As the government moves to reduce restrictions, it is time to start considering our return to sport. Closing sport was a hard but relatively simple task, however, the restart of sport will require a considered approach to ensure we can safely move towards a complete return to sport. At this stage Adelaide University Sport will be focusing on the sports which are permitted to return – which currently only outdoor sports.
We are here to help you and your club navigate through this process.
What are the current restrictions?
As at May 11 2020, the Government restrictions are as per the below:
For future updates, keep an eye on our website and the Office of Recreation Sport and Racing.
What is the foundation to get sport back up and running?
The Government and National and State Sporting Bodies (SSO) are using the AIS Framework as a guide for a safer return to sport. This framework sets out what we can do and how to ensure that we keep all members of our community safe.
What is a Return to Sport Plan?
A return to sport plan is a document which outlines how your club will return to sport including the measures and controls your club will take to keep everyone safe. Each plan should consider the AIS Framework.
Some useful measures to ensure safety include:
A reduction in participation numbers.
Regular equipment and facility cleaning according to defined cleaning protocols.
Activities which reduce the likelihood of contact between members.
Banning the use of change rooms and shared indoor spaces.
Many state sporting organisations are in the process of developing return to sport plans for their respective sports and are asking clubs to provide evidence of how they will apply these restrictions. Many aspects from the plans are consistent across sporting codes, however there may be variations depending on your sport. Before preparing a return to sport plan, check what your sport’s governing body is doing.
As an Adelaide University Club, what do I need to do to return to sport?
Although only outdoor sports have been given authorisation to return, all AU Sport clubs will need to provide AU Sport with details of their Return to Sport Plan.
We held two interactive forums for our clubs to discuss the process for returning to sport. In case you missed it, you can find a copy of the PowerPoint below.
A Message from our General Manager:
I am writing to advise that all AU Sport Clubs are required to temporarily shut down due to Federal Government orders as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.
All AU Sport clubs must suspend operations effective immediately. I am unaware at this stage when clubs will be permitted to re-open but I will keep you updated as the situation evolves.
I have requested that all clubs complete the following:
Provide notification of closure on your website and social media (Facebook, Instagram, etc).
Notify all of club members of the shutdown.
Communication with you during shut down:
AU Sport will continue to maintain contact with you during this time via email and our Facebook page. Please stay tuned for regular updates and information as it becomes available.
It will be vital to our health that we all stay active. We have set up a series of Uni Moves Challenges via our Adelaide Uni Moves app to encourage our community remain in good health. The challenges are open to all members and there are some great prizes to be won.
Sport plays an integral role in creating positive, active and socially connected communities. This is an unprecedented and difficult time. We understand the impact the shutdown will have on our clubs. If you have any concerns during the shutdown period, please do not hesitate to contact me via email. If you or any of your members have any concerns about your health the following services may be of use to you:
Beyond Blue: https://www.beyondblue.org.au/
SA Health: https://www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/
Blackdog Institute: https://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/
General Manager – AU Sport.
Adelaide University Sport is closely monitoring the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) situation and its impact both globally and within Australia. We understand the potential affect this may have on our members at club and university level regarding training sessions and events.
The issue is being widely reported on daily in the media and I do not intend to replicate advice that is being provided by official channels. Links to official websites are included that provide the latest information. https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert and https://www.health.gov.au/covid19-travellers
We encourage our members to:
- Follow recommendations from their relevant State or National Sporting Organisation where applicable.
- Maintain good personal hygiene standards such as washing hands frequently and / or using hand sanitiser.
- Avoid sharing of personal items such as sporting and protective equipment, drink bottles and towels.
- Avoid attending trainings and club events if experiencing respiratory symptoms as a precaution and get assessed for contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 or who has recently travelled overseas.
I will continue to keep you updated as we receive new information.
Adelaide University Sport.