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Community sports clubs across Australia are closed. Many will find it hard to survive.

The financial impact of COVID-19 is devastating Australian sport—particularly community and club sports that rely on membership fees and local sponsorships to keep the lights on. The Australian Sports Foundation’s role is to raise money for sport, and we are launching a national campaign to help community clubs and organisations access funds to recover, but to do this we need your help.


We’ve created a survey to understand the impact on your club, and the funding needed to help it recover. Currently, over 3900 clubs have completed the survey, but there are tens-of-thousands more out there who we haven’t heard from and who may miss out on the funding and support we are able to generate. To those involved in community sport across Australia, we want to know who you are, hear your story, and go into bat for community sport.

TELL US WHAT YOUR SPORTS CLUB NEEDS TO SURVIVE

3964

CLUBS HAVE COMPLETED

THE SURVEY TO DATE

Not directly involved in community sport? You can still help by sharing this page. Your local sports clubs need your help!

This survey will close on Friday 19th June.

Community sports clubs across Australia are closed. Many will find it hard to survive.

The financial impact of COVID-19 is devastating Australian sport—particularly community and club sports that rely on membership fees and local sponsorships to keep the lights on. The Australian Sports Foundation’s role is to raise money for sport, and we are launching a national campaign to help community clubs and organisations access funds to recover, but to do this we need your help.


We’ve created a survey to understand the impact on your club, and the funding needed to help it recover. Currently, over 3900 clubs have completed the survey, but there are tens-of-thousands more out there who we haven’t heard from and who may miss out on the funding and support we are able to generate. To those involved in community sport across Australia, we want to know who you are, hear your story, and go into bat for community sport.

3964

TELL US WHAT YOUR SPORTS CLUB NEEDS TO SURVIVE

CLUBS HAVE COMPLETED THE SURVEY TO DATE

Not directly involved in community sport? You can still help by sharing this page. Your local sports clubs need your help!

This survey will close on Friday 19th June.


Many clubs may not survive COVID-19 without financial support

Australian sport is in crisis, and the full impact is still unknown. COVID-19 has closed most sports clubs in Australia. It will be difficult for many of them to re-open, and we don’t yet know how many clubs will be able to stay open with reduced funding and membership in the future.


Community sports clubs were already underfunded—but now memberships are down, sponsorships have stopped, and it’s going to be difficult to get these funding streams running again.


Meanwhile, club expenses have stayed the same—rent, utilities, insurance, maintenance—and coming out of shutdown, clubs will likely have additional hygiene and sanitisation requirements to deal with, needing increased resources and training.


The greatest risk is that this time next year many clubs will have folded, meaning entire communities will miss out on the benefits of sport altogether.


The Australian Sports Foundation is Australia’s peak charitable body for sport, and the only organisation in Australia for which donations to sport are tax deductible.


Our mission is to help Australian community and grassroots sports clubs thrive, so that every Australian can benefit from the health and social impacts of sport.


We channel funds provided by philanthropic donors to clubs in need, as well as provide platforms and tools to help clubs with their own local fundraising.

“Money’s still going out but nothing is going to come in – but our biggest fear is how will we get everyone back after we get back to normal?"

FINANCIAL CONTROLLER AT GRASSROOTS SOCCER CLUB

HERE TO HELP

The Australian Sports Foundation can help

Many clubs may not survive COVID-19 without financial support

Australian sport is in crisis, and the full impact is still unknown. COVID-19 has closed most sports clubs in Australia. It will be difficult for many of them to re-open, and we don’t yet know how many clubs will be able to stay open with reduced funding and membership in the future.


Community sports clubs were already underfunded—but now memberships are down, sponsorships have stopped, and it’s going to be difficult to get these funding streams running again.


Meanwhile, club expenses have stayed the same—rent, utilities, insurance, maintenance—and coming out of shutdown, clubs will likely have additional hygiene and sanitisation requirements to deal with, needing increased resources and training.


The greatest risk is that this time next year many clubs will have folded, meaning entire communities will miss out on the benefits of sport altogether.

“Money’s still going out but nothing is going to come in – but our biggest fear is how will we get everyone back after we get back to normal?"

FINANCIAL CONTROLLER AT GRASSROOTS

FOOTY CLUB

HERE TO HELP

The Australian Sports Foundation is Australia’s peak charitable body for sport, and the only organisation in Australia for which donations to sport are tax deductible.


Our mission is to help Australian community and grassroots sports clubs thrive, so that every Australian can benefit from the health and social impacts of sport.


We channel funds provided by philanthropic donors to clubs in need, as well as provide platforms and tools to help clubs with their own local fundraising.

