THE Latrobe Valley Soccer League has committed to beginning its junior season on Saturday, July 25, but admitted plans could change if restrictions on sport and gatherings are increased across the state.
League president Allan Roberts said the use of changerooms, clubrooms and canteens would be minimised, while there would be limits on the number of spectators.
Similar measures are already being undertaken by clubs for training.
“We think that these guidelines will allow our junior players to just get in and play the game they love in a safe as possible environment,” Roberts said.
“There is no doubt that the LVSL board will consider options to help reduce direct costs to clubs that they may incur on a game day to assist our junior players to return to the pitch.
“We are mindful of the feedback that we have received that junior numbers are well below what where indicted at the start of the season and prior to the current health emergency. For any junior competition to proceed, we need it to be well-supported and viable for our players.
“For those families that may be holding off speaking with their clubs about returning, we strongly urge you make contact and confirm if you are keen to return to the pitch this season.
“We know that it will not be a traditional-looking season, but if we can offer some football to our juniors it is surely better than no football.”
If there is a “football shutdown” across regional Victoria, Roberts said the league would ensure alternative football options were provided once it was safe to do so.
“I am sure that you can all appreciate that current circumstances can change in a very short period of time and that we are at the behest of the state government and our governing bodies – this may impact us and result in current planning to be revised or altered at short notice,” he said.