Success isn’t a straight line, look for alternative paths

Success isn’t a straight line, look for alternative paths

It’s important that we all work to empower girls to use their strengths, their skills, their talents to reach their full potential. To encourage them to pursue their goals, follow their dreams and live happy, fulfilled lives. It’s also important that we prepare them for the challenges, and train them to look for alternative routes to success if one pathway gets blocked.

Time to man up

Time to man up

Have you, like I have, been dismayed at the horrendous stories of sexual violence and assault over recent weeks coming from parliament house, Sydney schoolkids and so many other places?

We all know that this behaviour is in no way a reflection of men as a whole, however, fully two thirds of young men in Australia recall being told that a “real man” behaves in a certain way, i.e. self-sufficient, tough, physically attractive, rigidly gendered, risk-taking. 60% feel that society thinks that a bloke that doesn’t fight ‘violence with violence’ is weak.

Healthy Masculinity – what does it mean and why is it so important?

Healthy Masculinity – what does it mean and why is it so important?

Think about the men you know.  Chances are they are decent, loving, caring people – and that’s what you like about them. However, the traditional gender stereotypes applied to boys and men is more about being tough, self-sufficient, patriarchal, and even alpha. Most Australians acknowledge the harm this stereotyping does, and many are receptive to changing their language, their expectations and their portrayal of men in this way.  Not trying to stamp out masculinity, but rather moving away from rigid stereotypes and embracing more diverse forms of masculinity.

The unique challenges for coaches and parents

The unique challenges for coaches and parents

For coaches it’s a balancing act

As you wake your club from hibernation and set your systems in place for the upcoming season, it’s important to be aware of the challenges that the various segments of your club will be experiencing.  While life is getting back to normal, there will still be invisible mental scars that people are carrying because of the pandemic – particularly in Victoria.

For coaches, their role will be very difficult.

Effective fundraising for sporting clubs

Effective fundraising for sporting clubs

Fundraising is a real necessity for the majority of sporting clubs.  Fees, if they are to be kept affordable (and as community sporting organisations, that’s vitally important) only go some of the way to paying for all the expenses incurred in running a club. If you want to fund improvements, then that requires a real effort to build the bank balance you need.

Kid gloves for your volunteers

Kid gloves for your volunteers

Whilst players generally bring the glory, they are standing on the shoulders of a far bigger team. That selfless army of volunteers who, in this return to COVID Normal, need recognition, care and understanding – maybe even more so than others in your club. Many volunteers might be pressured into supporting clubs initially by their…

Flexibility and understanding will help players adjust

Flexibility and understanding will help players adjust

It’s full steam ahead for clubs as they plan for next season!  In Victoria in particular, it’s important to remember that a few short months ago your players were living under lockdown conditions.  Regardless of whether they could go to work or not, their lives have been changed.  They have been cut off from their extended families, their friends and their networks that provide support and stability.

Local clubs staying united with WorkSafe Club Re-Connect program

Local clubs staying united with WorkSafe Club Re-Connect program

When community sport came to a halt amongst the chaos of COVID-19 earlier this year it became evident just how important local clubs and associations were to the health and wellbeing of Victorian individuals.

The junior netballers were missing playing with their friends, coaches were forced to re-work their training sessions and the local volunteers longed for the opportunity to come together again. While many were tested throughout the winter pandemic, many clubs and teams found motivation and comfort from one another through online platforms.

Setting up your club for 2021 – Club Wellbeing Team

We are back together and it’s weird and it’s great and it’s a bit stressful. It’s a whole range of things we haven’t really experienced before, but it’s just great to be getting back to sport! These months of lockdown and restrictions have impacted on everyone and, out of sight, people will have changed.  They…

SALT Down-Low breakfast is high on engagement

With their traditional Brownlow breakfast a victim of the Melbourne COVID-19 restrictions, SALT went online to provide a “Down-Low” session jam-packed with celebrity football guests and great messages. Dave Burt, Founder of SALT and Scott Angove, a SALT trainer, MC’d the event – Dave in Melbourne and Scott in Ballarat. Dave spoke about what a…