We do not yet know the time or the form that sport will resume but we have to be prepared for when it does happen and there was a growing sense over recent days again that it was worth putting the energy into making plans.
Both the Kelloggs Cúl Camps in the GAA and the Intersport Elvery’s Summer Camps in soccer remain on the calendar of events and are scheduled to take place in multiple local venues across the months of July and August coinciding with the school holidays.
Between them, in recent years they would have catered to in excess of 200,000 young players providing an opportunity for many to play the sport for the first time.
The familiar backpacks and training tops that come with both have been a staple of every child’s wardrobe for years and they are an integral part of both the rhythm of the summer and the beat of a club.
Kellogg’s planning on the printing of boxes that appear on supermarket shelves takes place on a long schedule and the appearance of the Cúl Camps branding across Corn Flakes and Rice Krispies packs in recent weeks was scheduled long before thoughts of COVID-19 took over.
The statement on the website where a booking can be made, for those camps not already sold out, says
“In view of the current COVID-19 pandemic, please note that the safety of our participants and staff is of the utmost importance to us.”
“As of 1 April 2020, all our Camps for 2020 are expected to go ahead as scheduled based on the latest available advice from the relevant authorities. However, these are uncertain and challenging times. Due to the nature of this fast-developing situation, we will be required to monitor events on an ongoing basis.”
Similarly, the FAI is still planning as best it can on holding its summer camps which will bear the name of Intersport Elverys for the first time this year.
Plans are still continuing for this year’s @Elverys Summer Soccer Schools
— FAIreland ⚽️🇮🇪 (@FAIreland) April 26, 2020
And in Rugby, the dates are listed for 28 Bank of Ireland backed Leinster Rugby Summer Camps starting on June 29th.
This week we will learn to what extent restrictions on lockdown and movement might begin to be eased from next week.
It is still a long way from where we are to where we might be in a position to send kids to play in their summer camps but the planning has to go ahead and things need to be ready for if and when the crisis lessens to the extend that some degree of normality can begin to edge onto the horizon.
Sport for Business will host an informal meeting for Members tomorrow morning, April 28th at 11 AM to look at a number of the scenarios that are being planned for around a return to sporting activities. Reserve your place right here.