The Australian Sports Foundation can help

HELP US HELP YOU

Tell us about your club, and

what you need to survive

This is a once in a generation crisis. The future of Australian community sport is at risk.


Our goal is to gather as much information as we can, use that to generate a proportionate level of support from philanthropic trusts, private and corporate donors and governments, and distribute cash to clubs in need.


Clubs will also be offered tools to accept philanthropic donations via the Sports Foundation once they have completed this survey and become a member, along with other ways to generate additional funds for their club.


Currently the Sports Foundation works with over 3,000 community clubs around Australia, from cricket, to underwater hockey, to petanque. We know there are many, many, more out there.


Complete the survey and tell us your story so we can help your club get the funding and other resources it needs.

TELL US WHAT YOUR SPORTS CLUB NEEDS TO SURVIVE

Not directly involved in community sport? You can still help by sharing this page. Your local sports clubs need your help!

HELP US HELP YOU

Tell us about your club, and what you need to survive

This is a once in a generation crisis. The future of Australian community sport is at risk.


Our goal is to gather as much information as we can, use that to generate a proportionate level of support from philanthropic trusts, private and corporate donors and governments, and distribute cash to clubs in need.


Clubs will also be offered tools to accept philanthropic donations via the Sports Foundation once they have completed this survey and become a member, along with other ways to generate additional funds for their club.


Currently the Sports Foundation works with over 3,000 community clubs around Australia, from cricket, to underwater hockey, to petanque. We know there are many, many, more out there.


Complete the survey and tell us your story so we can help your club get the funding and other resources it needs.

TELL US WHAT YOUR SPORTS CLUB NEEDS TO SURVIVE

Not directly involved in community sport? You can still help by sharing this page. Your local sports clubs need your help!

This survey will close at 5pm AEST Friday 5th June.

FROM US

A message from Patrick Walker, CEO of Australian Sports Foundation

FROM US

A message from Patrick Walker, CEO of Australian Sports Foundation

For-profit and professional sports businesses are welcome to complete the survey

The Australian Sports Foundation supports all levels of sport. Our primary focus for this initiative is to support grassroots and community sporting clubs, but everyone in the wider sports sector is affected by this crisis, and can come together to paint this picture of the impact on our sector. Whatever your involvement in sport, we would love to hear from you and share your story with appropriate organisations to help generate additional financial support.

Entire communities are at risk

This crisis isn’t just about clubs temporarily being out of action, or sportspeople not being able to compete. Entire communities are at risk. Sport provides physical activity, a sense of identity and social engagement, and enhances physical, mental, and emotional health. It is the lifeblood for many communities. In helping sport survive and thrive, we are helping communities right across Australia.

About the Australian Sports Foundation

The Australian Sports Foundation was set up by the Hawke Government in the 1980’s, and today is Australia’s national sports fundraising charity.


Sport is at the heart of every community which is why we have helped thousands of sporting clubs, organisations, schools and athletes across Australia with funding. In the last 30 years we have distributed hundreds of millions of dollars to Aussie sports clubs to help develop an inclusive and active sporting nation, strengthening local communities.


We are committed to an inclusive Australia where everyone can play.

For-profit and professional sports businesses are welcome to complete the survey

The Australian Sports Foundation supports all levels of sport. Our primary focus for this initiative is to support grassroots and community sporting clubs, but everyone in the wider sports sector is affected by this crisis, and can come together to paint this picture of the impact on our sector. Whatever your involvement in sport, we would love to hear from you and share your story with appropriate organisations to help generate additional financial support.

Entire communities are at risk

This crisis isn’t just about clubs temporarily being out of action, or sportspeople not being able to compete. Entire communities are at risk. Sport provides physical activity, a sense of identity and social engagement, and enhances physical, mental, and emotional health. It is the lifeblood for many communities. In helping sport survive and thrive, we are helping communities right across Australia.

About the Australian Sports Foundation

The Australian Sports Foundation was set up by the Hawke Government in the 1980’s, and today is Australia’s national sports fundraising charity.


Sport is at the heart of every community which is why we have helped thousands of sporting clubs, organisations, schools and athletes across Australia with funding. In the last 30 years we have distributed hundreds of millions of dollars to Aussie sports clubs to help develop an inclusive and active sporting nation, strengthening local communities.


We are committed to an inclusive Australia where everyone can play.

Want to donate?

Help community clubs survive and recover by donating to the Australian Sports Foundation today.

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Help community clubs survive and recover by donating to the Australian Sports Foundation today.

Patrick Walker

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Mark Stockwell

CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD

Patrick Walker

Mark Stockwell

CHIEF EXECUTIVE

OFFICER

CHAIRMAN OF

THE BOARD