• Social media

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    The resources listed below will help your club better understand what social media is, how to keep your members safe online and why your club should have a social media policy.

    viaSport British Columbia have information on the Who, What, Why and How of creating a social media policy. Additionally, information is provided on what the different types of social media are and how to use these platforms successfully.

    Play by the Rules has provided a FREE downloaded Social Media Policy template. There is also an accompanying document and video guide to this template giving you some context and background to social media policy.

    Sport Australia have created social media principles and best practice guidelines. Strategies which can be tailored to each organisation.

    If you have more questions about creating a social media policy, we would recommend you get in touch with your state sport organisation.

  • Love the Game

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    Love the Game

    In 2014, the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation launched the Love the Game Sporting Club Program in response to community concern about the convergence of sport and gambling. The program helps reduce young people’s exposure to sport betting advertising and raises awareness of the risks of gambling harm for young people growing up in this normalised environment.

    Through the program, the Foundation works with more than 500 Victorian community, and elite, sporting clubs and bodies to raise awareness of gambling harm and counter the normalisation of gambling in sport. Participating clubs agree to a Charter that confirms their commitment to refusing sponsorship from sports betting operators and reducing the exposure of young people to gambling promotions and activities related to the club

  • Sun protection policies & resources

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    Athletes, officials, coaches and spectators often spend prolonged periods of time outdoors participating. Too much exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation can lead to sun damage, sunburn and skin cancer. And the more you’re exposed, the greater your risk. Sports groups should encourage use of the five forms of sun protection (Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek and Slide) to help protect those involved all year round.

    Sun Smart have created sample sun protection policies for sport clubs and community groups.

  • Hot weather resources

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    Vicsport aims to promote good policy and practice to protect the health and safety of participants, officials, coaches, parents, volunteers, staff, sports trainers and spectators, whilst supporting continued participation in sport and active recreation. Hot weather resources have been developed in partnership with Sport and Recreation Victoria the Australian Centre for Research into Injury in Sport and its Prevention. The resources can support organisations to mitigate the risks of exertional heat illness during hot weather. The resources are relevant for state sport associations, regional sports assemblies, local governments, clubs, leagues and associations.

    Sport Medicine Australia have created hot weather guidelines for sporting clubs, associations and the physically active.

    For more information and advice on recognising, managing and mitigating heat health risks in sport and recreation visit Sport and Recreation Victoria's heat guidelines.

  • Governance videos

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    Governance videos for tennis clubs | Tennis Victoria

    Tennis Victoria has produced 2 videos to demystify governance at sports clubs. The videos are not just related to tennis and can be applied to other community sports as well. A valuable resource that features Club Respect, Leisure Networks, Lex Sportiva and local tennis clubs.

  • MHeLP

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    Mental health issues are very common. They're the number one reason for New Zealanders and Australians to visit their GP.

    Physical activity has a critical role to play in preventing the onset of mental health illness and it’s treatment.

    MHeLP is a cutting edge Mental Health eLearning Program developed under the guidance of international mental health and exercise experts.

    Designed for the New Zealand and Australian leisure and community support sectors the program equips workers and volunteers with strategies to support themselves and others in times which are challenging to our mental health.

    It is completely free, self-paced and earns learners two continuing education credits (CECs).

    We encourage your participation and ask you to promote participation with others.

    Sign up to MHeLP

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  • Strategic planning webinars with Sports Community

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    In 2021 Manningham Council partnered with Sports Community to deliver a 3 part development series on the topic of creating a strategic plan.

    The webinars looked at WHY clubs need to have a strategic plan and the steps involved in creating one. Webinar 2 deep dives into the importance of consultation when creating a plan and the final webinar looks at how to turn your club goals into success.

    Click on the links below to access the recordings of the webinars.

    Webinar 1 - Unlocking the power of strategic planning

    Webinar 2 - The who, what, when and how of consultation

    Webinar 3 - Turning club goals into success

    Useful resources and templates for creating a strategic plan can be found under 'Useful Documents' on the home page of the resource hub.

