Club Management

Alert Level 2 clarification - swimming new zealand CEO, Steve johns

 

Dear regions and clubs,

Like you, we have been increasingly frustrated by the ambiguous Level 2 guidelines that have been communicated by the Government and Sport NZ over the past few days.  We have been in constant email and phone contact with Sport NZ, several times daily, stressing the urgency to get these guidelines clarified, confirmed and communicated so that you can get your return to the pool plans and comms with facility operators confirmed and completed. 

What I can now confirm with you is the following:

  • The maximum number of people in a single group (gathering) is 10, inclusive of athletes and coaches (and spectators and support staff).
  • Multiple groups of up to 10 people can operate in facilities as long as they maintain the 2 metre physical distancing requirement between groups.
  • These restrictions will be reviewed on Friday 25 May.

So, what does this mean for swimming?  Our interpretation of the revised Sport NZ guidelines is that as a club, you can operate multiple groups of up to 10 people (including the coach) in the pool hall at any one time as long as each group is separated by 2m.  So in a practical sense for example, you could have one group of 10 in lane one, lane two is empty, lane three has another group of 10 (we would suggest that this group starts at the other end of the pool), lane 4 empty and so on.   We would also suggest the following:

  • Each group starts/ends training at a staggered time eg group one starts in the pool at 6am, group two at 6.10am, group three ay 6.20am etc to avoid 30 people arriving, mingling and entering/exiting the pool all at the same time. 
  • When the group has finished a set or resting, encourage then to ‘stand’ at least 1m apart and not congregate in very close proximity at the end of the pool.
  • You should keep the same groups for at least one week to enable easier contact tracing eg don’t mix up swimmers into different groups each session.
  • You encourage your swimmers to change at home and only use the changing facilities if they want to use the toilets.
  • When entering and exiting the pool, avoid two or more group[s mingling/joining together (eg the staggered starts and finishes mentioned above).

As well as the above, you must be having, if not already doing so, conversations with your facility operator as each operator may have their own interpretation of the guidelines and want to implement systems that are different to what is suggested above.  Ultimately, the final operating protocols that you adhere to, will be those agreed between you and the pool operator. 

You will also need to follow the facilities contact tracing requirements.  We would strongly recommend that you also keep detailed contact tracing records of your members who are swimming each day (this will be a great time to get all your members to update their contact details).  

 

 

Alert Level 2 update - swimming new zealand

Please see below a link to the latest Alert Level 2 update from Swimming New Zealand

 Alert Level 2 Update

 

 

Alert Level 2 Guidelines - sports new zealand

Please see below a link to the latest Alert Level 2 guidlines from Sports New Zealand

Play, Active-Recreation-Sport-Alert-Level-2 Guidelines

 

 

Community Resilience Fund- Sports new zealand

 

 Applications open on MONDAY 11 May at 10:00AM

APPLICATION LINK

https://www.sportwaikato.org.nz/programmes/regional-leadership/community-resilience-fund.aspx   

APPLICATION GUIDLINES

https://swimmingwaikato.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/CSRF-guidelines-FINAL.pdf 

For the application, you’ll need to have:

  • Incorporated Society Number or New Zealand Business Number (NZBN) https://www.nzbn.govt.nz
  • If your organisation is registered for GST, your GST number
  • Annual financial statements
  • Details of costs you are applying for and an invoice

 

SPORT NZ –  MEDIA RELEASE

If you have any queries, please contact Sport Waikato  [email protected]  

or Sport NZ [email protected]

 

 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions - Alert Level 3 & 4

27/4/2020
 

Q. What does the introduction of Level 3 mean for sport in general? 

  • Organised sports or physical activity is not allowed outside your bubble.
  • You can travel within your region, and across a regional boundary if it is in your local area.
  • Activities must remain within your current abilities and don’t pick up new activities.
  • Group activities with anyone outside your bubble are not allowed.
  • Lower-risk activities only: care must be taken not to be injured and require medical care.
  • Contact activity or sharing equipment/balls with people outside your bubble is prohibited

 

 Q. Can pools open at Level. 3?
All public aquatic facilities will remain closed at Level.3.

 

Q. When will training start back?

Some pool facilities will be able to open at Level-2; however they will need to comply with the relevant Government guidelines to protect staff and facility users. We encourage our clubs to begin a dialogue with their pool providers to discuss the recommendations in place to ensure the safety of those utilising the facility.

