Weather Protocol

TRAINING SESSIONS

Please be assured that cancellations to training sessions will be kept to a minimum.

However, living in ‘sunny’ Queensland often means that we endure the odd tropical storm or two usually around 4pm in the afternoon, just when we are preparing to train.

With over 850 players in the club and maybe 100+ in training on any particular night, it is impossible for the Club to contact individual parents.

Wet Weather Protocol

We have implemented a Wet Weather Protocol which aims to keep the process simple and clear.

When a storm warning is issued by the Bureau of Meteorology which looks to affect our fields, the Club will cancel all training for the evening.

Unfortunately, this may result in the cancellation of training for ‘no reason’ should the storm not eventuate or move around us, but we, the Club have to make the call in an appropriate time-frame to ensure that all our players remain safe and avoid travelling to our fields in inclement weather.

If we have received no storm warning but heavy rain is falling or the fields are soaked from a previous rain event we may also decide to cancel training.  Again, we will do this as early as possible using the BOM radar information as a guide if necessary.

Notifications

Notifications of any training cancellations will be POSTED ON OUR WEBSITE/FACEBOOK AND TEAM APP.   

The Field Status will show ‘closed’ and a notification will be posted.

Please ensure that YOU – as Coach, as Manager, as Parent or as Player – visit the website and/or your Team App 30 minutes before the commencement of ALL your training sessions to ensure that training is taking place but especially when the skies darken or rain is falling.

PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE CLUB, the Technical Director or our office directly at this time as we are unable to manage the level of calls we receive and we are liaising with our coaches and managers about the notification.  Check the website/TeamApp then contact your team’s manager or coach if you are still unsure.

Late Cancellation

Sometimes, a BOM warning is issued 30 minutes or less before a training session.  In this event, we will still follow the protocol above. However, a Club Representative will also call the Coaches directly advising them of the late cancellation to ensure the message is filtered down to the Managers who can use SMS text or call parents if necessary.

 

GAMES

HOME GAMES

Notifications of any HOME game cancellations will be POSTED ON OUR WEBSITE, as soon as we are able.  The Field Status will show ‘closed’ and a notification will be posted.

Please ensure that YOU – as Coach, as Manager, as Parent or as Player – visit the website and/or your Team App (if used) before all games.

PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE CLUB, the Technical Director or our office directly at this time as we are unable to manage the level of calls we receive and we are liaising with our coaches and managers about the notification.  Check the website/TeamApp then contact your team’s manager or coach if you are still unsure.

AWAY GAMES

Please ensure that YOU – as Coach, as Manager, as Parent or as Player – visit the following link before all games to ensure the ground you are travelling to is open:

https://www.footballbrisbane.com.au/junior-wet-weather

Why do we close our fields?

Why Do We Close Our Fields?

Bureau of Meteorology (BOM)

You can also follow the Bureau of Meteorology Website by clicking on the following link:

http://www.bom.gov.au/qld/warnings/

or by downloading their App:

http://www.bom.gov.au/app/

 

Safety & Duty of Care

Having said all of the above, ultimately it is YOUR decision to decide whether it is safe to travel during a storm.

If you are unsure and you can see a storm out of your window, or on BOM, but the field status on the website remains open please do not leave home.  Notify your Manager that the player will not attend training.

Please note that the club is responsible for a duty of care of minors (U18) during the advertised times of training and game fixtures.  Outside of these times the duty of care of minors is the responsibility of the parents/guardians of the child.

The Club will obtain emergency contact details for all players to ensure that someone can be contacted in the event of an emergency but we would ask that we can use these numbers for genuine emergencies and not for calling parents/guardians who have forgotten to collect their child on time!

Hot Weather Protocol

It is not very often that training or games are cancelled due to the heat however with some games being played in summer there is always a possibility that it becomes too dangerous to play.

Football Brisbane issued a ‘Beat the Heat’ Factsheet and an ‘Extreme Weather Policy’ on 2nd March 2018 to provide guidelines to Clubs in the event of high heat and humidity.  See below for more information.

Extreme Weather Policy FB

BEAT THE HEAT – Fact Sheet

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Sharon is the current President of the Holland Park Hawks Football Club. Sharon is a Qualified Accountant with a background in Investment Banking in London and Legal and Energy Industries in Australia. Sharon is a keen traveller. She has visited over 60 countries and has lived in Australia for 15 years. She is married to Andrew and has two football mad boys, Nic and Sam both playing at Holland Park Hawks. Sharon is also a proud supporter of Chesterfield FC!

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