Public servants boost city sport
IPSWICH Sports House is open for business, offering professional advice, resources and assistance to local sporting clubs at a price tag of $1.56 million over three years.
Queensland Sports Minister Phil Reeves yesterday launched the facility, which houses 10 local sport and recreation co-ordinators who will each support a cluster of five to eight clubs in the Ipswich region.
Ipswich City Council will receive the State Government funding over three years to support the administrative facility.
Minister Reeves explained the idea behind the Sport and Recreation Local Jobs Plan that will fund the Sports House.
"We all know that clubs struggle," he said.
"They have the same three or four people that mark the lines, do the canteen rosters and everything else. They haven't got time to do the extra stuff.
"So this plan is about giving those clubs the professional expertise so that they have a sustainable future."
Sports House co-ordinators will focus on four specific areas of support including business services, education and training, club development and professional services.
The officers will work with local sports club volunteers to develop individual three-year plans to improve their club's viability and sustainability.
Clubs will be also be given advice and support in areas such as corporate governance, training, fundraising initiatives and strategic planning.
Queensland and Ipswich Little Athletics stalwart Theresa Stolberg said the Sports House would help local organisations at the most basic level.
"They (co-ordinators) can be the go-to person for the council so we don't have to deal with lots of different people," she said.
"Instead of being a person on the end of a phone or email who we have never met they will literally be someone who visits the little athletics centres,"
State Member for Ipswich Rachael Nolan said sport was an integral part of her life and the Sport House would help ensure the strength of critical community based groups.
"As a young person growing up in Ipswich sport was a central part of my life," Ms Nolan said.
"A commitment to sport is one of the most important things you can do to support local communities.
"I believe these clubs help glue our communities together."
The Ipswich Sports House co-ordinators are available now at Level 3, Hayden Centre, South St, Ipswich.