Job losses in sport could reach 300,000 due to coronavirus - with 10,000 already gone

on Saturday, 26 September 2020.

The Telegraph 25 Sep 2020, 18:54

Around 10,000 people in the sports sector have already lost their job since the Covid-19 lockdown, but there are fears that up to 300,000 roles could go by the end of the year without government support.

Organisations including the Football Association, the England & Wales Cricket Board, Arsenal, Wasps, UK Athletics, the Rugby Football Union and McLaren have already announced redundancies and, with 6,000 jobs also going in public leisure, the physical activity sector is facing the urgent threat of economic devastation.

According to the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity, around 150,000 roles across fitness, leisure and recreational sports are at risk once furlough ends but that will rise to between 250,000 and 300,000 by next year if there is not a dedicated package of support. That is based on losing 45 per cent of facilities and, while that forecast includes a relatively small percentage of volunteers, the vast majority would be paid jobs.

The public leisure sector, which includes community gyms and swimming pools, has already asked for £800,000 to keep it afloat until next March and a detailed outline of the need elsewhere is being calculated. The final ask, including compensation for lost gate receipts across the ‘big eight’ sports, could top £2 billion.

Research reveals low Covid-19 prevalence in leisure centres

on Friday, 25 September 2020.

Findings, published by ukactive

The findings, published by ukactive, showed there have been only 78 confirmed Covid-19 cases among more than 22 million visits since facilities were given the go-ahead to reopen.

Data was collated from more than 1,500 facilities between 25 July and 13 September – with the number of cases per 100,000 people being measured at 0.34.

The reported cases represented incidents where public health authorities have informed operators of a positive result within a certain time period of a user visiting a facility – rather than indicating transmission in the leisure centre environment specifically.

In addition to those 78 positive cases traced to customers who have used a facility, there have been only 38 cases among members of staff.

U Turn for Ponds Forge?

on Wednesday, 09 September 2020.

Formal Decision 23rd September 2020

A pool closed during the coronavirus outbreak is to reopen after a campaign by swimming clubs.
Ponds Forge in Sheffield was to remain closed until at least April 2021 after the trust which runs it said the £1.5m cost of opening it was too expensive.
Following protests, Sheffield Council has since said it intends to open the pool again.
The issue was discussed in a meeting but a formal decision will be made in a cabinet meeting on 23 September.
The facility, built for the 1991 World Student Games, is used by a number of swimmers and divers who have competed at Olympic games and other international events, as well as the general public.
According to the Local Democracy Reporting Service, council officers said they were working on the details and a report would be published next week. 
Councillor Mary Lea, cabinet member for culture, parks and leisure, told the scrutiny meeting the council was aiming to reopen the pool at the beginning of October.