Tackle strategic plan over summer to ensure bright club future

WITH winter sports ending for 2014, presentations are upon us.

What's next for regional clubs?

Other than some much needed rest, why don't you use the time to compile information for your club's future?

Implementing a club plan, strategic plan or five-year plan will give your club a head start in working toward future goals.

A strategic plan is a management tool that provides a pathway for the club to follow covering key topics relevant to your club. Some of these include:

  • Memberships: Growth, capacity, marketing.
  • Finances: Income strategies, expense reduction, grants, sponsorships.
  • Facilities: Future development, upgrades, improvements, relocation.
  • Volunteers: Recruit, retain, develop, reward.

Assessing your club can be achieved by tailoring a club SWOT analysis (strengths, weakness, opportunities and threats) and action plan, listing the goals of the club and how you are able to achieve them.

Most importantly, once the plan has been drafted and reviewed by club members, the next critical step is to review.

As time goes by and key priorities of the club change, it is important to review your club's goals and ensure they are in line with the future direction. A lot can change in 12 months.

If you are interested in reviewing or completing a club strategic plan, contact your Ipswich Sports House officer to assist with the process.

ISH has a range of tools, tips and templates to help your club.

For more information, visit ipswichsportshouse.com.au


Australia Day awards

THE search is on again in Ipswich for residents worthy of receiving an Ipswich Australia Day Award.

Do you know someone who has contributed to our city in an exceptional way?

Whether it's an organisation, friend, neighbour, colleague, family member or volunteer, nominations are welcome from all fields of endeavours. These include charitable community service, sport, education, environment, arts, entertainment, science and technology and business.

Categories include: Citizen of the Year, Senior Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year,

Community Event of the Year, Cultural Award, Spirit of Ipswich Award, Sports Award and Sports Administration Award.

Nominees, nominators and their families will be invited to attend the Ipswich Australia Day Awards Ceremony on January 21.

Nominations are open to all ages and nominating is easy.

Nominate online via the Ipswich City Council website: www.ipswich.qld.gov.au

Forms will also be available from Ipswich libraries and council's Customer Service Centres and electorate offices.

Completed forms must be returned by Friday, November 21 to: Chief Executive Officer, Ipswich City Council, PO Box 191, Ipswich, Queensland 4305.


Quickbeds funding

FLIGHT Centre is supporting the Quickbeds Grassroots Fundraising Program by contributing funds every time your members book their work or holiday accommodation.

Clubs can register at www.quickbeds.com/grassroots. Members then book their accommodation through quickbeds using your unique code and the club receives: $10 for bookings up to $349, $25 for bookings from $350 to $699, $50 for bookings of $700 or more.

Quickbeds has a best rate guarantee so members won't be paying extra and access to a huge range of accommodation through the Flight Centre network.

There is limited, if any, work for clubs to maintain - just promoting the program to members.

Visit quickbeds.com for more information or sign your club up today.

A day to remember our fallen officers

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145 Queensland police officers have made the ultimate sacrifice.

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