 

 Q. When will we competitions start back?

Swimming Waikato will continue to follow national and local government advice on gatherings as well as work with pool providers and our club coaches around the possible continuation of our 2020 regional competition calendar. At this stage however, our main priority is our collective responsibility to eradicate Covid-19 in New Zealand, after which we can look at a gradual approach to re-introducing swimmers back into the water. As always, Swimming Waikato will be working alongside the Waikato Senior Coaching Group to discuss meet implementation and design.

 

Q. Will all pools in the Waikato open at the same time under Level. 2? 

This will be unlikely, due to the variety of pool operators and the local government they are located in. We would ask that you stay patient and work with the pool provider to support their planning around re-entry, we know that they will also be keen to get back.

 

Q. Do I need to fill out a Contact Tracing Log at pool facility? 

Sports facilities who are able to open at Alert Level 3 are currently required to maintain a guest register to assist the Ministry of Health’s efforts at contact tracing, this may be likely for Level.2.  We ask that you fully cooperate with all Ministry of Health’s efforts with contact tracing.   Clubs that use a private facility are strongly advised to complete their own log; a copy can be found following this LINK…

 

 Q. What measures will be taken by pool operators to ensure user safety? 

At all alert levels, clubs and facilities need to meet all public health guidelines. These include the following, although they may change over time: 

  • Regular disinfecting of surfaces
  • Encouraging good hand hygiene by allowing frequent hand washing and sanitising
  • Not having unwell people at your facility
  • Meeting physical distancing requirements 

Q. How many people will be allowed into our pool facility under Level.2? 

A condition on gatherings is that indoor facilities cannot exceed 100 people, outdoor facilities cannot exceed 500 people. People feeling unwell must stay home
sportnz.org.nz

 

Q. Can all club swimmers go back at the same time? 

This will be an individual club decision and will be based on communication with pool providers, available lane space and number of swimmers. We would encourage all clubs to introduce a gradual progression of squads utilising and adhering to all government and facility advice. We want swimmers back in the pool as much as everyone else, however we do advise a gradual re-introduction.

 

Useful Websites

Alert Level 3 Information: Covid-19.Gov

Government Wage Subsidy: Sport New Zealand

Alert Level Information: Sport New Zealand

Businesses Working Under Level – 3 Worksafe.Gov

Latest Health Advice: Ministry of Health

Regional Sporting Information: Sport Waikato

Please feel free to get in contact if further advice is required.

Regional Hub Director – [email protected]

To view Sport & Rec at Levels 1-4 CLICK HERE

 

 

 

Alert Level - Club Guidance

Sport New Zealand has now published further information on their website,  offering further guidance on play, recreation and sport across all Alert Levels 1-4. Please note that the table attached still contains some gaps that are being worked through by Government with input from the Sport New Zealand Policy team.

As we progress through Alert Levels we will continue to work with our key sporting partners as well as local and regional government to offer as much advice and support to our clubs as possible. We hope this guidance will offer clubs a clearer picture of the most up to date developments from government and how this may affect access to pool facilities.

Our clubs utilise pools operated by various service providers and therefore it will be unlikely that all clubs will be able to go back immediately once restrictions are lifted. We therefore recommend that our clubs keep in contact with their pool management and start a dialogue about possible start dates and ways in which pool users can safely utilise the facility once open.

