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ATFA AGM 2021

The AGM for ATFA was held on Sunday 21st November 2021.  Please find attached meeting minutes and final financial position report for the 20/21 financial year.  These will also be shared directly to our members.  Thank you to Paul Mercer for his support of Eliot Kennedy in finalising our financial report.

We are pleased to confirm that the incoming ATFA committee is as follows:

President: Adrian Connolly

Secretary: Steve Wright

Treasurer: Eliot Kennedy

Ordinary Committee Members: Adrian Elmer, Giuseppe Tardiota, Hugh Best and Luke Radziminski

The Vice President role is presently a casual vacancy.  The Committee may choose to appoint a member to this role, but this may only be filled by one of the committee members as there is a maximum of 7 committee members as per the ATFA Constitution.    The President cannot also fill the role of VP.

The committee, as it’s first action, agreed at the AGM that fees will again be waived for 2022 due to the financial position of ATFA and COVID restrictions impacting certainty of events.  The membership status of each contact will be further communicated directly to members and those players who have been members in the past or indicated an interest.

ATFA AGM 2021 Minutes Final-ATFA-Financial-Statement-2020-21

Final ATFA Financial Statement 2020-21

2022 Sydney Open + Registration

2022 so poster 700px for web

After the worst possible 2 years for Table Football (ever tried to social distance while playing Subbuteo?!) we are incredibly excited to be able to announce that proper tournaments are back! With borders opening around Australia, the 2022 season is able to start with a bang at the 2022 Sydney Open.

Sponsorship of the tournament from our host venue, Willoughby Park Bowling Club, and their restaurant, Willows Bistro, means that entry fees have been able to be kept to a bare minimum – $5 per player for the entire weekend of table football (or free for juniors). The Draw will take place as part of a dinner at the venue on the evening of Friday, January 21, with Individual Events in Open, Women’s, U20 and U16 categories held on Saturday, January 22 and Club Teams (Open & Junior) events (with a separate WASPA tournament for those without a club team) on Sunday, January 23. All players are welcome regardless of age, gender or experience.

Dinners on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights are also available, with Sunday’s meal available for free for players competing on both Saturday and Sunday. As part of our sponsorship deal, players are also asked not to bring food and drinks but to make any food purchases during the days of competition from the venue.

Hosted by the Sydney, Canberra and NSW South Coast table football clubs, we are looking forward to having the wonderful table footballing community of Australia (and beyond) reunited. Join us in January!

ATFA 2022 Elections

As previously advertised, voting for the 4 contested Ordinary Committee Members will occur: 12:01am AEDT Monday November 1 – 11:59pm AEDT Sunday, November 14, 2021.  The form is below for submitting your votes.

Under the constitution there can be at least 3 ordinary committee members, and the total number of committee members is to be 7.  As we have had 8 nominations, we will need to hold an election to determine the 4 remaining committee members from the 5 ordinary committee member nominations.

The incoming committee will take effect from the official appointment at the AGM from 4pm AEDT Sunday November 21, 2021.  This will again be held virtually via a Messenger video call.

ATFA Committee 2022 Nominations

Nominations for the ATFA Committee for 2022 have now closed. The nominations received were:

President – Adrian Connolly

Treasurer – Eliot Kennedy

Secretary – Steve Wright

Ordinary Committee Member – Adrian Elmer

Ordinary Committee Member – Hugh Best

Ordinary Committee Member – Luke Radziminski

Ordinary Committee Member – Geoff Sirmai

Ordinary Committee Member – Giuseppe Tardiota

No elections are required to determine the three roles of office bearers for which there were nominations (President, Treasurer and Secretary), as they are unopposed.  Thank you to Adrian, Steve and Eliot for accepting nominations to continue in these important roles.  The role of Vice President will be a casual vacancy.   Under the constitution, the committee may appoint a member of the association to fill the vacancy once the new committee is in place at the AGM.

Under the constitution there can be at least 3 ordinary committee members, and the total number of committee members is to be 7.  As we have had 8 nominations, we will need to hold an election to determine the 4 remaining committee members from the 5 ordinary committee member nominations.  As previously advertised, voting will occur: 12:01am AEDT Monday November 1 – 11:59pm AEDT Sunday, November 14, 2021.  Details will follow soon.

The incoming committee will take effect from the official appointment at the AGM from 4pm AEDT Sunday November 21, 2021.  This will again be held virtually via a Messenger video call.  Please contact our President Adrian Connolly via a private message, or post below if you’d like to attend – we will then add you to the group for the AGM video call.  From the 4 elected ordinary committee members, once the new committee is in place at the AGM, the committee may appoint an ordinary member as Vice President; the Treasurer or Secretary may hold two roles; or the position may remain a casual vacancy. This will be discussed at the AGM.

