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Read a description of the Building Active Communities workshop topics.

Athlete Management (Pre, In and Post Season)

Pre-season training plays a crucial role in supporting a team or individual athlete’s success, no matter how old or how advanced the athlete. In addition to the physical advantages an athlete will gain, a successful preseason strength and conditioning program aids in the prevention of short and long term injury. Preseason is the “hard work” phase that prepares the athlete for the rigors of the oncoming competition season, the aim being to bring athletes to their peak performance level without over-training. This workshop covers setting up a seasonal plan, resistance training programs, broad based and specific conditioning, general nutritional information and the role of recovery. This is the first of a three workshop series and leads into the Athlete Management ‘Game On!’ workshop.

The Athlete Management ‘Game On!’ workshop looks at maximising performance during competition or in-season. It examines multiple management elements relating to the athlete, coach and support staff. Topics covered include mapping seasonal contests; managing the team, players or individual to facilitate optimal performance; proper preparation including nutrition, physical, psychological and social preparation for competition; typical resistance training programs for in-season (power and strength); specific speed, agility, anaerobic conditioning for maintenance during the season and recovery protocols including specific post-competition. This workshop leads into ‘The Final Whistle’ Workshop.

Most athletes tend to focus on training and neglect recovery. An athlete can become fitter, stronger, faster and better prepared for competition with correct planning of training sessions and recovery practices. Recovery should be part of every athlete’s training and game regime. A proactive recovery provides the body with the nutrients it needs in a speedy and practical manner. This workshop will teach a range of recovery processes including replacing fluids and electrolytes and building recovery into an athlete’s training program. This workshop is ideal for players, parents, team managers and coaches.

Athlete Recovery

Most athletes tend to focus on training and neglect recovery. An athlete can become fitter, stronger, faster and better prepared for competition with correct planning of training sessions and recovery practices. Recovery should be part of every athlete’s training and game regime. A proactive recovery provides the body with the nutrients it needs in a speedy and practical manner. This workshop will teach a range of recovery processes including refuelling, replacing fluids and electrolytes and building recovery into an athlete’s training program. This workshop is ideal for players, parents, team managers and coaches.

Changing Face of Sport

Modern sporting professionals are being flooded with information about mega-trends, market segmentations, generational reports and participation data. It can be difficult to sort out what will actually shape your sport in the coming decades. This presentation drills downs to the core truths evident in the current data and presents them in an entertaining and informative way that will help you prepare for the emerging changes in the industry. It will also explore strategies and best practice examples from other associations that have anticipated change and moved to the front of the pack. Through careful planning and execution of strategies they have addressed these changes and are ideally positioned to prosper in the coming years.

Club Committees

Committees play an important role in developing and implementing a structured system of administration and management to support club activity and operations. A stable, knowledgeable and well-functioning committee is the key to an effective organisation. This workshop provides committee members with the latest information to assist them in their role. Topics include committee member induction, strategic leadership, legal compliance, financial monitoring, recruitment, and evaluating and improving management.

Community Use of School Facilities

Schools are valuable community assets which are often available for community use when not required for school purposes. These facilities can play a vital role in the local sporting community. This workshop explores the benefits for building links between clubs and schools, school funding policies that incorporate community usage of facilities as well as insurance challenges and tips for sustainable relationships. There are many opportunities for schools and communities to work together and share school facilities providing every child every opportunity to participate in sport and active recreation.

Disaster Management

In recent years Queensland has been hit by a number of major natural disasters involving high winds, floodwaters and fires. No matter where your club is located, it is vital that you are well prepared. This workshop will examine the issues surrounding natural and man-made hazards focusing specifically on ‘PPRR’—Prevention, Preparedness, Response and Recovery. Topics include writing an effective disaster management plan for the future; best communication tools for a disaster; insurance—what is covered and what isn’t; effects of a disaster on the club’s future financial health and membership; how to achieve a quick recovery effort and working through the maze of help and support potentially available.

Ethics in Sport

Sport and recreation has a tremendous impact on our culture, influencing the values of millions of participants and spectators and teaching valuable lessons about teamwork, discipline and sportsmanship. For kids to enjoy participating in sport and recreation and develop a lifelong commitment to an active and healthy lifestyle, it is essential that their experience is both positive and fulfilling. Clubs play an important role in making sure sporting environments are safe, fun and inclusive.

