How inclusive is your club?

Are you proud of the way your club gives everyone a fair go – males and females, people of different ages, different backgrounds, different levels of ability?

Inclusive means welcoming everyone, regardless of age, gender, race and ability.

An inclusive club ensures that all members have an equal opportunity to take part in sport and recreation.

An inclusive club doesn’t just wait for this to happen – it takes steps to make it happen!

There are lots of things you can do to make your club more welcoming and inclusive.

Many of these ideas take little time and effort – you may simply need to educate your members about expectations of what it means to be an inclusive club.

See how inclusive your club is and once you know where the gaps are, you can begin to make changes.

Being inclusive means welcoming everyone

Regardless of age, gender, race and ability, inclusive clubs ensure that all members have an equal opportunity to participate – at a level they choose.

Sport and recreation clubs are important to local communities and can be the best place to encourage positive contact and cooperation between people from a range of different backgrounds and abilities

To be more inclusive your club can:

At a club level

  • Incorporate diversity in your committee/board by encouraging people from a mix of backgrounds, ages and gender to become involved.
  • Communicate with Local Government to ensure members have appropriate physical access to facilities by offering equipment and amenities such as male/female change rooms, ramps (permanent/portable), wide doors and disabled toilets.
  • Provide inclusive training and support for volunteers and staff to ensure all members feel welcome.

At a committee level

  • Promote a welcoming attitude amongst members and develop plans, policies and procedures to support inclusion.
  • Consider members’ needs when planning and delivering training sessions.
  • Promote local public transport links for players to attend training and games.
  • Display posters/images on your website/social media pages and clubrooms that reflect the diversity of your club.
  • Display posters and images that promote respect, integrity and/or leadership.
  • Serve food and/or play music at social events that reflect members’ cultural backgrounds, e.g. halal food.
  • Offer welcoming messages in different languages reflecting membership of the club.
  • Build good links with local community organisations that are connected with the groups you are aiming to work with e.g. youth organisations, multicultural agencies and disability service providers.
  • Keep up-to-date with changes in your local community, such as changes to local population and demographics, barriers to participation and what programs/initiatives exist in your area.

At a member Level

  • Encourage your members/volunteers to support inclusive practices and promote a welcoming environment for everyone.

How inclusive is your club

Being inclusive means welcoming everyone

Are you proud of the way your club gives everyone a fair go – males and females, people of different ages, different backgrounds and different levels of ability?

Being inclusive means welcoming everyone regardless of age, gender, race and ability. Inclusive clubs ensure that all members have an equal opportunity to participate – at a level they choose.

There are lots of things you can do to make your club more welcoming and inclusive. Many of these ideas take little time and effort – you may simply need to educate your members about expectations of what it means to be an inclusive club.

Memberships

  • Is everyone welcome to join - is your club membership open to all people, regardless of age, gender, race and ability?
  • Do you actually invite people of different age, gender, race and ability to join your club? Is it easy to find out about your club? 
  • Does your club promote itself and its activities in a range of different places? Is it easy to join your club? Do you offer flexible payment options?
  • Is your club membership and are club activities affordable for a range of people?
  • Do you help people fill out membership forms if they have difficulty understanding the information? 

Fair go for all

  • Are training sessions and times suitable for people using public transport?
  • Is the club physically easy to get into – with ramps, wide doors and accessible change rooms?
  • Are your signs easy to read?
  • Does the club provide activities for people to socialise and make friends?
  • Is everyone treated equally and with respect, regardless of age, gender, race and ability?

Policies and processes

Does the club have policies and processes in the following areas?

  • Harassment and discrimination.
  • Child protection.
  • Codes of conduct.
  • Working with Children Legislation.
  • Equitable volunteer/staff selection process.
  • Member Protection Policy.

Other helpful hints

  • Serve food and/or play music at social events that reflect members’ cultural backgrounds.
  • Offer welcoming messages in different languages reflecting membership of the club.
  • Build good links with local community organisations that are connected with the groups you are aiming to work with e.g. youth organisations, multicultural agencies and disability service providers.
  • Keep up-to-date with changes in your local community, such as changes to local population and demographics, barriers to participation and what programs/initiatives exist in your area.
  • Incorporate diversity in your committee/board by encouraging people from a mix of backgrounds, ages and gender to become involved.

More information

Inclusion Team
Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries
Telephone +61 8 9492 9700
Email the Inclusion Team