2022 ATFA Committee Nominations

At 4pm AEDT Sunday November 21, 2021, ATFA will be holding its annual general meeting. All ATFA members are invited to participate – a video conference will be set up for those around the country (and, indeed, the world!) to be able to tune in. The main item on the agenda for the meeting will be the election of the ATFA Committee for the 2022 season.

To that end, nominations are now open for the Committee.  As per our constitution, ATFA Members are able to nominate any other ATFA Member (i.e. you can’t nominate yourself) for a position on the Committee, as long as it is SECONDED by another member AND agreed to by the nominee.  Members are free to make as many nominations as they like.

If you are an ATFA member and would like to nominate someone, fill in the details in the google form at the bottom of the page. Please note, ALL info requested must be supplied in order for the nomination to be valid.

Note that as per earlier announcements membership for the 2021 season were free due to the impacts of COVID-19 during 2020 and 2021.  All Members of the 2020 season were automatically rolled over as Members for the 2021 season.

The Committee consists of 7 people. 4 of those are Office Bearers and the other 3 are Committee Advisors. The roles for each are outlined below.

Nominations close: 11:59pm AEDT, Sunday October 24, 2021
Voting : 12:01am AEDT Monday November 1 – 11:59pm AEDT Sunday, November 14, 2021

DESCRIPTIONS

Office Bearers

President : oversees the Committee. In conjunction with the Committee, the President sets dates for, and convenes Committee meetings as required, including the compulsory Annual General Meeting following the close of each financial year; presides as chairperson over all Committee meetings.
current member – Adrian Connolly

Vice President : assists the Committee President in all the President’s duties.
current member – Giuseppe Tardiota

Treasurer : oversees ATFA’s monetary concerns: the running of ATFA’s bank account; supplying annual profit/loss overviews to the Committee and ATFA Membership; keeping records of all expenses and income.
current member – Eliot Kennedy

Secretary General : is responsible for: supplying all documentation required by FISTF in regards to ATFA club and player memberships; FISTF tournament registrations and results or any other necessary documents; keep minutes of all committee or general meetings.
current member – Steve Wright

Ordinary Committee Members

Committee Advisor (Communications Officer) : is responsible for communications to the Australian Subbuteo community, including: the upkeep and co-ordination of the ATFA website; the ATFA calendar; the ATFA mailing list.
current member – Adrian Elmer

Committee Advisor (General) (x2) : offers advice and assistance to the rest of the Committee in relation to all decisions made at the Committee level.
current members – Hugh Best, Luke Radziminski

All Committee Members will be equally responsible for the discussion and decision making processes for any issue required of the Committee. It is expected that all Committee Members will be proactive in promoting Subbuteo Table Football in their local context and will undertake all their table footballing duties, including Committee membership, with the best interests of the game in Australia at heart.

2021 Western Sydney Subbuteo Spring League

2021 spring league

It’s two months until Spring so it’s time to start organising the 2021 Western Sydney Subbuteo Spring League!! We missed it last year due to COVID restrictions but, hopefully, things will be good for the beginning of September this year.

Paul Magee is the incumbent champion, winning the 2019 edition, but has been heard to be offering up lame excuses about ‘bad back’s and the like, in case he gets defeated this year!
The league is open to any player of any age, experience level etc, who is happy to take membership with the Western Sydney Subbuteo club. Entry into the Spring League (and club membership) is completely free.

Follow the link and fill out the entry form. Feel free to pass details on to any players you know – all are welcome.

Click here for the 2021 Western Sydney Subbuteo Spring League sign up info.

2020 ATFA President’s Report

This year was unprecedented – a season disrupted by the global COVID-19 pandemic.  Thankfully, to the best of our knowledge, no members of the Australia Table Football community contracted COVID-19.  However, we were all affected in some way by the impacts it had on our lives and the way we lived them in 2020.  I’d like to thank everyone for their compliance with restrictions and patience with returning to COVID safe competition.  The health of our community should remain our top priority.

One of the rare highlights for the year in Australian Table Football was the 2020 Australian Grand Prix held in February at the magnificent Lakeside facilities associated with South Melbourne FC.  It was fantastic to return to this location for a FISTF event for the first time since the 2018 Asian Cup.

With the FISTF season changed to a calendar year this simplifies some aspects of our communication and membership with ATFA.  Membership will now align to a calendar year.  Due to the disruption of 2019-20 season preventing competition for most of the year we are pleased to announce the 2021 memberships to ATFA will be free of charge.  We hope this may also enable use to expand our reach into new and returning players.  It is a credit to the ATFA Committees over the years that the organisation is able to be able to accommodate this.

