We continue to work within our 5 year strategic plan for 2017-21. We are maintaining the focus on our vision, club values & Key performance indicators. We have a business continuity response plan in place to deal with COVID-19.

OSFC Executive

We have formed an executive team consisting of Jeff Halsall, Gus McQueen, Peter Simpson, Donald McDonald and Graeme Lavelle and myself. Former President Dave McCleery and the General Committee have been valuable resources during this period. The Executive meets via video conference each Friday and reports to the committee, proving an effective process to lead our club through this crisis. Brett Connell (VAFA CEO) joined us for last week’s meeting, which was valuable.


Donald McDonald is leading the on-going football program, albeit very different at moment. The Football Department meet regularly via video conference and coordinate video conferences with the players, male and female. They cover a range of matters eg training programs, mental health, fun & connection. They are preparing as best they can be for starting in 2020 and if not for pre-season in 2021.


We have our traditional budget in place, however due to COVID-19 we put three budget scenarios in place – full year (most unlikely now), ½ season (possibility) and no football (likely). The 3rd scenario, no football, currently presents the best financial outcome for 2020. We are working with our partners in the key revenue streams – Foundation/Memberships, corporate partners and player subs to maximise our opportunities. We continue to review our expenses to make savings where possible. We still aim to fulfil as many of our commitments to employees, contractors and suppliers as we can do responsibly. The Government stimulus packages have provided us with significant support to enable us to maintain our business for the near future.


Understandably, Boroondara Council have not coordinated a handover from Camberwell Magpies Cricket Club as yet. Council have advised we do not need to pay ground/venue hire/utilities charges in 2020 whether we play or not. McQueen Park is ready to play on if we get notice of a start to the season. There are currently some minor works going on which should be completed in time for a start.


We completed the VAFA club survey last week and our strong recommendation is that if we play a reduced season (9 rounds) there should be one club promoted and one relegated for 2021. We are planning on reduced affiliation fees if the season is shortened and even further if not played at all. VAFA is doing everything within its power to negotiate to have the insurance costs reduced for 2020. We are meeting our commitment to our apparel suppliers who have delivered apparel in good faith.


We continue to communicate to you via e newsletter, social media, etc. keeping you up to date on what is happening and how the club is dealing with everything.

Tim Shearer
Old Scotch Football Club