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Sports Without Borders names Tarik Bayrakli as new General Manager

Sports Without Borders names Tarik Bayrakli as new General Manager

Tarik brings five years of business relationship and two years of community sport experience to Sports Without Borders. 

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SWB conference raises integrity of sport

SWB conference raises integrity of sport

Written by Katie Smith from Reporter’s Academy (a media production company run by young people). 

Sporting organisations around Australia are currently facing a number of challenges, from falling participation numbers in some grassroots sport, to the wide use of performing enhancing drugs at an elite and community sport level.  Add to that the declining numbers of volunteers and there is a big job ahead of sporting organisations to remain relevant and be socially inclusive.

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Media Release - 2013 Sports Without Borders Grassroots Sports Conference

Media Release - 2013 Sports Without Borders Grassroots Sports Conference

MEDIA RELEASE

01/05/13

What: 2013 Sports Without Borders Conference – Innovation and Integrity.

Where: Moonee Valley Function Centre

Date: Friday May 3, 2013

Media opportunity: Senator Kate Lundy (Minister for Sport) available for interview between 10:45am – 11:05am.

The Test, the Open, the Grand Final – these events structure our year as much as the big religious festivals. Questions about Bradman turn up in citizenship exams. In this country sport means something.  We’ve spent more on the Olympics than on the National Broadband network. From the top down to the grassroots, we use sports to express our values. Those values have to come from all of us and speak to all of us. They have to change with the times.

Sport and parochialism are inseparable in Australia. More then any other country, sport defines who we are, our values and where we are going.

The 2013 Sports Without Borders/Our Community national grassroots sports conference (May 3, 2013, Moonee Valley Racecourse) will question whether we who facilitate sports: administrators, clubs, volunteers and National Sporting Organisation’s (NSO’s), coaches, SSOs, are being innovative enough to change with the times.

The conference will also address the widely held assumption that grassroots sports clubs are acting in a way that upholds the integrity of sport and its community.

The new Chair of the Australian Sports Commission John Wylie has announced mandatory reforms or proposals on innovation and governance. The ‘Great Debate’ a new item at the conference, will delve into this, debating the topic  “Australian sporting groups are letting the team down with ineffective financial and organizational

management and poor engagement practices.” Pitting Steve Horvat (Melbourne Knights FC board) and Rita Panahi (media commentator and SEN host) against two surprise (secret) debaters, and facilitated by Francis Leach (ABC Grandstand).

The conference teams many high profile keynote speakers and MCS, including, Senator Kate Lundy (Minister for Sport, The Hon. Kristina Keneally (CEO of Basketball Australia) and Richard Ings (former head of ASDA), Patrick Skene (Red Elephant) and Josh Vanderloo (AFL) and futurist Steve Tighe, as well as our old friends Paul Kennedy and Brett de Hoedt.

The conference will also offer best practice workshops for participants.

  1. Get more (and better) volunteers - Josh Vanderloo (Community Participation Manager, AFL).
  2. Get more members - Brett de Hoedt (Founder and Mayor, Hootville).
  3. Innovation - Patrick Skene (Director of Sport and Media, Red Elephant Projects)
  4. The Integrity of Sport - Richard Ings (former head of ASDA).

Key takeaways:

• In the digital age, how do you recruit and retain your volunteers?

• In a spectator-led age, how do you develop systems to engage members?

• What has to change before under-represented groups – women, people with disabilities, people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities, gay and lesbian people and Indigenous Australians – see your club as relevant to their lives?

• What partnerships are becoming possible with emerging stakeholders?

• Marketing: not just a good idea, it’s the game.

• Learn from the professionals how to innovate – it’ll push you ahead of the pack.

For more information and for registration: http://www.ourcommunity.com.au/swb2013

Media Enquiries: tom.demetriou@sportswithoutborders.org, 0400002953

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2013 Sports Without Borders National Grassroots Sports Conference

2013 Sports Without Borders National Grassroots Sports Conference

Innovation in community sport: Learn How, Now! 

The essential conference for every grassroots sporting group, administrator and community leader in local communities and local government.

Tickets here

Australian nationalism, for better and for worse, is inseparable from our love of sport. 

The Tests, the Cup, the Open, the Grand Final – these events structure our year as much as the big religious festivals. Questions about Bradman turn up in citizenship exams. We’ve spent more on the Olympics than on the National Broadband Network. In this country, sports mean something. 

From the top right down to the grassroots, we use sports to express our values. Those values have to come from all of us and speak to all of us. They have to change with the times. 

We need to factor in 21st Century views of gender equality and cultural inclusion. We need to guard against old-fashioned myths and prejudices. We need to continually innovate to survive. 

