Wandin Junior Football Club

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Message from our President, Scott Coghlan

It is hard to believe that we have reached round 7 which is the half way point of the season.  When you reflect on how we were all feeling this time last year – we really have so much to be grateful for.  

We are back sharing our kids journey with footy.  Our new social rooms and clubrooms are the best facilities in the competition.  We have a new surface on our oval.  Our club has seven teams playing each week and we are hoping to grow this to eight teams next season with the addition of a second girls team. 

Our club is in great shape guys.  Let’s enjoy the second half of the season.  GO DOGGIES 🔴⚪️🔵
 
QR Codes / COVID Safety

It is vital that everyone scans in with our QR code’s at each training session and game.  Please make sure you always do the right thing so our kids can continue playing footy for the rest of the season. 
 
Important message about your health:  The  colder winter months are clearly here, this is a friendly reminder that if your child is ill please keep them at home until they have recovered. 

Code of Conduct and Expected Behaviours

Unfortunately, we have had some recent instances where spectator behaviour has not been aligned to our club values.  As a club we are committed to ensuring that we all adhere to the code of conduct that all players and their parents/carers signed at the start of the season.   

As such we want to take this opportunity to remind all our players and their parents of the behaviour that is expected, not only by our club, but by the AFL Outer East League. 

Any attitude or abuse towards any of our club officials, umpires, volunteers, players (either team), or spectators will not be tolerated.

We understand and encourage passion for the game, but it is important that we remember that it is kids footy, and the kid’s enjoyment of the game has to be our primary focus. 

Player Code of Conduct Parent or Carer Code of Conduct
 

  1. Play by the laws and rules.
  2. Do not argue with the umpire or officials.
  3. Control your temper.
  4. Be a team player.
  5. Be a good sport.
  6. Treat all players fairly.
  7. Cooperate with your coach and teammates.
  8. Play for fun and improvement.
  9. Avoid ugly remarks based on race or gender
 

  1. Encourage participation but do not force your child.
  2. Teach that honest effort is the victory, not the winning.
  3. Encourage to play by the rules.
  4. Never ridicule mistakes or losses.
  5. Remember, involvement is for the kids’ enjoyment, not yours.
  6. Remember, kids learn best by example. Applaud both teams.
  7. Recognise positively the recreational contribution of voluntary officials.
  8. Never publicly disagree with officials. Raise issues privately.
  9. Support all efforts to remove verbal, racial and physical abuse.
  10. Support WJFC club officials to foster high standards of behaviour for WJFC/League

 

 
If anyone has any questions or would like to discuss this matter at all, please don’t hesitate to speak with your Coach, Team Manager, or any member of the committee.  Any one of us would be happy to discuss.

We all need to work together to ensure we can provide our kids with a safe, enjoyable environment to play some great footy.
 
Smoking

As a local sporting club, we have a responsibility to promote healthy behaviour to not only our kids, but also all our guests. 

Smoke-free laws in Victoria have banned smoking in certain public spaces and sporting clubs are encouraged to develop a smoke-free policy. 

The AFL Outer East League By-Laws also say that smoking is banned within 10 metres (about two car lengths) of a sporting venue that is an outdoor public place during an organised underage sporting event. This includes training or practice sessions to prepare for an organised underage sporting event, and breaks or intervals during the course of the event, training or practice session.

To ensure we comply with legislation and the By-Laws, effective immediately our club will implement a designated smoking area (location to be confirmed), and the following areas of the club’s sporting ground will be smoke-free;

  • All indoor areas
  • Within 10mtr (2 car lengths) of the perimeter any football oval where any planned junior training or games are happening.
  • All spectator areas (standing and seated, covered and uncovered)
  • All canteen, eating and drinking areas

 
Dogs

A friendly reminder that dogs are not allowed at any games at any venue at any time.  This a direction from the league and is not negotiable.

Obviously, this does not apply to assistant or service dogs.
 

Concussion

A Concussion Management process has been ratified at the Commission’s recent meeting for implementation in all football and netball competitions.  You can find the full guide here.
 
This policy is effective immediately and now forms part of the AFLOE By-Laws. 
 
In following this policy, the minimum timeframe in which a player can return to play in community Football and Netball is on the twelfth day after the day on which the concussion was suffered, based on successfully completing the phases to return to play following a concussion and receiving a medical clearance as outlined in the policy.

  • A child / adolescent aged 5-17 years is not to return to football or other sport until he/she:
  1. has successfully returned to school/learning,
  2. is symptom-free; and
  3. has received a medical clearance.

 
More information will be communicated around this, but we do encourage everyone to read the guide and understand the new Concussion Management strategies.

Insurance

As part of your child’s paid club membership, your child is covered by our insurance program.   Below you will find details of the Silver Cover level that is provided by Wandin Junior Football Club.   
 
This cover is designed to offer some peace of mind to families, officials and volunteers of a sporting club as some protection from preliminary costs related to an injury sustained whilst participating in a club activity.  We encourage you to read the PDS
 
The Wandin Junior Football Club highly recommend that all children have Ambulance Victoria cover.  www.ambulance.vic.gov.au   Family memberships start at $96.70 per year.
 

 
In the unfortunate event that you need to make an insurance claim, please speak with the President, Vice President, Secretary or Team Medical Coordinator.

Wandin Junior Football Club Committee

We are always looking for new faces and ideas to come and join us at our Committee Meetings. We meet monthly on a Monday night at 6:30pm up at the club rooms. Keep an eye out on the Facebook page for the date of our next meeting. Come along and help keep our club awesome! Feel free to chat to our President, Scott Coghlan, or any of the committee members if you have any queries.

Jai Reed Cup – Epilepsy Fundraiser

The Jai Reed Cup is played between the top aged boys teams at Mt Evelyn and Wandin yearly. This year it is Wandin’s turn to host. The Cup is played in honour of Jai Reed, who played for Mt Evelyn. In 2018, Jai – who had epilepsy – had an epileptic seizure, hit his head, went into cardiac arrest, and died. Jai was just 16 years old. 

On Sunday 23rd May we will raise awareness and funds for The Epilepsy Foundation of Victoria. Please come along and support this great cause. There will be merchandise available in the club rooms as well as opportunities to donate. The colour purple is the representative colour for epilepsy awareness so add a splash of purple to your outfit on Sunday!