Rochester juniors to return to training

By Brayden May

ROCHESTER’S next generation of football stars will return to the training track this week, despite no official season start date being announced.

The club will run two sessions for its under 14s and 16s teams on Wednesday (4pm-4.40pm and 4.50pm-5.30pm), with players to be spilt into two groups of 10 in each run.

Parents need to confirm their child’s attendance on the Rochester Junior Football Club’s Facebook post by 5pm on Tuesday.

“The club will be keeping an official list of who trains and what times,” the post said.

“Clubrooms and change will rooms will not be open, but toilets will be open to use. No equipment, other than footballs and cones will be used.

“In order to help us avoid gatherings, we ask you to make sure that your child does not arrive at the ground before their allocated training time or stay around after their training time.

“All parents must remain outside the boundary line and observe social distancing.”

All training will be non-contact, with social distancing rules enforced and players will not swap between groups.

Players are asked not to attend if they or someone they have been in contact with has been sick, and they should also advise the club’s COVID safety officer Steve Rasmussen.

There will be no sharing of personal items including water bottles, and all need to be easily distinguishable.

High fives, handshakes or other physical contact will also not be allowed.

The club said the under 12s could also start training soon.

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