COVID-19 Update from MU Sport

This page contains information on restrictions to services and programs as a result of COVID-19

MU Sport programs and services have been suspended and access to University sport and fitness facilities restricted for the foreseeable future. Specific program or service information is provided below.

However, we remain committed to supporting students and staff to stay active during this period so a range of online tips and programs are provided here. Social distancing practices apply.

The University’s dedicated COVID-19 webpage is the primary source for detailed and up-to-date information.

UPDATED: 5:00pm, 27 May 2020

Message from the Director - updated 27 May 2020

Read the 27 May update here. Further program information is listed on this page

Read the 25 March update here

Read the 16 March 2020 update here

Sporting Clubs - 20 May 2020

The latest Club COVID-19 resources can be found here.

MU Sport has recently sent communications to Club Office Bearers about the resumption of club training and recreational activities (for on and off-campus training/activities and access to equipment). This resumption is currently only applicable to clubs that conduct their training and activities in an outdoor environment.

As part of our discussions with the University, we have presented an MU Sport Framework for the Resumption of Community Sport and Recreation (Stage 1). This framework can be found on our new, dedicated COVID-19: Resumption of Club Training and Recreational Activities (Stage 1) webpage.

Return to Campus plan

  • Outdoor training for competitive clubs has commenced. Up to 10 participants in a group will be permitted, with 20 in Stage 2 and a full return to sporting activity by Stage 3. These numbers will be restricted based on our own facility configurations.
  • Recreational outdoor club activity will also be permitted in groups of up to 10 participants on our return. From Stage 2, indoor and outdoor training of up to 20 participants will be allowed, with a full return to sporting activity from Stage 3 onward.
  • Indoor Instructional club activity will resume from Stage 2 with up to 20 participants in a group. Full sporting activity will be resumed from Stage 3.

Current restrictions

Sporting club access to University facilities and access to meeting and club storage spaces is still suspended. MU Sport encourages clubs to also suspend their off-campus activities and to follow all relevant state/national sporting body and health advice to ensure the safety of members. If your club becomes aware of a member being diagnosed with COVID-19, you should follow the Club Critical Incident Procedure and contact MU Sport immediately.

Should you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact Club Coordinator Tom Mullumby.

Gym, Pool and Group Fitness

Return to Campus plan

  • The Fitness Centre and Gym will offer outdoor boot camp style classes with up to 10 participants. Starting from Stage 2, modified access will be granted to our facilities with up to 20 participants allowed inside at any given time and then up to 100 participants in Stage 3. Modified group fitness programs will also be on offer with 20 participants in classes in Stage 2 and 30 participants in Stage 3.
  • From Stage 2, the Pool will be open for casual lap swimming and the Water Safety Program will resume per government guidelines.

Current restrictions

Nona Lee Sports Centre: Closed
Beaurepaire Centre Gym and Pool: Closed
Lincoln Square Fitness: Closed
Southbank Fitness: Closed

Implications for current Fitness Members:

Direct Debit: All direct debit memberships will be automatically suspended, and no further payments will be debited from your account until further notice.
Salary Package Memberships: All salary package memberships and deductions will be suspended and will not resume until further notice.
Term memberships (1month, 4 month and 12 month): All term memberships will be automatically suspended and will not resume until further notice.

Water Safety Program

Return to Campus plan

From Stage 2, the Pool will be open for casual lap swimming and the Water Safety Program will resume per government guidelines.

Current Restrictions

Suspended until further notice. For any enquiries please contact marcus.grillo@unimelb.edu.au

Campus Sport

Return to Campus plan

Modified outdoor programming for Campus Sport of up to 10 participants will resume on our return, with up to 20 participants permitted indoor and outdoor in Stage 2 and a full return to programming in Stage 3.

Current Restrictions

All Campus Sport competitions will be postponed for Semester 1. Team registration fees will be refunded as soon as possible. Should you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact Sport Officer Abbey McNally.

College Sport

Return to Campus plan

Outdoor training for College Sport for groups of up to 10 participants will resume on our return, with up to 20 permitted indoor and outdoor in Stage 2 and a full return to sporting activity in Stage 3.

Current Restrictions

All College Sport competitions scheduled for Semester 1 will be postponed. MU Sport will work with the Heads of College and Inter-Collegiate Sports Council to plan for the recommencement of competitions as and when permissible. Should you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact Sport Participation Coordinator Larissa Payne.

Intervarsity Sport

Return to Campus plan

From Stage 2 onwards, indoor and outdoor training in groups of up to 20 will be permitted for intervarsity Sport. No competitions will run during this time. A full return to sporting activity will begin in Stage 3.

