COVID-19 Information for South West Community Sport

How Can We Help?

**PAGE UPDATED 26/05/2020 at 10:14 AM**

We know this is a hugely difficult time for everyone in the community and we’re continuing to monitor the current situation to get a fuller picture about the impact coronavirus (COVID-19) is having on community sport.

South West Sport is working with our Regional Sport Victoria colleagues around two immediate priorities  over this period:

  • Supporting the sector to ensure it comes through this period in as strong a position as possible 
  • Doing everything we can to encourage people to stay active, wherever possible, which we think is now more important than ever. 

We will continue to work with you to understand the ongoing and future impact of coronavirus and we want to make sure that whatever action we take has the greatest positive impact. So, we want to hear from you now about the issues you’re facing and to take on board these ideas and concerns to feed into our plans.

We know that:

  • It will be difficult for your club, league or association to run and host programs or events as planned and retain member engagement;
  • The timings of your season are uncertain;
  • People in your community are likely to be anxious, and will probably want to be continuing with their sport participation; and,
  • More generally, you may be interested in alternative operations to respond to the current situation and to keep your organisation going.

We are offering South West Sport as a point of contact for clubs, leagues, associations and individuals within the South West. We probably won’t have the answer straight away, but will commit to helping try and navigate this situation as best we can.

Please contact us via covid19@southwestsport.com.au and let us know:

  • How coronavirus is impacting you  or your organisation?
  • The type of help you think would be most beneficial?

Please keep in touch with us via the above e-mail address as you or your club’s situation changes.


COVID-19 Links and Information for South West Community Sport

Current Government Health Advice & Information
South West Local Government Advice & Information
Sport Specific Advice & Information
Sport  Website  Covid-19 Position/Statement  
Athletics  Athletics Victoria
Little Athletics Victoria
Archery  Archery Victoria
Australian football  AFL Victoria
Badminton  Badminton Victoria
Baseball  Baseball Victoria
Basketball  Basketball Victoria
Biathlon  Australian Biathlon Association
Billiards and Snooker  Victorian Billiards and Snooker Association
Bicycle Motocross  BMX Victoria
Bocce  Bocce Federation of Victoria
Bowls  Bowls Victoria
Boxing  Boxing Victoria
Calisthenics  Calisthenics Victoria
Climbing  Sport Climbing Victoria
Canoeing  Canoeing Victoria
Cricket  Cricket Victoria
Croquet  Croquet Victoria
Cycling  Cycling Victoria
Dancesport  Dancesport Victoria
Darts  Darts Victoria
Diving  Diving Victoria
Dragon Boat  Dragon Boat Victoria
Eightball  Pool Victoria
Equestrian  Equestrian Victoria
Pony Club Victoria
Fencing  Fencing Victoria
Flying Disc  Ultimate Victoria
Football (Soccer)  Football Federation Victoria
Gliding  Victorian Soaring Association ·
Golf  Golf Victoria
Gridiron  Gridiron Victoria ·
Gymnastics  Gymnastics Victoria
Handball  Handball Victoria
Hang gliding and paragliding  Victorian Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association
Hockey  Hockey Victoria
Ice sports  Ice Sports Victoria
Judo  Judo Victoria
Karate  Karate Victoria
Kendo  Victorian Kendo Renmei
Kung Fu  Kung Fu Wushu
Lacrosse  Lacrosse Victoria
Life saving  Life Saving Victoria
Modern pentathlon  Modern Pentathlon Victoria
Motorsport  Confederation of Australian Motor Sport
Motorcycling  Motorcycling Victoria
Mountain Bike  Mountain Bike Australia
Netball  Netball Victoria
Orienteering  Orienteering Victoria
Outrigger canoe racing  Australian Outrigger Canoe Racing Association – Southern States
Parachuting  Victorian/Tasmanian Parachute Council
Power boat racing  Australian Power Boat Association -Victorian Council
Roller sports  Skate Victoria
Rowing  Rowing Victoria
Rugby league  NRL Victoria
Rugby union  Victorian Rugby Union
Sailing  Australian Sailing
Shooting  Victorian Amateur Pistol Association
Victorian Clay Target Association
Target Rifle Victoria
Skateboarding  Victorian Skateboarding Association
Snowsports  Ski and Snowboard Australia
Softball  Softball Victoria
Squash  Squash and Racquetball Victoria
Surfing  Surfing Victoria
Swimming  Swimming Victoria
Synchronised swimming  Victorian Synchronised Swimming
Table tennis  Table Tennis Victoria
Tennis  Tennis Victoria
Tenpin bowling  Tenpin Bowling Victoria
Touch  Touch Victoria (Touch Football)
Triathlon  Triathlon Victoria ·         Latest website status
Underwater hockey  Victorian Underwater Hockey Commission
Volleyball  Volleyball Victoria
Water polo  Water Polo Victoria
Waterski  Victorian Waterski and Wakeboard Federation
Weightlifting  Victorian Weightlifting Association
Wrestling  Victorian Wrestling Association

FAQs for Community Sport

Can our club keep operating?

