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					           CLUB UPDATE
                              JUNE 2009
                                                                                       WELCOME LEIGH
         WELCOME LEIGH SKELTON, NEW                                                    SKELTON NEW EO
             EXECUTIVE OFFICER                                                         YOU TUBES OF THE
 The Central Highlands Sports Assembly board and staff would like to welcome
 Leigh Skelton as the new Executive Officer here at CHSA. Leigh originates from
 Canada but has lived in Ballarat the last three years. He brings to CHSA extensive      SUCCESSFUL
 and interesting experience in the sport and recreation sector and we are all         FUNDING RECIPIENTS
 confident his expertise will lead us into an exciting future.
                                                                                        WORKING WITH       2
         Leigh can be contacted at the CHSA on (03) 5331 6966 or by email:

              YOU TUBES OF THE MONTH!
                        LEBRON JAMES BUZZER BEATER
    Touted as the next Michael Jordan (this guy is amazing), check out his buzzer
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                                                                                      FUNDING ASSITANCE
     beating shot last month

      No matter how many times you see it, Bradbury’s victory makes you smile              FUNDING
                                    OPPORTUNITIES      4

                                                                                          CLUB NEWS
                                                                                      GOOD SPORTS NEWS
  Found an exciting YouTube clip? Send us your favourite sporting moments
                      so we can share it with everyone!
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Phone: (03) 5331 6966
Email: Website:                                         REMEMBER TO PRINT
1305 Sturt St, Ballarat VIC 3350                                                          THIS NEWSLETTER
                                                                                           AND STICK IT TO
Facilitating and supporting increased participation                                         YOUR CLUB’S
in the sports and recreation sectors.                                                      NOTICEBOARD!
                                                                   SPORTS SAFETY

Congratulations to the following clubs within the
Central Highlands region who were successful in
the latest round of VicHealth Active Club Grants.
With 22 clubs in our region receiving grants of up to     Recent discussions with the Department of Justice
$2500, this is a great effort.                            regarding the uptake of the WWCC within sport
             2nd Ararat Scouts                            suggest that the take up has been lower than
                                                          expected. A reminder that the deadline for
            1st Mt Clear Scouts
                                                          volunteers/employees in the following sport’s is
          Ballarat Bowling Club
                                                          July 1 2009:
        Ballarat Touch Association
          City Oval Bowling Club                                 Athletics (including Little Athletics)
      Drummond St Basketball Club                                             Basketball
              East Point FNC                                                    Cricket
            Eureka Netball Club                                      Football (Australian Rules)
              Hockey Ballarat                                             Football (Soccer)
              Mount Clear JFC                                   Gymnastics (including Trampolining)
         Mount Clear Tennis Club                                              Martial Arts
     Sebastopol Vikings Soccer Club                                             Netball
                                                                  Swimming (including Life Saving)
         St Patrick’s Rowing Club
          Meredith Cricket Club
  Moorabool Valley Masters Football Club                  Clubs/organizations with staff and/or volunteers
       Rokewood - Corrindhap FNC                          whom are required to hold a valid WWCC but do not
                Newlyn FNC                                do so (after July 1 2009) face penalties including
            Trentham Golf Club                            fines up to $27,000 and/or up to 2 years jail. As the
                Ballan FNC                                responsibility lies with the clubs or organizations, it
      The Marsh Junior Cricket Club                       is in the best interest to ensure all the relevant
            Lexton Cricket Club                           individuals have obtained their WWCC.
            Natte - Bealiba FNC                           Please go to VicSport s website for more
                                                          information The Department
These clubs will now attend CHSA workshops in             of Justice is happy to offer assistance in the way of
July and will be contacted shortly regarding this.        providing information sessions, various information
                                                          packs, newsletter articles, and further information,
                                                          contact Prashanth Reddy on 8684 1213 to access
                                                          these resources. If there is any feedback that you
                                                          would like to provide to the Department of Justice
                                                          regarding the WWCC, its roll out or any other
                                                          relevant issues, please contact VicSport and we will
                                                          pass it on to the relevant person.