Current Restrictions

The University’s participation in Intervarsity Sport competitions, including UniSport Australia events, will be postponed until such time as competitions can be rescheduled. This includes the Melbourne – Monash Big Blue, the University Basketball League, Uni Nationals – Swimming, Uni Nationals – Athletics and Uni Nationals 3x3 Hustle. Training for these activities is also suspended. Should you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact Sport Performance Coordinator Tom Lutwyche

Community Sport

Return to Campus plan

Modified outdoor programming for Community Sport of up to 10 participants will resume on our return, with up to 20 participants permitted indoor and outdoor in Stage 2 and a full return to programming in Stage 3.

Current Restrictions

The Tin Alley Netball Autumn competition (Monday and Wednesday nights) will be postponed for Semester 1. Team registration fees will be refunded as soon as possible.

Should you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact Sport Officer Abbey McNally.

Elite Athlete Program and Strength and Conditioning

Return to Campus plan

Outdoor Strength & Conditioning in groups of up to 10 will be permitted for our Elite Athletes on our return to campus. From Stage 2 onward, groups of up to 10 will be allowed to train in the High-Performance S&C Studio.

Current Restrictions

The EAP will continue to provide advocacy and support to student-athletes via online platforms and all enquiries should be directed to Elite Athlete Coordinator Brendan Parnell. S&C support will also continue online and student-athlete enquiries should be directed to Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Tony Sephton

Pride in Sport

Return to Campus plan

From Stage 2 onward, modified Fitness programming in person and online will be available for Pride in Sport program participants

Current Restrictions

With the general closure of MU Sport facilities, some programs associated with the Pride in Sport program will be suspended.

Queer friendly exercise classes for Semester 1 are cancelled for the time being. Updates regarding future classes will be provided when possible.

MU Sport Pride Ambassadors and Sports Clubs are encouraged to contact the Pride and Diversity Coordinator for specific information around their involvement in the program at chris.bunting@unimelb.edu.au

For people who identify as LGBTQIA+ and have specific concerns around COVID-19 and your health needs, please see this resource developed by the Aids Council of NSW (ACON) for further information. Please note that this information is current as of March 9th and may get updated in the near future.

The University's Pride in Action Ally Network have developed a comprehensive resource page for COVID and the LGBT+ community here.

Moondani Yalingwa - Indigenous Sport Program

Return to Campus plan

From Stage 2 onward, modified Fitness programming in person and online will be available for Moondani Yalingwa program participants

Current Restrictions

All current programs for Indigenous students will be suspended until further notice. This includes any use of the Fitness facilities and Campus Sport teams.

Updates regarding future events such as Indigenous Uni Nationals will be provided when possible.

If any Indigenous students or staff have questions regarding sport and fitness during this time please contact the Sport Leadership Coordinator, Asha Steer at asha.steer@unimelb.edu.au

Strong Women

Return to Campus Plan

Strong Women participants will continue to hold online and virtual events with modified fitness programming available in Stage 2. Face to face events will begin in Stage 3.

Current restrictions

Strong Women fitness classes and the Strong Women Fund are suspended until further notice.

School Holiday Program

Return to Campus Plan

A modified School Holiday Program may be introduced from Stage 2 permitting up to 20 children and 100 children from Stage 3 to participate.

Current restrictions

The March/April holiday program were cancelled.

Those who had enrolled have been contacted regarding refunds. If you have paid but did not receive a separate email, please contact us at: sport-camps@unimelb.edu.au

Oval and Athletics Track

Return to Campus Plan

Limited Club training has commenced, see Clubs section above.

Current restrictions

Closed for programs and group bookings

Boat House

Return to Campus Plan

Limited Club training has commenced, see Clubs section above.

Current restrictions

Closed until further notice

External venue hire

Return to Campus Plan

Casual Hire of our outdoor Tennis Courts, Athletics Track and Hockey Pitch will be available when we return to campus (subject to patrons bringing their own equipment.) Indoor court hire of our badminton courts and stadium will be available from Stage 2 for up to 20 people, and to 100 in Stage 3.

The Alpine Lodge currently remains closed. Reopening will be reassessed from Stage 2 with possible accommodation for up to 20 guests across the entire premise. If permitted, the Lodge will fully reopen starting Stage 3.Limited Club training has commenced, see Clubs section above.

Current restrictions

All facilities are currently closed to external groups.

ACSF

Closed

Tennis Coaching

Closed