Not how it has in the past.  Community sport has been designated as a non-essential mass gathering.  As such community sport is not able to operate.

The Victorian Premier has announced that the current State of Emergency will be extended until midnight on 11 May 2020.  Victoria is on Stage 3 restrictions since it was announced by the Victorian Premier on 30 March 2020.

Police have strong powers to enforce these directions and can issue on the spot fines, including up to $1,652 for individuals and up to $9,913 for businesses. Under the State of Emergency people who don’t comply could also be taken to court and receive a fine of up to $20,000. Companies face fines of up to $100,000.

It is recommended that all clubs refer to their State or National Sport Association’s position in the table we provided above.  This will have the most up to date information around potential start-up dates

Club’s should also check with their Local Government as the recent tightening of restrictions has meant that Council’s have closed access to recreation reserves, parks & gardens.

South West Sport, with our Regional Sport Victoria colleagues, is in the process of developing a range of tools to help clubs stay connected, and utilise technology to function.

Please contact us at covid19@southwestsport.com.au and we would be more than happy to help support your club through this.

Can we still hold meetings, including our AGM, during this time?

Yes, however following the Government’s direction regarding gatherings you cannot meet in person and will need to use a teleconference, videoconference or other means of electronic communication. When conducting meetings online, please ensure that your club is still adhering to your club Rules (constitution). Consumer Affairs Victoria has provided guidance on online meetings and proxy votes, for further information please visit https://www.consumer.vic.gov.au/resources-and-tools/advice-in-a-disaster/coronavirus-covid19-and-your-rights 

Lex Sportiva an online sports law blog has provided some great advice for clubs regarding holding AGM’s during this time, for further information please click here 

What about informal club activity?

No this is not possible under the current Victorian directions.  As per previous activities at your venue, operating a club activity, even if informal may void any insurance coverage your members are entitled to.  Further to this, if people breach these directions, they face on-the-spot fines of $1,652 for individuals and $9,913 for businesses. Larger fines can also be issued through the courts.

 

Can we do any sport or physical activity?

Yes, exercise is still possible under the current Government directions, as long as:

  • compliance with social gatherings is adhered to
  • You can only exercise with people that live at your same premises, or alternatively one other person with whom you do not reside with but must maintain 1.5m & other social distancing guidelines.
  • You must not travel for exercise, only from your residence/premesis

Please do not participate in activities which risks you getting injured which may distract medical services from the current community crisis.

Sport is exercise, so why can't we keep playing?

All social sporting based activities must cease under the current restrictions.  While there are being questions raised in the community around the applicability of these restrictions, the over arching message from the Victorian Government and peak health agencies is clear:

  • If you can stay home, you must stay home

For exercise you can walk, run, jog, ride around the block or similar.  This exclusion is not intended for people to travel to a sport or recreation facility to play.

The Victorian Chief Health Officer was unequivocal on 02/04/2020, “Stop looking for loop holes”, in relation to the exercise exclusion.

Under the current restrictions owners/managers of recreational facilities must not open/operate that facility.  Victoria Police have been provided the power to issue on the spot fines of up to $1652 for individuals and up to $9,913 for organisations who do not follow the rules.

How long will community sport be impacted?

We don’t know.

The current Victorian State of Emergency was set until midnight 13 April 2020.  As at 12 April, this has been extended until midnight 11 May 2020.

Due to the rapidly changing nature of this pandemic it is possible that this will be extended, there are positive signs that the State’s collective efforts are working.

Is there financial support available for my club?

Both our Federal and State Government have announced a range of economic stimulus packages to help survive the impacts of Covid-19.  We have collated a range of the stimulus announcements HERE that may be relevant for your club, league or association.

New announcements are continuing to be made, we will endeavor to keep this list up to date.  There is also advocacy happening around a sport specific stimulus package.

South West sport have also made up any easy infographic to review your club finances during Covid-19 which can be found HERE


Here at South West Sport:

Our priority is the health and safety of our stakeholders, team members and our communities.   We have adjusted our service delivery and programs based on the current expert advice.  You can read about our programs by clicking the below button.


Keeping Active:

Physical activity matters during this period and we think it’s more important than ever right now.

Being active in a way that is right for you, can improve your physical health, help manage stress and anxiety and just generally make you feel better.

We are working with VicHealth and Sport & Recreation Victoria around identifying some great ways for people to stay active during this unprecedented time.

We recommend going for a run, a walk or a ride on your own or with a household member, or you can choose from our list of stay at home activities HERE.

Also, check out your State Sporting Association’s Facebook page, they’re sharing innovative ways that club members can stay in touch with their sport at home.