Local Government

LGA Forum: Club Development

On Tues 4th June, Vicsport welcomed a sell-out audience to Ikon Park for the Local Government Association (LGA) Club Development Forum. Run as part of a series of sessions supporting Vicsport’s LGA members (previous sessions have included Facility Planning & Development, Hosting Major Events, Community Engagement and Locally Led Delivery) it featured twelve presentations and case studies from successful club development initiatives.

The session was open to both LGA and State Sporting Associations (SSAs) providing a great opportunity for sports and councils to network, collaborate and discuss ideas to develop sustainable sporting clubs by helping to make them more welcoming and inclusive.

With over 16,000 community sporting clubs in Victoria (3.9 million participants and volunteers) operating in 79 local government areas, sport reaches broadly across the community and clubs are settings that can champion and shape behaviours for issues occurring in the broader community.

Professor Ramón Spaaij from Victoria University set the scene and opened the forum with thought provoking research on practical steps that sporting clubs have taken to promote diversity and inclusion. Peter Downs, National Manager for Play by the Rules provided an overview of the resources and online courses they provide with over 25,000 visitors per month. Football Victoria and Gymnastics Victoria outlined their successful club development initiatives and the City of Boroondara highlighted the partnership approach they’ve taken to develop clubs working in conjunction with Access Health & Community. Moreland City Council showed that with proactive policy and a ‘can-do’ approach they have increased female participation in the council by over 15%. VicHealth provided details of funding available via their Active Club Grants and a variety of club development providers all outlined the services and support they can provide.

The overwhelming positive feedback received from the event demonstrates there is a real appetite and need for SSAs and LGAs to continue to work together to jointly develop clubs.

Vicsport would like to thank all the presenters for taking the time and sharing their knowledge.
Be sure to visit their websites for more details:

See you at the next LGA Forum!

Anthony Bowd
Manager - Strategic Projects

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