Author Archives: Marli Blackney-Noter

Training the Great South Coast in Youth Mental Health

Meet the incredible Leadership Great South Coast Group whose goal this year is to improve the capacity of community members to support young people’s mental well being and help break-down negative stigmas surrounding mental health.  

Having just undertaken the Youth Mental Health First Aid course themselves the group have now taken on the challenge of encouraging at least 100 people in their Great South Coast community to undertake Youth Mental Health First Aid training in 2022.

This training has been made available through a partnership between Western Victoria Primary Health Network, Youth Live4Life and the Great South Coast Suicide Prevention Place Based Trial.

If you are based in the Great South Coast region and are interested in participating in a Youth Mental Health First Aid course please visit this link.

Covid-19 FAQ’s for Community Sport

An up to date FAQ’s page.

At a recent Zoom meeting with Sport and Recreation Victoria we asked some important questions and have just received the answers back. The below is current as of 5 October 2021:

  1. Regional Victoria: Are indoor physical recreation facilities allowed up to 10 per indoor facility? Yes, the number of members of the public permitted in all indoor spaces at the whole of the facility at any one time is limited to no more than 10 (with infants under one year of age not counting towards these limits) and a density quotient 1:4 applies.
  2. Can you please explain how outdoor physical recreation like tennis will operate in Metro Melbourne once the 80% single threshold is met? Are the limits per facility, bank of courts or per court? Do they need to be fully vaccinated?We are currently seeking advice from the Department of Health on this question.
  3. Can we please get more clarity on the following:
  • Metro golf – use of golf carts, driving ranges and practice facilities – will these be allowed? We are currently seeking advice from the Department of Health.
  • Regional golf – When can competitions resume? Competition returns when all of Victoria reaches the 80% fully vaccinated threshold (16 years and older).
  1. Metro Melbourne: at what point in the roadmap is it possible to allow winter clubs into pavilions to clean up so we’re ready for summer sports when they are good to go? Based on currently available information, access to indoor facilities will be available when all of Victoria reaches the 80% fully vaccinated threshold.
  2. Regional Victoria: Can you clarify the indicative date for the return to community sport indoors?  The one-pager says 26 October, the Regional Roadmap says 05 November.
    1. For regional Victoria:

At the 70% fully vaccinated threshold indoor facilities open with a facility cap of 30 and density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm. At this stage in the Roadmap, community sport must adhere to these capacity limits.

At the 80% fully vaccinated threshold indoor facilities open with a cap of 150 and density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm. The community sport exception for training and competition for indoor facilities with minimum numbers required will be reinstated.

The dates on the Roadmap are indicative only.

  1. Has there been any update on the Public Events Framework (PEF)? Or indication/detail of COVIDSafe Plan requirements going forward (e.g. are there updated required templates?)
    1. Events that can operate under the Restricted Activity Directions may be held.

The PEF has been on hold since May and further work is in progress to finalise updated settings that align with the Roadmap.

  1. Metro Melbourne: please clarify why outdoor swimming pools are not included in contactless recreation outdoor facilities? The decision about what to include in this category will be made by the Chief Health Officer based on the epidemiology of any current outbreak. We will need to wait until the relevant Directions are released to understand the exact scope of this category.
  2. QR codes were required when playgrounds reopened last time.  Does this apply to cricket nets and outdoor basketball reopening as per metro Melbourne Roadmap?  (outdoor skate parks and fitness equipment too) Yes, QR Code check-in will be required in all outdoor physical recreation facilities including outdoor skate parks, fitness equipment, cricket nets and outdoor basketball hoops.
  3. Can we clarify a ‘venue’ – how does this apply to a large leisure centre with various halls, entrance/exit points, etc?Additional detail will be available as Victoria progresses through the roadmap stages.
  4. Roadmap (statewide): how do community sport manage vaccination requirements without legislation? The Service Victoria app will be integrated with a Medicare Certificate that shows proof of vaccination. Other proof of vaccination options may also be trialled to determine what works best for both businesses and patrons. Additional information on the specifics of vaccine requirements and how they will be implemented will become available as the Service Victoria app is updated and as Victoria progresses through the roadmap stages. We will continue to support the sector as any requirements are rolled out.
  5. Metro Melbourne: At which Phase of the Roadmap are we likely to be able to open up indoor sport? At the 80% fully vaccinated threshold (all of Victoria) indoor facilities open in metro Melbourne with a cap of 150 and density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm. Community sport will be permitted for training and competition at indoor facilities with minimum numbers required.
  6. Statewide (Roadmap): how can outdoor sport move to participant caps above 500 from 5 Nov? What will the criteria that this opportunity is assessed? Additional information will be available as Victoria progresses through the roadmap stages with additional government announcements. We will continue to support the sector as any requirements are rolled out.
  7. Metro Melbourne: can one on one cricket training pass as personal training? Yes, coaching is included under the banner of personal training, with the following restrictions: Currently, outdoor personal training is allowed for 5 fully vaccinated people from up to two households; outdoor personal training be permitted with up to 5 fully vaccinated people and a fully vaccinated trainer or 2 people plus a trainer if not fully vaccinated; Equipment to be cleaned between users.
  8. Is lawn bowls regarded as contactless outdoor recreation. If yes, does that mean that bowls can commence when the 80% single dose threshold is met, obviously with some restrictions on numbers? In metro Melbourne outdoor physical recreation facilities will be open subject to contactless access (i.e. tennis, golf, cricket and lawn bowls). Public gathering limits apply. Outdoor personal training will be allowed for fully vaccinated people up to 5 cap plus a fully vaccinated trainer or 2 people plus a trainer if not fully vaccinated. Equipment to be cleaned after users
  9. Can a person move from Regional to Metro to do broadcast streaming if they live Regional but the studio is just inside the Metro boundary?
    1. Yes, this is on the Authorised Worker List: broadcasting online classes from physical recreation facilities (no more than 5 people at the facility)

