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.