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Vicsport: A Year in Review

2016 was another massive year for the Vicsport team. Representing our members on a number of key issues, growing the Vicsport Professionals Network (VPN) and supporting VicHealth and Sport & Recreation Victoria initiatives in addition to much more!


Victorian Sport Awards
Nominations Close 27 January, 2017

You only have until this Friday to get your nominations in for the 2016 Victorian Sport Awards. Ensure your sport is represented, and those that are deserving get recognised for their efforts and achievements.

With 19 categories from community through to elite, covering both young and experienced, the Victorian Sport Awards recognise athletes, coaches, officials, administrators, volunteers and organisations alike.


Game Changer: Female Facilities Community Campaign – Bayside City Council

Bayside City Council identified that the lack of existing facilities that support female participation was a significant issue for them.

With 27 sporting pavilions, 50 sports clubs, 1300 teams and 20,000 club members, only 80 per cent of Bayside’s pavilions predate 1960 and 96 per cent don’t have appropriate change facilities for women.


Child Safe Standards: Is Your Sport Ready?

As of 1 January, 2017 sporting and recreation clubs operating in Victoria and providing services or facilities specifically for children are required to meet Child Safe Standards.

Child Safe Standards are designed to drive cultural change and embed a focus on child safety by placing children’s rights at the forefront of the organisation’s mind.


Mel Jones and Dylan Alcott Announced for Victorian Sport Awards

The Victorian Sport Awards is Vicsport's marquee event on the calendar. A marquee event needs superstar presenters, and that's what we have! We are proud to announce that former Australian Test and ODI cricketer and Channel 10 cricket commentator Mel Jones, and 3x Paralympic Gold Medallist and Triple J radio host Dylan Alcott OAM will be presenting at the 2016 Victorian Sport Awards. With their wealth of experience, we are excited to see Jones and Alcott in action on 30 March, 2017.


Be Part of the Kids Sporting Zone in 2017

Expose your sport or club and engage with over 270,000 fans across the four days of the 2017 Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix.  After a successful introduction in 2016, the Kids Sporting Zone will be making a return in 2017. 

The Australian Grand Prix are now seeking expressions of interest for participation and display at the 2017 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix, 23-26 March,
2017 and would love for you to be part of it! It's FREE of charge to secure your site and activate in the Kids Sporting Zone.


Barriers and Facilitators to Participation in Organised Physical Activity Survey

Parents, guardians, coaches and children are invited to take part in a study to explore the benefits and barriers to participation in organised physical activity programs around Australia for children with physical and developmental disabilities and challenges. Parents of children with disabilities, developmental challenges, or additional needs aged between 4 -17 years are encouraged to participate in this study.


We are constantly on the lookout for stories from across the industry highlighting the work of our members.  If you have a program you are proud to share, or an incredible story, please share it with us here.

Upcoming Event:
2017 High Performance for Community Sport Conference

11 & 12 February, 2017

High Performance for Community Sport is a two-day conference that has been designed to give community sport an insight into the latest trends and techniques available in elite sport and provide practical ways that these techniques can be adapted for use in local sporting teams and leagues.

Stay tuned to Vicsport's socials to see how you can win a free registration!


Upcoming Event:
Child Safe Standards
- Train the Trainer Workshops

22 February, 2017 

This workshop is now at capacity, please use the link below to join the waiting list.

Vicsport has developed a program designed to train 
State Sporting Association staff to support and empower their members through the implementation of the Standards. Spaces are going fast, so register you and your sport today by clicking on a date below. For more information visit the Vicsport Child Safe Standards page.

22 FEBRUARY, 2017

Upcoming Event:
Forward Thinking Series
- Insights to Drive Innovation

16 February, 2017

Limited places available!

At this 
session you will explore data trends and conduct research on the customer’s needs in order to assist you in developing your existing/new products, services and programs. Additionally, you will gain a greater understanding of how to tap into the collective knowledge, experience and insights of staff, members, innovators, entrepreneurs and community to develop new and innovative offerings.


Upcoming Event:
La Trobe University
Making Sport Safe

February & March, 2017

Researchers from La Trobe University Law School are working in partnership with Vicsport to find out more about how community sports administrators identify and manage health and safety risks in community sport. 

All participants will be reimbursed for their time with a $100 Coles Myer Gift Voucher.


Upcoming Event:
Victorian Sport Awards
30 March, 2017

Join award nominees, past winners, sporting stars, industry stakeholders, and dignitaries including the Minister for Sport, to recognise and celebrate 2016 Victorian sporting achievements on Thursday 30 March, 2017!


Upcoming Event:
National Sports Convention
19-21 July, 2017

With the success of the 2016 event, the goal for 2017 is to address how we collaborate, plan, develop and deliver programs to activate people, through a more innovative approach. This is the main focus of the National Sports Convention (NSC), a series of sport and recreation management events to be held in Melbourne on 19 to 21 July 2017.


Sporting Club Grants Round 2

Closing date: 15 February, 2017 | Funding: up to $5,000


Athlete Pathway Travel Grants Program Round 2

Closing date: 23 February, 2017 | Funding: up to $6,000


Access to Drinking Water in Community Sport Grants

Closing Date: 28 April, 2017 | Funding: up to $5,000


Significant Sporting Events Program

Closing date: 28 February, 2018 | Funding: 

Event Assistance Grants: Up to $20,000

Event Development Grants: Up to $300,000


Emergency sporting
& recreational equipment grants

Closing date: Ongoing | Funding: up to $2,000


Opening soon:
VicHealth Active Club Grants Round 2

Opening Date: 6 February, 2017 | Funding: up to $10,000

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