Kempsey Shire Council has commenced the process for reopening bookings for organised training for team sports on Council-owned sport fields.
The fields are in excellent condition and will be ready for the return of action once starting dates are confirmed and Council is working hard with sports organisations to ensure a safe and efficient resumption of activities.
“We are thrilled to be able to facilitate the recommencement of clubs training on our sports fields,” said Kempsey Shire Council Director Operations & Planning Robert Fish.
“All sports have been hit very hard by coronavirus and we are working with all the sports organisations to ensure a safe and fair return to training and ultimately competition. No one wants this to become a ‘first come, first serve’ rush, it’s important that we strive for safety here as in all our plans for resuming normal service.”
Council have outlined a structured process for the booking of fields and remind users that any organised group training on a Council-owned sports field must only occur as part of an approved booking.
To ensure the safety of all, Council has determined that all approvals made prior to the coronavirus closures are no longer current. Applications for field bookings that had been received before closure are now being reprocessed and those groups will receive emails shortly outlining new conditions.
All new applications to book facilities for training, including any clubs who wish to change training arrangements from previous applications, need to be submitted by Friday 29 May and will be processed from Monday 1 June.
Bookings for competition play will not be taken at this stage as Council is awaiting guidance from state level regarding the complications arising from different start dates and seasonal crossovers.