Sport on the way back

Sport on the way back

An update from the Director of Sport Tim Lee about the easing of restrictions and what it means for sport at the University


Dear members and supporters,

You might be wondering what the recent easing of restrictions means for sport at the University. The good news is that outdoor training for many winter competitive clubs (groups of less than 10) and some smaller-scale recreation club trips have recommenced this week. The pool should also reopen in the next fortnight with our fitness centres, including group fitness, and other indoor facilities to start operating again from 22 June. Casual access to tennis courts and other facilities may also be provided at this time.

The campus remains closed officially but with some staff and research students starting to return along with an increasing number of students at residential colleges, we are looking to recommence activities as soon as we are able.

It will come as no surprise that the process of reopening is much more complex than the shutting down. Indoor and outdoor spaces now need to reviewed and reconfigured to comply with the maximum density, physical distancing and hygiene requirements as determined by national and state authorities. Specific requirements for each activity mandated by the relevant sporting association and industry body (fitness, aquatic, sport and recreation) also need to be applied along with the ongoing monitoring of participants. These requirements differ at each stage of the process which is then also subject to the final approval by the University. I would like to thank the many club office bearers and MU Sport and University staff who continue to work diligently through this complex and constantly evolving process.

Some restrictions will remain for the foreseeable future but we are confident that all programs, clubs and services will be operating by the first week of semester two, albeit in a modified form for some. Training for representative (intervarsity), college and campus sport will commence in week one prior to competitions starting (some modified) once restrictions are relaxed further. Popular student programs such as Water Safety, Pride in Sport and the Indigenous Sport Program will also return along with instructional club activity. In addition, the ski season is now proceeding (dependent on the snow of course) and we are confident that the University Alpine Lodge will open. The School Holiday Program should also return in time for the September school break and the onsite Physiotherapy Service and Bike Shop will reopen shortly.

More detailed information is available through our Staying Connected hub, with regular updates to be provided in the coming weeks. Sporting clubs will also be in touch directly with members as their programs return.


Support for the clubs
I am confident that the sporting clubs are in a good position to rebound, however, now more than ever your club could use some extra support from their dedicated and passionate alumni and supporters to emerge stronger and more vibrant. You can show your support by providing a donation here.

Thank you for your continued support for sport at the University.

Regards,

Tim Lee
Director of Sport