We are continuing to keep the basketball community updated as the COVID-19 situation continues. In this update:
- MEDIA RELEASE ON COMMUNITY BASKETBALL
- GOVERNMENT SUPPORT PACKAGE – EMPLOYER COVID-19 WAGE SUBSIDY AND LEAVE PAYMENTS
- UNDER 15 APRIL SELECTION CAMP
- NATIONAL COACHING CLINICS
- HYGIENE ADVICE TO YOUR COMMUNITY
- MINISTRY OF HEALTH INFORMATION
MEDIA RELEASE ON COMMUNITY BASKETBALL
With many national sporting organisations cancelling their community sport activities in the regions (including cricket, rugby, netball, league and football) Basketball New Zealand put out this media release, outlining how we are dealing with basketball within the evolving COVID-19 situation. This maybe helpful to Associations when asked about their operations.
We are continuing to take guidance from the Government, Ministry of Health and Sport NZ.
GOVERNMENT SUPPORT PACKAGE – EMPLOYER COVID-19 WAGE SUBSIDY AND LEAVE PAYMENTS
Yesterday the Government announced a $12.1 billion COVID-19 support package for New Zealand businesses. You can read more on the announcement with further information here.
If your Association meets the criteria you can apply for wage subsidies and/or leave payments by following the links below. We encourage you to read through this information promptly and apply if your Association can meet the criteria.
Over $5 billion has been made available for wage subsidies and the COVID-19 leave payment scheme will also provide support (through employers/to sole traders and the self-employed) for those people unable to work because they are in self-isolation, are sick with COVID-19 or caring for dependents who are in either of these situations.
We note there will be more to come, with further work on support to be announced in the coming days and weeks.
Need more information? Where to apply?
You can read more on the Wage Subsidy and Leave Support Payment Scheme through Work and Income’s website, see here. To apply online, follow and fill out the following forms:
UNDER 15 APRIL SELECTION CAMP
The April U15 National Selection camp has been postponed. An email has been sent to all triallists outlining the next steps.
NATIONAL COACHING CLINICS
The National Coaching Clinic series have been postponed. Host Associations have been advised directly. Those clinics postpones are:
- Auckland: Saturday 25 April
- Tauranga: Sunday 26 April
- Wellington: Monday 27 April
- Christchurch: Tuesday 28 April
As a result of this disruption, the high-performance team have been discussing innovative ways to support coaches during this time. They are working on a number of new and exciting initiatives to keep the community coaches engaged over the coming weeks and months including remote development opportunities for coaches, as well as the re-scheduling of the National Coaches Clinic series.
ASSOCIATIONS, PLEASE CONTINUE TO PUSH HYGIENE ADVICE TO YOUR COMMUNITY
Any Associations that are continuing to run basketball within their regions, we’re asking everyone including referees, officials and players to preach the hygiene message. We are working with ABSL and Harbour Basketball on guidance to help, which we hope to provide tomorrow. For now though, remember:
- Wash your hands
- If you don’t need to travel overseas, then don’t. Enjoy your own back yard for a time.
- If you’re sick, stay home
- If you sneeze, do it into your elbow
- Stop handshakes, hugs, and hongi
- Please be mindful of the older citizens in your life. Check in on them, but if you’re sick, keep your distance
- Anyone arriving from overseas must follow the self-isolation process
- Do what is best for you and your communities to keep them safe and healthy.
Protecting people’s health is our priority, while also operating within this situation as best we can. We will take actions to respond to the changing situation as expected by the government.
MINISTRY OF HEALTH INFORMATION: