WAFC chief ex­ec­u­tive still up­beat on grass­roots restart

South Western Times - - Sport -

West Aus­tralian Foot­ball Com­mis­sion chief ex­ec­u­tive Gavin Tay­lor is op­ti­mistic re­gard­ing the re­turn of com­mu­nity foot­ball in 2020.

Mr Tay­lor, who has been work­ing from home dur­ing the COVID-19 pan­demic, be­lieves strides have been made over the past few weeks.

“While com­mu­nity foot­ball re­mains post­poned un­til May 31, the sit­u­a­tion is con­stantly be­ing mon­i­tored and it is an­tic­i­pated there will be a fur­ther update on the time line at the end of April,” he said.

“The con­di­tions rel­e­vant to the May 31 post­pone­ment, whereby foot­ball club train­ing and matches are not per­mit­ted, re­main in place at this point in time.”

“We cer­tainly haven’t given up on this sea­son and, along with all par­tic­i­pants and fans, are ex­cited for footy to start again as soon as pos­si­ble.

“We will be ready to go when the green light is given, know­ing that footy will play a huge part in re­con­nect­ing com­mu­ni­ties right across WA.”

“It is im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that in all of our de­ci­sions, we will con­tinue tak­ing ad­vice from all lev­els of gov­ern­ment and med­i­cal ex­perts so that the safety of our play­ers, coaches, um­pires, staff and vol­un­teers is pri­ori­tised.”

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