It was great to see the before and after school sports training programs commence this week for the first time since all sporting activities were banned at the end of last term. These current programs run in accordance with Stage 1 restrictions allowing outdoor training only with groups of no more than 10.
We had all plans in place ready to go at the start of this week. The Premier then announced further easing of restrictions on Sunday. These restrictions were originally set to commence from June 12. Now that Stage 2 restrictions have been brought forward (as from 12 noon June 1) it does now allow us to train groups of up to 20 people including the coach. We are also permitted to use indoor facilities, however contact work is still discouraged.
The Sports Office worked busily on Monday to readjust programs in accordance with the new guidelines, increasing the group sizes and in some cases, timings and venues to suit.
At present the First XV Rugby Squad, Year 5 – 12 Cross Country Squad, Open Tennis Squad and the First V Basketball Squad have commenced their ‘Return to Play’ schedule. Although Stage 2 restrictions have been brought forward, we still intend to commence the Cubs and Sabres Basketball Squads as well as the First XI/Second XI Football Squad training programs as from the week beginning Monday June 15. The full ‘Return to Play’ schedules which includes all times and venues for each of these sports can be viewed in full detail on the web in the respective sport sections via the ‘Locker Room’. A list of all participants is also posted.
Unfortunately, due to government restrictions we cannot include a ‘Return to Play’ schedule which is inclusive for all students at the College from Year 5 – 12.
When Stage 3 restrictions come into play from the July 10, gatherings are set to increase to 100, contact and the use of shared equipment will also be allowed. At this time, we can involve the entire College. This is the reason we have scheduled the AIC Tennis and Basketball trials on Saturday 11 July.
At present we have plans in place for the commencement of all training and trials for those wishing to play AIC Basketball and Tennis during the first part of next term. We are also looking ahead to cement plans for the Rugby League and Track and Field season when further details regarding the season dates from the AIC Management Committee come to hand.
It is imperative that boys wishing to involve themselves in these activities complete the online sign-on form to register their interest. Boys can do either AIC Basketball or Tennis (as they are played at the same time) as well as AIC Cross Country in the first part of next term. In the second part of next term students can participate in AIC Football or AIC Rugby Union (as they are played at the same time) and AIC Chess and AIC Track and Field and AIC Rugby League as they are played at different times.
Complete season schedules for basketball, tennis, rugby union and football are now posted in the relevant sport sections on the website. These schedules include all training and trial times, season schedule dates, coaches contacts, uniform requirements among many other things. Please read this information carefully as it will assist you in your family planning.
Season schedules for AIC Track and Field and Rugby League will be released early next term.
COVID-19 Safe Plan for Sporting Venues – Parent Spectators?
All organisations, including Villanova College must comply with government regulations regarding the running of safe sporting venues and ensuring all COVID-19 protocols are met. These regulations will include assigning a COVID Officer to each venue, ensuring gatherings are kept to stage level requirements, enforcement of social distancing, closing off changerooms, provision of sanitizers, regular cleaning on high touch points among many other things.
Given the current ‘Easing of Restrictions Road Map’ provided by the government, it is forecast that we can have gatherings of up to 100 people during the scheduled AIC Basketball and Tennis season. We are predicting 70-80 students plus around 20 adults including coaches, officials, first aid, sport administrators etc. will attend the trials on Saturday July 11. It will be the case that parents will have to drop and go on that day and will not be able to attend trials.
At this point it may be the case that no parents will be able to spectate during the season at all as the AIC Management Committee announced last week in the latest press release that student spectators will be the preferred option over parent spectators.
Rugby and Football is predicted to be played during Stage 4 of restrictions. However, the government has not yet released the gathering sizes which will be put in place.
To keep under the gathering restrictions, it is possible that we will have to limit student/parent spectators or not allow them altogether. This will no doubt cause some frustration and disappointment among our parent body, particularly those who have their sons play in the First teams.