Swimming Waikato will continue to follow national and local government advice on gatherings as well as work with pool providers and our club coaches around the possible continuation of our 2020 regional competition calendar. At this stage however, our main priority is our collective responsibility to eradicate Covid-19 in New Zealand, after which we can look at a gradual approach to re-introducing swimmers back into the water.

We would like to thank Swimming New Zealand, Sport Waikato and Sport New Zealand for their hard work behind the scenes and for being with us each step of the way. We would also like to take the opportunity to praise the great work of our clubs throughout the region, keeping swimmers engaged, fit and healthy.

Please feel free to get in contact if further advice is required.

Regional Hub Director – [email protected]

To view Sport & Rec at Levels 1-4 CLICK HERE

 

Community Resilience Fund- Sports new zealand

 

 Applications open on MONDAY 11 May at 10:00AM

APPLICATION LINK

https://www.sportwaikato.org.nz/programmes/regional-leadership/community-resilience-fund.aspx   

APPLICATION GUIDLINES

https://swimmingwaikato.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/CSRF-guidelines-FINAL.pdf 

For the application, you’ll need to have:

  • Incorporated Society Number or New Zealand Business Number (NZBN) https://www.nzbn.govt.nz
  • If your organisation is registered for GST, your GST number
  • Annual financial statements
  • Details of costs you are applying for and an invoice

 

SPORT NZ –  MEDIA RELEASE

If you have any queries, please contact Sport Waikato  [email protected]  

or Sport NZ [email protected]

 

 

 

 

Community Resilience Fund- Sports new zealand

 

 Applications open on MONDAY 11 May at 10:00AM

APPLICATION LINK

https://www.sportwaikato.org.nz/programmes/regional-leadership/community-resilience-fund.aspx   

APPLICATION GUIDLINES

https://swimmingwaikato.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/CSRF-guidelines-FINAL.pdf 

For the application, you’ll need to have:

  • Incorporated Society Number or New Zealand Business Number (NZBN) https://www.nzbn.govt.nz
  • If your organisation is registered for GST, your GST number
  • Annual financial statements
  • Details of costs you are applying for and an invoice

 

SPORT NZ –  MEDIA RELEASE

If you have any queries, please contact Sport Waikato  [email protected]  

or Sport NZ [email protected]

 

 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions - Alert Level 3 & 4

27/4/2020
 

Q. What does the introduction of Level 3 mean for sport in general? 

  • Organised sports or physical activity is not allowed outside your bubble.
  • You can travel within your region, and across a regional boundary if it is in your local area.
  • Activities must remain within your current abilities and don’t pick up new activities.
  • Group activities with anyone outside your bubble are not allowed.
  • Lower-risk activities only: care must be taken not to be injured and require medical care.
  • Contact activity or sharing equipment/balls with people outside your bubble is prohibited

 

 Q. Can pools open at Level. 3?
All public aquatic facilities will remain closed at Level.3.

 

Q. When will training start back?

Some pool facilities will be able to open at Level-2; however they will need to comply with the relevant Government guidelines to protect staff and facility users. We encourage our clubs to begin a dialogue with their pool providers to discuss the recommendations in place to ensure the safety of those utilising the facility.

 

 Q. When will we competitions start back?

Swimming Waikato will continue to follow national and local government advice on gatherings as well as work with pool providers and our club coaches around the possible continuation of our 2020 regional competition calendar. At this stage however, our main priority is our collective responsibility to eradicate Covid-19 in New Zealand, after which we can look at a gradual approach to re-introducing swimmers back into the water. As always, Swimming Waikato will be working alongside the Waikato Senior Coaching Group to discuss meet implementation and design.

 

Q. Will all pools in the Waikato open at the same time under Level. 2? 

This will be unlikely, due to the variety of pool operators and the local government they are located in. We would ask that you stay patient and work with the pool provider to support their planning around re-entry, we know that they will also be keen to get back.

