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Aim Big and Don't Let Anything Get in your Way

Aim Big and Don't Let Anything Get in your Way

Do you suffer from 'Toomanyideasitis'?  I certainly do!  There are so many things that I want to do which I reckon would be awesome, that I'll often find myself going around in circles starting bits and pieces all over the place, which ultimately leads to not getting a whole lot of anything done.  Soon after, this will more often than not quickly spiral into a pit of procrastination that getting o[...]
7 Steps to Manage Risks

7 Steps to Manage Risks

We're never going to be able to get around the fact that there are always going to be risks involved with sporting clubs and events.  What we can do though is limit those risks as much as possible. This is a very simple process to help you identify, categorise and minimise your risks in 7 steps. There's even a Risk Management Template to download and use!   Get a group of people [...]
The Journey to Achievement

The Journey to Achievement

We all want to achieve something in life.  Maybe multiple things.  They may be big, small, unique, challenging, fun, terrifying, nerve racking, time consuming, risky... the list could go on. A lot of the times what we want to achieve is going to be based on our physical condition, for example I want to lose fat I want to complete a 5km fun run I want to do an Olympic distance triathlon [...]
Club Development Conference a success!

Club Development Conference a success!

4 Topics – 1 Day – Unlimited potential for your sport – our first Club Development Conference Review! On Sunday the 14th April Sporting Advantage held our very first full day Club Development Conference in our well-equipped conference room at 5 Hamill St! We had a fantastic audience with attendees coming from Townsville, Charters Towers, Richmond and Mackay; and representing a variety of differ[...]
How good is your Governance?

How good is your Governance?

Have you reviewed the governance standards at your club recently?  Governance is the system by which your club or association is controlled. It is about how your club or association manages its resources to good effect for both members and stakeholders. The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) has released new governance principles to improve the accountability of national sporting organisations.[...]
Communicating with club members

Communicating with club members

Different people prefer to receive their information in different ways. Communication throughout the club needs to be implemented in a variety of ways to ensure everyone receives the information they require, including: Website Newsletter Word of mouth Text message Social media Email Flyer Phone call Email and Newsletters Produce a regular newsletter to be emailed and ha[...]
Fundraising for Your Club

Fundraising for Your Club

Fundraising Tips and Tricks Do you need more cash to make a splash in your sport? You are not alone. Most sport clubs operate with limited finances and need to raise additional funds through fundraising, sponsorship or grants in order to run their club. Fundraising is traditionally the generation of funds to assist with specific projects, programs and infrastructure. In this blog we will discuss [...]
Volunteer Induction Day

Volunteer Induction Day

Volunteers are the lifeblood of sporting clubs - here are some tips to keeping them happy! Volunteering has taken on a more sophisticated role in organisations, requiring a serious commitment from both the volunteers and the organisation. It is important that once you recruit volunteers that they are properly inducted into the club. The purpose of induction is to ensure that volunteers feel wel[...]
Marketing & Promoting your Club

Marketing & Promoting your Club

All sport and recreation organisations undertake marketing, although they are often unaware that they are actually doing so. Informal marketing is what happens in the process of running your club, things like word of mouth, helpful committee members and the standards of your facilities. All of these things often happen naturally but it is important to compliment the informal marketing activities[...]
Sporting Grants for Women

Sporting Grants for Women

WOMEN IN SPORT ENTERPRISE FOUNDATION GRANTS The Program aims to activate the future of sport in Australia by increasing the number of women involved in the business of sport so that they may: participate in the business of sport at all levels from grassroots participation to management and the boardroom, and/or excel in sports performance spanning from state to international level. WH[...]
What Your Reflection Reckons

What Your Reflection Reckons

Do you just brush your hair when you look in the mirror, or do you listen to the person looking back at you?  So many of the challenges we face in life, achievements we accomplish, failures that set us back and awards that may come along, can only truly and honestly be evaluated within.   No matter whether others compliment or criticise you, your own expectations and attitude will determine your p[...]
An Active Fun Christmas Staff Party

An Active Fun Christmas Staff Party

Christmas staff parties can be an awkward creature, so here are some ideas where everyone can have fun, mix with each other, eat a bit, drink a bit, but not quite get to the point where people are getting their gear off and busting a move on the tables. Organise a ‘come and try’ afternoon with a local sporting club.  Sailing, rifle shooting, broomball, outrigging, archery, bocce, the list is a[...]
Why Your Club Really Needs That Grant

Why Your Club Really Needs That Grant

Just about every grant program out there now is extremely over subscribed, which means the competition for dollars is bordering on cut-throat.  If you can't show why your club really needs the grant to run the project you want to run, you've got buckleys chance of being successful. So how are you going to ram home the need for your project in your grant application? Choice of Project You [...]
8 Steps to Sponsorship Success

8 Steps to Sponsorship Success

Sponsorship and sport go hand in hand.  Sport needs the corporate dollars to survive and grow, whilst it's important for businesses to support their communities and associate their brand with a positive image. From a sporting club or community event's perspective, attracting sponsorship can be a challenging process.  Following are 8 steps that can help you find and keep a range of sponsors. On[...]
5 Leadership Ingredients

5 Leadership Ingredients

Leadership.  Is this a quality we are born with or is it something we can develop?  Either way, there are certainly specific traits that some of the worlds greatest leaders in both business and sport exude. Below we touch on 5 essential ingredients.  This is by no means an exhaustive list, more of a one mix plain cake, rather than a double tiered sponge. Motivation There are a whole ran[...]
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Finalist in the 2012 Young Business Achievement Awards

I'm excited to let you know that I'm a finalist in the 2012 Young Business Achievement Awards for Business Person of the Year. It's hard to believe that Sporting Advantage is now over 3 years old.  Creating a business and working for myself has always been something that’s intrigued me and without having completed any formal studies in business, has been a terrific challenge.  We haven’t based [...]
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Create Your Own 8 Week Office Racing Challenge

