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COVID - 19 | Gymnastics Victoria Updates


 Gymnastics Victoria are here to support you and your club as we navigate the ever changing situation around the coronavirus COVID- 19. 

We are committed to ensuring our clubs and wider community receive up to date information and will continue to be in regular contact as new information arises. 

As restrictions ease and clubs prepare to re-open you can refer to our hub of information and resources on the Return to Gymnastics web page


 Click on the tabs below to read up to date information regarding Gymnastics Victoria's response to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic.

September 2020: COVID-19 Updates

 

Communication sent to clubs Tuesday 22 September

Thank you for the outstanding response to our advocacy campaign.

The support of clubs is making a difference. 
 
Today, Sport and Recreation Victoria informed me they are fully aware of the plight of gymnastics clubs and will continue to seek DHHS amendments for indoor, non contact sports.  

1. Term 4 Fees 
In light of the continuing state government restrictions to indoor sport, the Board of Gymnastics Victoria has approved that no member registration fees (bulk fees) will be charged to clubs for Term 4 this year. These are extraordinary times and the Board is committed to supporting clubs and safeguarding the future of the sport.

2. Social Media Graphics and Messaging  
Gymnastics Victoria will begin posting content on our social media channels (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn) today. We encourage your club to amplify these posts by liking and sharing them on your club’s social media channels. Alternatively you can post them directly to your channels. Most Members of Parliament are active on social media so please tag them in any original or shared posts with the hashtag #VictoriaNeedsGymnastics. Click here for the social media graphics and messaging.   

3. Fast Facts and FAQs document 

This document helps to further understand the GV campaign and provides key information which will be helpful for meetings with local MPs or local media. Click here for the Fast Facts and FAQs document. 
As a reminder you can find the Club Advocacy letter templates, the contact list and the briefing note here. You can also access the Club Advocacy webinar from Tuesday here.  

4. Special General Meeting
A reminder that Gymnastics Victoria will be holding a Special General Meeting this Thursday 24 September.
Affiliated GV Clubs, a representative of GV Technical Committees, and GV Board Members are entitled to vote at the meeting.
Please click here for the Notice of Meeting. The meeting will be held online via the Zoom platform. You can join this meeting through this link and view the meeting agenda here.
 
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to the GV team for support on info@gymnasticsvictoria.org.au and we will assist.  

 

Regional VIC - Third Step - 16 September

 

Click here to see the Regional Victoria Step 3 roadmap information. 

 

Communication sent to Clubs Tuesday 15 September

The twists and turns keep coming in 2020 and I wanted to provide you with an update from Sport and Recreation Victoria on what the latest Victorian government announcements mean for gymnastics.  

Today, the Premier announced changes to restrictions for Regional Victoria with communities entering Step 3 of the reopening roadmap from 11.59pm on Wednesday 16 September.  

Information from this announcement can be found here.  

Under Step 3, for Regional Victoria indoor sport venues are considered open but heavily restricted.  

In summary, that means: 

- Remaining closed for indoor operations but classes can be conducted outdoors with no shared equipment, and 

- Open for recording and broadcast permitted only with minimum number of people required to conduct the recording/streaming, up to 5 people. 

This morning I continued direct discussions with the Head of Sport and Recreation Victoria (SRV). The conditions outlined above are different to what had been proposed by SRV to DHHS as a safe and responsible return to indoor, non-contact sport venues. We will continue to advocate for the best possible conditions.  

We understand this is tough news and are committed to doing what we can to advocate for gymnastics to open safely and to continue the request for funding relief.  

Never has clear, unified advocacy been so important for our sport.  

The support of your club in our advocacy campaign can make a big difference. You can find the Road to Recovery webinar from today here and club Advocacy tools here.  

As always, if you need support or clarification please reach out to the GV team on info@gymnasticsvictoria.org.au and our team will assist.  



Communication sent to Clubs Monday 14 September

The Victorian Government has announced a third round of the Business Support Fund to provide direct financial support to businesses like gymnastics clubs who are impacted by the restrictions in Victoria.  

To be eligible for a grant from this program, applicants must: 

- operate a business located within Victoria; and 
- participate in the Commonwealth Government’s JobKeeper Payment scheme; and 
- employ people and be registered with WorkSafe; and 
- have had an annual payroll of less than $10 million in 2019-20; and 
- be registered for Goods and Services Tax (GST); and 
- hold an Australian Business Number (ABN); and 
- be registered with the responsible Federal or State regulator. 

An eligible business will receive: 

- $10,000 if its annual payroll is less than $650,000 
- $15,000 if its annual payroll is between $650,000 and $3 million 
- $20,000 if its payroll is between $3 million and $10 million. 

More information can be found here.  

Additional business adaptation support and waivers and deferrals from the government can also be found here. We are following up with the office of the Minister for Community Sport for more information about the voucher program to build digital capability and how this could work for gymnastics.  

Yesterday you should have received our Government Advocacy communication. We hope you have been able to take a look through this information and that you have registered for tomorrow’s 11.30am Club Advocacy Road to Recovery session where it will be further discussed.  

Please click here to register for the webinar if you haven’t done so yet.  

Thank you for maintaining compliance with restrictions, Gymnastics Victoria will continue to provide up to date information and analysis about what this means for gymnastics.    

Don’t hesitate to reach out to the GV office on info@gymnasticsvictoria.org.au if you need further assistance at any time.  


Communication sent to Clubs Monday 7 September

 

Yesterday we got our first look at the roadmap of restrictions easing across Victoria. 

Click here for the Premier’s announcement. 

