Uncertainty facing community sport flagged as a ‘big issue’ for Australia | Scott Heinrich

Physical and mental health, as well as social cohesion, are at stake with grassroots clubs’ futures unclear

A drop in participation rates, club closures and further financial hardship are just some of the challenges facing community sport as millions of Australians prepare to return to the training track with their local clubs.

The recent lifting of restrictions regarding outdoor gatherings signalled the first step towards the imminent resumption of organised sport. But while clubs across the land await approval from state bodies to officially welcome members back, there is concern some might not be able to survive the effects of the coronavirus outbreak – and the impact that will have on social, mental and physical wellbeing.

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