The person be required to have an authorised worker permit and follow all requirements.

  1. When will training for pathway athletes in metro etc areas be allowable on the roadmap? When the 70% fully vaccinated threshold is met: Outdoor community sport open for training only (no competition); minimum number required, spectators public gathering limits apply. Changing rooms closed
  2. When Victoria reaches the 80% fully vaccinated threshold – can competitions/events begin and if so what numbers of people can attend? Yes, When the 80% fully vaccinated threshold is met: Fully vaccinated: Indoors DQ4 and 150 cap, outdoors DQ2 500 cap. Community sport permitted indoors and outdoors with minimum number required, spectators public gathering limits apply. Outdoor seated physical recreation and community sport-Fully vaccinated: Lesser of 25% or 5000 per venue. State significant venues to be considered for larger crowds. Swimming pools, spas, saunas, steam rooms and springs (indoor and outdoor):Fully vaccinated: Indoors DQ4 and 150 cap, outdoors DQ2 500 cap. Additional information will be available as Victoria progresses through the roadmap stages.
  1. Vaccinated economy trials will commence shortly in selected areas in regional Victoria. The trials will confirm the best processes for establishing vaccination status, with work underway on how Commonwealth vaccination data can be best integrated with the Service Victoria app.

Our current understanding is that the Service Victoria app will be integrated with a Medicare Certificate that shows proof of vaccination. Other proof of vaccination options may also be trialled to determine what works best for both businesses and patrons. Additional information on the specifics of vaccine requirements and how they will be implemented will become available as the Service Victoria app is updated and as Victoria progresses through the roadmap stages. We will continue to support the sector as any requirements are rolled out.

  1. The roadmap indicates capacities based on vaccinated. Is there clarity that this will be mandatory and does this extend to staff, volunteers, officials as well as participants? Is there clarity on how this will be tracked?
    1. Vaccinated economy trials will commence shortly in selected areas in regional Victoria. The trials will confirm the best processes for establishing vaccination status, with work underway on how Commonwealth vaccination data can be best integrated with the Service Victoria app.

Our current understanding is that the Service Victoria app will be integrated with a Medicare Certificate that shows proof of vaccination. Other proof of vaccination options may also be trialled to determine what works best for both businesses and patrons. Additional information on the specifics of vaccine requirements and how they will be implemented will become available as the Service Victoria app is updated and as Victoria progresses through the roadmap stages. We will continue to support the sector as any requirements are rolled out.

  1. Metro Melbourne: For Tennis it was mentioned that people could expect to be able to play tennis, golf and perhaps bowling at the 80% single dose vaccination threshold.  We assume this might be small group coaching or singles and doubles play as part of the permitted exercise- can you clarify please?
    1. Outdoor physical recreation facilities such as tennis clubs, golf clubs and cricket grounds are open where staff are not required to interact with guests for up to 5 fully vaccinated people at a time.

If you have only received your first dose or are not vaccinated, a maximum of two people may gather for contactless activities at the outdoor facility. Indoor facilities must remain closed, except for toilets.

