The Western Cape Provincial Sport Confederation is happy to see how many federations have begun the slow return to play and training. After many months of return to play submissions by the national codes, several have been approved and our federations are slowly coming back online. The approved plans now roll out from national to provincial to district and ultimately at club level where the sport is physically practised.
The last few months have seen administrators busy with endless online sessions to help prepare and implement plans at district and club level. Many Federations have had to ensure compliance officers are appointed and venues assessed. Several Federations have provided online COVID compliance tests which see their coaches certified as code specific COVID compliance officers. The result now for the approved codes is a return to training under the specified controlled regulations.
During these times the WCPSC has been hosting weekly COVID-19 readiness sharing sessions with its members and assisting where possible with the return to play plans including knowledge and document sharing amongst the confederation members.
WCPSC president JP Naude said the organisation is proud to see how hard the federations have been working on compliance, and the plan approvals give long-suffering sports federations hope and brings them a step closer to some sense of normality. Our athletes have suffered tremendously as a result of Covid-19 and the subsequent lockdown which brought physical interacting sports activity to a halt.
I commend our sports leaders for their discipline, patience and constant hard work behind the scenes to implement their approved plans at ground level.
We know that we still have a long way to go before all sporting codes can fully return to play, but we will support them all the way and we appreciate their endeavours.
The WCPSC advises all athletes to verify their training venues and coaches are certified compliant as per their approved sports plans.