Surveys and Insights
As we move to lower alert levels and our communities look forward to returning to their more usual daily routines, we know that COVID-19 has had, and will continue to have, an impact on how people are physically active.
It could be that people have discovered new ways of being active with their whanau, or that they’re anxious about returning to the gym and want to continue working and exercising from home, or, they’re pinning to rush back to competing and entering events.
To help us better understand what the physical activity needs, behaviour and barriers might be for our communities post-lockdown, we have developed a short anonymous survey to identify what these may be for people across the Greater Wellington region. The more we know about the wants and needs of our communities, the better we can tailor our response.
We would be grateful if you could help us collect this information by a) completing the survey yourself as an individual, and b) sharing the survey link with your communities and encouraging them to complete it.
- The survey is open to everyone. Parents are welcome to fill out the survey for themselves and their child(ren). The survey is set-up so that the same person can fill it out multiple times for different individuals in their household if they wish.
- The survey is anonymous and we do not ask for any personal information. There are general questions about age, gender, etc. for the purpose of better understanding our communities and providing targeted support where it might be needed. However this information is high level and cannot be used to identify individuals.
- Respondents can choose to exit the survey at any stage. Incomplete surveys will be removed from the analysis.
- Results will be shared with our stakeholders and community once they are available.
- The survey will close on Friday June 5 at 5pm.
We sent a survey out to the play, active recreation and sport sector seeking feedback on the immediate impact as a result of COVID-19.
48 people completed the survey, consisting of 23 RSOs, 17 clubs, and 8 ‘others’. The survey contains valuable information regarding the financial impact, preparation for the various scenarios of moving through the alert levels, and programme design and delivery based on changing participant needs.
Key themes for support required:
- Sport Wellington’s leadership in connecting the system, sharing information, bringing groups of different stakeholders together to share, listen, learn, and leverage from each other.
- Support to reimagine the future delivery to participants of programmes/products against different alert levels.
- Support to develop scenarios, including budgeting and reforecasting, to be followed based on how the COVID-19 crisis plays out.
- Support to access and understand guidelines for physical activity at different alert levels.
- Support through Sport Wellington advocacy to Councils (e.g. rent/hire relief to reduce costs/overheads to get to sustainable position), Funders (access to Funds and also flexibility against use of already allocated funds), Sport New Zealand (Recovery Budget Bid to Treasury) and other major stakeholders.
- Support to understand the funding landscape, what is and isn’t available; for what is available (funders, criteria, amount, timeline, application process) and for what isn’t (why not, when will they come back online). Also includes flexibility against funds already allocated.
- Support to review and update business plans and ensure business continuity.
- Support in designing and delivering online learning (for voluntary/paid workforce) and programmes (for participants)
- Support to ensure integrated and equitable seasonal planning across a 12-month window for winter and summer sports.
- Support in the area of business restructuring and human resource-related issues.
The survey also contains valuable information regarding the financial impact, preparation for the various scenarios of moving through the alert levels, and programme design and delivery based on changing participant needs.
We are using these survey results to inform our decision making and have adjusted our response planning where appropriate. We will continue to gather insights and use this information to remain agile and responsive.
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Covid-19 will have a major impact upon the sports system in the Hutt Valley. The administrators of our community sports organisations are deeply concerned about the financial, operational and social impact of the crisis. There is general acknowledgement that because time needs to reveal the full picture, planning is difficult.
Decreased funding to the sector; primarily through lost subscriptions and grants funding, is the immediate concern of respondents. This is followed by their ability to deliver their sport, and lost opportunities for community, physical activity and socialising.
Winter sports codes have expressed that they be more strongly impacted by the crisis, as will organisations that are heavily reliant on grants funding or have little differentiation in their streams of income.
There is a mixed level of preparedness for a crisis of this type, with only half of respondents demonstrating that they work to a strategy, and only a quarter saying that they feel confident that they have the tools and resources to contend with Covid-19. It appears however that most respondents are able to work remotely, and are proficient in several communication platforms.
Communication, as it filters down to the sector appears to be getting to where it needs to, with most respondents using several platforms and communicating as required, weekly or better. There is a strong appetite from most partners to be ‘kept in the loop’, particularly as they move towards a resumption of programme delivery.
Responding organisations are strongly willing to work with others in the sector to address the challenges ahead, and there is an open-ness and a range of constructive suggestions for how sport might evolve through these challenges. This presents an opportunity for those working in the sector to partner with our communities to discuss best-practice approaches to develop and grow sport.
The key themes of the survey are:
- Covid 19 will have a major impact upon the sports system in the Hutt Valley. Respondents are deeply concerned about the financial, operational and social impact of the crisis. There is general acknowledgement that because time needs to reveal the full picture, planning is difficult.
- Respondents are most concerned about decreased funding; primarily through lost subscriptions and grants funding. This is followed by the ability to deliver sport, but people are also concerned about declining community wellbeing through lost opportunities for community, physical activity and socialising.
- There was a mixed level of preparedness for a crisis of this type, only half of the respondents work to a strategy, and only a quarter of them feel confident that they possess the tools and resources to respond to the challenges Covid 19 presents. Commentary on this demonstrates widespread uncertainty regarding what changes may be required in response. Most respondents are able to work remotely, and are proficient in several communication platforms.
- Communication, appears to be getting to where it needs to, with most respondents using several platforms and communicating as required, weekly or better. There is a strong appetite to be ‘kept in the loop’, particularly as we move towards a resumption of programme delivery.
- There is lots of positivity and constructive ideas- Respondents are strongly willing to work with others to address the challenges ahead, and there is an open-ness and a range of constructive suggestions for how sport might evolve through these challenges. The door appears to be open for new partnerships and adopting new or different approaches to adapting and developing community sport and recreation.
Recreation Aotearoa are running webinars and producing INSIGHTS Case Studies to support the NZ recreation industry through the COVID-19 pandemic.