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Clubs can increase their memberships and their social standing in the community by creating inclusive and safe environments through the following strategies:

  • finding out which people in their community needs them - targeting women, juniors, people with disabilities and people of varying cultures and ethnicities;
  • developing specific programs which encourage participation;
  • utilising their clubrooms and facilities as a place for people to meet socially after games or on specific days; many people meet members of the local community by participating in the social events put on by their sporting club;
  • scheduling games/events so the whole family can attend on the same day and then enjoy refreshments together at the end;
  • involving more juniors in the club - more juniors means more parents, which results in a vibrant community atmosphere and increases the pool of potential volunteers for the club;
  • getting involved with local schools to recruit new junior members;
  • welcoming new mums back to the sport by providing informal child care, and scheduling events at family-friendly times e.g. on Sundays.

Your club should facilitate this behaviour through the application of various policies and procedures including:

  • training in the service of alcohol
  • establishing and promoting codes of conduct and conflict resolution policies
  • communicating the clubs values to its members and community
  • ensuring transparency and fairness when dealing with conflict resolution.

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Quick numbers

11.6 million Australian adults participate in sport or physical activity three or more times per week.
3.2 million Australian children participate in organised sport or physical activity outside of school.
$10 billion is spent annually by Australians on fees for participation in sport or physical activity.
17 million Australian adults participate in a sport or physical activity every year.
650 thousand Australians either coach, teach or instruct sport.