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So, sport has stopped in the short term.  What does this mean for clubs? People are being asked, and potentially compelled to stay at home?  Believe it or not this is a huge opportunity for clubs and volunteers.  With no sport to take our focus, energies and time, the world today provides clubs a rare […]

How Sports Community can help every club volunteer in Australia

Wow, how our world has changed so dramatically in such a short period of time. Over the last week, we have all grappled with the decision whether to proceed with sporting activities, modify them to meet the imperative of social distancing, or to stop them completely. These decisions, while being monitored daily, have been made […]

INTRODUCING: Bottles Plus!

Bottles Plus are bringing flair to sports drink bottles. Specialising in custom printing allows customers to proudly display their logo or meet their corporate requirements. Offering a wide range of options allows you to completely customise the bottle to your needs: Choose the style of bottle (8 styles) Choose the colour of the bottle Options […]

All players, including Serena Williams, must show respect to umpires

As I have stated often in my writing, one of the great pleasures of working at Sports Community is that we get to travel all over the country. We work with and learn from great people and their clubs. In the last four weeks these travels have taken me to Canberra, ACT, Adelaide, SA and […]

The most successful club Presidents get us talking

We spend a lot of time watching, listening to and talking to successful club presidents. We spend a lot of time trying to uncover their secrets, so we can share them to ease the burden of all club presidents. Club Presidents all have something in common. They are passionate, work incredibly hard, they contribute many […]

SOLID is lighting up opportunity

SOLID Display Systems have created a solution for local sporting clubs to attract sponsorship opportunities through their scoreboards. Sponsorships are no longer seen as a goodwill gesture, but an opportunity to increase revenue. Prospective sponsors are hesitant, usually wondering: “How will people see my brand?” SOLID owner, Wayne Barr, has the answer – “Our systems know […]

10 Lessons that Clubs can Learn from Business

In the many strategic planning sessions we facilitate, there is a growing theme of clubs wanting to become more “professional”. Often, we hear from participants that there is a desire for their clubs to become more businesslike, or act more like a business. Sports clubs can certainly learn lessons from business. It is true that […]

Embracing generational and “gender-ational” change within your committee

One of the great pleasures of working at Sports Community is that we get to work with grassroots sports club volunteers and be a catalyst for change. We work all around the country, from those considering a committee role for the first time right through to those with over 50 years experience. We are in […]

Participation awards help create great experiences

Throughout 2018 I have been asked to present at a number of conferences around the country on tactics and strategies sports and their clubs can use to increase participation. A lot of people think that participation awards are bad. This isn’t necessarily the case. At the start of each session, I ask a simple question. Do […]

Gambling on grassroots sports must be avoided at all costs

The Australian Gambling Research Centre which is a part of the federal government’s Australian Institute of Family Studies published in early November 2014, a report titled “Sports Betting and Advertising”. This innocuously titled report highlights the very deep ramifications arising from sports betting and its associated advertising campaigns that use sport as their platform. The […]

Salary cap discussions expose an ethical leadership dilemma for clubs

In a previous life I had the honour and pleasure of being the CEO of the Mornington Peninsula Nepean Football League (MPNFL). At the time, 2007 -2008, the MPNFL was a combination of three separate football leagues and a netball league. During my CEO tenure one of the biggest issues continually raised by clubs was […]

Fast Forward 20 Years – What will be different for Community Sports Clubs

Youth Sports Trust, an English charity “devoted to changing young people’s lives through sport” recently released their latest research (undertaken in partnership with the Future Foundation). The research sought to determine “What role PE, Sport and physical activity play in the development of our future generations”. Cleverly they titled the resulting outcomes “Class of 2035”. […]