Family sport is thriving

Team up: Game Plan helps sports clubs to run efficiently so that communities and families can continue to enjoy competition, health and fitness. Photo: Shutterstock
Team up: Game Plan helps sports clubs to run efficiently so that communities and families can continue to enjoy competition, health and fitness. Photo: Shutterstock

There's really no excuse for families not to get out there and play sport for fun and fitness - not even COVID-19.

Family sport is being encouraged more than ever with a new incentive to help local sporting clubs and organisations across Australia to thrive while recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sport Australia's new online diagnostic tool, Game Plan was launched in December 2020 ahead of the 2021 sports clubs and organisation's sign on season and is already proving a hit across Australia.

"We know sporting clubs have had to adapt to our 'new normal' so sport can return and that can come with challenges," Sport Australia acting CEO Rob Dalton said.

It's great to see clubs signing on to use Game Plan to help them improve how they operate.

Rob Dalton, acting CEO, Sports Australia.

"Game Plan is designed to help make life easier for clubs by connecting volunteers and club administrators with information and resources they need to help them operate more efficiently and effectively."

There are 360 clubs which have already signed up to Game Plan with the aim to keep community sport alive and families fit and active.

"It's great to see clubs signing on to use Game Plan to help them improve how they operate, particularly as sports open registrations for the 2021 season.

"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," Mr Dalton said.

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," Senator Colbeck said.

Mr Dalton said clubs were taking the opportunity to evaluate their operations using the platform.

This means that community sports can remain on the map giving participants the opportunity to enjoy sports playing as a fun way to stay healthy and fit.

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