Outdoor personal training is allowed for fully vaccinated people up to 5 cap plus a fully vaccinated trainer or 2 people plus a trainer if not fully vaccinated

Equipment to be cleaned between users.

  1. For preparation – do we anticipate to know when the RADs will be published in relation to the changes for the 80% single dose vaccine threshold?
    1. An announcement will be made as we get closer to the threshold and the Restricted Activity Directions will be published when they come into effect due to legal reasons.
  2. Metro Melbourne: “You can play basketball, golf, tennis, cricket and other outdoor recreation activities together -with the same limits as picnics.” For Tennis does that mean public tennis courts and Tennis club courts are both allowed to be opened within the restrictions?
    1. We are currently seeking advice from the Department of Health on this question.
  3. Clubs are asking what their responsibility will be with checking if players/spectators have been vaccinated and what responsibility will be put on them when people refuse to QR Code knowing this will show if they have been vaccinated?
    1. Our current understanding is that the Service Victoria app will be integrated with a Medicare Certificate that shows proof of vaccination. Other proof of vaccination options may also be trialled to determine what works best for both businesses and patrons. Additional information on the specifics of vaccine requirements and how they will be implemented will become available as the Service Victoria app is updated and as Victoria progresses through the roadmap stages. We will continue to support the sector as any requirements are rolled out.
  4. Metro Melbourne: For outdoor contactless sport to be opened very soon, will group outdoor sports coaching be allowed for tennis, bowls, golf etc. Will that be in line with personal training guideline?
    1. Yes, coaching is included under the banner of personal training.
      1. From 11:59pm on 28 September, outdoor personal training is allowed for fully vaccinated people up to 5 cap plus a fully vaccinated trainer or;
      1. 2 people plus a trainer if not fully vaccinated
      1. Equipment to be cleaned between users
  1. What message should state bodies provide to support their member clubs to accept people into their venues? – are they asked to moderate entry of patrons based on vaccinations?
    1. Our current understanding is that the Service Victoria app will be integrated with a Medicare Certificate that shows proof of vaccination. Other proof of vaccination options may also be trialled to determine what works best for both businesses and patrons. Additional information on the specifics of vaccine requirements and how they will be implemented will become available as the Service Victoria app is updated and as Victoria progresses through the roadmap stages. We will continue to support the sector as any requirements are rolled out.
  2. Once Victoria reaches 80% fully vaccinated for 12 years+, does the density quotient of 500 of people include essential officials and sporting participants – or everyone at the sporting event? Additional information will become available as Victoria progresses through the roadmap stages with additional government announcements.
  3. What are the privacy issues requesting vaccination details? Additional information will become available as the Service Victoria app is updated and as Victoria progresses through the roadmap stages.
  4. Who is supposed to check whether if people are vaccinated? What about the people who have received one dose of the vaccine and not their second, but are waiting on their second dose? Are they expected to wait to get their second dose before they can participate? Additional information will become available as the Service Victoria app is updated and as Victoria progresses through the roadmap stages.
  5. Who has responsible for sighting vaccination status of sporting club participants enrolled into competition – The community sporting club or the league? Additional information will become available as the Service Victoria app is updated and as Victoria progresses through the roadmap stages.
  6. Can you confirm that as a back-up, paper certificates will be acceptable as proof of vaccination throughout this period for those who do not necessarily have smartphones – am thinking specifically about our less tech-savvy elderly cohort for whom QR codes are not an option. Our current understanding is that the Service Victoria app will be integrated with a Medicare Certificate that shows proof of vaccination. Other proof of vaccination options may also be trialled to determine what works best for both businesses and patrons. Additional information on the specifics of vaccine requirements and how they will be implemented will become available as the Service Victoria app is updated and as Victoria progresses through the roadmap stages. We will continue to support the sector as any requirements are rolled out.
  7. Will indoor venue operators be responsible for QR code check in for vaccination status, or is the sport running the games responsible? Additional information on how this will be operationalised will be available as the Service Victoria app is updated and as Victoria progresses through the roadmap stages.
  8. With outdoor coaching, can you clarify what distances can be travelled? If the participant is limited to 10km, does that include the coach as well? Are coaches limited to 10km from their home? Personal training (coaching) is included on the Authorised Worker List:

personal trainers (with an ABN for this purpose) providing services solely outdoors and not at a residential premise

This allows the personal trainer/coach to travel as far as necessary. The person will require an authorised worker permit and to follow all requirements.

