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2022 Volunteer Webinar Training Program

Sports Community is excited to launch our “2022 Volunteer Webinar Training Program”. 

Over the last five years we have conducted over 400 live webinar training sessions from our webinar studio in Mornington and delivered them to thousands of sports club volunteers around Australia and the world.

Sports club volunteers are often thrown in the deep end, with no real hand over training and end up learning as they go. As a result, tasks are double-handled, confidence is lost, members are going in circles, and they are spending more time than they should on tasks.

No volunteer wants to lose confidence in their role, and volunteer turnover will become more and more prevalent the longer that committee members cannot work effectively and efficiently. Club volunteers need guidance in their position, whether they are experienced or not. 

It is never too late to learn. 

Now, more than ever, your volunteers need help and support for not only themselves, but for their club. You can do just that through Sports Community.

The key features of each webinar series are:

  • Each series is held over 3 weeks 
  • Sessions are scheduled in the evening at convenient times for club volunteers
  • Participants receive a recording of each session within 72 hours
  • Each webinar series is accompanied by a comprehensive workbook and an extensive list of resources and links to additional information and support
  • Facilitators will stay online after the webinar is finished until all questions are answered. As facilitators are always experienced Sports Community consultants, volunteers love to have access to an experienced person where they can ask questions and get support on any topic, not just the webinar topic. 

What is included when your organisation makes a group purchase?

Apart from receiving huge discounts when buying webinar training in bulk, Sports Community also provides to participating organisations:

  • Co-branded marketing material (images, social media and email newsletter posts) which can be used by each organisation to promote the webinars to their clubs and volunteers.
  • Full reporting after every webinar series which includes:
    1. The number of affiliated volunteers attending each session.
    2. The name of the participant and the name of their club.

Innovation through partnership

In May 2019 CAMS (Confederation of Australian Motor Sport) approached Sports Community to ask if they could purchase a small number of registrations in the “Making it easy to be a successful Treasurer” webinar series.

The concept of providing training support via webinars was embraced so strongly by the volunteers of the CAMS affiliated clubs that by the end of the year 187 volunteers had participated in a webinar training program, many participating in two and in some cases, three different training programs.

For CAMS that meant that over 750 hours of training and support was provided to their clubs and volunteers. 

It was through this journey, and exploring the concept with other partners, that we realised that giving the opportunity to purchase ‘group registrations’ to peak sports bodies, local councils, universities and other organisations who support clubs and volunteers, was a fantastic and cost effective way for them to offer training to their clubs and volunteers.

Why should organisations provide this service to their volunteers?

  • So that volunteers can feel confident in their role and when putting new ideas to the rest of the committee.
  • Volunteers will be able to apply their new-found knowledge to best navigate the club through COVID-19.
  • Eliminate the feeling of “I don’t know what I don’t know”.
  • Help volunteers enjoy their work so much more, and spending less time doing what they don’t like.
  • Understand how to effectively communicate with the rest of the committee.
  • Workbooks and free downloadable resources are provided to assist with implementing these practices at their club.
  • Volunteers can ask the presenter questions at the end of the webinar (designated question time!)
  • Recordings are emailed to attendees one day after the webinar, so volunteers can watch this back in their own time or if they cannot attend a webinar live.
  • Volunteers will be joining other sports club volunteers, just like themselves, who are supportive and happy to help.


1,000 webinar training programs equals over 4,000 hours of training and support for your clubs and their volunteers!

Cost of group webinar purchases

Purchased individually, a three-week webinar training series costs $39.95 (including GST).

We are pleased to be able to offer the following discounts when peak sports bodies, councils, and any other organisation who supports clubs and volunteers make a group purchase.

Any purchased, but unused registrations, will automatically roll over and be applied to the 2022 webinar series.

Throughout planning discussions with our partners, one National Sporting Organisation wanted to combine the purchasing of their State bodies to access the discount that would apply to their combined purchases, even though they would be invoiced separately.

We are fully supportive of this model, as long as the combined group purchase is made at the same time.

Number of seats purchased Discount Cost per series Saving 
30 5% $1,138.58 $59.93
50 10% $1,797.75 $199.75
100 20% $3,169.00 $799.00
200 25% $5,992.50 $1,997.50
300 30% $8,389.50 $3,595.50
400 35% $10,387.00 $5,593.00
500 and above 40% $11,985.00 $7,990.00

All cost estimates provided above are inclusive of GST.

Next steps

If you would like to get additional information, or better still, make a group booking for your clubs and volunteers please call or email:

Ashlea McKinnon
Community Partnership Manager
03 5973 6404
ashlea@sportscommunity.com.au

Steve Pallas
Chief Executive Officer
03 5973 6404
stevep@sportscommunity.com.au

Or register your interest below, and we’ll get in touch!


