Clubs provide an important role for millions of Australians across a wide range of activities. Whether you are a sporting or recreational club or a support club like an RSL or Men’s Shed, you exist to engage with the community, provide connectivity and space to bring like-minded people together.
Did you know that there are well over 6,500 registered community clubs across metropolitan, regional and remote Australia*? With that number significantly growing each year there is an opportunity for local areas to look at providing multi-use spaces that can accommodate a wide variety of activities and groups under one roof.
As land and real estate become more expensive and less readily available, it is important that we start looking outside the silos of traditional sports and recreational facilities. For example: in years gone by the hockey club, football club and local jujitsu all had individual locations, why not create a combined space whereby the core amenities can be used by anyone?
Clubs evolve with a specific activity or interest in mind, they bring people together and create a sense of belonging or ownership. They foster strong connections and encourage growth and pride in individual or team achievements as well as in the club itself. It makes sense to create a welcoming and inclusive environment that is easily accessible and recognisable.
Raising the funds to upgrade, update or build new facilities is one of the first hurdles. Either through sponsorship, fundraising or applying for local and/or government grants. You need to understand what you are trying to achieve and have a realistic understanding of how much the changes are going to cost.
Engage a professional to develop your ideas into tangible plans and help you budget for the changes. CDA is a strong believer in community and creating spaces that are not only visually appealing and inviting but encourage health and wellbeing while growing your members.
To quote a movie – ‘If you build it, they will come’ more specifically ‘If you build what they are missing, then they will come AND stay’.