 

Q. Do I need to fill out a Contact Tracing Log at pool facility? 

Sports facilities who are able to open at Alert Level 3 are currently required to maintain a guest register to assist the Ministry of Health’s efforts at contact tracing, this may be likely for Level.2.  We ask that you fully cooperate with all Ministry of Health’s efforts with contact tracing.   Clubs that use a private facility are strongly advised to complete their own log; a copy can be found following this LINK…

 

 Q. What measures will be taken by pool operators to ensure user safety? 

At all alert levels, clubs and facilities need to meet all public health guidelines. These include the following, although they may change over time: 

  • Regular disinfecting of surfaces
  • Encouraging good hand hygiene by allowing frequent hand washing and sanitising
  • Not having unwell people at your facility
  • Meeting physical distancing requirements 

Q. How many people will be allowed into our pool facility under Level.2? 

A condition on gatherings is that indoor facilities cannot exceed 100 people, outdoor facilities cannot exceed 500 people. People feeling unwell must stay home
sportnz.org.nz

 

Q. Can all club swimmers go back at the same time? 

This will be an individual club decision and will be based on communication with pool providers, available lane space and number of swimmers. We would encourage all clubs to introduce a gradual progression of squads utilising and adhering to all government and facility advice. We want swimmers back in the pool as much as everyone else, however we do advise a gradual re-introduction.

 

Useful Websites

Alert Level 3 Information: Covid-19.Gov

Government Wage Subsidy: Sport New Zealand

Alert Level Information: Sport New Zealand

Businesses Working Under Level – 3 Worksafe.Gov

Latest Health Advice: Ministry of Health

Regional Sporting Information: Sport Waikato

Please feel free to get in contact if further advice is required.

Regional Hub Director – [email protected]

To view Sport & Rec at Levels 1-4 CLICK HERE

 

 

 

Alert Level - Club Guidance

Sport New Zealand has now published further information on their website,  offering further guidance on play, recreation and sport across all Alert Levels 1-4. Please note that the table attached still contains some gaps that are being worked through by Government with input from the Sport New Zealand Policy team.

As we progress through Alert Levels we will continue to work with our key sporting partners as well as local and regional government to offer as much advice and support to our clubs as possible. We hope this guidance will offer clubs a clearer picture of the most up to date developments from government and how this may affect access to pool facilities.

Our clubs utilise pools operated by various service providers and therefore it will be unlikely that all clubs will be able to go back immediately once restrictions are lifted. We therefore recommend that our clubs keep in contact with their pool management and start a dialogue about possible start dates and ways in which pool users can safely utilise the facility once open.

Swimming Waikato will continue to follow national and local government advice on gatherings as well as work with pool providers and our club coaches around the possible continuation of our 2020 regional competition calendar. At this stage however, our main priority is our collective responsibility to eradicate Covid-19 in New Zealand, after which we can look at a gradual approach to re-introducing swimmers back into the water.

We would like to thank Swimming New Zealand, Sport Waikato and Sport New Zealand for their hard work behind the scenes and for being with us each step of the way. We would also like to take the opportunity to praise the great work of our clubs throughout the region, keeping swimmers engaged, fit and healthy.

Please feel free to get in contact if further advice is required.

Regional Hub Director – [email protected]

To view Sport & Rec at Levels 1-4 CLICK HERE

 

Community Resilience Fund- Sports new zealand

 

 Applications open on MONDAY 11 May at 10:00AM

APPLICATION LINK

https://www.sportwaikato.org.nz/programmes/regional-leadership/community-resilience-fund.aspx   

APPLICATION GUIDLINES

https://swimmingwaikato.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/CSRF-guidelines-FINAL.pdf 

For the application, you’ll need to have:

  • Incorporated Society Number or New Zealand Business Number (NZBN) https://www.nzbn.govt.nz
  • If your organisation is registered for GST, your GST number
  • Annual financial statements
  • Details of costs you are applying for and an invoice

 

SPORT NZ –  MEDIA RELEASE

If you have any queries, please contact Sport Waikato  [email protected]  

or Sport NZ [email protected]

 

 

