Local football to resume training ahead of July competition start

NORTH Coast Football has announced that clubs - including Macksville, Nambucca, Scotts Head, Dorrigo, Bellingen and Urunga - can resume training from next week.

The suspension of football, including training, will be lifted on Tuesday night, meaning training can start as soon as Wednesday.

Training activities will be restricted and conducted following the Public Health Order (14 May 2020) issued by the NSW Government.

North Coast Football general manager Andrew Woodward said the lifting of the suspension allows for training in masters, seniors, juniors, Mini-Roos and the nine clubs in the new Coastal Premier League.

"This news is a significant step in getting the 2020 football season underway for the biggest participant sport on the North Coast," Mr Woodward said.

"We had 5000 players on our books last year, and we know the majority will be back and are itching to play. We've surveyed our players, and they've told us they want to play as much football as they can; as early as they can and for as long as they can.

"Starting training is an essential first step in getting a season underway. We're still aiming to begin our competitions in early July.

"Over the next few days, we will be educating officials and coaches on what can and can't happen at training.

"All training sessions are to be non-contact skills training. Non-contact skill training drills can include passing, shooting, headers. Accidental contact may occur during exercises; however, no deliberate body contact drills such as tackling can occur.

"Under the guidelines, between two and four groups of 10 players can train on a full-size pitch at the same time.

"We're confident that the training programs and guidelines will ensure that players have the skills, fitness and teamwork they need to be ready for the start of the season."