There are many training opportunities that your club can become a part of with support from the Central
Highlands Sports Assembly. To allow us to help you, let us know what your club needs by completing this
simple survey:

      Alternatively, why not drop us a line and discuss a training opportunity further with a staff member
                                     (03) 5331 6966 or
                                   JUNE THEME:
                                FUNDING ASSISTANCE
 Fund and revenue raising plays a large and very critical part in the life of a sporting organisation. Here are a
few tips on applying for Funding Grant Schemes:

                                 What to consider for a funding application
In completing a funding proposal it is important to ‘value add’ to your proposal in an attempt to distinguish
your application from the many others entered. Invariably there are more applications received than money
Questions to consider:
- What is your ultimate goal?
- What is the funding organisations ultimate goal?
- What do you require?
- Is the project sustainable once the funding has expired?
- Are there any agencies with which you could work in partnership?

                                    Preparing Successful Grant Applications:
Once the most appropriate grant scheme has been identified, the next task is the preparation of the grant ap-
plication. This process, if managed well, can provide the club or association with an extremely valuable
source of revenue and is      particularly useful if the organisation has identified a particular project or pro-
gram that it believes will benefit its membership or club.
                                         Collect Application Guidelines:
This should be done well in advance of the submission date. This will give you valuable time to read and un-
derstand the application criteria.
Thoroughly research the activities and objectives of the funding organisation, investigate the types of pro-
jects funded in the year prior and prepare and submit your application well in advance of both the grant sub-
mission date and the start date of your proposed project.
                                            What Are The Objectives:
- What are the goals and objectives of the project?
- How is it unique and how does it “fit” with the interests and objectives of the organisation?
- What resources are required to complete the project?
- What methods will be used to carry out the project, what is your plan of action?
- Who will benefit from the project?
                                          Include A Detailed Summary:
- Expected outcomes of the project and how this will meet the identified need
- A detailed budget and timeline of activities
- An indication of the resources your organisation plans to contribute
- An indication of who will be managing the project; and
- Relevant contact details for further information

The Central Highlands Sports Assembly would like to acknowledge VicSport for information included in this
article. Visit for further information.
                          FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
Welcome to the CHSA’s grant section. Please                 LOCAL SPORTING CHAMPIONS PROGRAM
remember to let us know of any funding
opportunities we may have missed that we can pro-
mote! Send your feedback to:

                                                           Junior sportsmen and women find it difficult to meet
                                                          the ongoing and significant costs associated with
                                                          participation at sporting competitions, particularly
                                                          sportsmen and women from regional areas.
                                                          The Local Sporting Champions program is an
                                                          Australian Government initiative designed to provide
                                                          financial assistance for junior sportsmen and
                                                          women towards the cost of travel, accommodation,
                                                          uniforms or equipment when competing at an official
                                                          national sporting organisation (NSO) endorsed state
 Successful Country Action Grant Scheme projects          or national sporting competition
will increase the capacity of community sport and
                                                          For more info, visit:
recreation organisations. The types of projects
which are likely to be funded include: Initiatives to
improve the operational effectiveness and efficiency       COUNTRY FOOTBALL & NETBALL PROGRAM
of organisations:
• Preparation of a business plan.
• Development of policy and procedure manuals
• Development of a club or organisation website.
• Establishment of a new organisation.
                                                           Funding is available to assist country football and
Priority will be given to projects involving people       netball clubs to develop facilities in particular areas
with a disability, women, Indigenous people, school-      of need including: football, netball and umpire facili-
aged children, culturally and linguistically diverse      ties, shared community, club and social facilities,
people and older adults.                                  multi-use facilities or lighting. Football and netball
                                                          clubs in rural, regional and outer        metropolitan
• Morning sessions of a sport or active recreation
                                                          Victoria can submit an expression of interest
activity for older adults or young mothers.
                                                          through their local council.
• Promotional materials such as Koori-specific            Funding is available up to $60,000. This program is
club information fliers or information in other lan-      open for applications on an ongoing basis. For more
guages.                                                   information go to:
• Partnerships between local sports clubs and               
health centres or Access for All Abilities providers to
offer programs to people of all abilities.
Funding is ongoing. For more information visit:
                             GRANTS & OTHER
                                                               FUNDING WEBSITES
                                                           For the latest state government grants in Victoria,
    GRANT SEEKING CHECKLIST                                        visit:
                                                            For the latest federal government funding, visit:
•     Is it compatible with your mission?                      
•     Are you eligible to apply?                                 For a guide to community grants for all
•     Are there any geographic restrictions?                              states/territories, visit:
•     Do you fit the funding priorities?               
•     Is the project one of the proposals funded?                             spgrants.htm
•     Do they exclude certain types of proposals?           Australia's only consolidated grants information
•     Do they have deadlines for submission?              service is the Easy grants newsletter. Subscribe at:
•     Can we fulfil the contractual obligations?            
•     Is there a funding limit for projects and/or
                                                          The Central Highlands Sports Assembly offers its
      organisations? Is it worth your while applying?
                                                          member clubs grant writing assistance where it can.
                                                          So sign up as a member today at:
         (Adapted from
             CLUB NEWS                                     GOOD SPORTS NEWS
Welcome to the new club news page which will
feature in each month of the CHSA newsletter.
This section will provide the opportunity for all
CHSA member clubs and agencies to promote
any upcoming events or good news stories.
It will be a great way to get your word out to the     If your club has a minimum of 14 participants
Central Highlands sporting community!                  keen on getting an RSA certificate, we can
Simply send your info to:                              organise the RSA course at your club’s facili-

                                                       We are currently working with a number of Good
                                                       Sports Clubs with accreditations, and are looking to
          BALLARAT YCW                                 meet with quite a few more before the end of June.
                                                       Clubs who have recently progressed to the next
Ballarat YCW is hosting the Athletics Victoria 15k     level, or have been monitored include:
Road Championships at Lake Wendouree. Athletes
                                                          Ararat Swimming Club (Maintaining Level 0)
will be competing over 15k (male and female) or 5k
for all junior athletes.                                  Ararat VRI Bowls Club (Maintaining Level 3)
The 5k starts at 1.30pm and the 15k will start at        Ararat & Stawell Archers (Maintaining Level 0)
2.10pm.                                                  Ararat Clay Target Club (Maintaining Level 0)
Up to 800 runners are expected. Local runners not             Stawell & Stawell Cross Country Club
associated with athletic clubs can also compete.                       (Maintaining Level 0)
Invitation runners can enter by going to the AV site                    Ararat Bowls Club
and printing a copy of the entry form. Runners can                (Gaining Level 3 Accreditation)
also enter on the day.                                    Grampians Hockey Association (Maintaining
                                                                             Level 0)
                                                         Alexandra Croquet Club (Maintaining Level 0)
   CENTRAL HIGHLANDS                                     Ararat Motorcycle Club (Maintaining Level 3)
                                                          Moyston Willaura FNC (Maintaining Level 3)
                                                       Remember if your club has been on Level 1 or 2 of
        COUNCIL                                        the Good Sports program for over a year, you are
The next Central Highlands Regional Tennis Coun-       now eligible for progression to the next level. If your
cil (CHRTC) is being held in Bacchus Marsh on          club is at level 3 or 0, we can arrange a monitoring
Wednesday the 12th of August (Venue to be              report if we have not met with your club for over a
confirmed).   Please contact CHSA for more             year.
                                                         If your club is not a Good Sports accredited
                                                           club, now is the time to become involved!
                                                       Benefits for becoming a Good Sports accredited
     SOCCER CLUB                                       club include:
                                                       •     Increasing memberships and sposorship
             MID SEASON BALL                           •     Reduction in alcohol related problems
            Where: Mercure Lodge,                      •     Improved image
     Main Road, Ballarat (Doherty’s Lodge)
                                                       •     Broadening revenue streams
           When: Saturday, 20th June
                                                       •     Its free! (with merchandise and support to
              Time: 7.00 – 12.00
                                                             help your club through the program)
                  2 course dinner
               Drinks at bar prices                    For more information on becoming a Good Sports
               Live band – Kartoon                     club, contact Stuart or Michael on (03) 5331 6966
                   Formal dress

