The sport and recreation industry in Western Australia comprises more than 200,000 volunteers and employees who enable more than 5,000 clubs to deliver programs at a community level. This local system is supported by a network of regional and state associations and peak bodies. There are demonstrated social, physical, mental and educational benefits and opportunities for those Western Australians participating in sport and recreation clubs. Despite the incredible community value, not for profit organisations such as sport and recreation organisations are increasingly required to deliver maximum outputs with a minimal and often declining resource base.
Equipping local clubs with the skills, tools and knowledge to create more effective and smarter businesses is a recurring theme across a number of challenges identified in the Sport and Recreation Industry Strategic Directions: 2011-2015.
This initiative will deliver a quantum productivity leap for up to 5,000 local clubs, more than 90 associations and more than 200,000 volunteer administrators in this state. This investment targets the development and roll-out of innovative or cost effective-information communication technology (ICT).
This multi-strategy statewide package will ensure every not for profit recreation and state sporting association and their clubs will have a basic level of ICT capacity and access to expertise. Combining the most powerful tools within one of the most expansive networks, this strategy will ensure more efficient operation of community organisations in the sport and recreation marketplace.
Specifically it will deliver:
- improved technology capacity to support business development and function;
- better use of technology to bridge the communication gap between state associations and their broad network of clubs;
- system-wide platforms, applications and software solutions and
- ICT training and upskilling by creating opportunities and networks to ensure state associations and clubs have access to relevant and ongoing ICT training opportunities and experts in the field.
Sporting and recreation organisations taking part in Year Three of the four year project have already been identified.
For more information, contact your state sporting association or recreation peak body to find out how they're involved.
State sporting associations and recreation peak bodies can find out more by contacting the Department of Sport and Recreation.
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