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Summer Sport Quiz

Test yourself, your friends and your family with our Good Sports Summer Quiz! Scroll down for all of the answers.   GET READY, SET, GO! QUESTION 1: Name one of…

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Learn to Run with Sarah

These days, you’ll find Sarah Carmody pounding the pavement in the mornings, and training with her beloved Redtails Football Club by night. She’s a local leader, known for…

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5 Good Sports to watch at the Australian Open

Late nights, five-setters, rallies and sunny days – the Australian Open is one of our favourite times of the year at Good Sports. Like many Australians, we love getting behind…

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Hot Weather Tips for Clubs

Summer sport is a whole different ball game. The hot weather can make training and games very uncomfortable. At worst, it can cause heat stroke, dehydration and heat exhaustion among…

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Parndana Sports Club

Local sport is at the centre of this small, remote community in Kangaroo Island, South Australia. Press play to hear their story.  …

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How to keep your cool while drinking

With the festive season upon us, we’ve put together our Top Tips to help you and your teammates stay on top of your drinking this summer.   Pre-think your drinking.

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Backyard cricket rule book

Sand, gravel or grass, as the days get longer, make-shift cricket pitches have begun to pop up in Australian communities all across Australia. They don’t call it the ‘summer of…

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Why do women stop playing club sport at 15?

New Ausplay data shows that women are much less likely to play team sport than men, with just 15% participating at the club level by the age of 25. The…

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Bar best practice: Incident Register

An incident register is a document used to record a summary of incidents that have occurred on club premises or during a club-run activity. Having an incident register is best…

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Parents keen for a code of conduct

Australian parents have indicated that junior sporting clubs could be playing a bigger role in promoting healthy lifestyles to juniors. The recent survey asked 300 parents of junior sport players…

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Understanding the barriers to club participation

Members are what make a club. They’re the passionate volunteers, players and people cheering from the sidelines. And importantly, they’re also the key to club revenue and having a strong…

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Hitting the mark on membership

As social trends and traditions change, maintaining a steady membership can be tricky for any local sporting club. More often than not, it’s the clubs that are willing to adapt and move with the times that thrive. In country Victoria, Buninyong Bowling Club is hitting the mark with a suite of inclusive programs run by passionate volunteers. Over the past four years, membership at the club has increased by around thirty per cent, directly contrasting with national trends which show a twenty-five per cent drop in participation rates in the sport. “We’ve just been really proactive in trying to increase our membership,” explains Club President Wayne Morgan. Proactive is putting it lightly, with the club implementing numerous strategies each aimed at connecting with a different group in the local community. It’s all about getting people on to the green and giving them a chance to experience bowls in a safe, friendly and inclusive environment. ‘The Corporate Cup’ is one such initiative. Aimed at non-members and the local business community, the barefoot bowls tournament is marketed as a networking opportunity for community groups and businesses. The annual ‘Giggles on the Grass’ event is popular with women who haven’t played bowls before, while regular ‘Come and Try’ days invite locals to have a bowl using free equipment and coaching. And then there is the ‘Junior Coaching Program’ which partners with the local primary school to introduce kids to the game of bowls. “It’s just sort of what we do, it’s just the culture of the club. But when I list it like that, it does sound like a lot!” Wayne says. A Level 3 Good Sports club, Buninyong Bowling Club lives the Good Sports philosophy, championing inclusivity and creating a safe environment for members and guests. “It’s a good thing to be able to promote to the community that we’re doing things like Responsible Service of Alcohol, free taxi calls and providing water and snacks. “We really try and aim for a friendly and inclusive culture in the club.” Wayne explains. It’s an approach that is proven to work, and a philosophy that is certainly paying off for Buninyong. Not only has the positive club culture supported the growth of membership, it has also contributed to a strong volunteering culture. The club is run almost completely by volunteers, and according to Wayne any one of the 135 club members would be willing to help if asked. Moving forward, the plan is to continue to grow. “We’re looking in any way to get more people on the greens and just coming and trying it and enjoying the atmosphere. “It’s a beautiful club and setting and we’re very lucky. We’re very proud of it.”   Three Key PLAYS TO INCREASE CLUB MEMBERSHIP Use these practical tips to kick-start membership growth at your club. You might even like to print off this page and bring it to your next committee meeting.  

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