Testimonials

“Aside from sharing their own extensive knowledge, Sports Community’s webinar series are a fantastic way to engage with others in the industry and hear case studies of what has worked in other councils and sporting organisations. I have taken at least one new idea out of each session and there is always a great balance of practical tips that you can utilise straight away, and thought-provoking concepts that lead to new thinking. Sports Community’s commitment to taking on feedback and always improving ensure that the webinars only get better and that they always provide a great engaging experience.”

Emma Gallagher

Club Development Officer - Cricket Victoria

“The webinar was a great way to learn about the secretarial role and being interactive you could comment and ask questions.”

Ian Payne

Fiat Car Club of Victoria

“An interesting and informative way to learn about positions within a sporting club.”

Sarah Davidson

Broadmeadows Basketball Assoc.

“The greatest investment that local government can make is in building the capacity of the volunteers who drive sport and recreation at grass roots level. We’re proud of the partnership that we’ve built with Sports Community and the impact they have had with our local clubs. We look forward to continuing our relationship with Sports Community with future projects.”

Mathew Neason

Recreation Development Coordinator - Eurobodalla Shire Council

“I am new to my position as Secretary & wasn’t sure what I was expected to do. The webinars gave me information & strategies that I now use for the club. I have learnt things from legislation to fundraising. I feel motivated since the webinars. I appreciate that Steve took the time to interact with everyone & found the webinars well structured. I would recommend Sports Community webinars to anyone connected to a club.”

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Janice Arnold, Townsville Early Holden Club

“Sports Community webinars were wonderful resources for volunteers feeling daunted that they are suddenly ‘in charge’ of sports clubs without necessarily feeling all that qualified. Great to get a good broad overview of what might be required and how to go about it. Steve’s presenting style, the ability to interact and hear comments from others in similar situations is very valuable. Thanks Steve for your great presentations!”

Sue

Ballarat City Rowing Club


11 reasons why you should provide webinar training to your clubs and volunteers

Here are 11 reasons why providing Sports Community’s “Volunteer Webinar Training Programs” to your clubs and volunteers is a crucial investment for your organisation:

  1. It is an amazingly cheap and easy way of providing genuine training and support to your clubs and volunteers, at the times they need it the most, in the topics they need the most.
  2. Webinars are scheduled to coincide with annual general meetings, so are a great way to induct new volunteers into their roles.
  3. Providing the webinar training series is a great response to the recurring question you’re always asked by clubs “what do you ever do for us?”
  4. Over time, our training programs will reduce your workload. Throughout the webinars we introduce volunteers to the resources and information they need to undertake their role, reducing the number of calls that come to you “because they have nowhere else to go.”
  5. The interactive nature of the webinars means that participants build relationships with other participants around the country (and the world) undertaking the same role.  This means they start to use this network as support and help rather than always coming to you. 
  6. Volunteers love the webinars so they will love you for making them available to them free of charge.
  7. The webinar design gives those new to their roles a step by step process which guides them effectively on how to be successful in their roles, no matter how little knowledge they have when they start.  For those more experienced, the webinars show how to make it easier to undertake their role and what improvements they could introduce at their club.
  8. Every webinar, regardless of the topics, shows participants how to create a “culture of volunteering” at their club.  Each webinar introduces the concept of succession planning and ensures people start to develop their successor and think about how they will hand over the knowledge and information when the time comes. 
  9. Makes it easier to recruit volunteers by countering their biggest fear that they “simply have no idea how to do the job”.  The fact that the club can show there is training that gives them a step by step approach as to how to undertake each role and the supporting resources, provides a huge level of reassurance that they can do the role, successfully, easily and at the same time have fun.
  10. Clubs will incorporate volunteer training into their club culture if there is consistently a training program .  This will improve their capacity and sustainability and create significantly better outcomes for the club, their community and their sport.
  11. This one is important: By offering Sports Community webinars to your clubs and volunteers you are making it possible for us to continue to create desperately needed resources, training and support that clubs and volunteers need.  The majority of the information we provide is actually free through our website, podcasts (due to start again in January), our information based newsletters, free webinars and the massive number of emails and phone calls we respond to on a daily basis from volunteers desperate for help and support.  By participating in the “2020 Volunteer Webinar Training Program” you will not only provide a much-needed service to your clubs and their volunteers, but you will be ensuring we are able to continue our vitally import complimentary work.  Without your support what we do for clubs and volunteers simply would not be possible.