Welcome to Pine Hills FC

Pine Hills FC is an inclusive, modern, forward thinking, football club. Our drive for excellence has been recognised by FFA with our National Club Accreditation Level 2 Award. We are the first club in Brisbane to achieve this level of national accreditation.

Our mission is to provide a positive, supportive and family friendly football environment. We are committed to the development of players, coaches, officials, administrators and volunteers. We seek to provide the highest quality facilities, and the promotion of sport in our community through participation in Football.


Director of Coaching Update


Hello everyone,

Finally we have some advice and direction to move forward regarding the resumption of football activities.

I am sure you have been reading the papers and watching the news, so will know the advice and direction given by the state government is constantly being reviewed so we need to be agile in our planning.

You may or may not be aware that the resumption of football activities is informed by the interaction of the Federal and State Governments, the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) Framework for Rebooting Sport guidelines, Football Australia, Football Queensland and Football Brisbane, as well as our local government representatives.

Discussions are layered and have complexity, with a focus on safety and wellbeing the priority.


In recent months, members of the Committee and myself have participated in several Football QLD and Brisbane webinars to plan for the resumption of football, considering training and game schedules, player safety, etc.

Prior to return, each club has to have in place a plan of action including member education, hygiene and training protocols.  Mike Cournane, with a strong history in the Health and Safety area has been appointed the club’s COVID  Co-ordinator and preparations are well underway.

At the time of writing this update, we have two dates on returning to the field

§  Team training can commence from 12 June

§  Competition can commence from 10 July.

However, it is not as simple as the dates suggest.


Different states are interpreting the guidelines set out by the AIS differently. The QLD government has taken a very conservative approach compared to Victoria and New South Wales when it comes to training commencement advice.

Whereas other states can have up to 20 people per field for training, QLD has said we can only have 20 people per venue.  This makes the planning for training simple, but completely ineffective. We also have to stagger training sessions so there is a 15-minute space between the ending of one training session and the commencement of another.

The 20 people per venue rule will be in place for approximately a month, when it moves to 100 people per venue. Even at 100 people per venue it is difficult to get all teams training during the week!

As you would expect, all sporting groups in QLD believe this is unfair and unjustified when we can see more than 20 children in a classroom from this week, children freely running around school fields, full shopping centres etc.

Our football associations are strongly advocating for a change to the 20 people per venue ruling and have encouraged individual club members to let the government know their thoughts.  

Our Club believe that allowing all our fields to be used is feasible whilst still meeting relevant COVID mitigation controls.  We have made written representations to our government members requesting an alignment with the AIS guidelines, which other states are using.  We will update further on this aspect as soon as possible.


As DOC, I have begun planning for the resumption of training based on the guidelines, as they exist. Needless to say, giving senior, youth and academy teams two training nights per week is very difficult.

I will need to offer training times for some teams over our weekends and also Fridays for the first month to try and accommodate some of these needs.

As well as the training schedule challenge, there will also be a challenge of trying to maintain the social distance guidelines during training. There can be no physical contact, meaning that training sessions will be very much based on individual skill development for the first month.

As mentioned there are also expectations around training hygiene, parent drop off and pick up protocols, use of equipment etc. These processes are underway and we will let members know of these in the week prior to training.

There will be no practice games during this period because that would lead to physical contact between players.


Coach meetings

To support all coaches in planning for the implementation of the first phase of training from 12 June I will be conducting two Zoom meetings in the week beginning 1 June and 8 June. Hopefully there will be updated advice as to government training expectations by then.

Coaches will be notified of the days and times related to those Zoom meetings next week.


All clubs, along with the association, are committed to implementing a competition for all age groups and all divisions. This is the expectation.

We are all very confident that this will happen.

At the moment, Football Brisbane has not been able to finalise fixture schedules because of the changing nature of the advice from all parties, and also because of the need to try and align decisions with other competitions around Queensland.

The current thinking is that competitions may:

§  Continue to the end of October, perhaps later for some teams

§  not have a final series

§  Include super weekends, when teams may play 2 or 3 games

§  Include games during the September holidays.

