• 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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  • 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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  • Creating a bully free environment

    Creating a bully free environment

    There is no two ways about it: bullying has no place in sport. What is bullying? It’s all about power!

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  • Understanding complaint handling

    Understanding complaint handling

    In the perfect world there would never be any complaints and we wouldn't need to understand anything about complaint handling. Unfortunately we don't live in a perfect world. Things can go wrong and people have a right to complain and have their concerns listened to and dealt with.

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  • Gambling on sport - is it a problem?

    Gambling on sport - is it a problem?

    It's happening more and more often - live betting odds being offered by online betting agencies in local sport leagues. It's happened in Canberra soccer football leagues and in Victorian gridiron competitions. Think it can’t happen to your sport or in your local area? Think again.

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  • So what’s the issue with blackface?

    So what’s the issue with blackface?

    A recent incident involving Australian women’s national basketball team player Alice Kunek posting a photo of herself with her face painted black for an end-of-season dress up party invoked public outrage and condemnation from many, including her team-mate Liz Cambage, whose father is Nigerian. Kunek apologised for her choice of a blackface costume at the Melbourne Boomers party, saying she didn't intend to offend anyone.

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  • Coaching kids - making it mixed, fun and fair

    Coaching kids - making it mixed, fun and fair

    Junior sport should be all about fun, but it also offers a host of other opportunities for children to gain social skills, build self esteem, learn about fair play, meet people from different social and cultural backgrounds, and develop physical skills.

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