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1 APRIL 2020

MEDIA RELEASE

The scale of COVID-19 impacts on WA community sport

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the lives of people around the globe, the disruption to community sport in Western Australia has been far-reaching and is likely to greatly impact the physical, mental and social wellbeing of our community.

A recent survey of SportWest members confirms that over 850,000 people directly involved in community sports in WA have had their lives dramatically impacted by Covid-19.

"There are now over 40,000 community sports matches not proceeding, which translates to more than 700,000 participants inactive and around 100,000 administrators and volunteers sitting idle. West Australians have lost – at least in the short term – the much-valued community connections that sport regularly provides", said SportWest CEO Rob Thompson.

"Sports have advised that previously reliable revenue streams have collapsed.  This includes membership and registrations, sponsorships, food and beverage sales, venue entry fees, government grants and disbursements from national bodies".

SportWest acknowledges the leadership of our Prime Minister and Premier and request the urgent actioning of the COVID-19 guidelines relating to the suspension of State and Local Government fees and charges on sports organisations.

After dealing with the immediate effects, sports are now moving quickly to address the challenges that lay ahead by looking at ways to remain engaged but more importantly preparing to re-emerge in the future.  It’s vital that sports organisations small and large continue to communicate with their members to help in the broader community activation whenever that’s possible.

"The capacity of sport to bring people together, to connect people and contribute to the vibrancy of communities can’t be underestimated.  We know that community sport will play a vital role in the re-activation of the WA community", said Thompson.

"We just need to continue following the advice of our government leaders, stay connected with members and affiliates as best we can, and be ready to re-activate in our communities when the time is right", he said.

Impacts to date for winter sport:

  • 735,812 participants impacted (players, coaches, officials).
  • 118,827 administrators and volunteers.
  • 40,500 matches cancelled or postponed.
  • 1,560 community sport competitions cancelled or postponed.

ENDS

More Information:
Rob Thompson
Ph: 0400 237 079
E: robthompson@sportwest.com.au