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Community sport and recreation clubs survey

Thank you to all those who completed the 2021 community sport and recreation clubs survey to measure the ongoing impacts of the pandemic on our industry. Your feedback will allow us to continue to support the sport and recreation community in its recovery.

This is a follow up from the August 2020 survey which was conducted to gain insights from sport and active recreation clubs about their experiences in resuming activities after COVID-19 health restrictions eased in Queensland.

The August 2020 survey (PDF, 569.5KB) received more than 1,200 responses across 99 sports throughout Queensland.

Key findings

Some of the key insights thus far include:

  • Of the 73% of respondents who reported ceasing all activities due to COVID-19 restrictions, about 95% have resumed activities to various levels.
  • Almost 90% of respondents reported additional costs involved in getting their clubs fit for play with extra hygiene and cleaning costs identified as the most common expense.
  • The ability to generate revenue had declined once COVID-19 restrictions were imposed in March 2020 with more than half of respondents reporting a decrease in participant registrations, and almost 60% reporting impacts to their fundraising activities. Participation decreases were mainly due to the financial burden and health and safety concerns.
  • Respondents reported their greatest need moving forward was funding (50%).
  • For some organisations, there were surprising benefits including an increase in participation registrations (11%), a better sense of community, improved hygiene practices and the expansion of their online capabilities (69% of respondents indicated they would continue to use online engagement).

View our summary report (PDF, 80.7KB) (accessible version (DOCX, 17.4KB)) for more information.

What happens next?

The findings from both surveys will assist government to work together with industry partners, including QSport and Outdoors Queensland, to develop strategies to continue to support the sport and active recreation community in its recovery.

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Last updated: 30 Mar 2021