Help Hockey Come Back Strongly

May 24, 2020

The COVID-19 situation has significantly altered the sporting season for many organisations and sports, including hockey. A return to hockey is imminent, but it is acknowledged that there are barriers which may impact on the participation of our usual members – health concerns, cost, altered format of the season. The Geelong Hockey Association would like to help clubs and hockey come back strongly in 2020, and continue to prosper in 2021 and into the future.

There are many organisations working to support sport in this unusual time, and clubs are encouraged to take advantage of the resources available. Following is a list of some of the support and resources provided.

Australian Sports Foundation

The ASF notes that the financial impact of COVID-19 is devastating for Australian sport, and many sports clubs may not survive. Community and club sports often rely on membership fees and local sponsorships to keep everything operating. The Australian Sports Foundation’s role is to raise money for sport, and the organisation is launching a national campaign to help community clubs and organisations access funds to recover, and they are seeking help from grassroots clubs.

The ASF invites clubs to complete the survey to understand the impact on your club, and the funding needed to help it recover. Currently, over 1800 clubs have completed the survey, but there are tens-of-thousands more out there who have not yet done so, and who may miss out on the funding and support the ASF is able to generate. To those involved in community sport across Australia, the ASF wants to know who you are, hear your story, and go into bat for community sport.

Complete the survey here.

Leisure Networks

Club Help provides lots of resources for running a healthy and sustainable club. More information here.

Sports Community

Training and information for sports club members and committees. Membership fee is available but there are some resources available without charge. More information here.

Good Sports

Connecting With Your Community Online, and Staying Safe During COVID-19. More information here.

Play by The Rules Live Streamed Presentations

VicSport and Stack Sports Webinar, presented on May 19 – Direction of Sport in the Digital Age.

  • Safeguarding & Online Learning for Sporting Organisations – including Child Safe tips and information
  • Fundraising for Sporting Organisations and Community Foundations
  • Technology and how it is being used by Sporting Organisations in 2020

The recordings of the webinar can be found here.

Upcoming Webinars

  • Stack Sports

May 27, 12.30 pm – Data Driven Customer Success – Your Winning Edge.Information and registration details here.

  • Commission for Children and Young People

May 27, 10 to 11.15 am – Child Safe Standards. Information and registration details here.

June 4, 10 to 11.15 am – Child Safe Standards.  Information and registration details here.

June 10, 10 t0 11.15 am – Reportable Conduct Scheme. Information and registration details here.

  • VicSport

May 26, 10 to 11.00 am – A Customer Experience Masterclass. Information and registration details here.

  • Leisure Networks

Game Changer Seminars, with a focus on gender equality and empowering women. Information and registration details here.

  • Leisure Networks and Regional Sport Victoria

COVID-19 and Community Sport.

May 26, 7.00pm-8.00pm – Planning for Community Sport – The Time is Now

May 28, 7.00pm-8.00pm – Club Member Engagement; Participation Strategies helping your members to stay connected

Information and registration details here.

  • Play by The Rules

May 29, 10 to 10.30 am – Live Streamed: How do we keep inclusion of LGBTQ+ people on the agenda?

Information and registration details here.

  • Special Olympics Australia

June 2, 11.00 to 12.20 pm Webinar – Autism Inclusion In Sport

Information and registration details here.