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 is hosting a series of sports club development sessions. These free, online interactive sessions will focus on the key themes identified through the survey - participation and membership, volunteer recruitment and retention, marketing and promotion, and grants.

Clubs who participate in two Good Sport Development Sessions or equivalent over the coming months may be eligible to receive a $500 grant toward club operational costs. More information on these grants will become available in early 2021. Please see below for the schedule of development sessions.

Council Grants and Contributions Information Session

Date: 15 February 2021

Time: 7.00 pm via Zoom

This session will assist recreation and sporting clubs to learn more about Council's Grants and Contributions Program, learn tips and techniques on how to write a competitive grant application and talk to Council officers about your grant ideas and next steps.

Registrations are essential. To register, please complete the form below.

Click here to view form.

Making the most of club marketing and promotion
This session will review and build on the diversity and inclusion principles and how these can be incorporated into club marketing and promotion to make clubs more appealing to a wider audience.

Conversations with Murrindindi Shire Clubs
An opportunity to meet other club leaders and committee members, to share ideas, and enjoy a hot cuppa.

Doing Sport Differently
A look at strategies and actions to increase participation in sport and recreation by people who are less active.

Recognitions and Celebrations
A chance to come together to recognise and celebrate club leaders, volunteers, committees and the years successes.

Resource Bank


This Girl Can week will run from 22 - 28 March 2021. Council will be supporting events across our Shire and assisting clubs with their event promotion. To discuss this initiative please call Council's Recreation team on 5772 0333.

  • Update your clubs contact information in our Community Directory
  • Doing Sport Differently from Vicsport
  • This Girl Can from VicHealth
  • Change our Game supporting women in sport
  • 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
  • Reconnect with your club through councils Connecting the Pieces Shire-wide collaborative art project. Reconnect with your club and design your very own over-sized puzzle piece that represents your participants stories. Represent your story using paint, pencils or even a collage. There are no rules – so get creative!
  • 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
    • Sports Administration and Governance - A free series covering the seven biggest problems facing cubs: planning, committee structure, volunteer programs, financial management, revenue generation, membership & sponsorship, and succession planning
    • 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.


    • 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
    • Current open grants include:
      • Indi Stronger Communities Programme small captial projects that increase participation and the vibrancy of our local community (EOIs close 26/02/2021)
      • The World Game Facilities Fund is a Victorian Government funding program that assists local football (soccer) clubs and organisations to help build new female friendly change rooms, provide lighting at grounds and upgrade pitches or develop new facilities across metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria. (Closing: 19/02/2021)
      • The Building Safer Communities Program supports innovative approaches to address the causes of offending, crime and community safety. (Closing 15/3/2021)
      • The Sporting Club Grants Program provides grants to assist in the purchase of sports uniforms and equipment and to improve the capacity and accessibility of Victorian clubs and other community sport and recreation organisations and increase the skills of their coaches, officials and managers.(Closing 18/3/2021)
      • Emergency Sporting Equipment Grant Program for grassroots sport and active recreation clubs and organisations to replace essential sporting or first aid equipment (Closing: 30/06/2021)
      • Community Motorsport Program - the first dedicated motorsport investment program that provides grant opportunities through two funding categories (Closing: 30/06/2022)
      • Significant sporting events program helps sporting, community and event organisations to deliver significant sporting events in Victoria (Closing: 30/06/2022)
      • Future proofing Community Sport & Recreation facilities:  A roadmap for climate change management for the sport and recreation facilities sector. This free guide is set to empower, equip and motivate the sport and recreation community to take action today for our clean tomorrow. You can find out more here


    • Safely Restart your Season with Good Sports
    • Eve Learning are offering two FREE 20 minute e-learning courses about staying safe from coronavirus (COVID-19) and the correct use of PPE for community service workers and volunteers. The COVID Safe and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) courses provide key information and practical guidance for community services staff. Click here to learn more about Eve Learning or register for the courses by clicking here
    • The SALT Club Re-Connect Program is an interactive, online presentation that digs deep into how your club community is traveling right now and equips you to support one another into the future. Through a newly developed and highly informative live quiz, the SALT presenter will establish what the main issues are for each group and will flexibly respond, teach, and connect

    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