Although there are many examples of good sportsmanship, unethical sports-related behaviour does occur. Disruptive actions such as cheating, misconduct by players and spectators and discrimination can occur both on and off the field. This workshop will explore policies and good practices that local clubs can implement to help create a positive and safe environment that protects their members and their business. Topics covered in this workshop include member protection, discrimination, harassment, child protection laws and dispute resolution.

Event Management

Sport and recreation organisations have been staging events for years – from the small inter-club one-day carnivals to hosting major national championships. Events can be one-off, weekly, seasonal or annual competitions. They can be conducted on a single day, over a number of days or even held across multiple venues. Regardless of the size, duration or composition careful planning is required. Successful events can be exciting and benefit a wide variety of people, including your organisation’s bottom line. This workshop includes practical tips and information on planning and managing an event; feasibility; things to consider before, during and after an event; pitfalls to avoid; and evaluating your success.

Facility Management

Sports clubs are the custodians of valuable community infrastructure and have a responsibility to ensure that it is maintained in the best possible condition, to provide the greatest benefit to their members and the broader community. Ongoing management of new, existing and improved sporting facilities is a constant challenge for clubs as they face greater community expectations and rising costs. This training program is presented across two informative workshops:

  • Part A provides information and tools to help you better understand the range of issues surrounding the management of facilities, including playing surfaces, clubhouses, amenities, lighting, storage, fencing, spectator facilities, and plant and equipment.
  • Part B provides a greater understanding of the principles and practices of facility management and the workshop includes interactive discussions and group exercises using the sports facility tool kit.

Financial Management

Good financial management is essential for any club’s survival and is perhaps the most common factor that separates successful clubs from those struggling to survive, or those that no longer exist. Successful financial management involves being able to review financial information, effectively manage funds, implement sound financial practices and understand your club’s financial position and obligations. Often clubs appoint a financial director with some accounting experience to take on this responsibility. However, every committee member should have an understanding of club accounts, financial reports, preparation and monitoring of budgets, audit processes and legal obligations.


Many of the compliance, legal and other governance requirements community clubs are faced with may seem onerous or complex. However, it is important all committee members are aware of their roles and responsibilities. Effective governance protects the rights of your members and stakeholders and supports the continued success and growth of your club. This workshop explores how your club can effectively manage its resources for both members and stakeholders. Participants will learn about strategic goals, monitoring organisational performance, compliance with legal and regulatory obligations and committee ethics.

Grant Writing

Applying for grants can be a competitive process due to the limited pool of funds available and the number of organisations seeking support. Each grant also has its own funding criteria and requirements that need to be carefully considered to ensure your organisation’s project is suitable.

Improving your skills in order to prepare applications for grants can mean the difference between getting a grant or missing out. Participants in this workshop will gain practical, first-hand knowledge on how to write grant applications, where to look for funding, and how to budget correctly. Participants will be provided with real life examples to ensure the best chance of a successful outcome when writing grant applications.

Sport for All

Inclusive Sport and Recreation means empowering people to deliver more ways of including people with a disability in sport and recreation activities. In many cases, this does not mean changing current club practices; it is more about creating awareness, fostering an inclusive culture and catering for individual needs. 

The aim of this workshop is to provide practical information and resources to encourage inclusive interaction between people with and without a disability in a sporting environment.  Topics covered include increasing awareness and supporting an inclusive culture within your club, the benefits of an inclusive club and how to make your club accessible. This workshop is suitable for committee members, coaches, parents, and interested service providers.

Laws Relevant to Your Club

Sport and recreation organisations are often managed by volunteers who freely give their time and effort. It can be difficult for busy volunteers to keep up to date on the legislative requirements, policies and processes that govern sport. This workshop provides an overview of relevant laws and policies and highlights recent changes that impact on clubs and, in particular, the fulfilment of people’s responsibilities as administrators or committee members.

Marketing and Sponsorship

Marketing is about communicating information about your club’s activities and facilities to attract new members, volunteers and sponsors. Every time you speak about your club, distribute a promotional flyer, place an advertisement in the local newspaper, establish a website or open your doors to new members you are marketing your club.

