All GUFC teams must help manage home field ground operations on game days - at Gymea Bay Oval, Kareela 2 or Waratah 3.

Via a roster system, teams must:

  • provide ground control (wearing an “orange jacket” and managing crowd behaviour)
  • cook the BBQ (at Gymea 1 and 2 only)
  • set up and pack up fields.

Team managers are responsible for coordinating their teams’ involvement. Team managers must:

  • check the manager’s bulletin and website each week to see if their team is rostered on
  • ensure the required number of people are present. This will involve planning ahead - contacting your team and confirming exactly who will help out
  • ensure your helpers are ready to go at the allocated time (and taking over from the current team on duty where appropriate).

Duties at Gymea Bay Oval 

1. Ground control

The ground control system is in place right across the Sutherland Shire Football competition. It involves wearing an “orange jacket” and helping monitor crowd behaviour.

GUFC teams on ground control must:

  • provide two people per field to constantly patrol the field
  • ensure these people wear an orange jacket, which are available at the ground control office. GUFC will be fined if people are not visible in orange jackets

Respectful crowd behavior is the key to everyone enjoying football. Your job while wearing the orange jacket is to ensure crowd behaviour is always acceptable.  Harassment, abuse or other poor behavior towards officials, coaches or spectators is not tolerated.

If situations get out of hand, report it immediately to the GUFC committee member in the ground control office.

2. BBQ

Workers are generally assigned to the GUFC BBQ each weekend. In the event they don't turn up or require a break, you may need to help out.

3. Set up and pack up

GUFC teams will be rostered to set up and pack up Gymea Bay Oval each weekend. GUFC committee will also be on hand to help.

Ground set-up:

  • Mark out the fields
  • Set up for small sided games
  • Put up corner and halfway flags
  • Put out garbage bins, banners and furniture
  • Change over to full field games, following the small sided games.
  • Some people will be required to help set up Kareela Oval 2 – a GUFC Ground Controller will coordinate this.

Ground pack up:

  • Take down the goal posts and store against fence. Don’t remove nets.
  • Remove flags and put in shed next to women's changeroom
  • Sweep out change rooms and both toilets
  • Sweep steps and clubhouse area
  • Clear up any litter and leave oval tidy and clean
  • Ensure garbage bins are put into carpark area.

Duties at Waratah Park and Kareela 2 

1. Ground control for both Waratah Park and Kareela 2

The ground control system is in place right across the Sutherland Shire Football competition. It involves wearing an “orange jacket” and helping monitor crowd behavior.

GUFC teams on ground control must:

  • provide two people per field to constantly patrol the field - both ground control persons names must be written on the match sheet
  • ensure these people wear an orange jacket, which are available in GUFC's plastic tub. GUFC will be fined if people are not visible in orange jackets.

Respectful crowd behavior is the key to everyone enjoying football. Your job while wearing the orange jacket is to ensure crowd behaviour is always acceptable.  Harassment, abuse or other poor behavior towards officials, coaches or spectators is not tolerated.

Please read this Criteria from the Sutherland Shire Football Association on the Use of Kareela 2 by Association teams.  It is important to follow these rules, otherwise the SSFA or responsible club may be levied a fine by Sutherland Shire Council.

2. Set up and pack up at Kareela 2

For the team on set-up at Kareela 2 you need to come to Gymea Ground Control and collect the ground's plastic tub.  The plastic tub includes:

  • a key
  • orange jackets
  • basic medical equipment
  • folder with information from team pigeonholes
  • match sheets for all games played at the field that day, and
  • setup instructions on the provided sheet. 

For those teams on packup, please:

  • put corner flags, portable chairs and table in cage
  • Saturday teams leave goals out overnight, with nets left on
  • Sunday teams, using trolley in cage, put goals (with nets) into cage. 

It is important for packup teams please lock up the cage and return the key, plastic tub & the day's match sheets ASAP to Gymea Ground Control after finishing.

3. Set up and pack up at Waratah Oval 3

The SSFA have allocated u10 and u11 games to Waratah Oval again this season.  u10 and u11 teams on ground control (setup and packup) do not need to attend Gymea Ground Control before or after their game. There will be a GUFC representative available each week at Waratah Oval with all necessary equipment, information from team pigeonholes and match sheets.