Be COVID-19 safe, Cowra community sport set to return

As training resumes and teams put on their club colours, a number of community sporting competitions are set to return to Cowra sportsgrounds from this Saturday 18 July.

Following the announcement by the NSW Government, a number of indoor and outdoor Cowra community sporting competitions will be resuming play or commencing their winter competitions from this weekend. However, Council would like to remind players and spectators alike that with the easing of these restrictions and sport set to resume, there are requirements that sporting clubs will need to undertake as outlined by the NSW State Government. This includes COVID-19 Safety Plans submitted to Cowra Council for each activity or sport undertaken on Council sportsgrounds.

“Council are pleased to be able to re-open sportsgrounds throughout the shire for competitive play,” said General Manager for Cowra Council, Paul Devery.

“It is very important however, that every sporting club submits a COVID-19 Safety Plan to Council outlining how they plan to manage hygiene and cleaning, spectator numbers and physical distancing as well as keeping a record of people entering the grounds.”

“We have seen a number of clubs already submitting their Safety Plans well ahead of time which is very pleasing, and we appreciate them being proactive,” Mr Devery continued.

The latest Public Health Order released by the NSW Government requires sporting operators to limit the number of fields or courts operating simultaneously to ensure that any gathering does not exceed the total limit of 500 participants. This includes players involved in the game, volunteers or officials involved in the conduct of the sporting activity as well as spectators. Users managing kiosks or canteens within the sportsgrounds will also be required to submit their own COVID-19 Safety Plan, separate from that of the sporting operators.

“It is the responsibility of the competition operators as part of their COVID-19 safety plan to remain alert at all times to the amount of people within the grounds, as well as ensure hand sanitiser, hand wash and paper towel are all available within the club house and change rooms,” said Mr Devery.

“Council are here to provide assistance for any sporting organisation who are yet to submit a COVID-19 Safety Plan,” he continued.

Council have placed signage on all Council sporting facilities and public toilets reminding residents to maintain physical distancing whilst watching games, as well as reminders to maintain hand hygiene.

“Council look forward to seeing the sportsgrounds used again by both players and spectators alike and are here to assist sporting clubs to ensure they have an enjoyable time on the fields,” Mr Devery concluded.

For any Cowra community sporting clubs who are yet to complete a COVID-19 Safety Plan, templates are available to download off the NSW Health website. For further information regarding submitting your COVID-19 Safety Plan to Council, please contact Infrastructure and Operations on 6340 2070.