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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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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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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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ABC, Q & A, Monday 7 June 2010 - hosted by Tony Jones

ABC, Q & A, Monday 7 June 2010 - hosted by Tony Jones

Tony Jones hosts Kevin Sheedy, Chris Bowen (MP), Prue Goward (Shadow Minister for Community Services), Scott Morrison (Shadow Minister for Immigration and Citizenship), Heath Ducker (Lawyer) and Samah Hadid (UN Youth Ambassador)

The discussion centres around policy and immigration, refugees, boat people, the economy and sport.

AFL Legend Kevin Sheedy spoke about the connection that people feel through Sport.

Here is a segment of his response:

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A powerful new team for migrants in Victorian Regional Sport

A powerful new team for migrants in Victorian Regional Sport

Sports Without Borders and Regional Sports Assembly of Victoria have joined forces with plans to build on their current relationship and to strengthen connections between local sporting clubs that will enable them to deliver even greater support to newly-arrived communities. The agreement gives communities in the Regional Sports Network increased opportunities to access funding and project support throughout the state of Victoria. 

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If there's one thing we're about it's Unity

If there's one thing we're about it's Unity

Essendon partnered with North Melbourne FC and Sports Without Borders for the first time to host the third Unity Cup with the Australian Federal Police at Windy Hill last Sunday.

For photos Visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/sportswithoutborders/

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Sunshine Heights Cricket Club - Inclusive Club of the Year

Sunshine Heights Cricket Club - Inclusive Club of the Year

Sunshine Heights Cricket Club won two awards at the inaugural 2010 Brimbank Sporting Awards - Inclusive Club of the Year and Coach of the Year. The club has grown in the past few years from 50 to 200 people thanks to its policies of welcoming newly-arrived and migrant and has grown to such an extent that it is on the brink of gaining a 10-year lease at Brimbank Gardens for two grounds.

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Politics vs Sport, Wash-up, Part Two

Recently, ABC Local Radio brought together some of the greatest minds in sport to debate whether you can ever separate politics from sporting endeavour. The second half of the debate explores the changing face of sport in the modern world, with deputy prime minister Julia Gillard, Sports without Borders chairman James Demetriou, Olympian and author Lisa Forrest, Lowy Institute program director and sports specialist Anthony Bubalow, Human Rights Commissioner Graham Innes, and ex-Olympian Ron Clarke.
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