               Tickets: $60.00 each
                 Tables of 10

              Further information:
          Belinda Murphy 0402 081265
          Bernie Curtain 0408 342293
                          Case Study
       Mt Clear Cricket Club
The Mount Clear Cricket Club has one of the richest histories of any club in our region and their
members work hard to carry on the traditions developed by the generations before them. The club was
established over 100 years ago and club secretary Anthony Tigchelaar says that players are taught to
respect the history of the club but to also to “create their own.”

In recent times the Mounties have been known for their on field success with their first XI participating in
10 of the past 12 finals series, but what caught my attention was the club’s success in attracting the
support and sponsorship of local businesses! In a time where obtaining sponsors can be hard, the
Mounties give themselves the best chance possible to attract and keep their sponsors by displaying a
high level of professionalism in everything they do. From their glossy annual report to their modern and
continually updated website, the club prides itself on the quality of all aspects of their club and has over
35 sponsors to show for all their hard work.

 Club secretary, Anthony Tigchelaar, says:”Sponsors need to see that they are getting something for
their money.” The Mounties sponsors are offered different levels of three year sponsorship packages
including Gold, Corporate, Executive and Major Sponsors. These packages entitle the sponsors to:
tickets to all social events, advertising in club publications and on their website, complementary spon-
sors’ days and perhaps the most valuable opportunity of all - speaking to the playing group about their
business as sponsor of the round. And this is only the beginning of the list of inclusions in the
sponsorship packages…

 Another of the reasons that Mount Clear is one of the most successful clubs in the area, both on and off
the field, is because of the commitment of not only their committee, but of every member, to the club.
While sitting in the Mount Clear clubrooms (which was built by the members), I saw a number of
different people come in and out who were obviously doing their bit around the club, whether it was
some maintenance work or taking out the bins.
The members are like big team, sharing the
load. The club is especially appreciative of all
the small jobs that ‘go under the radar’ and
know that it is important to make sure that
there are ‘many hands’ so that club members
do not get burnt out or feel over burdened.
                          Case Study
       Mt Clear Cricket Club
Their committee is stable, strong and constantly planning for the future. It is not easy to get a gig on the
committee of this club because it requires passion, an appreciation of the opportunity to lead the club,
and is seen as an honour. Although expectations of the committee members are high, they are there
because they want to be, not because they have to be and as a result they get things get done, and they
are always done well!

The club is also a great community organisation, always ready to lend a hand, be involved in a commu-
nity event, or stand up for a cause they believe in. the Mount Clear Cricket Club have proactively and
very publicly, supported the white ribbon day over the last two years and all club members have made a
commitment and made a stance against violence directed to women and children.
 The Mounties also recently played an exhibition match against the ‘Ballarat All-stars’ organised by the
Buninyong Cricket Club to raise money for bushfire victims, and last October they hosted the Melbourne
Deaf Cricket Club in a Twenty20 exhibition match which raised the awareness of the ability of those with
a hearing impairment to participate in sport. On these recent occasions the club has been very quick to
put up their hand and are looking to continue their community involvement into the future.

 The Mounties are working hard to revitalize their strong family culture and have regular family nights
where members and their families are encouraged to bring along a casserole to share and there are
DVD’s for the kids. Social events also help the Mounties to raise the money that they use to reduce
costs to members and to keep their club-
rooms and services in the great shape
that they are. The club prides itself on
giving its members “something to come
back for” and is a welcoming and friendly
atmosphere for all.

 To add to their history, the Mounties are
looking for scorebooks from the past! If
you or your club have any scorebooks in
which the Mount Clear Cricket Club was
involved it would be great if you could
email and let
them know!

To find out more about the Mount Clear
Cricket Club, check out their website at

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