• Want to keep kids in sport - then make it fun!

    Want to keep kids in sport - then make it fun!

    There's a real problem in Australia of kids dropping out of sport. To fix it we should look at why children like to play games in the first place. My son's soccer team seems to have worked it out, writes Paul Kennedy.

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  • Parents on trial

    Parents on trial

    Article by sports nut and dad Mark Slater who recounts his personal experience of taking his son to cricket and being told to, politely, 'butt out' by the coach. Parents behaviour at kids sport is critical to success.. 

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  • Keeping our most vulnerable children safe

    Keeping our most vulnerable children safe

    While some children are more vulnerable to abuse based on factors including age, gender, ethnicity, disability and prior abuse or neglect, some may also be more vulnerable because of situational factors...

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  • The religious playing field

    The religious playing field

    The relationship between sports and religion may be awkward, but that is no reason for sports administrators to dismiss religion as ‘not their business’. Just as sports adapt their practices for people with disabilities, younger people, older people, and same sex people, sports must also consider religious beliefs in the administration of their programs.

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  • Wise words shaping our club culture

    Wise words shaping our club culture

    Every day in our sports clubs and organisations our words are shaping the reality of our club culture and of the individuals who take part in our activities. Often this has more significance than our clubs’ written words and codes of conduct.

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  • Women on Board

    Women on Board

    Next time you’re playing sport have a look around - how many women do you see? Do women hold leadership positions in your club or sport? Are there female coaches? Chances are women are well represented on the field, but what about the management committee or Board? 

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  • When interests collide - Dealing with conflict of interest

    When interests collide - Dealing with conflict of interest

    Mum and dad volunteers are the backbone of grassroots sport in Australia. They lead our sporting clubs and are usually heavily involved in other areas of the community. As a result, the potential for conflicts of interest are common in the club setting and are sometimes impossible to avoid. 

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  • Parents help shape our club culture

    Parents help shape our club culture

    Parents undoubtedly comprise a major determining factor in children’s sport. It is well documented that parents play a vital role in enabling children with sporting opportunities through the provision of financial, logistical and emotive support.

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  • Supporting mental wellness

    Supporting mental wellness

    There is a new phrase you are likely to hear more of around sports clubs in coming years — mental health literacy. It is the concept of increasing the ability of players, parents and coaches to recognise the signs of mental illness among people in their club, and to be able to initiate a conversation and point to resources that might help.

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  • Eating disorders and sport

    Eating disorders and sport

    Eating disorders are serious mental illnesses that can have devastating impacts on the person experiencing the disorder and their family or friends. Anyone can develop an eating disorder – including sportspeople.

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