Monday, January 4th, 2010
A SUPPORT network for local sporting clubs is helping them build a brighter and more sustainable future.

Smart Clubs, a joint initiative between the Cities of Bayswater and Swan and funded by the Department of Sport and Recreation, provides a range of services to help clubs in key management areas.

Originally launched three years ago, Smart Clubs has provided local clubs with various workshops and assistance with marketing, fundraising, sponsorship, planning, preventing injuries and alcohol training.

“With more than 160 local clubs, the Eastern Metropolitan Region has a vibrant sporting community and proud sporting history,” Bayswater Mayor Terry Kenyon said.

“Local sporting clubs are an integral part of our society, helping to unite the community, and are a fun, healthy way for people to build social skills and establish lifelong friendships.

“Sport is one of those areas in Australian life where we take an unambiguous attitude towards excellence and an unashamed pride in achievement.

“Through sport, we learn how to win and how to lose – and we learn how to do both graciously and with dignity.

“Sport provides valuable opportunities for people of all ages to improve themselves, display teamwork and become engaged in community activities.”

In March this year, the Cities of Bayswater and Swan also came together to launch Blue Ribbon Clubs, an incentive-based accreditation scheme encouraging clubs to adopt policies and practices that will contribute to their long-term success.

“This includes promotion of a healthy lifestyle and responsible management of alcohol, discouraging young people from binge-drinking that can sometimes lead to violence, injury and humiliation,” Mayor Kenyon said.

“It’s about having a positive influence on behaviour among those involved in various types of clubs and paving the way for more constructive outcomes.

“In addition to these areas, the program also provides checklists of good practice that address budgeting, planning, good governance and administrative skills.

“Under the scheme, clubs are assessed and awarded points based on key management areas and, once they achieve Blue Ribbon status, they are rewarded with prizes and funds.”

For more details on Smart Clubs and Blue Ribbon Clubs, contact Leigh Cover on (08) 9272 0976 or email [email protected]/

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City of Bayswater

The City of Bayswater is a local government area in the inner north-eastern suburbs of the West Australian capital city of Perth, about 9km north-east of Perth's CBD, and includes the suburbs of Bayswater, Beford, Embleton, Maylands, Morley and Noranda and parts of Mount Lawley and Dianella. It covers an area of 32.8 square kilometres and has a population of 55,801.

Originally, the Bayswater Road District was created in 1897 and, in 1961, it became a shire before attaining City status in 1983. The City of Bayswater is divided into four wards and represented by 11 councillors with the Mayor elected from among the councillors.

Recent developments in the City of Bayswater include the opening of the Galleria shopping centre in 1994, on the site of the old Boans building that burnt down in 1986. Morley is now the largest commercial district outside of Perth and Fremantle and further growth is expected.
Chris Thomas
P: (08) 9272 0923


Two WA councils join forces to help local sporting clubs


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