Statement on Return to Community Sport
COVID-19 is having a significant impact across our community and all our codes. The desire for community sport to return to play this year in 2020 is strong. A possible return to play is being carefully planned for by our sports in collaboration with many health experts, government bodies, and other stakeholders.
We share a mutual strong commitment in multi-sport participation at the community level and seek to avoid local participants having to choose between sports with overlapping seasons. The issue of venue access at community level is one that all codes are committed to assisting those planning ground use. We also encourage decisions to be made locally according to local conditions and considerations and we are encouraging our local associations and clubs to work together to achieve agreements. We believe that our biggest supporter of local participation, being local government, will appreciate this collaborative position
As we know our sports at the community are run by volunteers. COVID-19 is placing even greater demand on volunteers in these circumstances and we are all striving to make this as easy as possible.
All our sports have a significant and positive role to play in the recovery and health of many of our communities across Australia. We believe that community sport is critical to the wellbeing of the Australian way of life and collectively we can make a difference.
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The Coalition of Major Professional and Participation Sports (COMPPS) is the united voice of Australia's seven major professional and participation sports:
Each of these organisations is the governing body and custodian of a major professional sport in Australia. They are not-for-profit bodies and are responsible for the long-term development and sustainability of their sport in Australia.
COMPPS members provide a wide range of public benefits through a self-funding business model. The vast majority of their revenue is devoted to enhancing, promoting and developing sport for all Australians. Sport is entrenched in the Australian way of life and plays a major role in the economic and social health of the Australian community.
The role of COMPPS is to provide a collective response on behalf of its member sports where their interests are aligned. Where the sports have a common interest, COMPPS responds with a collective submission.
- Sport is the "glue" that holds Australia together.
- We are a sports loving nation and we pride ourselves on our sporting performances.
- Sport delivers long-term social, health, community and economic benefits as well as national pride and unity.
- The Coalition of Major Professional and Participation Sports (COMPPS) consists of the national organisations that are the custodians of Australia's most prominent professional sports: Tennis, Football, Cricket, Rugby Union, Netball, Rugby League and AFL.
- These sports play a huge role in developing, promoting and presenting sport in Australia from the grass roots through to the international level. They are not-for-profit bodies and are responsible for the long-term development and sustainability of their sports. Between them, they have 8.95 million participants and 16,000 clubs.
- COMPPS plays an industry leadership role–
- To harness common issues and represent the interests of the member sports to governments and other relevant bodies;
- To maximize the impact of the sports by combining resources and speaking with one voice;
- To propose sport initiatives that deliver on government outcomes; and
- To stimulate opportunities for innovation and grow the global reputation of Australia as a leading sports nation
- COMPPS is a not-for-profit incorporated association and it is governed by the CEOs of the 7 sports.