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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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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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Heart of Carlton

Heart of Carlton

“Heart of Carlton” brings the thrill of Melbourne Heart, the energy of playing soccer, and education on healthy living to Carlton Primary School and it’s students. The project aims to increase the level of physical activity among children with decreased opportunities for this, promote healthy lifestyle and fair play messages and provide links to other sporting opportunities.

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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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2012 SWB National Community Sports Conference, James Demetriou invitation

2012 SWB National Community Sports Conference, James Demetriou invitation

Dear supporter,

I warmly invite you to attend the second annual “Sports Without Borders” Our Community National Conference, to be held in Melbourne on Friday 15 June 2012.

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