Community sport needs your help

In May and June we carried out a survey to assess the impact of COVID-19 on community sport. We received responses from 4,127 unique sports clubs, covering almost 100 different sports, from communities large and small all over Australia

  • 16,000 clubs are at risk of closure due to COVID-19
  • The physical and mental health of millions of Australians is under threat
  • The overall financial support needed by Australia’s 70,000 community clubs is in the region of $1.2 bn
  • $300m is needed by clubs reporting a risk of closure in the next 3 months

As outlined in the Australian Sports Foundation’s COVID-19 Impact Survey:

The full results of our research are now available to download.

We are looking for support

Together with the support of various stakeholders we can solve the community sports crisis. The Australian Sports Foundation would like to work with all stakeholders who can contribute in some way to support community sports.

Ancillary Funds, Trusts or Foundations that have an interest in community health, wellbeing and inclusion, can distribute funds to this campaign via our Charitable Trust, and we can direct it to promote the relevant charitable sporting purpose. Please contact our Head of Philanthropy, Courtney Henry ( if you would like to know more.

Ancillary Funds, Trusts or Foundations

Businesses who may wish to contribute support should contact our Director of Partnerships, Ryan Holloway ( Support could take many forms, including in-kind support, Corporate and Social Responsibility (CSR) donations, or commercial partnerships.



Charities with an interest in physical or mental health – either nationally or in a particular region - may wish to explore collaboration opportunities to achieve greater impact. Please contact our CEO Patrick Walker ( to arrange an exploratory discussion.

And of course, State and local Governments are intimately involved with the delivery of sport in their communities, and are already doing much to support local clubs in need. We would be delighted to discuss club requirements in any particular geography, and to work together to help get assistance to those in need. Please contact our CEO Patrick Walker ( to explore further.

State and local Governments

We call on all who care about community sport, and all who can contribute to its survival to join with us.

If you would like to help us help Australia’s community sports clubs survive the impact of COVID-19, please make a tax-deductible donation today.

While we cannot solve the problem alone, we passionately believe in the value of community sport, and we will lead the charge to fight for its survival.

What's the Australian Sports Foundation's role in this?

As the peak body for philanthropy in sport, the Australian Sports Foundation is the only organisation that can provide tax-deductible options for private individuals or businesses wishing to make a donation to save community sport. In addition our charity status enables ancillary funds, trusts and foundations to support community sports and the many physical and mental health benefits it brings.

The Australian Sports Foundation has been distributing funding directly to community sports for decades and has the experience to ensure funding is quickly dispensed where it is needed most.

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


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