Many clubs depend on income and support from sponsors and could not survive without this type of partnership—and it works both ways. Businesses like to be associated with sports clubs and players. It helps build their reputation within the community and generates goodwill. This workshop explores the benefits of a sound marketing strategy and provides tips for securing that vital sponsorship.

Member Protection Information Officer

Member Protection Information Officers (MPIOs) are responsible for providing information about a person’s rights, responsibilities and options to an individual making a complaint or raising a concern.  MPIOs also provide impartial information and advice to sport administrators and complaint handlers with regard to the Member Protection Policy of that sport.

MPIOs fulfil a very important role for progressive Clubs and can greatly assist manage members concerns or complaints appropriately before they escalate into difficult situations.

The MPIO Course, previously a two day workshop, now comprises seven online modules which take approximately four hours total to complete followed by a three hour face to face workshop. Completion of the online component of the MPIO course is required before attending the face to face workshop.  At the completion of the workshop the participant receives a certification number; with both online and workshop certifications and the participant is eligible to register as a MPIO.

Commence the MPIO training at Play by the Rules.                                                

Physical Activity for Older People

There are no rules or age limits to physical activity. Irrespective of how old you are or how often you have exercised in the past, there is no time like the present to start regular physical activity. There are many health and lifestyle benefits of physical activity for older adults. People with an active lifestyle feel healthier and have an improved sense of wellbeing. Benefits can include reduced risk of heart disease, stroke, colon cancer and diabetes. Activity does not need to be strenuous to achieve health benefits. This workshop explores types of suitable exercises, physiological changes that occur with ageing along with simple programs and strategies for keeping active.

Risk Management

This practical workshop introduces club volunteers to the concepts, principals and processes of risk management within the sport and recreation environment. It explains the tools and techniques that will aid implementation of practices to ensure a safe environment for all members and visitors to sporting clubs and grounds. Explore risks likely to be encountered, understand the role of committee members and other key stakeholders in the management of risk through lectures, group discussions and practical exercise that will also lead you through development of a risk policy, checklist and register applicable to your club.

Sports Nutrition

Good sports nutrition is about balancing the type and quantity of fluid and food taken by an athlete, and an understanding of the importance of nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, supplements and organic substances including carbohydrates, proteins and fats. Although an important part of many sports training regimens, it is most commonly considered in strength sports, like weightlifting and bodybuilding, and endurance sports.

Whether you are a professional athlete or a ‘weekend warrior’, nutrition is fundamental to your athletic performance. The right diet will optimise your energy levels and help your body recover more effectively. During this workshop you will learn about food intake for training, hydration strategies, recovery practices and the Food for Sport program. There will also be an opportunity to discuss your sport specific questions and review related case studies.

Sports Psychology

Sports psychology shows how the mind can affect an athlete’s performance.

Concentration, confidence, control and commitment are generally considered the main mental qualities that are important for successful performance. Learning techniques in these areas will allow an athlete to relax and to focus their attention in a positive manner on the task at hand. This workshop explores key components and techniques for ‘psyching up’ to perform at your best.

Sports Strapping – Beginner

Sports strapping is used across many sports in the treatment, management and prevention of sports injuries.  But just when should strapping be used? How should an ankle or other injury be strapped? This course offers technical and practical advice on sports strapping with a particular focus on strapping techniques for the ankle, finger and thumb as well as the principles and application of strapping as a post injury or preventative measure. The workshop is ideal for players, parents, team managers and first aid staff who work directly with players and athletes.

Sports Strapping – Advanced

Sports strapping is used across the industry in the treatment, management and prevention of sports injuries. But when should strapping be used?

This course provides hands-on experience of advanced strapping techniques, with a focus on injuries associated with the knee and shoulder joints. Advanced principles and application of strapping as a post-injury or preventative measure are also covered. This workshop builds on the beginner sports strapping workshop which is a prerequisite for registration. It is ideal for players, parents, team managers and first aid staff who work directly with athletes.

