrictions of sport and exercise as of 11.59pm tonight, Tuesday 12 May, with a further review of restrictions prior to 31 May. The specific details of restrictions for any club activities can be found at the following link:

https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/sport-cultural-and-recreational-activities-restrictions-coronavirus-covid19

With regards to Rugby League, NRL Victoria is still awaiting detailed guidance from Sport and Recreation Victoria (SRV) as to the specifics for how training for Rugby League community clubs can be made compliant with the latest regulations. This was expected to be received today but has not yet been provided. This includes advice from Councils and other land owners on the ability for clubs to access playing areas and facilities.

NRL Victoria will provide an update on training advise and start dates when this detailed guidance has been provided. Until such time, it is recommended that clubs do not conduct any training to ensure that clubs have full information about compliance requirements.

Please note that NRL Victoria office is currently closed but operating on reduced staff.

For all general enquiries regarding policy or accreditation please go to support.playrugbyleague.com.

Regarding NRL Victoria competitions I will continue to work with NRL Advisory Panel to provide updates to the community.

In the meantime if you are looking for some online learning opportunities related to Community Sport we recommend that you go to https://www.playbytherules.net.au/online-courses hosted by “Play by The Rules” website, these courses are free and include Child protection, harassment and discrimination and complaint handling.

I wish to express gratitude to your patience and support in the midst of uncertainty during these challenging times. Your role in the game is appreciated and look forward to coming through the other side together.

Kind regards,

Brent Silva

NRL Victoria – General Manager

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