THE effects of COVID-19 are being felt in all areas of our community, including our community sporting clubs.
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We have seen the postponement of most winter sports, including Soccer, Netball, Australian Rules Football, Rugby Union, Rugby League and countless others.
Whilst the long-term effects are yet to be felt, short-term effects are already spreading not only to administrators but to our children.
Many local children live and breathe their winter sports, playing both days on the weekends and training up to four times per week, watching anything sport related in between.
Ryley Jewell from Port Stephens Power Australian Football Club told News Of The Area, “I’m missing being at footy and kicking a footy with my mates.”
“I just wish this stupid corona virus would go away so we can start playing soon.”
Parents and children are understanding the importance of social distancing so are looking for options at home to keep active, away from devices and sane during this uncertain time we are experiencing.
Some in the area are lucky enough to have large backyards with football goals and obstacle courses, those with smaller yards are looking toward more fine motor skills requiring less space and going on regular walks and jogs to keep their fitness up.
With the future of this season unknown, every bit of home training counts for something.
By Julie MCKIMM