It has been quite the start to the year, with most summer sports not being able to complete finals and the cancellation of the kick-off to all winter sport. This means for many of us that going to our sporting club to play, coach or volunteer is no longer possible. Clubs are vital throughout our communities. They are a place for people to socialise, a place of belonging and a place for us to get exercise. But in times of change, there are ways that we can adapt. Here are a few ideas for club members to adopt at their clubs:

  • Ask your coach for the contact list, and reach out to every player, coach and volunteer across the regular season.

  • Form virtual teams (back line/midfield) to compete in a series of ‘virtual challenges’

  • On normal training nights, organise a partner or small group video call workouts (this not only keeps you accountable but keeps you all safe too)

In these times, our mental health can be tested. So, keeping an eye or ear out for your teammates is more important than ever. Keep checking in, monitoring changes and showing support wherever you can.

Change often requires a bit of effort, so take this as a challenge to build team culture from a distance, so that when our sports return to play, we are ready to win.

James, Sports Program Project Officer