Sporting organisations across the region will be gifted with a constant reminder of how to return to their sports safely and responsibly after the release of a poster called ‘It’s time to bench COVID for good’.
The poster was a joint project between the Northern Queensland Primary Health Network (NQPHN) and North Queensland Sports Foundation (NQSF).
It will be distributed directly to community sporting clubs dotted across the far north as well as all 31 local government councils in North Queensland.
The posters advertise practical tips for staying safe while returning to training including safe facility practices, not sharing water bottles, encouraging personal hygiene and the importance of social distancing.
NQPHN Chief Executive Officer John Greg said the resource focuses on giving community sporting clubs and associations a handy guide for a safe return to sport at all levels.
“Obviously our local sporting community is desperately keen to get back to playing the sports they love, but we need to ensure that it is done the right way,” he said.
“We’ve designed this poster for community sporting clubs to place in and around their facilities as well as to distribute to members.
“These posters will help people take simple steps to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spread.”
The safe return to training, competitions and programs is of the utmost importance to both NQPHN and NQSF as stressed by the NQSF Chief Executive Officer Stephen Farrell.
“The NQSF is dedicated to supporting active and healthy regional communities by advocating sport and active recreation in the region,” he said.
“We all need to do what we can to advance a safe and properly prepared plan for the resumption of sport and active recreation in our communities.
“Assistance for these organisations to prepare to meet the COVIDsafe requirements necessary to help participants and support personnel reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 is vital.”