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Creating a welcoming environment and a positive culture in your club involves a variety of things. There’s no single magic formula to creating a healthy and positive culture. The good news though is that there is a lot of help out there. There are always ways to improve your culture and it does not have to be rocket science! There is no need to reinvent wheels here. Clubs and associations right across the country are already tapping into the great work that’s being done by community groups, state bodies and even national organisations in this space.

So, below you will find a menu of support resources and practical tools to help you and your club thrive and grow into one that connects and reflects local community needs. There’s a lot of resources here and we suggest you look through and focus on the ones you think will make a difference in your context. Play by the Rules supports the organisations below – all of which do great work that contributes to creating welcoming environments and positive cultures in community sport. Of course, there are other programs locally and statewide that do great work too and we encourage you to tap into them. We try to focus here on ones that have a national spread and a sport focus.

  • Good Sports

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    Good Sports helps clubs to create a healthy, thriving, inclusive club culture, which sets them up for long term success. Access a range of tools, resources and support you need to build a club culture that’s a real winner.

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  • Hey Sport R U OK?

    Hey Sport RU OK

    Hey Sport, R U OK? is a campaign to benefit all participants, officials, administrators and supporters across the grassroots sporting community. The first phase of the campaign provides resources and tips for coaches and clubs to help them build an R U OK? Culture to support their athletes and players.

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  • Inclusion Solutions

    Inclusion Solutions

    Inclusion Solutions is a community development consultancy service that supports inclusion through the delivery of mentoring, training and personalised support. The Club Renovation Toolkit and the Club Development Toolkit are two practical programs for clubs, and for the industry as a whole, to help tackle inclusion and create positive cultures.

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  • Mental Health and Wellbeing

    Mental Health

    Mental health and wellbeing in sport is more than just physical wellbeing.  Managing mental health and stress is a vital part of creating a safe and inclusive environment.

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  • Welcoming Australia

    Welcome to the Game

    Welcoming Sport is Welcoming Australia’s overarching initiative for programs that embrace the power of sport and recreation as a vehicle for inclusion, opportunity and belonging for all members of the community – including, recently arrived migrants, refugees and people seeking asylum.

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  • Club Respect

    Club Respect

    Club Respect helps grassroots sports clubs build and maintain a deep culture of respect, safety, fairness and equality; ultimately helping to reduce violence and abuse across our wider society from the ground up.

    Please click here to access the Club Respect website.

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  • Play for Lives

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    #Play for Lives is asking sporting organisations to mobilise their members, and individual athletes to play for lives, now that they can’t play for points. You can get involved in Play for Lives if you are a community organisation in need, a community sports organisation/club or even an individual volunteer.

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