Recap… Gippsland Sports Forum: Why women are the secret to your sports’ survival

121 people from Local Government, health agencies, State Sporting Association‘s and sports club members, player and officials attended Gippsland’s first Sports Forum held in Traralgon on November 30 2016.

A joint-initiative between GippSport & Gippsland Women’s Health, this forum aimed to inspire much needed change and explore how best to increase female participation, as players and leaders, in community sport across Gippsland.

Watch keynote speakers Sam Squires & Kate Roffey

Keynote speaker Sam Squiers, Founder and Editor of a website dedicated to women’s sport (www.sportette.com.au) said,

“Women have been an untapped market for sport for decades, but finally both professional and grassroots sports have realised that women are exactly the market they have to engage and involve, they simply are the secret to their survival and longevity.” Sam Squiers, Founder/Editor Sportette

 

Recap the #GippslandSportsForum below:

Case Study: A successful Community Sport Infrastructure Fund application from Leongatha Golf Club

Superseded technology can often be the ball dragging the chain at community sports clubs. Facing inefficiencies due to an outdated irrigation system, Leongatha Golf Club rolled up their sleeves to raise funds for a much needed update.

Manufactured in the 1960’s and installed in the 1980’s, the irrigation system in place at Leongatha Golf Club is a manual labour nightmare.

The technology, now 55 years old, is extremely inefficient costing the club in both man hours, electricity and water use. A situation that many clubs in Gippsland can probably assimilate to.

The solution – a modern automated irrigation system, to irrigate all tees & greens, 3 fairways and the club’s turf nursery, which will save the club thousands of dollars each year in reduced labour and utility costs. Not to mention a significantly smaller environmental footprint.  The system will have the capacity for future upgrades to include the remaining fairways at a time that the club has the capital to do so.

The project was costed at $235,000. An overwhelming sum for most regional sports clubs and golf facilities. However, Leongatha reached out to a number of organizations in place to support local sports facilities and now their goal is within reach.  This process is replicable for clubs across the region.

Working closely with us at GippSport as the Regional Sports Assembly and consultancy Hands On Community Solutions, the club underwent a strategic planning process during the 2014-15 year.  This process clearly identified the irrigation system upgrade as the club’s highest priority project and the club was then able to embark on the process towards securing funding to make the project a reality.

Club Manager, Josh Hall, and the club’s Board of Management at the time, took on what was an 18 month journey to secure funding from both local and state governments.

After many presentations and meetings with the Council staff, recreation planners & grants officers, to ensure alignment with Council’s direction for community facility funding, South Gippsland Shire Council have committed $50,000 towards the project while a successful application to the Victorian Government’s Community Sports Infrastructure Fund has secured an additional $80,000.

Club Manager, Josh Hall is thrilled to be on the receiving end of much needed funding.

“From a club management perspective, implementation of this project frees up a significant amount of both paid & volunteer labour.  The current system costs the club a significant amount in maintenance and most significantly it takes the equivalent of 1 full time position a week to irrigate the course from October to March.

With this automated system we’ll be able to irrigate the course overnight and then re-invest that labour & money into other course and club development projects.  It will also allow us to continue to invest in innovative community participation programs to ensure the whole South Gippsland community can enjoy our great facility.”

Feedback from Sport & Recreation Victoria on the club’s successful grant application stated that the work the club was putting in growing its community programs was a strong feature of its application, including:

  • SNAG Kinder Golf;
  • A thriving women’s & junior beginner program;
  • Ezy9’s Big Hole Golf;
  • An Access for All Abilities program; and
  • Currently working to implement SwingFit, Golf Australia’s social participation program.

A successful application to the Sport & Recreation Victoria Community Sports Infrastructure Fund must show considerable community benefit, increased participation and an alignment to both Local & State Government priorities for sport facility funding.

Leongatha GC now face the more manageable challenge of raising the remaining $90,000. Through the Australian Sports Foundation, Leongatha is accepting tax-deductable donations from their membership base and others in the community. To view the clubs fundraising page click here. GippSport is able to work with clubs to set up their own foundation & project fundraising pages with the ASF.

The Leongatha GC is also working with the Inverloch & District Community Bank, Branch of Bendigo Bank, to reach the $90,000 target.  The club already has finance approved but has made an application to the bank’s Board of Community Directors for a contribution, which in July was announced as successful.

Recently, South Gippsland Shire Council put the project out to tender with the project awarded to the successful candidate in September.  The project has just started the installation phase with an anticipated completion date of before Christmas in time for the busiest summer watering season.

Golf Victoria Government and Community Relations Manager, Fiona Telford encourages any golf and other sports clubs in need of assistance to consider the various grants on offer throughout Victoria.

“There are a range of grants on offer from the state government that are designed to assist sporting clubs around Victoria to redevelop ageing infrastructure, implement sporting programs and boost participation,” said Telford.

