Good Sport Initiative

The Good Sport Initiative

The Good Sport Initiative is a Council project designed to support local sport to return to play.

Together with local sporting clubs, state agencies and peak sporting bodies, Council is looking toward the future and planning for the transition to a ‘new normal’. We are backing local sport with the development of a well-informed plan for the growth and longevity of sport across our Shire.

There are also a range of resources available to sporting clubs that can support the return to play. Take a look at our Resource Bank for links to the various sporting initiatives and support available.

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Return to Play?

Sporting groups and organisations have responsibilities to be COVIDSafe and ensure a safe return to play. You can contact your State Sporting Association for assistance with your COVIDSafe Plan. For further assistance give Council's Recreation Team a call on (03) 5772 0333.

Good Sport Development Sessions

Based on feedback received through the Good Sport Survey conducted in August 2020, Council has hosted a series of sports club development sessions. These free, online interactive sessions focused on the key themes identified through the survey - participation and membership, volunteer recruitment and retention, marketing and promotion, and grants.

Future sessions

Stay tuned for the announcements on future sessions. If you are interested in undertaking training to improve or further develop your sport or recreation club, contact Council's Recreation team to discuss how we can help.

Resource Bank

  • Update your clubs contact information in our Community Directory
  • Doing Sport Differently from Vicsport
  • Hey Sport- R U OK? resources include practical tools and tips to help everyone involved in grassroots sport to understand when and how to have an R U OK? conversation. 
  • Healthy Sports Clubs is lead by Monash Health and encourages clubs to create healthier environments that promote good health and wellbeing, with a whole club approach
  • This Girl Can from VicHealth
  • Change our Game supporting women in sport
  • Use this self-assessment tool provided by Yarra Ranges Council as a 'temperature check' to see how your club is doing in the gender equity space 
  • Valley Sport Marketing Workshop designed to break marketing practices down and relate them to your local club setting
  • Modified Sports Modified sports can take many forms but are generally designed to introduce—or to be a more accessible version of—a sport. Programs may focus on children, mature-age participants, persons with disability, the time poor, or people looking for more social (less competitive) opportunities. Read more on the Clearinghouse for Sport
  • VicHealth wants us all to encourage boys to break free of outdated rules on how to be a man, so they can build respectful relationships and lead healthier lives. These two videos apply the best practices from VicHealth 
    • Working with young men and boys? Share this video
    • Working with schools, sports organisations and youth workers who work with boys and men? Share this video.
  • Play by the Rules Diversity and Inclusion – What is it?
  • VicSport Diversity and Inclusion
  • Female Football Club Guide from AFL

    Volunteer Engagement and Governance

    • Volunteering Victoria recruitment and retention session slides (January 2021)(PDF, 1MB)
    • Club Development from SportAUS
    • Fair Play Code from Sport and Recreation Victoria
    • Sport Australia has launched new Governance Principles 2020. Watch the Sport Governance 2020 video and get the tools, resources and education from Sport Australia Governance
    • Sport Australia has launched a new podcast. The first series will focus on the recently released Sport Governance Principles, a resource to help Australia’s sporting leaders – many of them volunteers – face the current challenges of COVID-19 and to build a stronger sporting future
    • Register your club with We Volunteer and Volunteering Victoria will match your volunteer roles with volunteers that share similar interests, skills and passions 
    • Engaging Parents in Sport. Parents are the enduring role models that their children use as a basis for their own development. Parents who actively enable their child’s sport and physical activity can offer encouragement and support—financial, practical and psychological. This plays a significant role initiating and sustaining a child’s sports participation and positive mindset towards maintaining physical fitness through life. Read more on the Clearinghouse for Sport
    • Volunteering Victoria resource guides
    • National Standards for Volunteer Involvement
    • Vollpoll
    • Sport Australia’s Game Plan is an online diagnostic tool that volunteers and club administrators can use to improve how they operate and replaces Club Health Check.
    • Club Help connecting clubs and volunteers with a range of resources.

    Grants and Funding 

    • Check out Council's Funding Finder for a comprehensive list of open grants from a variety of sources
    • Council Community Grants help communities in many ways including to create participation opportunities to improve health and wellbeing
    • Council Quick Response Grants provide essential, urgent support to not-for-profit community groups and organisations
    • The Victorian Government's Change Our Game provides grants and funding supports women and girls in sport
    • Good Sports have compiled a set of resources including a Grants Calendar and Club Fundraising Toolkit
    • Sports and Recreation Victoria provide a range of Grants and Funding to support sport and recreation 


    • Check the Victorian Government's Coronavirus website here to view the latest updates and restriction levels

    Good Sport Survey Results

    In August 2020, Council carried out a Good Sport Initiative survey targeting sporting clubs across Murrindindi Shire. In total, 28 sporting clubs participated in the survey and we are pleased to share some of the highlights and key findings with you. Click here(PDF, 43KB) to read more about the Good Sport survey results.

    The information gathered from the survey will assist Council in implementing the next phase of the Good Sport Initiative. This includes

    • developing a multi-stage, comprehensive and hands-on approach to addressing key issues identified by clubs including participation, volunteering and inclusion
    • streamlining the process to access COVID-19 recovery grants, assisting clubs with their return to ‘COVID Normal’
    • working with key Victorian sport and health organisations to increase their presence in Murrindindi Shire
    • continually updating the Good Sport Initiative web pages with relevant grants and club development information