State government launches sports restart package as Redlands clubs gear up for return to play

APPLICATIONS are open for stage one of the state government's sports restart package, giving Redlands clubs the chance to secure $2000 in funding to cover operational costs and purchase hygiene supplies for a return to play.

TEAMWORK: Redlands MP Kim Richards takes on a session with Redlands Rugby League Club's women's open team prior to coronavirus restrictions being put in place.

TEAMWORK: Redlands MP Kim Richards takes on a session with Redlands Rugby League Club's women's open team prior to coronavirus restrictions being put in place.

Redlands Rugby League Club president Todd Flahey has welcomed the package, having suffered through almost three months without match day revenue to cover bills.

"It is not a massive amount but it all helps at the moment," he said.

Indoor and outdoor organised community sport is allowed to resume on June 12, though no contact is permitted between participants and gatherings are to be capped at 20 people.

Gyms, health clubs and yoga studios will reopen under the same restrictions but social distancing must be observed and travel is limited to 250 kilometres from a person's home.

Mr Flahey said the league club would invest in a wash station with an air drying sanitiser to keep players and coaches safe when training resumes.

"It is something we have been planning for a little while now so we can make sure everything is clean," he said.

"We want our members to have faith that everything is clean because that is going to be the big thing for everyone. We want their kids to be confident that we're doing the right thing."

Families affected by COVID-19 will be able to apply for a $150 voucher to cover sports fees under stage two of the restart package, with applications for an infrastructure recovery fund to open for clubs in stage three.

Redlands MP Kim Richards said the recovery package would help everyone at sports clubs bounce back, including cleaners, coaches, admin staff and parents.

"I know that implementation of new systems and practices could prove challenging for clubs," she said.

"That's why the Queensland Government is providing $51.3 million through its return to play recovery package to help everyone ... get ready to restart community sport and recreation to coincide with stage two of Queensland's road map to recovery."

Further restrictions on community sport will be lifted during stage three, with gatherings of up to 100 people allowed and contact reinstated.

Mr Flahey said the club was waiting on information from Queensland Rugby League and were starting to plan their approach to a season restart.

"One of the issues we do face at the moment is there is still a 100 person limit," he said.

"On the weekend I am going to catch up with people in key coaching positions and go over how that would work with over 600 players.

"We are just waiting for the extra information to find out exactly what we need to do.

"Whatever is required we are going to do it because these kids need sport. In some way, shape or form we will make sure they are out there exercising."

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