Dear Suburban FC Families:
As a follow up to Friday's notice from Soccer Nova Scotia regarding the response to COVID-19, Suburban FC has and continues to review the impact to current and upcoming summer programs.
The COVID-19 Pandemic is new for all of us and the direction to minimize the impact is changing rapidly; requiring us to be adaptable and flexible. Acknowledging this, Suburban FC has made some short-term decisions and conducted contingency planning based on current recommendations from Health Canada. In the coming weeks we will provide another update with our next steps based on direction from the Province, Soccer Nova Scotia and Canada Soccer. We have a meeting scheduled this week with Soccer Nova Scotia, other metro Halifax clubs and the District Presidents.
Your health and the health of your family is our first priority and we understand that most of us are still trying to evaluate its impact on our personal and professional lives. Regarding soccer programming, we are adjusting our schedules by shifting timelines forward so that you can concentrate on your families. All soccer activity will continue to be suspended until further direction from Soccer Nova Scotia and Canada Soccer. In the meantime our Board and Staff will closely monitor the situation and will continue to plan for the summer season throughout this time of uncertainty.
All summer programs are still available for registration from U3 to Senior programs for all levels of soccer.
Visit http://suburbanfc.ca/programs to register.
Evaluations will be postponed until further notice and a new schedule will be posted once we have received direction from our governing bodies.
In the event that summer programs are cancelled before they commence, a full refund will be issued to all registrants.
In the event that summer program start dates are later than advertised, a pro-rated refund will be issued to all registrants for the respective programs.
All refunds will be issued once we have concrete direction from Soccer Nova Scotia and Canada Soccer as to what impact this will have on our seasons.
With our AAA programs having already been in progress, and with regular season NSSL AAA games originally scheduled to kick off this upcoming week, there will now be a delayed start to NSSL AAA games if and when soccer activity resumes. As a club, we are investigating and considering various contingency options available. These plans will be dependent on the length of the suspensions and the options available to the NSSL.
The financial impact to any current or planned programs will be assessed after the suspension or the direction is changed. At that time, Suburban FC will assess our commitments and previous obligations, and then be in a position to communicate this with our members. Please be patient with us as these are unprecedented times for us all.
Suburban FC Office hours:
Our Suburban office will be closed until April 6 and staff will be working from home until that time.
They will be available to answer questions about programs or registrations via email. Feel free to call our office phone line - 902-877-5905 between 9 am and 5 pm Monday to Friday. Registrations and transactions will be available remotely by calling our office phone number. We accept credit card payment over the phone and staff are happy to help with any registration or program questions.
General Inquiries: email@example.com
Grassroots Program Inquiries (U3 - U11): firstname.lastname@example.org
Youth and Senior Program Inquiries (U12 - Senior): email@example.com
To contact our Director of Soccer, email Jessie at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Scheduled Events in March/April
March Break Camp - Cancelled. Our staff have sent out an email to registrants addressing refunds.
FIFA March Madness Tournament - Postponed. The new date is still to be determined and will be communicated to registrants once a decision has been made.
Evaluations - Postponed. We will communicate a new schedule to registrants once we have received direction from our governing bodies.
April Pre-Season Training - Cancelled. Our staff will be in touch with registrants regarding refunds in the coming week.
Information and Guidelines Regarding COVID-19
As indicated above, your health is of utmost importance to all of us. We are including the below links that are available through the Province on various best practices to maintain your health and help prevent the spread of COVID-19. This information includes recommendations on proper hand hygiene practices, cough etiquette, and environmental cleaning for facilities.
Guidelines for self-isolation if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 are available here:
If you are self-isolating as a result of returning from travel outside Canada, the Alberta government has produced a helpful guide:
We will continue to monitor notices from the Province, Canada Soccer and Soccer Nova Scotia. Unless future notices change our plans, the next update from the club will be in the coming weeks once we have a better understanding of the impact that this has on our organization and summer programming.
Please check here for up-to-date health information from the federal government and the Province:
Stay safe, healthy and we’ll hopefully see you on the field soon.