Following the government’s announcement on Thursday regarding the Alert Level 2 guidelines, we’ve been in contact with Capital Football, who are liaising with New Zealand Football to define what this means for community football.

NZ Football will be releasing more information and formal guidelines next week and these will be a starting point for clubs to begin considering.

We cannot stress enough that we absolutely share your excitement regarding the prospect of football at Level 2, when we get there. However, it’s vital we get the guidelines, requirements and a process in place and right before we confirm start dates and head to the fields. So training cannot resume until these are in place.

We’ll keep you informed on the process, but will first and foremost make sure the right decisions are being made in terms of safety and wellbeing for our players, coaches and their families.

Our Junior and Senior Committee members and other volunteers have been working away behind the scenes and will be meeting to work through the guidelines and how they can be implemented effectively over the next week.

Capital Football have been negotiating with local Councils and Summer sporting bodies to enable us to use the football fields available through to the end of September/early October in an attempt to get a full football season if we can start playing by early June.

If the season starts any later than this and we end up with any sort of shortened season, registration fees will be adjusted accordingly to reflect the reduced number of games.

Our senior club teams have been encouraged to keep their fitness training up – I hope all of you are doing the same and staying fit, running and moving to be ready for when the season starts again.

I want to reassure you that the club is viable thanks to our sponsors and supporters sticking by us. Although the full impact of COVID-19 isn’t fully understood right now, we’re aiming to have our Mitre 10 MEGA Petone Settlers Talent Centre up and running as soon as we can – the coaches are ready and waiting to get started again.