“Leongatha Golf Club has taken the initiative to raise funds through government and other sources and I congratulate them for their achievement.”

For more information and to see what is available, visit GippSport’s Grants and Funding page and please contact us if you need assistance working with your Local Government and developing your application.

Gippsland Sports Forum: Why women are the secret to your sports’ survival

The focus of the forum is to empower the Gippsland sports  community and local  clubs to implement and strengthen policies, practices and the promotion of women and gender equity in sport in Gippsland. Download flyer

Aims of the forum:

  • To raise the profile of women in sport
  • To increase representation of women’s sport in local media
  • To increase women’s participation & leadership at grass roots level in order to change club culture.

Register through this link.

The forum will be delivered in 3 sessions:

Session One 2.45 – 5.00pm Panel Discussion & Breakout session
Target Audience:   Regional Sport Assembly, State Sporting Associations & Local Government reps.
Topic: The secret to funding and increasing female participation in sport

5.00 – 5.20 pm        Refreshment break & Session two registration.

Session Two 5.20 – 6.20pm Keynotes
Sam Squires  “Why women are the secret to your sports survival”
Kate Roffey     “Kicking Goals – From the Sports Field to the Boardroom”

Session Three 6.30 – 8.00pm  Panel & Breakout session
Target Audience:   Sports Club Reps, Reserve Committees of Mgmt, Community Associations & interested Community Members.
Topic: Inspiring change in your club & The Secret to funding success

Light meal served at 7.00pm during breakout session.

Keynote Speaker Bios:

Sam Squiers

Sam Squiers is an award-winning Sports Reporter and Presenter with Channel 9 and the Founder of the Women in Sport website Sportette. Sam has worked in the media for over a decade and has covered some of the biggest sporting events both nationally and internationally.

Sam also hosts the Kelloggs Nutri-Grain Ironman Series, Surfing Australia TV, Isuzu QLD Golf Open, Ocean Thunder Surf Boat Series, co-hosts TripleM’s Dead Set Legends and has been a guest presenter on Getaway.

In 2014, Sam founded the women in sport website Sportette to provide an avenue for to tell the incredible stories and issues which weren’t being told in traditional media. Sportette aims to challenge the way you think about Women’s sports and change the social and sporting landscape for future generations.

Sportette has created a strong reputation among athletes, stakeholders, sports organisations and fans alike. It’s also the top online choice for interesting and inspiring stories on women in sport and remains the only independent women in sport site in Australia. Herself a keen sportswoman; Sam rows surf boats, runs marathons, plays golf and competes in netball, softball and basketball.

Kate Roffey

Kate is currently Chair of the Victorian Regional Channels Authority, is a Director on the Melbourne Football Club, Berry Street and Melbourne University Sport Boards, and is a member of the Ministerial Freight Advisory Council.

Kate is currently the Director of City Economy, Innovation & Liveability at Wyndham City Council and is responsible for the oversight of strategy and development in the areas of transport, urban planning, environment and sustainability, economic development and city centres.

Prior to this role, Kate was the CEO of the Committee for Melbourne from 2012 to 2016.  As CEO, Kate successfully led a broad cross-section of Melbourne’s most influential companies and institutions to develop initiatives and deliver outcomes that ensure Melbourne continues to grow as a prosperous, globally connected city while at the same time, retaining its mantle as the “World’s most liveable city”.  As an industry leader in this role, Kate led influential policy discussions around the key issues of infrastructure development, economic growth, urban optimisation and liveability.

Subsequent to joining the Committee, Kate held an executive position at Tennis Australia as Manager of the Melbourne Park Redevelopment, where she played a leadership role in developing the masterplan vision of, and secured almost $1 billion in government funding for, the substantial upgrading of facilities for the Australian Open Tennis Championship.

In addition to her Executive roles, Kate is also an experienced non-executive director and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  Kate is currently Chair of the Victorian Regional Channels Authority, is a Director on the Melbourne Football Club, Berry Street and Melbourne University Sport Boards, and is a member of the Ministerial Freight Advisory Council.


This forum is bought to you by the Gippsland Prevention of Men’s Violence against Women Strategy, Gippsland Women’s Health together with GippSport, Gippsland’s Regional Sports Assembly.

Female friendly facilities is just the beginning!

Regular sport participation and physical activity is vital for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

In Victoria, female participation rates in sport and active recreation remain lower than males, particularly in community sport and recreation club settings. The facilities at clubs play a key factor in encouraging female involvement.

At Newborough Yallourn United Soccer Club (NYUSC), outdated facilities have been holding back the clubs’ ability to attract & retain more participants at their club – particularly women & girls.  The club already has a senior & junior women’s team, but there is a real opportunity to provide more participation opportunities for their community.  So what was the next step for the club?