2021 will no doubt continue to raise challenges as the world continues to battle the pandemic.  Significant doubt remains at present regarding the hosting of the Asian Cup in Japan and the World Cup in Italy against the COVID-19 backdrop.  Locally, Australia is making significant progress in managing the pandemic and there now appears to be a possibility to return to hosting FISTF events in Australia as domestic borders re-open and restrictions ease.  We must all remain vigilant to the necessary controls and compliant to restrictions for the health and safety of competitors, their families and the wider community.  I will continue to provide advice, when requested, to clubs and hosts of events, in developing COVID safe plan that they may require.

I look forward to seeing you all again, and returning to safe competitive action.  But above all, stay safe and healthy – both physically and mentally.

Adrian Connolly

ATFA President

2020 ATFA Committee Nominations

At 4PM, Sunday, November 29, 2020 (AEDST), ATFA will be holding its annual general meeting. All ATFA members are invited to participate – a video conference will be set up for those around the country (and, indeed, the world!) to be able to tune in. The main item on the agenda for the meeting will be the election of the ATFA Committee for the 2021 season.

To that end, nominations are now open for the Committee. As per our constitution, ATFA Members are able to nominate any other ATFA Member (i.e. you can’t nominate yourself) for a position on the Committee, as long as it is SECONDED by another member AND agreed to by the nominee. Members are free to make as many nominations as they like.

The Committee consists of 7 people. 4 of those are Office Bearers and the other 3 are Committee Advisors. The roles for each are outlined below.

If you are an ATFA member and would like to nominate someone, fill in the details below. Please note, ALL info requested must be supplied in order for the nomination to be valid.

Nominations due : 11:59PM, Saturday, November 21, 2020 (AEDST)
Voting : Sunday, November 22 – 11:59PM Saturday, November 28, 2020 (AEDST)

DESCRIPTIONS

Office Bearers

President : oversees the Committee. In conjunction with the Committee, the President sets dates for, and convenes Committee meetings as required, including the compulsory Annual General Meeting following the close of each financial year; presides as chairperson over all Committee meetings.

current member – Adrian Connolly (Western Flickers TFC)

Vice President : assists the Committee President in all the President’s duties.

current member – vacant

Treasurer : oversees ATFA’s monetary concerns: the running of ATFA’s bank account; supplying annual profit/loss overviews to the Committee and ATFA Membership; keeping records of all expenses and income.

current member – Eliot Kennedy (Northern Falcons TFC)

Secretary General : is responsible for: supplying all documentation required by FISTF in regards to ATFA club and player memberships; FISTF tournament registrations and results or any other necessary documents; keep minutes of all committee or general meetings.

current member – Steve Wright (Western Flickers TFC)

Ordinary Committee Members

Committee Advisor (Communications Officer) : is responsible for communications to the Australian Subbuteo community, including: the upkeep and co-ordination of the ATFA website; the ATFA calendar; the ATFA mailing list.

current member – Adrian Elmer (Western Sydney Subbuteo)

Committee Advisor (General) (x2) : offers advice and assistance to the rest of the Committee in relation to all decisions made at the Committee level.

current members – Hugh Best (Subbuteo Perth), Luke Radziminski (Melbourne TFC)

All Committee Members will be equally responsible for the discussion and decision making processes for any issue required of the Committee. It is expected that all Committee Members will be proactive in promoting Subbuteo Table Football in their local context and will undertake all their table footballing duties, including Committee membership, with the best interests of the game in Australia at heart.

ATFA COVID-19 Update

STATEMENT: TUESDAY, MAY 26, 2020

Next week the remaining states not already at Step 2 will be moving to this step of the Federal Governments’ 3-Step Framework for a COVIDSafe Australia .   Sport and recreation is one of the 10 elements of the Federal Government’s Framework, and states the following at Step 2:

  • Up to 20 people allowed to participate in outdoor sports consistent with the AIS Framework for Rebooting Sport
  • Up to 20 people allowed to participate in all indoor sports, including gyms
  • Need to maintain an average density of 4m2 per person

Each State is implementing the 3 Steps in its own way and according to its own timeline depending on the State’s individual circumstances.  For any club or individual wishing to organise an event, it is essential that local State government guidance and regulations be consulted in each State for exact requirements and timelines.  For example, one additional requirement in Victoria is that “Sport and exercise activities are only allowed if you can keep your distance (at least 1.5 metres apart) and they are not competitive”.

Community sport, such as Table Football, is considered in Step 3 of the 3-Step Framework for a COVIDSafe Australia as follows:

  • Community sport expansion to be considered consistent with the AIS Framework for Rebooting Sport.

