A message from the President
Our President Clint Rippon has penned the following letter to Williamstown members, sponsors, supporters and the local community.
As a valued member of the Williamstown Football Club community, I’d like to update you on the Club’s current position regarding the ever-evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.
As a Club, we are doing our absolute best to maintain a “business as usual” approach as we prepare for our upcoming VFL and VFLW seasons. However, the health and well-being of our players, staff members, volunteers, supporters and their family members always remains our highest priority.
As you will appreciate, we are facing a largely unprecedented time, not only in our sport, but in the domestic and global community. In such uncertainty, we rely on the advice of our country’s leading medical professionals on how to best confine and respond to COVID-19. We are in constant discussions with the AFL and continue to take advice from the State and Federal Governments, medical authorities and our own medical team.
So how is COVID-19 going to affect our Club?
Firstly, based on government and AFL advice to avoid non-essential public gatherings, the Club has decided to cancel all events in March which includes this Saturday's Season Launch (originally scheduled for 6pm at Williamstown Town Hall). We will provide a full refund to those who have purchased tickets and we will contact you directly to arrange this.
Secondly, we are working with the AFL in relation to impacts to the VFL and VFLW seasons, which at this stage is scheduled to start on the 4th of April with our VFL team taking on Port Melbourne under lights at Downer Oval.
We are currently liaising with the AFL regarding the schedule of fixtured games and please be assured that we will work with them to ensure that it is in the best interests of the Williamstown Football Club community and the VFL competition.
Lastly, the virus will impact our Club’s financial position, and this is even before the AFL informs us of any amendments to the VFL and VFLW seasons. Our CEO Jason Reddick and his team have commenced a detailed analysis to determine what strategies need to be undertaken to counteract these impacts.
For those of you who have signed up as members and sponsors of our great Club, I’d like to sincerely thank you. Regardless of the outcome of the 2020 VFL and VFLW seasons, our membership and sponsorship revenues are absolutely critical, and the Club relies on the incomes that these generate. Could I also ask that those who are in a position to do so, please continue to support the Club at this important time. Like all businesses and organisations, we will adapt and we will get creative. Our hope is to develop new ways that will bind us together in our love for our Club and our community.
The Williamstown Football Club is a community-based asset. Our community is facing a serious challenge at the moment and we will stand united together and work our way sensibly and rationally through this crisis. We look forward to bringing everyone back together again very soon, so that we can share in the incredible bond of football and the sense of community that has united us from the start.
We will keep you fully informed of any impact on our Club as the situation evolves.
Thank you for your continuing support of our great Club.
Keep safe and stay well.