In partnership with Latrobe City & GippSport, NYUSC have been working to address the barriers to female participation in their club.  Combining cultural change with facility development, NYUSC is working to provide a strong foundation for women & girls’ participation.

burrage-reserveFig1: Burrage Reserve master plan, home of NYUSC

The partnership has worked together to put together an infrastructure design that consists of a range of factors that will make the club more female friendly and more family orientated.  These include:

  • Buildings and surrounding areas that offer supporting resources, including:
    • unisex change facilities that cater for the needs of both males and females
    • inviting community spaces
    • prioritisation of safety (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design – CEPTED)
    • clean and easily accessible facilities
    • adequate lighting in and around the facility
    • family friendly attributes including baby change amenities.

GippSport has been supporting NYUSC through the development of inclusive policies and practices that can be easily implemented within the club as well as supporting the club through a sustainable cultural change process to support increased participation rates.  Work to date includes the delivery of GippSport’s 50/50 clubs Gender Equity awareness workshop, an update of the NYUSC constitution & by-laws, as well as the development of a club development plan that provides some clear actions that can be taken to increase the participation & involvement of women and girls in the areas of:

  • Governance & leadership;
  • Welfare & safety;
  • Workforce development (Coaching, officials & volunteer roles);
  • Participation pathways;
  • Marketing & member recruitment; and,
  • Facility development.

Dan presenting GippSport's 50/50 clubs workshop to NYUSCFig 2: GippSport staff member Dan Poynton, delivering the 50/50 clubs workshop to NYUSC

Whilst there is a long way still to go on the journey for NYUSC, they will find out midway through 2017 if Latrobe City’s application to the SRV Female Friendly Facilities fund is successful, all partners in the project are confident that work undertaken will provide significant community benefit to the Moe, Newborough & Yallourn areas.

If clubs are interested in working with GippSport to increase participation, upgrade facilities and develop a closer working relationship with your local Government, please contact us.

New Child Safe Standards for Victoria

New rules will soon apply to Victorian Sports Clubs

From 1 January 2017, the Victorian Child Safety Standards will apply to sporting organisations that operate and provide sporting services to children within Victoria (including community sports clubs). There are seven different requirements which make up the standards, and with which clubs will be required to comply.

The standards relate to child protection within your club and include requirements to have practices, procedures and policies in place. In the lead up to implementation, sporting organisations should now be starting to look at reviewing their compliance with the standards and considering if the culture and environment within their organisation is supportive and protective of children.  The following video provides a summary of the standards and the work the sport sector is currently undertaking.

In conjunction with Vicsport, GippSport is currently developing a practical guide outlining steps clubs can take and planning information sessions and workshops for club administrators & volunteers to attend. It is hoped that the support put in place throughout the coming months will assist all clubs in transitioning to the new legislation and therefore, ensuring those within community sport also meet the new requirements.

Please refer to the below headings for some resources & information on the standards.

More information regarding the support that GippSport will be providing to clubs across the region will be provided in the coming months.  If you have any questions, please dont hesitate to contact us.

First ever All Abilities Interleague Netball Match

On Saturday 21st May, AFL Gippsland & the Gippsland League Interleague hosted the first ever All Abilities exhibition match as part of the Interleague competition.

The All Abilities netball sides from the Drouin & District Netball Association and the Leongatha & District Netball Association faced off against each other in a high quality match. Whilst some of the players are still developing their skills, you could not wipe the smiles off the faces from every player on the court.

The Drouin All Abilities program has been running for 12 years and this year the program has grown significantly to over 20 regular participants.  Conversly, the Leongatha program is only in its 2nd year but is still experiencing strong participation numbers with 10 regular participants.

The Gippsland Interleague match was a great opportunity for both Drouin and Leongatha to get together to show case All Abilities netball and also to show the importance of being an inclusive netball community. Both teams enjoyed the competitiveness of the game as well as the social aspect of getting together and sharing their love of netball.

Both teams will meet again in October at Werribee at the Netball Victoria State Titles. Last year the teams played in Bendigo at the State Titles with Leongatha taking the honours that day.
All Abilities interleague participantsPhoto (From Left to Right):
Drouin Coach Janet Parker, Drouin coach Rebecca Alush, Amber Betts, Mitch Harry, Leongatha coach Rebecca Arnason, Dale Olierook, Keegan Roberts, Damian Midwinter, Brooke Baker, Emily Drysdale, Erin Munckton, Ayla Saul, James Sinclair-Badger, Eva Ceretti, Glenn Van Dord, Tessa Young, Matty Gibbons, Penni Mitchell, Lara Gair, Corran Djuric and Leongatha coach Lisa Kuhne.

Seated: Amy Muir, Brodie James, Mycalie James, Mitchell Price, Paige Middleton-Ross, Paul Van Dord, Ambalee Sinclair-Badger and Drouin & District Community Bank Champions assistant coach Emily Burke.