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A Meesage from our Northern Football Federation CEO

Northern Football Federation CEO


To:  Hibiscus Coast AFC

 Further to your submission of Return to Training Checklist and Declaration we have reviewed the documentation for completeness.  It is our opinion that the Club has taken the steps to put in place the Public Health Measures necessary for a return to training under the Alert Level 2 Guidelines. 

 You are reminded that the Club is responsible for Health & Safety of all participants if you have any concerns that the processes and plans you have put in place are either insufficient or are not being followed by participants you should immediately cease all activities and notify AFF/NFF that you have suspended activities pending a Review of your safety measures.

 We are in the process of notifying Council of our opinion regarding your Club returning to training.  Once Council have confirm in writing that the grounds are open you may resume training and other activities subject to the Level-2 requirements and your submission.  You should not commence training or any other activity until Council have confirmed that grounds are open for your use.

 On behalf of the Auckland & Northern Football Federations we wish you all the best for a safe and gradual return to training.


Sport NZ Latest COVID-19 Update 12/05/2020

Following yesterday’s announcement on the transition to Alert Level 2, Sport NZ can confirm that the 10 person gathering limit does apply to all community sport.

“We have worked closely with major winter codes around how and when they are best able to get their seasons underway, and what has come through clearly from those discussions is the importance of having an initial phase of preparation before play can commence," says Sport NZ CEO Peter Miskimmin.

"We anticipate it being possible for competitions to be able to commence from around 30 May, subject to New Zealand’s continued containment of COVID-19 and the advice of the Director-General of Health.  Some sports may choose to take longer to start competitions depending on their specific circumstances."

For many sports, this is now in a ‘get ready' phase where they will put in place what is needed to commence safely. As training numbers can increase sports will then enter a 'prepare to play' phase to get athletes ready to compete.

Some sports may be able to return sooner. From Thursday sports can train and play subject to the combined number of players, coaches and/or officials not exceeding 10 and appropriate physical distancing guidelines being observed.

“Where this is possible, we are encouraging sports and teams to take time to look at how they can operate effectively within the 10 person limit and adhere to public guidelines around hygiene, contract tracing, physical distancing and gatherings," says Peter Miskimmin.

“It’s important everyone is patient as this will help to keep New Zealanders safe. We don’t want sport to be the reason we go backwards in alert levels."

Professional sports teams are not covered by this guidance. They are being treated in line with guidance on workplaces, and have indicated that their competitions will commence in June.

Updated Level 2 Guidelines for Physical Activity are available at Sport NZ.


Statement from AFF & NFF - COVID-19  

Following the announcement by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of decision by government to move to Covid-19 Alert Level Two on Thursday May 14th, Auckland Football Federation & Northern Football Federation provide the following update:

We are currently working with NZ Football, member clubs and Auckland Council and other stakeholders to devise an appropriate Return to Play strategy.

This strategy will detail exactly when and under what circumstances football and futsal will resume with appropriate precautions in place to safeguard the wellbeing of all participants and supporters.

For now, we continue to ask all members to follow basic COVID-19 Protocol guidelines supplied by the Ministry of Health - Manatū Hauora and we will update our community as soon as we are able to do so.

Click Here to view the Ministry of Health's Guidelines

Article added: Monday 11 May 2020


COVID-19 update - 23/3/2020

Following the Govt's annoucement changing the COVID-19 Alert to 4 commencing Wednesday 25th March, all HBCAFC meetings/workshops/trainings will be postponed for 4 weeks. In light of this there will be no further training kit pick ups. New dates will be advised once confirmed. Please follow us on FB to keep up to date. The Clubrooms are now closed and all staff (Josie, Roni, Mauricio and Andrea) are working from home so we are still available to answer your questions. Email

Please read the following message from Nothern Football Federation published today:  

To All Clubs, Players, Coaches, Referees Supporters and all who love Football

We’re sure by now you’ve heard PM Jacinda Ardern deliver the news of the raising of the Covid-19 Alert Level nationally from Level Two to Level Three effectively immediately followed by an increase to Level Four within the next 48 hours.

We need to take a moment acknowledge the importance of this change in status and also it’s impact on us individually and as an community.

It’s an unsettling development and it will impact each of us in different ways personally and professionally. It’s critical that we understand the role we have in supporting each other.

Now is the time for kindness to ensure we are all safe and to prepare for the day when we can resume a level of normality.

Our staff have been moved to remote working with immediate effect and our offices will remain closed until further notice.

There are uncertain times ahead for volunteer clubs and we can help them get through. We are supporting Clubs during this time and encourage everyone to support your club by staying registered.

Our website & Social Media will keep you up to date with news during the next month.

Sport develops lifelong bonds and friendships which will help see us through the biggest test our society has faced in recent times.

Again, via our Prime Minister: “be strong, be kind, and unite against COVID-19.”

- NFF & AFF CEOs (John Limna & Steven Upfold)



 Message from NZ Football CEO about Coronavirus 31/1/20

Kia ora tatou,

You will be aware of the recent news regarding the Coronavirus in China and may be wondering what, if anything, we should be doing to minimise our chances of exposure to it.

Our Medical Director advises that there is currently no recommendation to refrain from normal activities, as the risk of becoming unwell with the virus without a history of travel to China in the last 14 days is low.  As a result, there are no restrictions on Kiwis attending sporting events or large public events.

 Staff should avoid coming to work and seek review by a doctor as soon as possible, by calling ahead if:

  • They have in the last 14 days travelled to China or been in direct contact with a known or suspected case of Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV); AND
  • They have developed symptoms of fever, shortness of breath, cough or sore throat.

 While awaiting medical review, they should isolate themselves and wear a face mask while in public.

 Anyone planning travel to China should carefully reconsider and make a decision on an individual case basis consistent with the current travel warnings.





Andrew Pragnell – Chief Executive Officer

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Football House – QBE Stadium, Stadium Drive, Albany, Auckland 0632
PO Box 301-043 Albany, Auckland 0752, NZ

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