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The Impact Of Covid-19 On Community Sport - (September 2021)

Community sport is a way of life in Australia. It has brought communities together for generations. But it is facing an uncertain and tumultuous future.

The ongoing COVID-19 crisis is taking a serious toll on community sports clubs and organisations across the country. In June 2021, we asked clubs about the ongoing impact that they are facing. Our research highlights key challenges related to disastrous financial instability, reduced participation and declining volunteering. Download this report now to find out more about this urgent crisis and how you can help.

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  • An estimated 9000 clubs around Australia are at the risk of going under. Many more clubs simultaneously face reduced revenue and increased running costs, threatening financial stability

key Findings

  • 43% of clubs reported reduced participation, most prominent among younger Australians. Both keeping members engaged and finding new members were significant challenges
  • 42% of clubs lost volunteers due to increased pressures and workload related to implementing COVID-19 protocols
  • 40% of clubs reported a decline in participation among teens (aged 11-18 years). Young Australians form the lifeblood of community sport and their withdrawal from it is likely to continue to negatively impact clubs in the future