After a difficult period with the football season put on hold due to COVID-19, the Griffith District Football Association have announced the junior sides will be able to take the field in 2020.
The first game for the juniors is set to kick off on Saturday, July 25 and run until September 19 and GDFA president Dom Schirripa is thrilled to get kids back out on the field.
"It was a difficult decision to make as the health and well-being of our community is still our number one priority, not to mention the logistics and guidelines to implement a season," he said.
"It was with optimism and pride that we were able to launch Return to Play".
There will be changes made to the way the season will be run due to the concerns around the pandemic.
"Collectively, the local clubs have decided there will be no canteen, no finals or ladder or presentation day and barbecues for 2020," he said.
"There are a number of guidelines in place from Football NSW, and we're asking everyone to please respect and adhere to these as well as any State Government restrictions."
Schirripa wanted to assure parents and players they can feel comfortable knowing GDFA will take every measure to ensure COVID safety.
"We are going to employee cleaners to regular sanitise the toilet block, not to mention sanitiser stations placed around the fields and additional cleaning of equipment and balls," he said.
"We are developing a COVID Safety Plan that will be enforced by all clubs each week too."
While the juniors will be going ahead this season, unfortunately, the senior competition will be taking a hiatus for the 2020 season.
"Unfortunately the numbers aren't strong for a local senior competition this year, but it gives clubs time to focus and build for 2021," he said.
All local clubs are seeking expressions of interest from players from under 6s through to under 16s and teams must be finalised by June 26.