Message from Manly Warringah Football Association (MWFA) (Friday 27/3/20)

Published on 29 March, 2020

Last Friday, Mr David Mason (CEO of MWFA) provided an update to the 17 clubs who are affiliated with the Association. He made the following points.

  • There is no clear answer on a date that we may be able to return to playing football. We await Government advice, which at the moment does not allow us to play.
  • Registration fees are an incredibly complicated and challenging part of the situation and we all understand there are people in tough life-changing situations and others simply asking what the situation is with fees.
  • At this point in time, the MWFA are in constant discussions with the FFA and Football NSW in relation to the various Commonwealth and State Government rescue and stimulus packages, as well as the status of the money in relation to Active Kids Vouchers.
  • The MWFA has already made a decision to cut most of its “non-essential” activities and costs. Also, the MWFA is starting to look at the natural and forced savings it will make by not playing as many games as usual and that will form part of the “total impact on the season” that it is trying to get a handle on before we have a final understanding of the impact on the fees.
  • At this point in time, it is important that we respectfully take time to consider the outcome of all of these variables, at which time we can then start to work through any possible refunds/credits.
  • The MWFA is working on competition draws to make sure that we all play as much football as possible, understanding ultimately the Governments will decide when we can play.

Mr Mason also noted that the following responses have been provided to FAQs.


What happens to my registration fees?


At this stage the suspension of football takes into account a minimal disruption that we will work to make up throughout the season as best as possible. We are delaying the start of the season, not cancelling. We are working through some details around real cost savings that occur due to the fact some games will be lost. We will make a final decision on registration fees when we know the full extent of the disruption and it will be based on the broad principle of trying to ensure that all Clubs, MWFA, Football NSW and FFA are able to get through this difficult time in a position that will enable football as we know it to continue into the future. We need to make sure that when football – and life in Australia – returns to normal that we have a sport, clubs and an infrastructure that will allow us all to continue to play.
 

What happens if I deregister?


A player is entitled to de-register but they need to understand the following. Any player that de-registers at this point (after the grading of teams) can only re-register at the discretion of the MWFA, which is a long-time rule. Also, a final decision around any refund of fees for people who deregister will be made when the clubs and the MWFA know the full extent of the disruption and it will be based on the broad principle of trying to ensure that all Clubs, MWFA, Football NSW and FFA are able to get through this difficult time in a position that will enable football as we know it to continue into the future.
 
Mosman Football Club has shared this information to keep members fully apprised of developments. More information will be shared when available. In the meantime, please keep safe and well.
Regards
Richard Pike
President

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