This session can be done face to face or online. It is preceded with the SALT Club Health Check Survey which provides the evaluation platform to measure progress over 2 years. We discuss what the club is aiming to achieve over the next 2 years and plan a schedule of course delivery. This is the beginning of the process to get the committee, coaches, staff, sponsors and players all on the same page when it comes to the club’s values and standards. The club will appoint a SALT Coordinator who is either on the committee or reports to the committee about the progress of the program.
The Clubs with Heart course establishes the greater purpose of the sporting club. It gives participants an awareness of the massive impact sports clubs can have on the future life quality of players. Key questions discussed are around ‘What kind of club do you want to be?’. ‘What reputation do you want?’. ‘What influence will you have on the kids coming through?’ and ‘What legacy do you want to leave?’. The Clubs with Heart model looks at the need to have two lanes of ambition. The first being drive, courage, pursuit of excellence but in equal focus with care, respect, connection and empathy. We dissect the SALT Model that looks to create a new ERA in clubs through Education, Responsibility and Accountability. We look at examples of great clubs from around the world who have strong off field culture and have on-field success as a by-product.
Clubs who participate in this 8 webinar series go on to apply the knowledge, build the structures, equip the members and promote the messaging that will set themselves up for sustained success on and off the field. More importantly it will provide a much needed place of connection and support for your local community and an environment of acceptance that reflects a modern diverse community.
Over the 8 webinar series your club will learn to:
The Mental Health and Wellbeing course gives participants an understanding of common mental health issues such as anxiety and depression and provides them with positive mental health habits for life. It educates participants in how to have real conversations and aims to reduce the stigma that is associated with mental health issues. Participants are encouraged to ask good questions of their colleagues and to be open and honest about how they are coping. The use of the SALT Live Quiz enables participants to share confidential information on how they are coping and creates the opportunity for open sharing and support of one another. At the end of this session, the group are given the opportunity to nominate themselves or others to be a part of the Club Wellbeing Team.
The CWT is the eyes, ears and heart of well-being and mental health in the club. The CWT is made up of three to six people who are well known, trusted, wise and approachable. They are caring, perceptive and are happy to approach people to have a conversation to see how people are going. These members are motivated to create a club culture where people feel cared for and safe. The CWT members need to be willing to catch up to support each other and exchange information at least once a fortnight. The CWT will receive three online training sessions over 6 weeks. This program needs to be initiated early in the season to allow time to complete the course.
This can be done online. We will run the Club Health Check again and compare results from the start of the season. We will discuss what worked best and what still needs attention. We will look at what courses will work best for next season.
This session can be done face to face or online. We discuss what the club has achieved last year and is aiming to achieve over the following year and plan a schedule of course delivery. This is consolidating the process of getting committee, coaches, staff, sponsors and players all on the same page when it comes to the club’s values and standards.
This session builds on the concepts of the year 1 course but the responsibility for the delivery of this course is shared between the SALT presenter and the leadership team. Leaders will oversee and direct small groups with the players and wider community to share the responsibility of running the club. Leaders will be trained to ask strategic questions matching people’s skills with areas of need. The entire group will develop a strong understanding of the need for shared responsibility and accountability.
This course tackles the issue of gender equality, racial equality, sexual equality (LGBTQIA+), respect and inclusion. It looks for ways to empower sporting communities to be the examples when it comes to respect, fairness and equality. We look at how easy it is to develop prejudices, stereotyping and unconscious biases. The idea of sledging your opponent to get an advantage used to be considered acceptable but today we have realised that equality extends across the boundary line. Participants should have a strong conviction that individuals and clubs have a responsibility to accept and embrace people from all backgrounds. It looks at the tools to use to combat discrimination when they see it and the courage to employ these tools.
Traditionally sporting clubs have relied on alcohol sales to create revenue and have sometimes promoted heavy drinking. This course explores the dangers of heavy alcohol use and drug abuse. It asks, ‘What kind of club do you want to be?’. ‘What kind of influence do you want to have on the kids coming up?’. ‘What reputation do you want in the community?’. ‘Where do drugs and alcohol fit into all this?’ and ‘How can we create an environment that supports anyone dealing with drug or alcohol issues while keeping the club, healthy and drug free?’
SALT has significant experience in helping clubs deal with crises. SALT was formed because the founder attended and supported 7 clubs in 18 months after the clubs had experienced significant crises. We hope you will never need this service but it is available if required.
This can be done online. We will run the Club Health Check again and compare results from the start of the season as well as the start of the membership. We will discuss what worked best over the two years and what still needs attention. We will look at what else the club requires and how SALT can continue to support the club.