There is no denying that the last few months have been challenging, but Mounties Group is pleased to announce that following the reopening of Club venues in early June and more recent Government announcements of reduced restrictions on sport and fitness operations, we can now look ahead.
As with re-engaging our Clubs and staff, the announcement made on 2 June regarding the return of junior sport on 1 July meant the need to undertake significant steps to achieve recommencement. This included re-engaging our Grounds and Fields team, preparing fields and reviewing the new requirements.
We are pleased to announce that training for junior sports can now recommence as per the Government's conditions. That is with a maximum of 10 people and all people in training to follow the physical distancing requirements of remaining at least 1.5m from each other.
To meet all requirements, we have appointed an interim Sports Administrator to bring back our sporting and sub-clubs in a staged manner that we feel is both cognisant of the safety of our children and members. This four-staged plan is:
- 1 June 2020 – 12 June 2020 – a trial of four sporting teams with the largest number of players and volunteers, operating in different outdoor conditions has occurred
- 13 June 2020 – 30 June 2020 – all 9-12 year old sporting teams recommence
- 1 July 2020 – 14 July 2020 – all junior sporting teams (up to 18 years)
- 15 July – 30 July 2020 – all other sporting teams and sub-clubs
Before any team can begin training, it will be required that each sporting club provide our Sports Administrator with their COVID Management plan which includes:
- All training times and locations
- A register of all participants for each training session including contact details for contact tracing
- This register must be provided to the Sports Administrator within 24 hours of any training session conducted
- Only essential personnel are to attend training (players, team officials, essential volunteers)
- Change rooms are not to be opened
- Soap and hand sanitiser must always be available
- No social activities are to occur once training has concluded
- No more than 10 people to any training session
- No person to person contact
The Sports Administrator can be contacted via Chris.firstname.lastname@example.org
No semi-professional sports and paid athletes are yet to be approved by the NSW Government to return. However, following the announcement regarding over 18s sport made on 10 June, we are currently working through a plan for this group.
As we am sure you are aware, the environment of COVID-19 is constantly changing and plans will adjust as we receive more information from sporting governing bodies and the NSW Government. With each new announcement, time and resources are required to activate those decisions.
We thank our sporting clubs and teams for their patience and understanding and look forward to seeing all our sporting and sub clubs back soon.