Northern Regional Football have this afternoon confirmed immediate suspension to football matches and training in-line with Level 3 guidelines.

All Franklin United training and club facilities are now closed.

“Further to our communication of yesterday evening and the Prime Minister’s Press Conference held at 1pm on Thursday, Auckland remains at COVID-19 Alert Level 3 and organised sports or physical activity is not allowed outside your bubble, as per Sport NZ Guidelines (view here).

“Based on the information provided by the Prime Minister and Dr Ashley Bloomfield that the number of cases in Auckland has increased, NRF have taken the proactive decision to postpone all Football and Futsal, including First Kicks, Fun Football and all inhouse activities, in the Auckland region until further notice.  Football and Futsal in Northland can still proceed under Level 2 status at this time and NRF staff are working with clubs on how this might be delivered with confirmation to follow.

“The decision for the Auckland region has been made now to provide clarity for our members as early as possible ahead of this weekend and ease any possible burden which would be placed at short notice on club volunteers regarding compliance in managing gathering sizes allowable under lower Alert Level requirements should they occur.

“At this time the health and well-being of the wider community is paramount, and we must play our part to minimise exposure to COVID-19,” said NRF general manager operations John Limna.
The team at Franklin United will continue to monitor the situation and will provide further updates aligned to Alert Level updates.

AT ALERT LEVEL 3 DRURY SPORTS COMPLEX IS CLOSED TO BOTH THE PUBLIC AND FRANKLIN UNITED MEMBERS.

If you have any questions please contact your coach or the Director of Football Ben Fletcher on 021 949 198.

Stay safe, be kind

Jim Evans
Franklin United Football Club