 

 

Community Resilience Fund- Sports new zealand

 

 Applications open on MONDAY 11 May at 10:00AM

APPLICATION LINK

https://www.sportwaikato.org.nz/programmes/regional-leadership/community-resilience-fund.aspx   

APPLICATION GUIDLINES

https://swimmingwaikato.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/CSRF-guidelines-FINAL.pdf 

For the application, you’ll need to have:

  • Incorporated Society Number or New Zealand Business Number (NZBN) https://www.nzbn.govt.nz
  • If your organisation is registered for GST, your GST number
  • Annual financial statements
  • Details of costs you are applying for and an invoice

 

SPORT NZ –  MEDIA RELEASE

If you have any queries, please contact Sport Waikato  [email protected]  

or Sport NZ [email protected]

 

 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions - Alert Level 3 & 4

27/4/2020
 

Q. What does the introduction of Level 3 mean for sport in general? 

  • Organised sports or physical activity is not allowed outside your bubble.
  • You can travel within your region, and across a regional boundary if it is in your local area.
  • Activities must remain within your current abilities and don’t pick up new activities.
  • Group activities with anyone outside your bubble are not allowed.
  • Lower-risk activities only: care must be taken not to be injured and require medical care.
  • Contact activity or sharing equipment/balls with people outside your bubble is prohibited

 

 Q. Can pools open at Level. 3?
All public aquatic facilities will remain closed at Level.3.

 

Q. When will training start back?

Some pool facilities will be able to open at Level-2; however they will need to comply with the relevant Government guidelines to protect staff and facility users. We encourage our clubs to begin a dialogue with their pool providers to discuss the recommendations in place to ensure the safety of those utilising the facility.

 

 Q. When will we competitions start back?

Swimming Waikato will continue to follow national and local government advice on gatherings as well as work with pool providers and our club coaches around the possible continuation of our 2020 regional competition calendar. At this stage however, our main priority is our collective responsibility to eradicate Covid-19 in New Zealand, after which we can look at a gradual approach to re-introducing swimmers back into the water. As always, Swimming Waikato will be working alongside the Waikato Senior Coaching Group to discuss meet implementation and design.

 

Q. Will all pools in the Waikato open at the same time under Level. 2? 

This will be unlikely, due to the variety of pool operators and the local government they are located in. We would ask that you stay patient and work with the pool provider to support their planning around re-entry, we know that they will also be keen to get back.

 

Q. Do I need to fill out a Contact Tracing Log at pool facility? 

Sports facilities who are able to open at Alert Level 3 are currently required to maintain a guest register to assist the Ministry of Health’s efforts at contact tracing, this may be likely for Level.2.  We ask that you fully cooperate with all Ministry of Health’s efforts with contact tracing.   Clubs that use a private facility are strongly advised to complete their own log; a copy can be found following this LINK…

 

 Q. What measures will be taken by pool operators to ensure user safety? 

At all alert levels, clubs and facilities need to meet all public health guidelines. These include the following, although they may change over time: 

  • Regular disinfecting of surfaces
  • Encouraging good hand hygiene by allowing frequent hand washing and sanitising
  • Not having unwell people at your facility
  • Meeting physical distancing requirements 

Q. How many people will be allowed into our pool facility under Level.2? 

A condition on gatherings is that indoor facilities cannot exceed 100 people, outdoor facilities cannot exceed 500 people. People feeling unwell must stay home
sportnz.org.nz

 

Q. Can all club swimmers go back at the same time? 

This will be an individual club decision and will be based on communication with pool providers, available lane space and number of swimmers. We would encourage all clubs to introduce a gradual progression of squads utilising and adhering to all government and facility advice. We want swimmers back in the pool as much as everyone else, however we do advise a gradual re-introduction.

