Planning for Participation


Planning is the key to the future for all sporting and recreation clubs no matter their level, activity or size

Why Plan?

  • Look at where the club has come from, where it is now, where it wants to go and how it is going to get there.
  • Adjust to changes in the current environment that have an impact on the club.

In our session we will look at:

  • Gender Equality
  • Social Sport
  • Participation opportunities for people with a disability, low‐ income and disadvantaged backgrounds, families and females

Who should attend?

  • Clubs who are working with council in upgrading their facilities
  • Clubs who want to grow their participation and club
Location Date Time Venue Register
Morwell Tuesday 28 November 6.30pm to 8pm Morwell Bowling Club,
52 Hazelwood Road, Morwell
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AFL 9s is starting in Bairnsdale

AFL 9s is starting in Bairnsdale with a five week competition commencing on Monday 13 November at the Bairnsdale City Oval. AFL 9s is the Australian Football Leagues official social version of the game and is suitable for both males and females. It’s a fast, fun, free-flowing game that involves 9 players on each team playing on a smaller field. Best of all, it’s ‘touch football’ with no tackling or bumping, making it suitable for everyone.

GippSport program coordinator Jaquie Nethercote says that it is a great opportunity for people who are new to the sport, as well as for those looking for a chance to keep their skills during the ‘off-season’. “The social sport concept is aimed to get people who are inactive or somewhat active involved in physical activity. With modifications to the game of AFL, it gives everybody the chance to participate in a fun and social environment. We encourage sporting clubs to get their teams together, as well as people who may be interested in having a go that may not have the capacity to play during the AFL season” Ms Nethercote said.

AFL Victoria’s Football Development Manager Adrian Bromage is excited about the expansion of AFL options in East Gippsland. “The AFL 9’s concept is used extensively through-out the school network and it is enjoyed by all that participate. The adaptation of the game rules make it very user friendly and interactive for all. The exciting thing about this competition will be the mix of people able to play from Children as young as 12, females, males, beginners and the experienced veteran’s who might like to pull on the boot’s again!”

Cost per team is $360 and there is still time to register to participate. To register visit and search for “Bairnsdale or 3875”. For more information or enquiries please contact either Jaquie Nethercote from GippSport on 0428 543 403 or email or Adrian Bromage from AFL Gippsland on 0408 861 768 or

Photo Credit: East Vic Media

Cali-fit; getting busy women fit!

Calisthenics Victoria is launching its pilot program for Cali-fit right here in Sale, aimed at helping women to get fit, be healthy and stay connected.

Expert and qualified calisthenics coaches, will deliver a 1.5hr per week program of fun, fitness and friendship to women of all ages, in a safe and welcoming environment.

“At Calisthenics Victoria, we know the benefits of keeping healthy and active, and we understand that a busy lifestyle sometimes means women miss out on those enormous benefits,” said Matthew Brown, CEO.

“We know that our mainstream calisthenics program gets people moving, teaches a variety of new skills and is delivered in a terrific social setting, and we saw the opportunity to share this positive body, mind and soul experience with others in a less formal way.”

Cali-Fit draws on the foundation of calisthenics – movement to music – and will have women dancing, exercising their memory with new skills, and making new social connections each week for only $10 per session.  A great, affordable way for busy women to look after their health, fitness and wellbeing.

East Gippsland Calisthenics in Sale have been selected to pilot the program in this area and will begin classes on 11th October. Details are as follows: Wednesday nights 7.00pm-8:30pm; Delbridge Hall, 149 Cunninghame Street, Sale.

Alex Otzen, coach from East Gippsland Calisthenics says, “Cali-Fit is a program that welcomes beginners and past calisthenics performers.  We are really excited to be part of this new initiative and look forward to working with our local community helping busy women to look after their health.  We hope that lots of women try Cali-Fit for a total mind and body experience.”

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Child Safe Standards Workshop – Bairnsdale

New laws relating to the safety and protection of children, within sporting clubs, came into effect on the 1 January 2017.

The Child Safe Standards are a response to the 2012 Betrayal of Trust Inquiry and they apply to all sporting organisations that operate in Victoria and provide sporting services to anyone under the age of 18 years.

As this is legislation this is not an option for clubs, it is a must, and clubs must act to meet the Child Safe Standards requirements.

GippSport is running a workshops in Bairnsdale which will help clubs understand the seven Child Safe Standards and the actions that a club needs to take to implement them.

Details are as follows:
Date: Monday 23 October
Time: 6PM to 8 PM
Venue: Boolarumah Function Room, Bairnsdale City Oval
Cost: FREE


For more details, and to book a spot, please click here  or call our head office on 51358335.


New to a Committee or a first time President, Secretary or Treasurer?

GippSport has the workshop for you!


  • Legal Duties
  • Key Responsibilities and Obligations
  • Effective Meetings
  • What is my Role?
  • Influencing Change
  • Handling Complaints

Who should attend?

  • People New to Committees, New Presidents, Secretaries and Treasurers
  • People thinking of joining a committee or taking on an executive position
Location Date Time Venue Register
Sale Monday, 16 October 6.30pm to 8pm Gippsland Regional Sports Complex,
116 Cobains Road,Sale
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Morwell Monday, 13 November 6.30pm to 8pm Morwell Bowling Club,
52 Hazelwood Road, Morwell
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Inverloch Friday, 17 November 1pm to 2.30pm Inverloch Hub
16 Abeckett Street, Inverloch
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Korumburra Monday 20 November 6.30pm to 8pm Korumburra Recreation Centre
Sanders Street, Korumburra
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Drouin Monday 27 November 6.30pm to 8pm Bellbird Park
270 Settlement Road, Drouin
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Bairnsdale Monday 27 November 6.30pm to 8pm Bairnsdale City Oval
Boolarumah Function Room
Macarthur St, Bairnsdale
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Baw Baw Disability Expo

Baw Baw Shire Council invites you to attend the Baw Baw Disability Expo that will provide information for community members as the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) transitions in Inner Gippsland from October 2017.

This is the perfect opportunity to explore what is available for you in Baw Baw and beyond. There will also be a guest speaker, information sessions and a lucky door prize.

Date: Wednesday 18 October
Time: 3.00pm to 7.00pm
Venue: Danny’s the Venue Logan Park: South Road, Warragul

Auslan interpreters can be organised on request. Please contact Baw Baw Shire Council’s Rural Access Officer by phone on 56 250 217 or be email at