There's nothing better for improving team morale than creating some friendly competition within the workplace.  One way to do this is to create an 8 week challenge where teams participate against each other in a simulated race around Australia.  Here's how you can do it: Obtain a map of Australia and work out the route your teams will follow to cover the whole country Work out the distances [...]
Health Check Your Business

Health Check Your Business

A healthy and positive workplace atmosphere without doubt creates a much more productive environment.  Being able to have fun with your colleagues, interact with them socially outside the workplace and enjoy their company whilst working,  will ensure people enjoy coming to work with an attitude that shows they feel responsible for more than their job and don't mope around saying they just work[...]
10 Ways to Motivate you to Exercise

10 Ways to Motivate you to Exercise

If I’m being brutally honest, I can say that I’m struggling for motivation to train at the moment.  I’m still doing a few sessions a week, but the creative excuses are starting to flow thick and fast.  Before this situation spirals out of control, I’m going back to the drawing board to work out how I’m going to pull myself out of this form slump.  Here are 10 ways that I reckon will get anyone cra[...]
Are You a Winner or a Loser?

Are You a Winner or a Loser?

Santa brought me some great books for Christmas.  One is Richard Branson's Screw Business as Usual (awesome and super motivational!) and another is a collection of speeches from Australian sporting legends, like Sir Donald Bradman, John Bertrand and Nick Farr-Jones.  It's got me thinking a lot, particularly about winning and losing. What constitutes being a winner?  Success?  Coming First?  Ach[...]
7 Volunteering Secrets of Successful Clubs

7 Volunteering Secrets of Successful Clubs

You can create a culture in your club that volunteering is enjoyable and a valuable opportunity.  Did you know that the stats show people volunteer: To help others For personal satisfaction To do something worthwhile Fun Be with family and friends Social contact Meet new people To be active Gain work experience Learn new skills These are all brilliantly positive aspects, s[...]
In Sport and Business, There's No I in Team

In Sport and Business, There's No I in Team

But there is an ‘e’ and an ‘m’, which means there is a ‘me’ in team! What’s the point of this mini anagram? To build a successful team, whether it’s in the workplace or in the sporting arena, we first need to focus on each individual and their capacity to fulfil their role within the team. We know when the North Queensland Cowboys play, Matt Scott is going to take the ball forward all game, Dal[...]
Let's Get Ready to Rummmmmm Ballllllllll

Let's Get Ready to Rummmmmm Ballllllllll

Do you wrestle with your ‘health’ conscience each festive season, don’t want to ruin all that hard work you’ve put in through the year?  Well, we all deserve a break and Christmas is the perfect opportunity to enjoy a couple of glasses of alcohol and a sweet treat or two. Which Christmas treats do you indulge in each year?  My wife (aka admin manager) makes an impressive rum ball and they are m[...]
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What you Must know when Planning for your Sport

Without fail, every sporting club should have a plan of what they want to achieve.  Ideally this would include the upcoming season (short term) and a few seasons down the track (long term).  Here are some things to consider: Get as many different ideas from as many different people involved with the club as possible.  This will give you different perspectives and hopefully some original ideas.[...]
5 Things to do in your Off Season

5 Things to do in your Off Season

You’re in a club committee and you’re relieved the season’s finished. So why is 2012 going to be even better for your club than 2011? Because you’re going to run an eye over this list and start preparing now! Review and update the club’s strategic plan What has our club achieved this year, what projects still need to be started, where have things changed, where can we improve and how does this[...]
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Going the Biff and Poor Sportsmanship in Sport?

I just started playing in a social sports competition a few weeks ago.  I played rugby league from the age of 5 to 30, so a bit of rough stuff doesn’t bother me, however, when I go along to have some fun with a few mates in a social sporting competition that’s predominantly non-contact and the opposition start the argy bargy which results in a very heated all-in push and shove that involved old bo[...]
How Richard Branson Inspired the NQ Corporate Carnival

How Richard Branson Inspired the NQ Corporate Carnival

This is a little ditty about some of the quirkiness behind the scenes of the NQ Corporate Carnival to share the inspiration, thought processes and what was required to turn an idea into an event. Who’s Behind the Carnival? Sporting Advantage is a small business in Townsville that organises the Carnival, hence why it’s called the Sporting Advantage NQ Corporate Carnival and our name’s on pr[...]
Team Building - Learn to Play Noodle Hockey

Team Building - Learn to Play Noodle Hockey

Want to do some team building, have a laugh with the crew in the office and whack a couple of big balls with a pool noodle?  Learn how to play noodle hockey and all these dreams can come true. Watch Noodle Hockey in Action What you’ll need Two pool noodles – cut them in half to create 4 noodle hockey sticks 2 big balls (soft soccer balls or small beach balls are the go) 10 x markers 2 [...]
Tips to Write a Smokin' Grant Application

Tips to Write a Smokin' Grant Application

The benefits of receiving a grant are as obvious as the nose on your face, it’s the writing of the grant application that is the challenge.  Luckily, I’m sharing a few useful tips that will give you with the best chance of being successful! Be aware of what’s out there.  Grant programs can pop up unannounced at any time, so be alert (not alarmed) and ready to strike. Read and understan[...]
A Fat Burning Friend Named Metabolism

A Fat Burning Friend Named Metabolism

While you are sitting there, your body is churning up loads of energy you have eaten or stored as fat, via your metabolism.  60% of the energy your body uses each day is from your metabolism.  In comparison, about 25% is from exercise.  The best news of all is that there are a few things you can do that can actually increase your metabolism! Eating The easiest thing is to eat regular meals[...]

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