As the season draws closer, more information will become available and will be communicated to all within our community via the Villa View and the College website. At present a final decision regarding the management of spectators has not been made. I merely write this section to our families to give you all a ‘heads up’ that this is something which may come into place and something you may have to deal with.
At present, I am looking at options of livestreaming First Rugby, Football and Basketball games at our home venue only. A very expensive exercise but something which will be explored fully as an option for those who will miss out on enjoying the proud moments of their sons or school mates in action.
More information regarding the protocols surrounding trials and games will be released by the end of term.
Term 3 – Basketball, Tennis, Rugby League, Track and Field Signs-on – DUE TODAY!
Those who are wishing to play AIC Basketball, Tennis, Rugby League, Track and Field must register their interest using this link to the online sign-on form https://form.jotform.com/VillanovaSport/term-3-sport-sign-on
These sign-on forms are due Thursday 4 June, today!
Term 3 – AIC Rugby, Football and Chess Sign-on – will carry over from last term!
The Sports Office will not reissue a sign-on form for AIC Rugby Union, AIC Football, AIC Chess and AIC Cross Country as this has been done previously (back in Term 1). We ask you to please check the respective sign-on lists already complied and posted in the AIC Rugby Union, AIC Football, AIC Chess and AIC Cross Country sections of the website and check if your name does appear. If you wish to add or take your name from the already compiled list, please contact the Sports Office and we will amend email@example.com
AIC CROSS COUNTRY
Year 5 and Year 6 Cross Country Training
A full list of Year 5 and Year 6 boys who are invited to train Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 3.15 – 4.30pm at Little Langlands is now posted in the ‘AIC Cross Country’ section of the website. These boys will be trained under the guidance of Miss Amy Roberts and Mr Tom Lonergan. All boys will be escorted to Little Langlands after school. Parents are then required to collect their son promptly from Little Langlands at 4.30pm.
As Stage 2 restrictions are in place, we can now train in groups of 20 including the coach. Therefore, two groups of 19 have been selected by the coaches based on the Junior School Cross Country run held earlier in the year plus the limited training the squad had done before all training was closed. All boys will then be included when Stage 3 restrictions come into play allowing groups to be 100 in size. At this time that will commence on the first day of next term.
Year 7 – 10 Cross Country Training
Cross Country runners from Year 7 – 10 must register with a running group by using the links found within the AIC Cross Country section of the website. We will only operate three groups of 19, capped at 57 students. The training forms will be updated weekly. The Year 7 – 10 Cross Country training will be taken under the careful guidance of coaches Mr Dave Barton, Mr Jordan Roache and Mr Brian Pascoe.
There will be three venues used to ensure recommended safe distancing and separation between the groups.
- Villanova College surrounds – Hill sessions – on campus.
- Stones Corners/ Little Langlands sport fields and bike paths – jog to venue
- Coorparoo AFC or Seven Hills Reserve – Travel by school minibus to and from venue
The online registration will automatically close when a group is full, so be quick to avoid disappointment. However, due to the limited number of positions we will initially limit each student to two sessions per week to allow maximum participation.
Year 7 – 10 Cross Country Training Registration – Week 8, Term 2, (8 – 12 June)
The training registration link for those wishing to train next week (June 8-12) is now open. Please register quickly before the groups are full.
All runners are to meet at the front of Goold Hall at 3.15 pm. They will then be assigned to a group. All runners will be dismissed from Goold Hall at 4.30 pm.
Villanova Runners Club (VRC) – commences Sunday 7 June
The VRC will meet on Sunday afternoons 4pm – 5pm at Whites Hill Reserve. (Cricket Ovals, Boundary Rd, Camp Hill) This is an opportunity for Villanova College athletes to maintain/build up their Aerobic fitness as part of their training for the coming Cross Country and Track and Field seasons. An open invitation is extended to the boys interested in improving their fitness (squad will be limited to 19 runners). Assemble on the Cricket Oval 3 at 4 pm; where a Tabata session will be held, followed by aerobic running in the surrounding bushland.
