Dear Staff and Volunteers,
My thoughts are with you and your loved ones as our world continues to face this growing pandemic. I do hope you are well – please take care of yourself, friends, work colleagues, footy mates & family.
FRANKSTON FOOTBALL CLUB UPDATE
During today our Board Executive and CEO had phone meetings to consider the steps we need to take as a club following the suspension of the VFL and now the AFL season until May 31st. This includes the suspension of all Football Club Training by the AFL/VFL until they advise us further. We also discussed government guidance on the conduct of business.
As a result of that discussion we believe it in the best interests of all parties to suspend all activities of the club until we have a clearer picture of the resumption of training & some of our more normal club business activities. This action is in line with government and AFL/VFL direction and importantly will assist with the community response to control the spread of the pandemic and protect our people.
The effect of that decision on all our valued staff and volunteers is that from today we are standing down all our paid staff except CEO Adrian Lloyd until we receive advice from the AFL/VFL and the Government to start up again. This is not a decision that we make lightly as we know that will have a significant impact on you and all our club people. We think it is the right decision to make until we are able to resume training and club business.
Standing people down means suspension of all your football and work activities and also your employee payments from today. With the delayed season we will be conducting a full review of our financial position in the coming weeks and we will stay in consultation with you so we can have a stable financial position to base our club on when we return.
Please note that this is NOT a cancellation of the season, it is NOT termination of employment – it is a suspension. Our hope is that all employees and volunteers will return to their duties when we start up sometime in the future. Also note that Adrian continues as his role has been deemed vital to lead our club through the interim period so our Club can be in the best position possible when we resume full business.
Our intention is to follow this communication up with a cascade of calls over the next few days so that each staff member and volunteer has some conversation and discussion with their direct team leader that can then filter back to the Board so we can be across questions and comments on any matters of concern. Your assistance in this would be appreciated – if you have not been called in the next few days then please contact your team leader to discuss the situation and also feel free to email me directly email@example.com with questions/comments you have (like a Q&A) and I will do my best to respond to that in our next update.
Please continue to draw on your Dolphin spirit and support all your close club colleagues in the coming days. The Board, Adrian and I commit to staying connected with you and keeping you informed as matters progress in the next few weeks.
You are probably aware that our clubs guiding behaviours are to Care, Share & Achieve Together and now is the time to live those values out. We will Care for our club, footymates, friends and families and act with respect, Share our information, feelings, ideas and thoughts with each other, work to Achieve a future outcome where our club survives during the pandemic phase with the least impact so we can thrive when we return and this will only happen if we work Together with people in all spheres of our club.
Sincerely yours (even in these hard times and with this difficult announcement).
Looking forward to the future when we resume and can be together once more.