COVID-19 AIPF Board Update

The AIPF Board have followed up on their communication a few weeks ago with another and a more hopeful tone that with the easing of restrictions that in time and when it is safe to do so that once again powerchair football can resume and fresh plans can be made.

“Dear players, families and friends,

hope this note finds you all well. Some weeks ago we wrote to say that the health and well-being of our players was our top priority, and it remains so. We noted that if this means the postponement or cancellation of training sessions, matches, and tournaments in the coming months as part of a global containment effort of COVID 19, then so be it, as this is the right thing to do. As a community that cares for one another, it is clearer than ever that we must work together, taking all the steps we can to preserve health and, most importantly, protect life.

We know already that the Tri-Nations in Scotland has been canceled, while there has been no change to the postponement of all scheduled tournaments, meet-ups, and training sessions until further notice. 

Two of our club teams, DCU Storm and Midlands United, will unfortunately have to miss out on the EPFA Champions Cup in Geneva this August following its postponement.

Powerchair Football’s governing bodies continue to assess the impact of the pandemic on events and schedules next year and have promised an update soon. Meanwhile, we continue to monitor World Health Organisation (WHO) advice on best-practice, as well as that of the Health Service Executive (HSE) and health experts here in Ireland. 

While much of the news you are receiving might well be unfortunate, there is cause for hope. This week we had the first day without any COVID related deaths in Ireland. We have also seen countries across the world begin to ease restrictions, in addition to news of significant progress in the fight to create a vaccine. Kindness is being celebrated everywhere. In Germany, to the delight of sports fans, the national football league started again in earnest (albeit in empty stadiums), making the Bundesliga, at least for the moment, the most popular league in the world!

These events demonstrate what can be achieved when we all do the right thing and stay home if at all possible. All of us can help slow the spread of the virus, protecting the elderly, the vulnerable, and each other.

The Coronavirus is making us consider and initiate immediate, difficult changes to our way of life to keep ourselves and our communities healthy and safe. While we all face a long road ahead, we must continue to do our part to flatten the curve of COVID-19 transmission.

The most appropriate sources of information on COVID-19 remain the HSE website and that of the WHO.  A range of community supports are in place for those in difficulty, including help getting prescriptions and groceries. 

Be kind to yourself and those around you during these months. Mind your mental health. The HSE has advice and links to further resources to help you in this effort here.

As soon as we get any clarification on when we can get back to action, you will all be the first to know. 

Remain healthy and hopeful.

The Association of Powerchair Football Board”

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