May 25, 2020
A “toolkit” has been launched which aims to help community sporting clubs and associations develop a path to competition as COVID-19 restrictions are eased.
The guide, provided by Sport Australia, focuses on giving grassroots organisations a roadmap for the safe return to sport at all levels.
Federal Sport Minister Richard Colbeck said the “Return to Sport Toolkit” was a comprehensive checklist which complemented the “National Principles for the Resumption of Sport and Recreation Activities” endorsed by the National Cabinet on May 1.
“Sporting clubs and organisations across Australia will play an enormous part in getting the nation back on track as we recover from the impact of COVID-19,” Minister Colbeck said.
“The Sport Australia toolkit provides the resources and guidance local clubs need to ensure a streamlined process.
“The safe return of competition relies on a responsible rollout where everybody follows advice and takes precautions.”
The Toolkit encourages clubs and associations at every level to document their own COVID-19 Safety Plan and appoint a COVID Safety Co-ordinator to implement and oversee it.
Checklists provide practical and progressive steps such as relevant government and national sporting organisation approvals, facility management, training behaviours, hygiene protocols and appropriate communication with members.
Individual States and Territories are responsible for sport and recreation resumption decisions, both at the professional and community level and will determine progression through the phases, taking account of local epidemiology, risk mitigation strategies and public health capability.