Here is the key information for gymnastics clubs in metropolitan Melbourne:
Gymnastics clubs are considered under the guidelines for indoor physical recreation facilities
Indoor physical recreation facilities must remain closed during the first and second steps of restrictions easing 
In the Third Step of restrictions easing from 26 October 2020 provided Victoria reaches less than 5 new cases per day (state-wide average over previous 14 days) and less than 5 cases per day with unknown source (state-wide total last 14 days) indoor recreation facilities can operate in a heavily restricted way. This means physical distancing takes place, masks are worn, good hygiene is practised, participant records are kept and participants train in "bubbles".
In the Last Step of restrictions easing from 23 November 2020 provided Victoria reaches no new cases for 14 days (state-wide) indoor recreation facilities can operate in a restricted way. This means physical distancing takes place, good hygiene is practised, participant records are kept and participants train in "bubbles".

This information can be found in detail here. We are seeking further clarification from government on the guidelines around activity being heavily restricted and restricted and what this means for gymnastics. 

Here is the key information for gymnastics clubs in regional Victoria:
Gymnastics clubs are considered under the guidelines for indoor physical recreation facilities
Indoor physical recreation facilities must remain closed during the second step of restrictions easing
In the Third Step of restrictions easing when regional Victoria reaches less than 5 new cases per day (regional average over last 14 days) and less than 0 cases per day with unknown source (regional total last 14 days) indoor recreation facilities can operate in a heavily restricted way. This means physical distancing takes place, masks are worn, good hygiene is practised, participant records are kept and participants train in "bubbles".
In the Last Step of restrictions easing from 23 November 2020 provided Victoria reaches no new cases for 14 days (state-wide) indoor recreation facilities can operate in a restricted way. This means physical distancing takes place, good hygiene is practiced, participant records are kept and participants train in bubbles.

This information can be found in detail here. We are seeking further clarification from government on the guidelines around activity being heavily restricted and restricted and what this means for gymnastics. 

As your peak State body, Gymnastics Victoria is acting on this information in the following ways:
1. State Government Advocacy:  Gymnastics Victoria is approaching the Cabinet to seek direct funding to support clubs from the Treasury’s Community Support Fund.
2. Grant Support: Gymnastics Victoria will continue to provide guidance and direct support for all clubs regarding grant and funding opportunities. 
3. Road to Recovery Webinars: Our webinar series takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays with club feedback continuing to set the agenda for content.
4. Term 4 Fees: The GV Board is now considering Term 4 fees and will make an announcement at the upcoming SGM. 

The following is how you can help your club and others:

Local Government Advocacy: Clubs engaging with local stakeholders forms a critical part of our Advocacy action plan. In the coming week GV will provide templates to help you engage with your Local Government Authority, Member of Parliament and your local media, so that the gymnastics community has a clear, consistent and united message. 

The purpose of this advocacy is to present the controlled nature of gymnastics (professional clubs and coaches) and the ability to maintain hygiene protocols in training as well as to seek critical and urgent support for lost club revenue. 

Stay tuned for further information on this. 

Please call Claire on 03 9005 4700 who will coordinate our response team or click here if you have any questions on the above information about restrictions and our GV response. 

 

 

Communication sent to Clubs Friday 4 September

I hope you are keeping well and are remaining connected through the gymnastics community. 

While we are all eager to hear Sunday’s announcements about what easing of restrictions may look like, I wanted to alert you to some immediate funding opportunities. 

Every opportunity is being taken to meet with the Victorian government on a weekly basis to advocate for our commitment to responsible protocols management, what is being lost and the support that is needed for recovery.

If you need support when applying for any of these grants, please contact the Gymnastics Victoria office via email info@gymnasticsvictoria.org.au

VicHealth Clubs, League, and Associations Funding
VicHealth is offering funding to sporting clubs, leagues, associations and recreation groups who can help young people and Victorians experiencing disadvantage with grants of up to $3K, $10K or $50K. Apply on 16 September and funding could hit your account by Nov. 
More details can be found here.

Australian Sports Foundation (ASF) Active Kids Grants
These grants will be focusing on volunteer run grassroots and community clubs and will provide funding for kit and equipment for clubs with members aged under 20, with priority given to clubs in disadvantaged and/or rural communities.
More details can be found here.

Business Support Fund
To support businesses impacted by Victorian restrictions, one-off grants will be made available to eligible businesses under the Business Support Fund – Expansion program:
•    $10,000 for employing businesses in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire in recognition of spending longer under restrictions
•    $5,000 for employing businesses in regional local government areas (except Mitchell Shire)

Businesses which have already received a Business Support Fund - Expansion grant, or have applied for one, will not need to re-apply. Successful applicants will automatically receive this additional allocation. This program is in addition to the first round of the Business Support Fund, which closed on 1 June 2020. 
Applications for the program have been extended until 14 September 2020.
More details can be found here.

SRV Survival Package #2 funding
The Minister for Community Sport, The Hon Ros Spence, has announced the opening of Round 2 of the Community Sport Survival Package.
View the Program Announcement here.
More details about the grant can be found here.

Heart Foundation Active Australia Innovation Challenge

The Heart Foundation has up to ten $10,000 grants for new, innovative programs that get more people moving in schools, universities or local community groups. 
Applications are now open and close on 12 October.
More details can be found here.  

A reminder that our Road to Recovery Series 2.0 sessions are taking place each Tuesday and Thursday specifically to support all clubs during lockdown and as we prepare to re-open.  

Yesterday Gymnastics Victoria also sent out a Special General Meeting notice details can be found here.

Continue to reach out to Gymnastics Victoria for any support that you may need, we understand times are tough and our team is always here to help you. I have appreciated the many invitations to meet with Club Owners and Presidents either individually via zoom or through our various meeting schedules. 

 

 

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