    Worth checking out

    Sport Australia is committed to helping sports deliver clear aligned strategy and direction across all levels of the sport. They encourage national sporting organisations to develop unified and inclusive strategies in partnership with their key stakeholders that set the direction at all levels of the system.

    Participation planning is the operational tool for bringing the aligned strategy to life. Start by building a strong planning foundation and carry it through the duration of the planning process to create a quality plan. It's also important to engage stakeholders in the planning process to shift the sport to the desired state. Read more and access key resources via the Sport Aus website

  • Mental Health in Sport and Recreation Clubs

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    Orygen - The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health have created a toolkit for sporting organisations. The four-part suite of resources has been designed to help sporting organisations support the mental wellbeing of young people aged 12-24 years.

    It includes the following resources;

    • Toolkit: containing eight actions, this toolkit aims to provide sporting organisations with a clear framework and some practical tools to ensure that they are supporting young peoples’ mental health and wellbeing.
    • Checklist: once you have read the toolkit, use the checklist to tick off the ways your club can provide a safe and inclusive environment for players guide:
    • A practical guide to identifying and helping young people with signs of mental ill-health
    • A video: a discussion featuring a young person, coach and research expert on how to have conversations about mental health in community sport.

    Good Sports summarize what mental health in sport is and talk about why clubs need to include mental health in their policies.

  • Inclusive club programs your club can participate in

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    Being an inclusive clubs means being welcoming to everyone, regardless of someone’s ability, gender, sex, cultural background, religion or age. Everyone has the right to be involved. Creating an inclusive environment at your club is not just about opening your club doors and saying 'come on in everyone', it involves breaking down barriers to participation and behaviour change within your club. It benefits everyone when club participants represent and reflect the whole community.

    Inclusive programs your club can participate in

    Inclusive Clubs Project

    Manningham has partnered with Access Health and Community, the City of Boroondara, Women’s Health East and Leisure Networks to participate in the Inclusive Clubs Project. The project includes six free two-hour workshops with the completion of an inclusion assessment and action plan. The aim of these workshops is to build the knowledge of club officials on how to make their club more inclusive by creating safe, equal and respectful environments for all members, particularly women and girls. If your clubs wants to be involved please get in touch with councils recreation team.

    Good Sports Program

    The Good Sports program provides sport and recreation clubs with tools and resources to build a safe, welcoming, family friendly club environment. Good Sports has been proven to reduce harm and positively influence health behaviours, as well as strengthen club membership and boost participation. The Good Sports program is implemented voluntarily through community sporting clubs, helping clubs to promote healthier, safer and more family-friendly environments.

    Our Club: A Place for Everyone

    The ‘Our Club’ campaign is a club strengthening initiative for Eastern Football League clubs. Building strong and connected communities is important for everyone. Local footy clubs provide an opportunity to bring people together, increase participation in sport, promote social connection and create a sense of belonging.

    Manningham's community profile

    Are you wanting to find out more information about Manningham’s community profile? Profile.id provides you details on Manningham’s current population demographics.

  • Useful links and resources to help your club become more inclusive

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    • Play by the Rules: Clarifies what inclusion means, explores sports that have integrated the 7 Pillars of Inclusion model into their inclusion strategies and provides tips and ideas on ways your club can advance diversity and inclusion.

    • Sport Australia: Aims to build the capacity and capability of sport to provide safe, ethical and inclusive sporting environments.

    • Everyone Wins Tool Kit: Vic Health have created the 'Everyone Wins tool kit', which provides practical tools and resources to help sports clubs become more inclusive and welcoming of everyone in their community. The toolkit specifically aims to help clubs increase the involvement of women and girls, Aboriginal people and people from multicultural communities. The tools provided in this toolkit help clubs build on their existing strengths.

    • Doing Sport Differently Principles: VicHealth and La Trobe University’s Centre for Sport and Social Impact have developed six key principles to guide the design and delivery of sport-based programs that target less-active people. These resources are designed to help sport clubs and organisations to ‘do sport differently’ to attract, engage and retain less-active people in sport.

    • Victorian Participation in organised sport: Vic Health undertook research which provides a picture of participation in organised community sport within Victoria.