Collective training now unfortunately ceased for 6 weeks! Only individual training within a radius of 5 km of homes permitted!
The government has decided that, as of midnight on Wednesday 21 October, all of Ireland will be placed on Level 5 of the Plan for Living with COVID-19. Level 5 restrictions will remain in place for a period of 6 weeks.
No training or matches should take place, with the exception of (i) professional and elite sports games … which are being permitted to continue behind closed doors and (ii) non-contact training for school-aged children in outdoors pods of 15. All other training activities should be individual only with people permitted to exercise within a radius of 5 km of their home. See FAI Update.
Following the introduction of Level 3 COVID-19 restrictions in Dublin, the Football Association of Ireland has announced the cessation (from midnight 18th September) of all Adult Amateur and Underage football matches in Dublin. Then on 5th October the Government announced that “no matches or other sporting events should take place” for a further three weeks, which means that the earliest that football can return is Saturday 31st October!
VEC FC Training continues on Thursdays in Whelan Park Kimmage (Larkview) from 9.10pm to 10.10pm until further notice. ALL COVID-19 PROTOCOLS MUST BE ADHERED TO!
Training [Covid-19 Level 3]
“Outdoors: Non contact training only in pods of up to 15 (exemption for professional/elite/inter-county sports/senior club championship).
Indoors: Individual training only”.
Matches and events [Covid-19 Level 3]
“No matches or other sporting events should take place, with the exception of professional, elite, inter-county, and senior club championship, which should all take place behind closed doors”.
Congratulations to Gavin Murphy who collected his €500 first prize from Chairman David Spring after romping home from the other 68 contenders in VEC’s annual Pickawinner fundraising competition. See www.pickawinner.ie
The Football Association of Ireland has today launched a Safer Return to Training Protocol document for all adult amateur and underage football, ahead of a return to training from Monday, June 15th.
Today’s Protocol publication provides a thorough and comprehensive step-by-step explanation to the Pathway that permits all adult amateur and underage football, to return to training on or after next Monday, June 15th. All clubs must appoint a COVID-19 Compliance Officer and carry out a risk assessment before any return is authorised.
Subject to Government guidelines, no matches – competitive or friendly – are allowed until further notice under the jurisdiction of the FAI.
It is encouraging that as of now, “the UCFL remain committed to completing the 2019/20 season, between Aug 28 and Oct 16, with the 2020/21 season to begin shortly after the latter date”.
Although with the FAI’s subsequent Safer Return to Training document (issued on 8th June) hopefully this will allow a resumption of the 2019/20 season in July at the latest, particularly if the FAI follows NPHET’s and the Government’s timeline for a return to football – specifically as “sports team leagues” can resume on 20th July as set out in the Government’s Phase 4 roadmap!
VEC’s Pick-A-Winner (PAW) Competition commenced on 7th March 2020.
This is a Web-based competition – spread over 10 weeks. Log-in or Register on www.pickawinner.ie [If you previously played Pickawinner and have forgotten your password, mail email@example.com]
Pick 2 teams that you think will win in the English Premier League each week, without picking the same team twice. If the team that you selected wins, then you receive points, depending on the score – Rules at: www.pickawinner.ie
and Fees will be collected on-line and weekly selections will be submitted
only €20.50 per person to enter.
How money can be split:
€10.00 from each entry goes back as PRIZES [50%].
€10.00 from each entry goes to VEC FC [50%].
Earn a Free Entry: All VEC FC members have to do is to get as many of your colleagues, family and friends to enter/register for the PAW competition on-line. For every 4 players that you recruit, you will be refunded €20 for your own entry (i.e. a free entry). It’s much easier than selling raffle tickets!