As you would realise, competitions for Miniroos will have different variables to those impacting on senior football. All of these variables are being discussed at the moment.

It is possible that Football Brisbane fixture schedules may need to be shared on a weekly or fortnightly basis depending on the variables impacting on decisions.


At the time of our pre-season training activities being cancelled, 99% of our junior and youth teams were finalised. We are now being given until the end of June to finalise our team nomination process.

Both the committee and myself are concerned that some parents may decide to pull their child out of football at this time. While we understand the reasons why some parents may choose to do this, the impact on the club would be significant for many reasons.

From the DOC’s perspective, if several parents withdrew their children from each age group, it may mean that all teams in an age group would need to be restructured. This would be impossible to do fairly, as under the current guidelines, we could not get all children in an age group to come to the venue at the same time for trialing purposes.

At this time, when we have so many other things to plan for in relation to training, the restructuring of teams would be difficult and cause come children to be moved arbitrarily into other teams. This would of course cause further distress to the children (and families) impacted. I would prefer NOT to do this.


Although training arrangements for players will be different to what we’ve been used to, we believe that we’ll adapt quickly.  We continue to lobby on improving the 20 per venue aspect and substantial work continues behind the scenes on hygiene and safety arrangements - we will keep you updated in the lead up to training from 12 June.

My most important consideration is to ensure that our players enjoy their return to football. I want them to have smiles on their faces at training and to be eagerly looking forward to the games in mid July.

My current planning is to help coaches prepare for the delivery of the best training possible within the narrow boundaries that have been set for us.

I have been very impressed with the stories of personal commitment to practice by many of our junior players. I know that our coaches are excited about the return to training and will give it their best. I will be there to support them.

If you have any immediate concerns in relation to the coaching program please email me at doc@pinehillsfootball.com







Last week Football Brisbane engaged with all 80 FB clubs to discuss the current COVID-19 situation. Clubs provided input into how competitions can be delivered as well as the impacts the clubs face based on several different start dates in 2020.

Football Brisbane and the clubs remain united in their commitment to provide a season of football to the football community when the government restrictions allow us to do so.

In line with advice received today from Football Queensland (FQ) the suspension of the season and all football activities will be extended until 30 June 2020.

Football Federation Australia (FFA) has indicated that they will review the current situation on 31 May 2020 which will provide us with adequate lead time to determine whether a return on the 30 June remains viable. Football Brisbane will take into account the circumstances and government advice at that time to enable clubs to resume operations prior to the season commencing.

Should this suspension be relaxed earlier, Football Brisbane anticipates it will be able to begin competitions within three weeks of any reassessment date.

Football Brisbane will hold fortnightly meetings with clubs to provide updates and receive further feedback as we work through this as a community.

We will update you as further information comes to hand.

In the meantime, we hope you all stay well and healthy 


  2020 Playing Season

 These are certainly challenging times for all communities, including the football community. Despite these   challenges, clubs across Australia guided by local associations, are discussing ways for the football competition to   be delivered once restrictions are relaxed in the months ahead.

 Recently the Director of Coaching participated in a Football Brisbane meeting to discuss the different options for   moving forward. Planning is occurring now so that our services can be implemented effectively and quickly once we   are allowed to recommence training and games.

 Some of the discussion points from the meeting were:

  • There is still plenty of time to run a playing season for different age groups, even if it were to run well into term 4 2020.
  • Football Brisbane have prepared a range of competition scenarios based on various starting dates from May to September. Obviously, the longer it takes for the season to start the more truncated the season will be.
  • All clubs have a strong belief that a competition can be delivered, even though it will look different this year
  • The majority of clubs preferred extending the season and playing mid-week if needed, to get as much of the playing season in.
  • The priority is to get the home and away competition delivered. Finals may not occur, depending on when we start.
  • Cup competitions in the senior grades are unlikely to occur.
  • All clubs are encouraging junior and youth players to participate in home programs, as are we.

 Home Program

 We want to keep players involved during this time, and the home program is the best way of doing this.