  1. What current restrictions is Park Run is operating under within Regional Victoria? Public events are able to operate subject to the current Restricted Activity Directions – an event such as Park Run can operate in line with the sport and recreation restrictions. Outdoor recreation facilities can open with up to 20 people per facility. If distance can be maintained between groups outdoors (such as at a golf course) there is no limit on the number of people at the facility at one time, however the group limit of 10 people still applies.
  2. Will there be a blanket stance on vaccinated people compared to the unvaccinated entering venues and events? Is that still the intent to have a government blanket approach for all sports? Additional information will become available as the Service Victoria app is updated and as Victoria progresses through the roadmap stages.
  3. Can you clarify where there is a condition limited of up to X fully vaccinated, that this excludes the unvaccinated and single vaccinated and where no condition then vaccination not required? Additional information will become available as the Service Victoria app is updated and as Victoria progresses through the roadmap stages.

While this doesn’t answer all the questions we are looking for this a good starting place. If you have any other questions please reach out to us at sws@southwestsport.com.au

Thursday the 9th of September is R U OK? Day

Thursday the 9th of September is R U OK? Day. It’s the perfect reminder to check in on your players.

With the toll that the pandemic has had on community sport we understand that it has been a challenging year for not only clubs but their coaches and players.

We found some great resources for clubs, including the Coaches Kit on the R U OK? Website.

Conversations about Mental Health can be challenging but they don’t have to be. R U OK? has provided this handy graphic to help guide your conversation.

While these conversations are important, now more than ever. It’s important to know where to refer people to should they need more help, a great place to start is Lifeline, Beyond Blue and their GP.

Remember that R U OK? Day is only one day of the year, but the conversations don’t stop. Always remember to check in on your players, members and team mates and ask R U OK?

Reshape Our Future conference

This week South West Sports attended the Reshape Our Future conference.

The Reshape our Future conference was a 2-day online Youth Sector Conference, presented by Youth Affairs Council Victoria (YACVic). This was an opportunity to upskill South West Sport staff in youth engagement, and provided a platform for us to learn from young people, youth officers, policy makers and decision makers how we can play our part in reshaping the future with young people.

As part of VicHealth’s Regional Sports Program, South West Sport has a focus on increasing participation of young people aged 0-25, with an aim to get more people more active and to remove barriers to participation.

We are looking to engage with young people across the South West, to help us shape the future of youth participation in the region, as well as working closely with sports clubs and community organisations to create more opportunities for young people to be physically active.

South West Sport has established a youth reference group, our ‘Youth in Sport Team’. If you are a young person in the South West who has a passion for sport and active living, click the link and register your interest.

The Youth in Sport Team, is an opportunity for young people to share their opinions on physical activity participation in the region and be involved in the design, planning and implementation of physical activity initiatives for young people.

It is also an opportunity to not only have your voice heard but to be upskilled in the community sport sector, to set yourself up for leadership roles within your club and community setting.

If you know an amazing young person, let them know.

We are also interested in hearing from sports clubs who want to improve their offerings for young people. If you are looking to engage more young people in your club or to create new opportunities for young people to be active, reach out to our Program Officer Ashleigh at ashleigh@southwestsport.com.au for support.

Youth Advisory Group EOI

Are you aged 12-25 and have a passion for being active? If you answered yes; South West Sport wants to hear from you.

South West Sport is establishing a youth advisory group to help shape the future of Youth Participation in the region.

We are seeking participants from across the South West region, who are aged 12-25, who have a passion for sport and being active.

If this sounds like something you or a young person you know would be great at, please follow the link to our expression of interest.

The South West Sport- Youth in Sport Team, is an opportunity for young people in the region to gain skills in the sport and recreation industry, collaborate with other young people, have their voices heard and to influence youth participation in the region.

If you are passionate about physical activity and being active, if you are part of the game, a supporter, a volunteer, an umpire or someone wanting to get involved in physical activity.

This is for you.

Register your interest here https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SWSYouthInSport

This program is supported by VicHealth’s Regional Sports Program.

Sports Tasters Term 2

Warrnambool & Portland Club Expression of Interest

This youth program is seeking to introduce some young people, (15-21yrs old) who are with Brophy, to different sports in a supportive environment, in the Warrnambool & Portland area.  These young people may never have tried a sport outside of school and may not even know how to get involved. 


During Term 2(May/June) we would be asking for clubs to support/facilitate a one-off hopefully free/or low costing session, run on a weekday after school (4:30pm/5pm, 1hr sessions) as part of the larger program. 
We ran this program at the end of Term 4 2020 with great success.

If your club is willing to be involved please fill out the Expression of Interest HERE