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Welcoming Clubs is Welcoming Australia’s overarching initiative for programs that embrace the power of sport and recreation as a vehicle for inclusion, opportunity and belonging for all members of the community.

WHO we are


Embracing the Power of Sport for All

Our vision is to inspire and activate community sport and recreation clubs and the organisations responsible for supporting them to foster an environment of genuine acceptance, equity and unity. This change will ripple across all levels of our sporting landscapes, from leadership and volunteers to athletes, participants and supporters.

We believe this evolution will extend beyond the codes or club’s boundaries, inspiring broader social change and setting an example for other organisations. By celebrating diversity and championing inclusion, sporting codes and clubs will not only enrich the experiences of their existing community but also contribute to a more inclusive and equitable society.

By actively engaging community members in learning opportunities, sharing resources, and celebrating success we can challenge ingrained biases, dismantle barriers, and empower individuals to become advocates for diversity and inclusion. 

 

As more members of the community learn about and embrace different cultures, backgrounds, and perspectives, a shift towards open-mindedness and respect will move our sporting communities towards a more inclusive future that is reflective of Australian society.

 

With sustained efforts that enhance accessibility, communication, and representation, we believe that clubs and codes will not only attract a more diverse membership but also retain it. A sense of belonging will flourish, enabling every participant to belong, thrive and contribute their unique strengths to the club’s success.

Who we work with

Community Sports Clubs

We assist community clubs in measuring their inclusive practices, implementing practical and relevant actions, and offering learning opportunities for their members. By doing so, clubs can create not only welcoming but also safe and inclusive spaces where all members of the community can experience a true sense of belonging.

Outcomes include:
  • increased membership
  • increased diversity and community representation
  • more volunteers
  • positive community reputation
  • broader sponsorship opportunities

Councils

Local councils are a key connector & source of information for community sports clubs and their communities. We partner with councils to build and share knowledge that can increase the accessibility of their community clubs. We provide tailored learning opportunities and practical resources that clubs can implement easily to reach more members of their community.

Outcomes include:
  • clubs that are reflective of the LGA
  • increased community connection and social cohesion
  • increased physical activity
  • positive individual and community wellbeing

Sporting Codes and Governing bodies

Our measurement tools offer valuable insights into the attitudes and readiness of governing bodies and their club communities.

Internal and external measurement tools provide a report that builds understanding.

These insights enable us to tailor learning opportunities that align with the specific needs of each audience and support codes to make informed decisions when implementing targeted diversity, equity, and inclusion programs and activities. 

Outcomes include:

  • informed decision-making capacity  
  • increased understanding of club and community needs
  • increased likelihood of successful diversity and inclusion programs and activities
  • measurement and progress tracking

Sport & Recreation Facilities & Facility Management

Facility management staff play a crucial role in shaping an individual’s experience of welcome and inclusion. We collaborate with facility management teams to enhance their understanding of the differences that may exist within their customer base and how to leverage differences for increased usage and ensuring safe, positive experiences for all users. 

We provide examples of inclusive practices that can broaden the diversity of individuals accessing their facilities.

Outcomes include:

  • increased access and usage and income generation
  • increased diversity and usage reflective of the community 
  • positive community reputation
  • increased community connection and diversification of products, opportunities and user groups

About Welcoming

Welcoming Australia exists to cultivate a culture of welcome and create a future where people of all backgrounds have equal opportunity to belong contribute and thrive. 

Welcoming Clubs is an initiative of Welcoming Australia, proudly supported by the Scanlon Foundation. 

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Acknowledgement

Our work is conducted on the stolen lands and waters of First Nations representing hundreds of clans and language groups. We acknowledge that our lives have benefitted from theft and dispossession and that we have a responsibility to support the efforts of Indigenous peoples as they work towards self-determination, sovereignty and land back. We pay our respects to Elders past and present. 

Always was, always will be Aboriginal Land.