 Can you support the home program by doing the following?

  • Show your kids some of the videos we are placing on the Facebook page.
  • Ask them to practice some of these skills in the backyard, perhaps with your support, guidance and encouragement.
  • If possible, record 20 seconds of their practice on your phone and either upload it on to Facebook yourself of
    send it through to Nicci - info@pinehillsfootball.com
  • Share the player training samples with your own children. This may motivate them to do similar.
  • Alternatively, just record some video of your child kicking the ball around the back yard and send that through.


 We want to make best use of this time to plan improvement in our processes for next year. We will soon place a   survey tool on our Facebook page to collect views about the grading process and training program thus far. Please   take 5 minutes to complete this survey.


 Dear Parents, Coaches and Players


 You are aware that operations in all football clubs across Australia have been paused in the best interests of the wider   community.


 However, we have been busy liaising with Football Brisbane to plan for the resumption of operations. 

 In order to better inform these discussion, we should be grateful if you would assist us by completing short survey via   the attached link  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HHC8XMB before 3.00pm on monday.


 We can share the following.

 1. The playing season has been paused, not cancelled. The expectation is that a full playing season will still be run. 

 2. All clubs are working with Football Brisbane to determine the best options moving forward

 3. The Director of Coaching met with senior coaches recently to plan a program of home training activities that can be   easily implemented by parents and caregivers, as well as planning for the resumption of training and games. More   details will follow soon.

 4. We are using the pause on operations to:

·  consider future changes to the training schedule in response to the changing nature of Covid-19 and social distancing expectations

·  update the club website

·  develop our coaches website

·  plan our end-of-season summer programs 

·  review our trial and grading processes.


 To assist in communication over the next number of weeks we would encourage club members to like the clubs   Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/PineHillsFC/ and join the club members group   (https://www.facebook.com/groups/pinehillsfc/.



 Home Training Program

 The DOC with the support of senior coaches will be placing skill challenges on the club Facebook page for players to   practise at home. We hope to update these skills 2-3 times per week for the next month or so.


 We would like to see players practising these skills at home and perhaps videos of their practice being placed on the   website. This will be a great way to keep players connected with each other and the club. 


 The U16 Div 1 team has already started their own challenge which involves the team collectively completing 3000   juggles, 1500 push-ups, 300 kilometres of running etc. Well done to Stephen Thuell for initiating this activity.


 If other coaches across age groups want to do similar over the next 3-4 weeks please feel free to implement. Contact   the DOC if you need some help. 



Update: Covid-19

Dear Members,

As you may be aware, Football Brisbane cancelled games this weekend and have urged clubs to be vigilant regarding hygiene at training this coming week.

As a Club, the safety and wellbeing of our players, their families and the broader community is uppermost in our thinking at all times.

At this point in time, we remain committed to the delivery of our training program and are aiming to keep things as normal as possible.

However, we will be remaining alert to:
- Advice from Football Brisbane
- What is happening in our local schools, and
- Any concerns or updates shared with us by our members.

With this in mind, if you or a direct member of your family develop flu-like symptoms, it is extremely important that you:
- stay at home;
- avoid close contact with others;
- see a doctor or contact 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) immediately so that the nature of the illness can be determined.

Please note that our Director of Coaching will be asking all coaches to ensure that players are not shaking hands, doing high-fives etc for the near future.

The Club will be ensuring that all bathrooms, the office and canteen have hand dispensers with antibacterial solutions for players, parents and visitors to use.

Posters outlining proper hand-washing and hygiene practices are also being placed in relevant locations around the Club for your reference and we ask that these procedures be followed at all times.

We also ask that if you or a direct family member is diagnosed with Covid-19 that you inform the President so that we may act appropriately - Any such notification will of course remain completely confidential.

Please note that there is likely to be continued uncertainty over the coming weeks and months. As a Club we do expect that at some stage in the near future training may need to be cancelled for a period of time. However, in the meantime, please be patient and respectful to those around you whilst the Club does everything it can to try to keep things as normal as possible.

Thank you for your understanding.

John Easley

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