The Deniliquin District Soccer Club will offer free registration for its 2020 season in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 2020 season was meant to start on Saturday, May 2, however with the need to limit social gatherings and sports the season will be postponed until further notice.
The club’s committee is still hoping to run a shortened season towards the end of the year pending advice from the government on when normal gatherings can resume.
Treasurer Angela Brain said with all the uncertainty, the committee decided the best course of action was to offer this season of soccer free of charge.
‘‘Myself, secretary Matt Crothers and president Peter Thompson had a meeting on Skype last week and decided that because we would not be able to offer a full season, it was the best decision to make,’’ she said.
‘‘There is no point in paying if you’re only going to possibly play only three or four games.
‘‘We will still be taking electronic registrations over the next six weeks to be prepared, if or when the season can start.
‘‘Current options for the season are a reduced length Saturday morning comp, or if played in the warmer months possibly an evening competition.
‘‘We hope we can still play during winter and get at least five games in, but that obviously depends on the Coronavirus situation.
‘‘Either way we will gauge feasibility through community feedback.
‘‘The committee would like to thank everyone who put up their hand to take on roles this year.
‘‘Although we are disappointed the season cannot go ahead as planned, we are taking community safety as our primary concern.
‘‘We hope everyone keeps safe and we see you all later in the year if not next season.’’
Registrations can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or via Facebook messenger to the Deniliquin District Soccer Club page.