The AIS Framework gives guidance on the measures required to return to community sport.  A key requirement is to maintain social distancing of 1.5m wherever possible, even at Step 3.  This is particularly problematic for Table Football.  Combined with the activity being indoors (which is higher risk) and the duration of proximity in just one game typically exceeding the close contact definition of the Department of Health (15 minutes within 1.5m).  This makes the return to competition Table Football challenging, at best.

ATFA is closely monitoring developments and the potential requirement for a COVID Safe Plan for Table Football with respect to operations under the control of ATFA.  A COVID Safe Plan may be needed prior to the resumption of any ATFA affiliated events, i.e. events on the FISTF Calendar.  The ATFA Committee are hopeful that work by the likes of the Coalition of Major Professional and Participation Sports (COMPPS) may lead to the issue of a suitable COVID Safe Plan that covers a wide range of community sports and recreation such as ours.  COMPPS seek to understand, advocate and educate for sport and sport related policy to provide the best policy landscape for Australian sport to thrive.  Last Friday 22nd May, COMPPS issued a statement on the return to participation in community sports.

We appreciate some members may wish to receive more guidance from ATFA, but there is much to work through for the volunteers on the ATFA Committee.  Most states are still developing requirements for the return to play for community sport and recreation.  Examples are given below to illustrate the complexities faced by ATFA due to the variations across the nation.   This is current as at Tuesday 26th May 2020 in this constantly evolving regulatory environment:

  • On Monday 25th May, Victoria announced the requirement for State sport associations to develop and submit to an expert panel a COVID Return to Play Plan. VicSport has also released a Return to Sport checklist that associations and clubs can use that sets out a range of essential business and operational actions recommended to undertake when considering a return to sport.     Victorian requirements for community sport and recreation include the need to maintain physical distancing of 1.5m wherever reasonably possible, that no indoor activity may occur, and indoor recreation facilities must remain closed.  From June 22 sport and exercise activities are only allowed if you can keep your distance (at least 1.5 metres apart) and they are not competitive.  The Victorian Government has stated that “indoor sports and those with physical contact will take longer to roll out, because of the significantly increased risk of spreading coronavirus (COVID-19).”
  • NSW requires sports to maintain physical distancing of 1.5 metres between people, indoor sporting activities are not permitted, and indoor community or recreation facilities cannot open (specifically calling out table tennis centres as prohibited from opening). Evidence of recent changes and exemptions appear to indicate the compliance to the 1.5m distancing as an ongoing requirement for all non-family members in NSW.  Businesses such as gaming stores have been observed to be remaining closed to gaming, opening only for purchase of supplies.
  • QLD has released some of the most comprehensive information on their Return to Play plan. This includes checklists and guides for sporting clubs and organisations.  Presently in the state no indoor activity is permitted, except for pools (with restrictions to 10 people).  Non-contact community sport is planned to commence on the 12th June provided there is 1.5 metres between people.  Stage 3 is planned to commence from 10th July and maintains the stated requirement for 1.5 metres between people.
  • Western Australia has eased restrictions to Phase 2 of the WA Roadmap. Physical distancing, good hygiene and the 4 square metre rule apply to all activities Phase 2.  The WA Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries is yet to release updated information to supersede the fact sheet issued on the 7th May which had additional requirements relating to community sport and active recreation including implications for shared equipment, physical distancing, and even activities in private residences.  They are yet to announce specific details of Phase 3 or 4 of the WA Roadmap.  Businesses with somewhat comparable risk, such as Pot Black , remain closed due to COVID-19.
  • Tasmania has announced the state’s Plan to Rebuild a Stronger Tasmania. The Plan refers to the Australian Institute of Sport Framework for Rebooting Sport (AIS Framework) as the guiding document for resuming sport and recreation in Tasmania, although the Tasmanian Government states that there will be some instances where Tasmania’s approach varies from the AIS Framework.   From June 15, indoor sport and recreation activities are planned to commence for up to 20 attendees, but there is no further guidance at this stage with respect to any additional requirements to support this such as physical distancing or elements of the AIS Framework.

Most ATFA members have participated in or organised social Table Football events in the community including club WASPAs prior to COVID-19 restrictions coming into effect.  Such events are not under the operational control of ATFA, nor should they be viewed as being endorsed by or affiliated with ATFA.  Strict penalties apply in each state for individuals found by local authorities to be in breach of the applicable state based COVID-19 regulations.  If any such fines occur these will not be covered by ATFA or the ATFA Committee.  Check for the current State COVID-19 restrictions for any applicable community sport and recreation activity.

Fundamental to the COVID-19 requirements, and the current restrictions on sport and recreation, is the protection of the health of the community.  Please take care of your own health and help to minimise the spread to those most vulnerable in the wider community.

ATFA Committee