BL&G football league backs in their clubs

TOUGH IT OUT: Tanunda versus Angaston in last year's BL&G football grand final.
TOUGH IT OUT: Tanunda versus Angaston in last year's BL&G football grand final.

As the COVID-19 outbreak has rapidly spread and as cases have continued to pop up even in regional towns, life for Australians has changed very suddenly in very profound ways.

Main streets are at times deserted and playgrounds are quiet as entire communities batten down the hatches.

Football ovals and sporting grounds that previously provided a stomping ground for young people are empty.

Sport has been shuttered on a national scale and even the remotest towns in SA have been broadly affected. In some cases, sporting clubs that entire communities have previously rallied behind are struggling just to survive.

Barossa, Light and Gawler Football League president Mick Brien said the league would do everything it could to keep local clubs up and running during the period of uncertainty.

"There won't be any closure of clubs, not in our league - that's a definite," Mr Brien said.

There won't be any closure of clubs, not in our league - that's a definite

Mick Brien

"The league will look after clubs if they are in trouble but I don't think we will have to look after them, they are pretty good on their own.

Mr Brien said they had engaged local councils and members of parliament to negotiate support for clubs who will have bills and leases piling up without any way to generate revenue.

"I think our clubs will be impacted but if we can get these benefits to them it will ease the burden," he explained.

SANFL clubs have been hit hard by the suspended football season and some have turned to GoFundMe campaigns just to keep the clubs viable. The Central District Football Club, which is affiliated communities including Gawler and the Barossa Valley, has asked supporters to donate to their GoFundMe which has a fundraising goal of $250,000. West Adelaide has also started a GoFundMe to 'Keep the Pack Running'.