The NSWRL welcomed the NSW Government’s announcement on 2 June 2020 of a return to children’s sport in accordance with strict guidelines and protocols.
Sport Australia has developed a “Return to Sport” Toolkit that all sports can leverage to ensure they are ready to recommence training, competitions and programs in a safe, responsible and low risk manner once the risks arising from COVID-19 are mitigated.
The Toolkit complements the AIS Framework for Rebooting Sport in a COVID-19 Environment (AIS Framework) by providing comprehensive guidance on a range of key considerations that should be assessed before sporting activities can resume and during the resumption phase.
Sport Australia has also developed this checklist (Checklist) to provide specific, more targeted guidance to sporting organisations on the considerations to be taken into account in resuming community sporting activity.
The NSWRL aims to assist clubs, officials, volunteers and participants with their safe return to sport through the following information provided in this COVID-19 hub. Should you require any further information, please contact your local NSWRL club representative vie phone or email.
How to use the Checklist
All sporting organisations should nominate their own COVID-19 Safety Coordinator to oversee the development and implementation of return to sport arrangements.
This role will be fundamental for helping to ensure the successful and stable return of sport across the Australian community.
The COVID-19 Safety Coordinator should ensure that their organisation review the Checklist as it contains a range of critical considerations that all sporting organisations should take into account in determining their return to sport arrangements. Each sport will likely also have its own unique and specific requirements that should be factored into any plan for the resumption of sport. Associations and clubs should document their return to sport arrangements in a COVID-19 Safety Plan. A COVID-19 Safety Plan template that can be used as a starting point for sporting organisations is available on the NSWRL website.
The NSW Government is responsible for decisions on the resumption of sport and recreation, both at the professional and community level. They will determine progression through the phases, taking account of local epidemiology, risk mitigation strategies and public health capability. The Checklist must be used subject to measures imposed by the NSW Government and to the advice of relevant public health authorities. Organisations should consider seeking independent legal and financial advice when finalising plans to return to sport.