The challenges brought about by a harrowing and certainly sticky health crisis has cost Australian sports clubs at least $1.5 billion. This according to a national survey conducted by the Australian Sports Foundation. Worse even, is that an estimated 16,000 sporting clubs may very well soon close up shop for good in the event that relief in the form of funding isn’t forthcoming over the course of the next six months.
Community clubs now find themselves risking imminent insolvency in the months that lie ahead, reveals the study, all of which poses real and serious risks to the general state of physical and mental health of Australian communities. This, says Australian Sports Foundation CEO Patrick Walker, is what makes of the ongoing crisis not only a crisis for the sports world, but a crisis for the nation.
The foundation says it surveyed a total of 4,127 clubs, teams, franchises and organisations across a field of 100 different sports. These include netball, cricket football, rugby, etc., but also minor (or niche) activities such as pickleball.
A major contributor to the crisis has been that of dwindling participation rates. At least 70% of the clubs that took part in the survey now anticipate even more and further declines resulting from fears related to health and safety concerns and risks. Folks are generally not very active during a crisis of this nature – made all the worse when fans are ordered to stay put in their homes even to the point of actively seeking out remote work opportunities.
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