Clubs can increase their memberships and their social standing in the community by creating inclusive and safe environments through the following strategies:
- finding out which people in their community needs them - targeting women, juniors, people with disabilities and people of varying cultures and ethnicities;
- developing specific programs which encourage participation;
- utilising their clubrooms and facilities as a place for people to meet socially after games or on specific days; many people meet members of the local community by participating in the social events put on by their sporting club;
- scheduling games/events so the whole family can attend on the same day and then enjoy refreshments together at the end;
- involving more juniors in the club - more juniors means more parents, which results in a vibrant community atmosphere and increases the pool of potential volunteers for the club;
- getting involved with local schools to recruit new junior members;
- welcoming new mums back to the sport by providing informal child care, and scheduling events at family-friendly times e.g. on Sundays.
Your club should facilitate this behaviour through the application of various policies and procedures including:
- training in the service of alcohol
- establishing and promoting codes of conduct and conflict resolution policies
- communicating the clubs values to its members and community
- ensuring transparency and fairness when dealing with conflict resolution.