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End of Season update

End of Season update

Following the government’s extension of the current COVID-19 Alert Level 2.5 until at least Thursday 24 September, Northern Region Football have confirmed the remainder of the 2020 winter football season has been cancelled.

For juniors, we are exploring options for a game-day, either internally or externally, in October and will provide an update next week if we are able to put something on for members to end the season on a high. Unfortunately our team photos evening and end of season prize-giving is not able to proceed at this time due to the restrictions. Both events we will look to reschedule if possible to October. Team trainings will wrap up this week.

For those wanting school holiday football, Auckland City FC will be running programs in both weeks of the holidays (futsal and football). You can see what is on offer here:

We thank you for your support, effort and endeavours during this truncated season. Stay safe, stay healthy and we will be in touch again soon.

Return to Training Update

Return to Training Update

As we move down to Alert Level 2 next week the club will begin a staged restart of our football activities over the coming weeks. We look forward to getting back on the grass, but we also must take caution as a club to ensure a safe return for everyone.

At this time as per Government advice, the Alert Level 2 status – including the current maximum of 10 people per gathering – will apply until at least Sunday 6 September unless revised by Government prior to this. As a result, and as things currently stand, NRF competition play for junior, youth, and seniors, as well as our in-house football for U5-U8 will not resume until at the earliest Saturday 12 September.

The club is working with team coaches to determine when they can safely resume with their team training, and teams will be contacted individually. Please have patience during the restart phase.

We ask that all parents/guardians and players please read the player guidelines before returning to club football. This covers what to do before, during and after training, as well as details on contact tracing. It can be found on our website here: https://www.centralunitedfc.co.nz/covid-19/

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Football postponed in Auckland

Football postponed in Auckland

Based on the information provided by the Prime Minister and Dr Ashley Bloomfield that the number of cases in Auckland has increased, NRF have taken the proactive decision to postpone all Football and Futsal, including First Kicks, Fun Football and all inhouse activities, in the Auckland region until further notice.

The decision for the Auckland Region has been made now to provide clarity for our members as early as possible ahead of this weekend and ease any possible burden which would be placed at short notice on club volunteers regarding compliance in managing gathering sizes allowable under lower Alert Level requirements should they occur.

At this time the health and well-being of the wider community is paramount, and we must play our part to minimise exposure to Covid-19.

We will continue to monitor developments and will provide a further update in line with Government Alert Level updates.

All matches in the LOTTO NRFL are also postponed until further notice.

Stay safe and stay connected.

Original articles published by Northern Regional Football:

Community Football: http://www.northernregionfootball.org.nz/newsarticle/93932

NRFL: http://www.northernregionfootball.org.nz/newsarticle/93933

Alert Level 3

Alert Level 3

At 12 noon on Wednesday 12 August, Auckland will move to Alert Level 3. This will last for at least 3 days.

All Central United FC trainings and activities are suspended until further notice.

We will provide football-specific updates as they come from New Zealand Football and Northern Regional Football.

For the latest information from the government, please go here: https://covid19.govt.nz

Take care and keep safe.

Holiday Football

Holiday Football

It’s been great being back out on the grass and we look forward to more football happening over the coming winter months. We take a short break now during the school holidays for all junior teams from U5 to U12. Games will resume on Saturday 25 July. Teams are welcome to train during the holidays, please check with your team coach.

If you are looking for a holiday programme to keep the kids busy, please check out the ones run by Auckland City FC, see details below.

    

You can register for these programmes here: www.academy.football/details

If you have any questions, please get in touch with director@academy.football

Playing kit available at Kiwitea Monday 15 June

Playing kit available at Kiwitea Monday 15 June

The club ‘pop-up’ shop will be open on Monday 15 June at the clubhouse on Kiwitea Street from 9:30am to 7:30pm. Please make sure to come and purchase the kit during this day.

> Shirt: $50
> Shorts: $40
> Socks: $15 a pair
> Combo (shirt, shorts, socks): $95

If you have any questions, please get in touch with Michael on juniors.youth@centralunitedfc.co.nz or 027 496 1551

Junior Season Update – 2 June

Junior Season Update – 2 June

Last week saw great news as the government lifted gathering restrictions to 100 people and Auckland Football has given dates for the winter season.

The junior season will start on Saturday 20 June and will be extended through until the September school holidays.

Team training for players U9-U12 can begin and your coach will be in touch soon to get underway. There is still information to come on what the season will look like under the current Alert Level restrictions. While the game will be the same, there will likely be health and safety procedures implemented around it.

