Impact of ‘COVID’ Recession on Community Sport

by National Sports Convention | August 13, 2020 | News

With community sport starting to explore other funding and innovation strategies to assist in the sustainability of community sport, COVID-19 has resulted in the need to speed up this process. Research from Australian Sports Foundation (May/June 2020) identified from the club survey, it is estimated that 16,000 local sports clubs are at risk of closure due to financial loss and new costs associated with COVID-19. These financial realities include:

  • 80% of clubs forecast ongoing reduction of core revenue streams
  • 93% of clubs have lost money since the onset of COVID-19
  • 43% projecting a decline in the 3 million sporting volunteers
  • Aggregate support needed is in the region of $1.2bn across 70,000 community sports clubs

The NSC Forums will be focusing on this impact and exploring options of how community sport and government is looking to support them.

1. State Government Solutions – what are the solutions to regrow and support the community sport sector

2. Making Philanthropy in Sport the New Normal
Courtney Henry, Head of Philanthropy, Australian Sports Foundation
3. Retain, Engage and Upskilling our Staff and Volunteers for the ‘New Normal’
Liz Horne, Skills Engagement Executive, SkillsIQ
4. Risk and Impact on Sport – The Financial Consideration is Driven by the Systems Approach We All Adopt
Simon Allatson, Chief Executive Officer, Sportscover

5. Panel members to share their insights over the three cities include

Jane Flemming, Director, Ambassador and Partner Relations, Live Life Get Active Mandy Nolton, Managing Director, Rec People Emma Saleeba, Manager, Alcohol and Tobacco, VicHealth

Megan Ryan, Recreation Planner, Social and Community Services (City of Parramatta) and Annette Maidment, President (Townsville Hockey).

Each NSC Forum has limited tickets to attend in person, with options available to participate virtually online if not able to attend personally.

With online e-delegate tickets from only $99 +GST, it is expected that demand will be high for delegates in each city to attend, and the first two weeks of registrations are demonstrating that.

The full program is now available to download and be sure to follow the NSC Forums on Facebook, and LinkedIn for all the latest news and updates.

If you believe that this NSC Forum is of interest to your colleagues, please pass onto them whom may be interested in attending.

Don’t forget to put the NSC Forums in your calendar.

~ The National Sports Convention Team