Strategic Planning

Being involved in an organisation’s management team can be chaotic at times. It’s easy to get sucked into the day-to-day operations required to keep things running smoothly without ever finding time for planning. However, strategic planning is critical to success. Simply put, a strategic plan is the formalised road map that describes how your organisation will continue to move forward, be sustainable and achieve goals. Strategic planning doesn’t need to be a complex task and shouldn’t result in a lengthy document that just sits on the shelf. Rather, a strategic plan should be a guiding management tool that helps your organisation do a better job because the plan focuses the energy, resources and time of everyone in the organisation in the same direction. This workshop covers key steps for strategic planning, provides user-friendly templates, navigates through planning terminology and components, and eliminates confusion between operation and strategic plans while guiding you through the planning process.

Strength and Conditioning

Strength and conditioning should form an integral part of any athlete’s development and includes speed, agility, endurance, strength, stability, flexibility, injury prevention, management and rehabilitation. Each athlete's program may be individually tailored to meet their specific needs. This workshop provides a basic level of information for those working at the beginner coaching level to aid in the application and design of strength and conditioning programs. Topics covered include basic weightlifting and body weight exercise techniques, core strength training, program structure, integrating strength and conditioning with skill training as well as developmental and age-related considerations for young athletes. The workshop is suitable for coaches, athletes, teachers and other athlete support volunteers who are keen to help improve the performance of their athletes.

Succession Planning

A 'changing of the guard' is inevitable at all sport and recreation clubs. A good succession plan ensures a smooth transition with less disruption to operations and avoids the cardboard box handover scenario. Good succession planning transitions information and skills. A succession plan will help prepare your club for expansion, the loss of volunteers or filling vacant committee positions. Succession planning helps in matching the right person to a position and makes sure that when new staff or volunteers commence they have all the information they need to do the job.

Team Management

Successful teams are developed through effective leadership. The best leaders appreciate individual differences and play a key role in guiding, teaching, encouraging and organising a team to reach their full potential. A sport team manager should create an environment based on trust, respect and shared ownership. This workshop is aimed at people who are working with team sports or a team of individual athletes at the regional or junior local club level, as well as those starting out in managing a regional representative level team. A number of topics will be covered, including the role of sports team manager, codes of behaviour, athlete nutrition, and working with children and organisations.

Technology Made Simple

Technology is an essential and beneficial tool for sporting clubs. It can help streamline communications, expand member interaction and aid administration processes. However, keeping up with technological advances and new social media applications can be a challenge for volunteer committees with limited resources and technology support. This workshop provides practical ‘how to’ advice, inspiring stories and case studies that demystify the world of technology. Topics include new ways of cost effective communicating, easy website and social media tools, and online help sources. The workshop is about making technology as simple and stress free as possible by providing clear answers to overcoming technology-related challenges.

Using Social Media

One of the most important elements of running a successful club is communication. When communication is regular, reliable and consistent members are informed, feel connected and are more likely to participate and stay with a club. Social media and mobile phone technology has opened up new opportunities for communicating with members, volunteers and supporters. But, where do you start? The internet, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are just a few social media tools available to clubs. Social media is fast becoming a preferred way to communicate. This workshop explores the pros and cons of various social media tools, how clubs can use them to aid communication and the pitfalls clubs need to consider and prepare for.

Volunteer Management

Sport and recreation organisations can improve participation through a committed and dedicated team of very important people—volunteers. How well does your club look after one of its most vital assets? This workshop covers best practice in developing, promoting and embracing excellence in volunteer management. Topics include recruitment and retention, achieving results with limited volunteer numbers, strategies to increase volunteer numbers, training, recognition and reward, and tools to support your club’s volunteer management program.

Women and Girls

Encouraging women and girls to participate in sporting activities and to live a more active lifestyle has been a priority of the Queensland Government in recent times. For local sport and recreation clubs, an increased capacity to support female participation can deliver wide-ranging benefits for all concerned. This can be achieved by providing a diverse range of sporting opportunities for females of all ages, cultures and abilities.

This workshop looks at a number of issues relevant to women and girls and promoting opportunities within sport at both community and boardroom levels. The workshop provides clubs with a range of strategies for increasing female participation and attracting females into leadership positions, through exploration of topics such as promoting active participation; making facilities safe and female friendly; increasing media coverage and visibility and promoting gender equity on boards.

Delivered by the Queensland Government, in partnership with the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games’ (GC2018) Legacy Program, the Building Active Communities Workshops (BACW) Program is a well-established program offering face-to-face and online training to support and upskill volunteers in grassroots sport and recreation organisations.

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Last updated
3 May 2017
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