Those in U5-U8 will be contacted closer to the start of the season with details on how Saturday mornings will work at Kiwitea Street. Traditionally this is run between 8:00am-10:00am, however dependant on the restrictions and guidelines, there may be slight time changes to accommodate additional health and safety procedures.

We thank you for your patience during this returning to football phase, and your understanding of the additional health and saftey requirements we must implement as a club.

If you have any questions on Juniors, please get in touch with the Coordinator on juniors.youth@centralunitedfc.co.nz

PLAYER GUIDELINES

Please see our revised guidelines here. NZ Football and Auckland Football have recommended IDMe for contact tracing, so we will be following this and all members will be required to check themselves (or their children) into football activity across the region.

There is a video here and FAQs here. The venue codes for all our Central United fields can be found on our website and will be provided to the coaches.

RETURNING TO TRAINING

We do still require you to complete these steps if you have not done so already:

  1. Check that your contact details are correct in MyComet and update if needed, instructions here.
  2. Read our player guidelines for training here and ask any questions if unsure (updated 29 May).
  3. Get yourself set up and familiar with IDMe, NZ Football’s contact tracing system, video here, FAQs here.
  4. Complete the declaration form here.

PURCHASING KIT

The club ‘pop-up’ shop will be open on Monday 15 June at the clubhouse on Kiwitea Street from 9.30am to 7.30pm. Please make sure to come and purchase the kit during this day.

SKILLS CENTRES

We are pleased to be partnered with Auckland City FC and offer their training programmes to our members throughout the winter season. These are open to all players and aimed to develop the core skills needed to play and enjoy football. Term 2 begins from Monday 8 June.

To learn more about these programmes for U7-U12 visit their website here or click on an image below.

            

NOT GETTING EMAIL UPDATES?

If you are not receiving email these general club updates from us, please check your spam/junk folder and make sure you are registered via MyComet. If still not receiving, get in touch with us – dof@centralunitedfc.co.nz

Return to Training Update – 24 May

Return to Training Update – 24 May

The club is pleased to advise that we have gained approval from both Auckland Football and Auckland Council to begin restarting our club activities. We are excited to get back out on the grass, but we also must take caution as a club to ensure a safe return for everyone. We will be implementing a staged restart of grades and teams over the coming weeks.

The club Coordinators or Director of Football will be making contact with players and teams regarding when they can resume with their training. Please be patient as we are working hard to get everyone going as soon as we safely can. It is likely that the majority of teams will get underway after Queens Birthday Weekend.

At this stage, we do not have an update on when competitions will start. The government is set to review the 10-person gathering restrictions on Monday 25 May, and no competitions will be able to start until this is changed. This will also determine when we start out U5-U8 football at Kiwitea Street.

There are three steps that will need to be completed before returning to training as part of our health and safety procedure.

  1. Check that the details needed for contact tracing are listed and correct in MyComet, and update if needed, instructions here.
  2. Read our player guidelines for training here and ask any questions if you are unsure.
  3. Complete the declaration form that will be sent to you when we confirm the restart plan for your team.

Team coaches and managers will be contacted by the club with their health & safety procedures for delivering training sessions.

COVID-19 Update – 14 May

COVID-19 Update – 14 May

This week we have moved closer to the football season with the shift into Alert Level 2. New Zealand Football has confirmed that football can begin to return in a measured and calculated capacity within the guidelines that have been produced by Sport NZ. Specific to our region, Auckland Football Federation has advised organised training may resume once the following has been confirmed:

> The council have opened the grounds for training; and
> The Club has all the necessary public health measures in place.

The club is currently working on strategies to meet all the required measures, including contact tracing, social distancing and hygiene requirements, so that we can ensure our football activities are delivered in a safe environment for everyone.

The Auckland Council sports fields remain CLOSED at this time while fields are prepared for the coming season.

Once we have all the information and systems in place, we will communicate our plans and timeline for the restart as soon as we are able to. We can’t wait to get back on the grass, but we also need to ensure everyone’s safety is put first.

For New Zealand Football’s guidelines, click here

COVID-19 Update – 7 May

COVID-19 Update – 7 May

Today’s announcement from the Prime Minister has indicated that a return to sport is possible when the country moves to Alert Level 2. This is providing firm measures are in place to ensure the health and safety of participants, volunteers and supporters.

The club will await further guidance from NZ Football regarding football-specific requirements for returning to training and competition, and then we will be taking the time to ensure we are in a position to meet all of these requirements before restarting any football activities.

We will be in touch again soon when we have further information.

Football training will be resuming soon, your coach will be in touch
Skills Centre resumes Monday 31 August for Term 3
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