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COVID-19 | Townsville Touch Footy Suspended

UPDATE | Townsville Touch Football has made the decision to immediately postpone all TTF-operated competitions in light of the recent announcements by the government, and pending announcements by our governing body, Touch Football Australia (TFA).

All TTF competitions will now be temporarily suspended until 2 May, 2020, and will be reviewed as further information and recommendations are made by our relevant state and national bodies.

This includes our Sunday afternoon Colliers Shield men’s and women’s, Monday night mixed, Tuesday night veterans, and Thursday night junior competitions.

The health and safety of our members has always been paramount, and we have been following the situation and official advice from state and federal health authorities, and our sport’s governing bodies, very closely over the last few weeks. We have at all times resolved to follow their advice and recommendations rather than the hysteria and misinformation that has been circulated across social media.

The TTF Executive committee and competition administration will now work with clubs and teams over the next few weeks to determine how best to proceed once the COVID-19 situation improves. 

We wish to thank all of our members who have stuck with us through the last few weeks, despite the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

EARLIER | Townsville Touch Football (TTF) has advised that the conduct of regular season competitions will continue unaffected amid the current COVID-19 situation.

A Townsville Touch Football spokesperson said "The TTF Executive Committee have considered the position and advice of the relevant state and federal health authorities, and the sport’s state and national governing bodies, and determined that there is minimal risk to participants at this point in time".  

"TTF consider the health and safety of its members to be paramount, and recognise that there is concern amongst the community regarding potential spread of the virus, especially with the recent cancellation or postponement of other non-touch football sporting activities across the district, however have made this decision under the advice of the relevant authorities rather than hype or misinformation.

"Due to the sport’s limited contact nature, non-static open-air environment, and the numbers attending the Queens Park venue never reaching above 500 at any given point in time during competition hours, TTF have determined that there is no current need to cancel, postpone, or adjust the competitions currently being run this season.

"Despite no recorded cases within the local touch football community, TTF has instigated the following recommendations and changes to procedure, via a statement on their website (http://townsville.tf/news/2020/03/16/ttf-statement-regarding-covid-19/), in an effort to limit the amount of unnecessary hand-to-hand contact:

  • Participants have been advised to avoid shaking hands and sharing water bottles
  • Referees will no longer conduct a coin toss with captains prior to the start of the match
  • Participants are requested to wash hands thoroughly before and after the match
  • Participants and supporters are required to stay home if they or someone they have been in direct contact with are feeling unwell

"In recognition of the fluid situation surrounding the COVID-19 virus, TTF will monitor the situation and continue to take advice from relevant health authorities, as well as the sport’s governing bodies, and will re-consider its position if required" the spokesperson said.  

"TTF has also vowed to keep all members up-to-date via their official communication channels – the Townsville Touch Football website (www.townsvilletouch.com) and social media networks (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) – should the position change" the statement concluded.