By Steve Pallas
June 27, 2013
These days, the amount of knowledge and information a club volunteer needs to know is incredible. Long gone are the days where the only concern of a club committee was having enough players for the upcoming weekend’s competition and enough money to pay the bills. Life was very simple back then.
Today, clubs must be familiar with such diverse topics as occupational health and safety, liquor licensing, food handling, working with children considerations, taxation issues, risk management, fund raising, discrimination considerations, alcohol management, dealing with behavioural issues and, oh yeah, just a little about the sport they are actually involved in.
It is fair to say, it is a very rare volunteer who is across all these topics, but all volunteers should know where to go to get the information they need when they need it. Here is our list of the top 9 websites club volunteers need to know about.
1. www.sportscommunity.com.au – Yes, we’re biased, but all club volunteers should use Sports Community as their first point of reference on any topic from fundraising to AGM’s and legal obligations. The Sports Community website also includes a complete listing of open grants and an extensive library of resources.
2. www.playbytherules.net.au – is a very important website that passionately promotes the philosophy of making sport safe, fair and inclusive. It has many policies and guidelines that can be used by clubs to deal with complex issues such as discrimination, harassment and unsatisfactory behaviour.
3. www.goodsports.com.au – More than just a website, this is an all-encompassing program that focuses on educating clubs about the dangers of high risk drinking and provides free tools on how clubs can change their culture.
4. www.beyondblue.org.au – It is almost inevitable that club volunteers will come in contact with people who suffer depression or anxiety and it is important for clubs to know where to go to for advice. Beyond Blue provides vital support, information and resources.
5. www.asf.org.au – The Australian Sports Foundation has been developed by the Australian Government to assist community organisations to raise funds for the development of Australian Sports. Successful registration of your clubs sports related project may allow for donations to be tax deductible.
6. Our number 6 choice, is not one site but the combined websites of your respective State and Territory Sport and Recreation departments. These sites do a great job of providing information to volunteers on all aspects of running a club:
Australian Capital Territory – http://www.actsport.com.au/
New South Wales – http://www.dsr.nsw.gov.au/
Northern Territory – http://www.sportandrecreation.nt.gov.au/
Queensland – http://www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/
South Australia – http://www.recsport.sa.gov.au/
Tasmania – http://www.development.tas.gov.au/sportrec
Victoria – http://www.dpcd.vic.gov.au/sport
Western Australia – http://www.dsr.wa.gov.au/
7. www.asada.gov.au – The use of performance and image enhancing drugs is increasingly becoming an issue at local club level. The ASADA website provides information which can be used by clubs to understand what drugs and supplements can be safely used.
8. www.ausport.gov.au – The Australian Sports Commission website has range of information to assist sports clubs.
9. https://secure.ausport.gov.au/clearinghouse/home – Finally, a brilliant resource few know about is the Clearinghouse for Sport. Clearinghouse for Sport is a knowledge sharing initiative that collects and shares sports-related information. Clearinghouse for Sport send a daily email of the latest news in Australian and International sports administration. For information junkies like us at Sports Community we highly recommend Clearinghouse for Sports.