 

Useful Websites

Alert Level 3 Information: Covid-19.Gov

Government Wage Subsidy: Sport New Zealand

Alert Level Information: Sport New Zealand

Businesses Working Under Level – 3 Worksafe.Gov

Latest Health Advice: Ministry of Health

Regional Sporting Information: Sport Waikato

Please feel free to get in contact if further advice is required.

Regional Hub Director – [email protected]

To view Sport & Rec at Levels 1-4 CLICK HERE

 

 

 

Alert Level - Club Guidance

Sport New Zealand has now published further information on their website,  offering further guidance on play, recreation and sport across all Alert Levels 1-4. Please note that the table attached still contains some gaps that are being worked through by Government with input from the Sport New Zealand Policy team.

As we progress through Alert Levels we will continue to work with our key sporting partners as well as local and regional government to offer as much advice and support to our clubs as possible. We hope this guidance will offer clubs a clearer picture of the most up to date developments from government and how this may affect access to pool facilities.

Our clubs utilise pools operated by various service providers and therefore it will be unlikely that all clubs will be able to go back immediately once restrictions are lifted. We therefore recommend that our clubs keep in contact with their pool management and start a dialogue about possible start dates and ways in which pool users can safely utilise the facility once open.

Swimming Waikato will continue to follow national and local government advice on gatherings as well as work with pool providers and our club coaches around the possible continuation of our 2020 regional competition calendar. At this stage however, our main priority is our collective responsibility to eradicate Covid-19 in New Zealand, after which we can look at a gradual approach to re-introducing swimmers back into the water.

We would like to thank Swimming New Zealand, Sport Waikato and Sport New Zealand for their hard work behind the scenes and for being with us each step of the way. We would also like to take the opportunity to praise the great work of our clubs throughout the region, keeping swimmers engaged, fit and healthy.

Please feel free to get in contact if further advice is required.

Regional Hub Director – [email protected]

To view Sport & Rec at Levels 1-4 CLICK HERE

 

Government Wage Subsidy Scheme

If you haven’t already done so, registered charities and incorporated societies with paid employees can apply for the wage subsidy, subject to meeting the required criteria.  See link below:-

Work & Income – Covid-19 Support

 

Help With Government Wage Subsidy Application

Sport NZ is able to support your organisation in navigating the Government’s support package so that you are aware of the financial relief you may have access to.

Please contact either of the two following organisations for a one hour free consultation to understand your entitlements.

Luke Norman
Director
Deal Advisory, KPMG
Mob: 027 8077 989
[email protected]

Doug Haines
Partner
BDI Wellington
Mob: 021 342 463
[email protected]

Temporary Suspension On Gaming Funds

With the country moving to Covid-19 Alert Level 4, all gaming venues have closed for the next four weeks.  As Gaming Societies are not collecting revenue, they are not in a position to distribute funds.  As such, gaming societies have suspended all applications for funds.  If you have an application that was being processed from the previous funding round, or have received funds for an event that is no longer taking place, you should contact the respective Gaming Society.  

 Please note that if Alert Level 4 is lifted in four weeks and gaming venues are allowed to open, it will be a further month until funds will become available, as it will take at least a month for sufficient funds to be collected.  While the Gaming Societies will have a real appetite to get back to normal and resume funding at good levels, there may be uncertainty in which venues are allowed to resume operations. As such, it is likely that levels of funding will not return to previous levels, at least in the short term. Sport NZ is aware of the significance of this and will be advising the Government as such.

 

Documenting The Financial Disruption To Your Organisation

Please be assured that there is quite a lot of lobbying occurring right now between Sport NZ and the Government around any other potential financial support for our sector on top of the wage subsidy application process.  There cannot be any guarantees however there’s never a better time for the Minister of Finance (Grant Robertson) to also be the Minister of Sport.

Where possible, we would encourage you to be keeping a record the financial disruption that Covid-19 is having or going to have on your organisation over the next 3 month period, and potentially even for the next 6 month period.  This would include documenting the value of the financial impact on regular sources of revenue including; membership fees, event/programme fees, grant funding, sponsorship etc.

 

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