Moree Junior Soccer Club to decide at AGM whether to host a ‘shortened’ season

MOREE Junior Soccer Club will at its upcoming AGM decide whether to this year hold a shortened kids’ soccer season or no season at all – and mums and dads across the region are urged to attend.

With junior and senior sport given the greenlight to resume play across New South Wales from July 1 – with restrictions in place – the Moree club will hold its annual general meeting at 6pm on Monday, June 29 at the Moree Services Club barbeque area.

Past and present committee members, as well as though wishing to join the committee or become volunteers, are urged to attend.

“If we don’t get the volunteers and committee members, there will be no soccer this year for the kids,” a club spokesperson said.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard said COVID-19 safety plans for each activity or sport are critical to enable a July 1 re-start.

“Sport and businesses will need to do things a little differently than in pre-COVID-19 times and following a safety plan is a key measure to keeping people safe,” Mr Hazzard said.

“Re-opening kids’ sporting competitions on 1 July gives groups and local government which manages many of these facilities, time to work through all the new changes.”

Adult community sport can recommence at the same time as 18-years and under from the start of next month, as the NSW Government lifts more COVID-19 restrictions.

Acting Minister for Sport Geoff Lee thanked the community for their patience during the pause on local sports and welcomed its return on July 1.

“Sport is the lifeblood of our community and it gives me great pleasure to say adult sports can return to their competitions at the same time as 18 years and under,” Mr Lee said.

“We have reduced the spread of COVID-19 to the point where further restrictions can be lifted.

“It is only because communities have followed the strict social distancing guidelines that this announcement is possible.”

Member for New England Adam Marshall urged participants and follow guidelines set out by the NSW Government’s COVID-19 recovery plan, which is built around health advice.

“I am really proud of the way the people right across our region have followed the health advice and played their part to squash the curve to such a point where we can now see the re-introduction of junior sport,” Mr Marshall said.

“Sport plays such an important role for communities across country NSW, so I am pleased clubs and organisations will now be able to plan their fixtures list for their seasons to resume.”

“Sport and exercise boosts morale and this is exactly what we need right now,” he said.