Sporting clubs are a vital component of rural and regional communities, providing a place for friends to catch up, physical activity and a place to belong.
The success of the Murrayland’s clubs has been backed up by their track record of gaining STARclub accreditation – around 16 clubs in the Murraylands currently have been STARclub accredited.
The Mannum golf club recently gained the accreditation, and became the 139th club in South Australia to achieve this.
The STARclub programs assist sporting clubs in becoming more vibrant, welcoming, sustainable and safe for all.Marc Maddaford
Murraylands STARclub field officer, Marc Maddaford, said receiving the accreditation not only made it easier for clubs to receive grant funding but made sporting clubs a more welcoming and safe place to be.
“The STARclub programs assists sporting clubs in becoming more vibrant, welcoming, sustainable and safe for all,” Mr Maddaford said.
“There are around 16 STARclubs in the Murraylands and there are over 111 who have registered and are progressing through the program.
“It is quiet an achievement and shows the club has all their policies, procedures, coach accreditation, child safe environments, strategic planning and value of volunteers in place to help them be sustainable and welcoming to all.”
Mr Maddaford explained that there were four levels through which clubs worked through and once all levels had been completed then they were at STARclub recognition stage.
“We certainly bat above our weight in the Murraylands,” Mr Maddaford said.
“The program takes time and is free and is designed to help the clubs be the best they can be so they can attract new members, retain volunteers and has templates they can adopt all the way from constitutions to finance.”
Mid Murray council director of community services Amy Loechel congratulated the Mannum Golf Club on their achievement and said the council were proud to support the program, along with the four other partnering councils in the region.
“We are really proud of the Mannum Golf Club and we would like to commend them on their achievement ,” she said.
“Our sporting clubs are so important to local communities and we is it important to continue to foster and support their success.”