This conference will illuminate how sports are changing, how sports clubs are innovating, and how sports administrators, players, observers and volunteers can help shape the outcomes. 

Key takeaways: 

• In the digital age, how do you recruit and retain your volunteers? 

• In a spectator-led age, how do you develop systems to engage members? 

• What has to change before under-represented groups – women, people with disabilities, people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities, gay and lesbian people and Indigenous Australians – see your club as relevant to their lives? 

• What partnerships are becoming possible with emerging stakeholders? 

• Marketing: not just a good idea, it’s the game. 

• Learn from the professionals how to innovate – it’ll push you ahead of the pack. 

Why should I attend? 

The 2013 Sports Without Borders Conference brings together the complete picture – sportspeople, club officials, volunteers, policymakers, government funders, government and local government workers, peak bodies, sports administrators and sports media. 

If you’re from any of these groups, this conference is about you. 

Learn the facts, hear the stories, and find out about best practice sports solutions. Your club, and your community, depend on it. 

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Seasons Greetings 2012

Seasons Greetings 2012

SEASONS GREETINGS 2012 

2012 has been a big but successful year for Sports Without Borders. We have continued facilitating important programs in the community and deepened our engagement and consultation with communities across Victoria. Our focus has remained the same – innovation, engagement and leadership.

We’d like to take this opportunity to say a very big thank you to everyone who has supported Sports Without Borders over 2012. Pease enjoy these highlights from the year.

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A big day for grassroots sports in Australia

A big day for grassroots sports in Australia

Linkages and partnerships are the lifeblood of any sporting organisation in Australia, at all levels of the organisation and sport, and administrators need advice on how to link, market and get grants to support their work. The 2012 Sports Without Borders Our Community National Sports Conference aimed to address this need and support sporting organisation by providing insights, case studies, opportunities and connections through great speakers and hands-on workshops.

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Speakers at the 2012 SWB National Community Sports Conference

Speakers at the 2012 SWB National Community Sports Conference

Australians love our sports; the thrill of competition, the warm glow of fellowship and the joys that come with being part of a team drive this passion. But not everybody gets a fair go in Australian sports today.

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2012 SWB National Community Sports Conference, Linkages & Partnerships

2012 SWB National Community Sports Conference, Linkages & Partnerships

On 27 June 2011, SWB and Our Community staged the inaugural National Community Sports Conference at Moonee Valley Function Centre. The event attracted 380 delegates from around Australia who work in, play or administer sport and/or are involved in the community, as well participants from local and state and federal government agencies. The conference focused on different target communities in Australia, including people from CALD and Indigenous backgrounds, All Abilities and women.
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Carlton Community Sports Carnival: Young people's passion makes it happen

Carlton Community Sports Carnival: Young people's passion makes it happen

The young people of the Carlton area distinguished themselves on Wednesday 28th March, 2011. How? A group of young people from the many newly-arrived cultures  of Carlton organized and perhaps established the Carlton Community Sports Carnival held at Melbourne University as a yearly event.

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2011 Sports Without Borders Seasons Greetings

2011 Sports Without Borders Seasons Greetings

Dear friends,

The year 2011 bought challenges, opportunities and ultimately success for Sports Without Borders. SWB continued programs like the grants program and Youth Action while adding leadership programs for newly arrived communities and the Social Inclusion Through Sports (SITS) program. (Online Version with pics).

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Sports Without Borders National Sports Conference 2011 Post Conference Media Release 01/07/2011

Sports Without Borders National Sports Conference 2011 Post Conference Media Release 01/07/2011

Participation and Inclusion

The first Sports Without Borders National Sports Conference on 27 June, 2011, truly crossed all borders and left those in attendance undoubtedly more inspired and informed about community sport and the need to address issues around inclusion.

Photos available on Facebook

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Sports Without Borders National Sports Conference, Post Conference Press Release

Sports Without Borders National Sports Conference, Post Conference Press Release

PLEASE NOTE: There will be a post-conference press release available tomorrow as well as extra information from the panelists. Speeches from panelists will be made available through Our Comunity. More information available in tomorrow's press release.

Read yesterdays press release

See ABC News item on our You Tube channel

Remember to keep tweeting on #swb2011, Follow us @sportswb and join our Facebook page

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Sports Without Borders National Conference

Sports Without Borders National Conference

Timas is an unlikely champion. He is a refugee from Sudan who was separated from his family for a year and spent time in a refugee camp in Egypt, before being reunited with them in Australia. He started running when he was 11 and was so talented that he received a bursary to go to St. Kevins College in Toorak. He turned 16 on January 1, 2010 and is now the Australian Schoolboys u/18 800m champion and the 1500m Australian Youth U/18 champion.

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