Dear Adelaide United family,
Yesterday, Football Federation Australia (FFA) confirmed its decision to further postpone the Hyundai A-League 2019/20 season. We will continue to work with FFA and fellow Hyundai A-League clubs and provide further updates on our expected return to play date in due course.
Whilst it has been just over a month since the league was originally postponed we have continued to be creative with how we engage with our members and fans to ensure everyone stays connected.
You may have seen that many of our staff including myself, Club Chairman, Piet van der Pol, and Director of Football, Bruce Djite, delivered supporter packs to some of our members as a thank you for their support during this tough time. I stress that the initial deliveries were to a random selection of our members and we will aim to deliver more packs over the coming weeks, as this was a popular initiative amongst all.
You would have also noticed our increased presence on social media as we endeavour to keep our community engaged, while we live in a world with no live sport. Creating appealing digital content on social media such as the Flinders University Isolation Icon Cup, Starfish Developments Star Moments, The Pitch at Home brought to you by RAA, to Sports Power Zorich Group’s Play at Home Challenge are just some of the ways we have stayed connected whilst importantly, supporting our valued commercial partners. Stay tuned on our channels as more content will come to life, especially next Friday, 1 May 2020, as we will be showing a live replay of our Hyundai A-League 2016 Grand Final. To mark the four year anniversary of this triumph, we will be providing all our fans the opportunity to celebrate and re-live this momentous day.
On the football front, our players and coaching staff remain at home with their families as we await further clarity regarding the opportunity for them to recommence training. In the office, our admin staff are in a similar position as we have continued to operate at a reduced capacity for the past couple of weeks; much like our players, our admin staff are all just as eager to get back to work as soon as possible.
In the meantime, we ask our football family to follow the advice of our Federal and South Australian Governments as well as local health authorities. The number of COVID-19 cases in South Australia is relatively low in comparison to other states as the number of new cases has palpably dropped and this is testament to everyone adhering to the social distancing measures put in place. I would also like to praise the incredible efforts of our healthcare workers, medical professionals, and hospital staff for tackling the coronavirus head-on and flattening the South Australian curve more than most parts of the world.
Finally, without our members, passionate fans and wider Adelaide United community, we as a Club cease to exist and we thank you all for your ongoing patience and support during these challenging times that we are all experiencing.
Staying United, will bring us back together.
Chief Executive Officer
Dear Adelaide United family,