Sport Australia’s has launched Game Plan, a new diagnostic tool designed to help clubs bounce back after the effects of COVID-19.
The resource replaces the pre-existing Club Health Check and will provide administrators the means to test their clubs performance in order to identify areas of improvement.
“We know sporting clubs have had to adapt to our ‘new normal’ so sport can return and that can come with challenges,” said Rob Dalton, Sport Australia Acting CEO.
“Many sporting clubs are also run by volunteers who may be time poor or have varying levels of experience in running a club. Our Game Plan tool is designed to make life easier for these clubs by connecting them with information and resources they need to help them operate more efficiently and effectively.”
Administrators can check how their club is performing in 13 key areas including four foundation modules that underpin all club operations – Governance, Strategy, Finance and Workforce.
The modules are quick and easy to complete. Once a club has finished a module, they receive a maturity rating, information and resources to help them improve, and an action plan to assign responsibilities and timelines.
“The best part about our Game Plan is that it’s not limited to a single user – any administrator of a club can complete modules suited to their role, whether that’s coaching, sponsorship or finance. Clubs can also access the platform at any time to assist them in or outside of season,” Dalton added.
The new tool has already received positive feedback from administrators who work in a range of sports, including football.
Minister for Youth and Sport, Richard Colbeck said Sport Australia’s Game Plan is another way the Australian Government is supporting sport through COVID-19 and beyond.
“A key focus of Game Plan is assisting community level sporting clubs and volunteers as they recover from the impacts of COVID-19. Clubs and sporting organisations can access resources to help them grow their membership base as well as support the recruitment and retention of volunteers in a new sporting environment,” he said.