Mrs Sally England, AIC Chess Co-ordinator
The amended chess season will be played in the latter half of Term 3, as explained in last week’s Villa View. The boys have been notified via email, that for the remainder of this term they can play each other online for practice. It is up to the individual to contact someone on the list to play. Hopefully, when we return in Term 3, we will start face to face play again on selected days for different groups to minimise the numbers. This information will become available at the start of Term 3, and as more information becomes available parents and boys will be notified.
The complete ‘AIC Basketball Season Schedule’ which includes all training and trial dates/times, season schedule, coaches contacts, uniform requirements among many other things is now posted in the AIC Basketball section on the website. Please read this information carefully.
Those who are wishing to play AIC Basketball must register their interest using this link to the online sign-on form https://form.jotform.com/VillanovaSport/term-3-sport-sign-on
The complete ‘AIC Tennis Season Schedule’ which includes all training and trial dates/times, season schedule, coaches contacts, uniform requirements among many other things is now posted in the AIC Tennis section on the website. Please read this information carefully.
Those who are wishing to play AIC Tennis must register their interest using this link to the online sign-on form https://form.jotform.com/VillanovaSport/term-3-sport-sign-on
The complete ‘AIC Football Season Schedule’ which includes all training and trial dates/times, season schedule, coaches contacts, uniform requirements among many other things is now posted in the AIC Football section on the website. Please read this information carefully.
The Sports Office will not reissue a sign-on form for AIC Football as this was done mid Term 1. We ask all interested players to check that their name is found on the already compiled list posted on the AIC Football section of the website. If you wish to have your name added or deleted please notify the Sports Office immediately – firstname.lastname@example.org
AIC RUGBY UNION
The complete ‘AIC Rugby Union Season Schedule’ which includes all training and trial dates/times, season schedule, coaches contacts, uniform requirements among many other things is now posted in the AIC Rugby Union section on the website. Please read this information carefully.
The Sports Office will not reissue a sign-on form for AIC Rugby Union as this was done mid Term 1. We ask all interested players to check that their name is found on the already compiled list posted on the AIC Rugby Union section of the website. If you wish to have your name added or deleted please notify the Sports Office immediately – email@example.com
AIC RUGBY LEAGUE
All season dates and times are still to be confirmed. Rugby League could be played as a three-day tournament during the September holidays or on Saturdays during Term 4. Students must play AIC Football or AIC Rugby in order to be selected to play AIC Rugby League. Those who did not return their hire jersey from last year will not be considered to play this year.
A complete season schedule will be made available early next term, although we hope to announce the definite dates of competition before the end of term.
Those who are wishing to play AIC Rugby League must register their interest using this link to the online sign-on form https://form.jotform.com/VillanovaSport/term-3-sport-sign-on
AIC TRACK AND FIELD
Track and Field training will commence during the last four – five weeks in Term 3 with some possible September holiday sessions. There will be two AIC Track and Field meets held in Term 3 on Thursday 3 and 10 September. The AIC Track and Field Championship will be run over a two-day period, in the first week in Term 4.
We will schedule Track and Field training around Rugby and Football training. We encourage boys to do Rugby or Football and Track and Field.
A complete season schedule will be made available early next term.
Those who are wishing to participate in AIC Track and Field must register their interest using this link to the online sign-on form https://form.jotform.com/VillanovaSport/term-3-sport-sign-on
Uniform Shop – Villanova College Sports Jackets
Unfortunately, due to several issues including COVID-19, there are no sports jackets in any sizes from Size 10 to Large (inclusive) and there will be none made or delivered this year. Students are therefore permitted to wear anything to training for warmth. However, it is not recommended that they wear their Villanova jumper to sports training.
Mr Craig Stariha, Director of Sport