Sports Club Development

Sports Club Development         
Prepared by  Prepared by: Chris Hume, Senior Research Consultant, Clearinghouse for Sport, Sport Australia
evaluated by  Evaluation by: Jeff Dry, Associate Director, OneEighty Sport and Leisure Solutions (December 2016)
Reviewed by  Reviewed by network: Australian Sport Information Network (AUSPIN)
Last updated  Last updated: 17 July 2018
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Sport Australia


Sports clubs make sport, physical activity and active recreation opportunities more accessible to Australian communities. Collectively, they form the foundation of the Australian sport system and play a key role in underpinning both elite athlete and community participant pathways. 

From a cultural perspective, sports clubs make a valuable contribution to the social fabric of Australian society including the accrued benefits supporting health and well-being, inclusion, volunteering, and community development outcomes. 

Key Messages 


Sports clubs are integral to the fabric of Australian sport. They provide pathways for emerging elite athletes, and importantly physical activity and social engagement opportunities for participants at all stages of life.


Sports clubs make a positive contribution toward our communities, especially across regional Australia. They help build stronger, healthier, happier, and safer communities.


Volunteers make a significant contribution to the organisation of sports clubs. Their contribution ensures organised sporting activities are accessible and within the financial means of most Australians.


Sport clubs are the primary avenue for facilitating structured physical activity opportunities for Australian children outside of a school setting. Adult family members and friends are often engaged too, but in supervisory and supporting roles.


Adult physical activity participation appears to be decreasing nationally through traditional sports club models

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