Grassroots football suspended from 18 March

To our Boroondara Eagles community

Further to recent guidance from Football Federation Australia (FFA) and Football
Victoria (FV) it has been agreed that additional measures designed to reduce the risk
of COVID-19 transmission in the football community will be implemented.

𝐄𝐟𝐟𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝟏𝟐.𝟎𝟎𝐚𝐦 𝐖𝐞𝐝𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝟏𝟖 𝐌𝐚𝐫𝐜𝐡, 𝐢𝐭 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐛𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐚𝐠𝐫𝐞𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐫𝐨𝐨𝐭𝐬 𝐟𝐨𝐨𝐭𝐛𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐞𝐭𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐛𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐬𝐮𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐝 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐚 𝟒 𝐰𝐞𝐞𝐤 𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐨𝐝 (𝐭𝐢𝐥 𝟏𝟒 𝐀𝐩𝐫𝐢𝐥).

In accordance with this, the Boroondara Eagles FC (BEFC) will suspend all current training during these dates and continue to assess the impact to the season commencement leading up to 18 April 2020.

As a result of increased uncertainty around COVID-19, the BEFC Board of Directors have assessed a variety of scenarios that could further play out into the future ranging from a reduced season, extended season, or cancellation of the season altogether. The BEFC Board continues to work with Football Victoria and other key stakeholders and constantly reassess all these scenarios and provide members updates to all our club members.

In preparing for a worst-case scenario, we are also evaluating the impact of member and sponsor reimbursements options. Some expenses like council fees, coaches’ fees, team entry fees and insurances have been paid for the 2020 season. That said, the financial stability, strength and size of our community club affords us the ability to respond appropriately and in our members’ best interests across the range of scenarios we face.

The past few days have been extremely challenging and almost surreal for our community. In a time of uncertainty like this, we do know one thing. Football has the power to unite. BEFC will continue to work to support our community and offer continued service and advocacy for our members, even in the event that the situation requires delivery of a modified program. It’s part of that special cultural fabric that we possess and are proud of.

If we can’t be together in person for the moment, let’s come together on social media. Tell us your stories. Tell us you’re ok and we’ll make sure we will also keep you up to date on our ongoing assessment and updates on the processes.

In the meantime, stay safe, stay healthy, protect your loved ones and come what may, rest assured we will always put the interests of the Boroondara Eagles FC members first.

We ask for your patience during this time, as our team of volunteers work through the situation.

Please be assured that we will be constantly reassessing the situation as more information and guidance comes to hand and keep you informed of all the latest developments and courses of actions our season could take.

Yours sincerely,
Chris Constantine
President, BEFC