Role of National Sporting Organisations
- How do National Sporting Organisations (NSOs) benefit from working with the Active After-school Communities (AASC) program?
- How can the AASC program help NSOs achieve both state or territory and local club level objectives?
- What strategies may be employed by NSOs to promote the transition of children, families and new coaches from the AASC program into their respective feeder clubs?
A. The activities delivered as part of the Active After-school Communities (AASC) program at both state or territory and local club level provide an introduction or ‘taster’ to sport and act as a feeder into the sport’s development pathway or specific modified junior sport programs (e.g. In2Cricket or HookIn2Hockey). This approach allows the AASC program to act as a vehicle to promote and transition children into these initiatives, thereby complementing and enhancing NSO outcomes.
A. A key outcome of the AASC program is to provide children with a positive introduction to sport that inspires them to continue their participation in a local club setting. As such, AASC Regional Coordinators can:
- Work collaboratively with development officers/development managers to plan deliberate strategies for the forthcoming term to promote the transition of children, families and new coaches from the AASC program into their respective feeder clubs.
- Actively encourage schools/Out of School Hours Care Services (OSHCS) (sites) to deliver the sport in a term that precedes the commencement of the season or modified junior sport event, and therefore will feed into registration events
- Actively encouraging participation by sites within identified priority areas for growth or expansion of the sport
- Coordinate a 'Come and Try' day at the end of a term.
- Deliver a clinic at selected sites to promote membership to their feeder club or modified junior sport program.
- Coordinate the attendance of club members or the junior club coach at participating sites to meet the children and their families.
- Coordinate a cluster group of sites to attend their local feeder club and coordinate an activity session or registration day for children and their families.
- Coordinate registration days at the participating sites.
- Provide promotional material to each site to distribute to their participating children and families.
- Coordinate organised sports competition (Inter-school, intra-school or external competition).
- Communicate directly with community coaches to promote opportunities to join and support the local club, or complete sport specific training.