Australia has 70,000 plus not for profit sporting clubs and an estimated 12.7M adults (15+ years) and 3.5M children involved in sporting clubs (Clearing House of Sport).
At this point in history, nearly a quarter of these clubs are in serious jeopardy or at threat of closure (The Age) after two years of disrupted operations, fixtures and activity.
Clubs play a critical role in our society, where people of all ages congregate, compete and celebrate.
If local sporting clubs fail, an important community and social structure that encourages and cultivates healthy relationships, decision making, life skills and life choices will be compromised. The result will be young people that are disengaged, disconnected and potentially at risk.
The prospect of increasing club failure demands change. Learn more about becoming a Club with Heart.
Sporting clubs are an ideal environment to teach people:
Unfortunately, many clubs have blind spots. It could be about respecting diversity, misuse of alcohol, hyper-masculinity, cliques that perpetuate negative behaviours, lack of care of volunteers and much more, including poor leadership. This can lead people to make poor decisions with significant and long-lasting consequences.
What if there was another way?
Never before have we needed positive sporting environments more than we do NOW.
Great sporting clubs:
Clubs hold enormous potential to support the positive development of young people. They equip our young people with an incredible array of skills and competencies including:
A place to build self-esteem and confidence, along with important sport and life skills.
Clubs with Heart, by SALT, exists to assist sporting clubs to evolve into clubs that help young people to gather many competencies that contribute towards competitive greatness – not only in their sport of choice, but for life.
Clubs with Heart hold their club members responsible and accountable to address:
Changing Lives, Empowering Clubs, Strengthening Communities.
SALT’s Clubs with Heart offering provides a flexible range of products that both facilitate change and build the structures and skills necessary to become a recognised and validated Club with Heart.
The Clubs with Heart Webinar series provides an accessible way for key stakeholders from all types of sporting clubs to attend, learn and engage in a structured educational series.
The 8-week series is led by an approved and accredited SALT Clubs with Heart Facilitator and is supported by SALT’s full team.
The webinar series is engaging and impactful, drawing on SALT’s extensive experience and knowledge, having worked with hundreds of clubs in many different sporting codes.
"The SALT team have the knowledge, expertise and support to achieve their vision of transforming the Australian culture through sport. I am proud to be a member of the team and to be reaching into the lives of people and making a difference."
"I could not more highly recommend the work that SALT is doing. This is a wonderful organisation that is driven by a sincere and determined objective to equip sporting clubs to be healthier and better equipped to play a vital role in the protection of their communities."
Find out answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.
Clubs are encouraged to invite administration, operations, coaches, and players to participate in the series, recognising that it takes engagement with a range of club stakeholders to develop the focus and enthusiasm to become a Club with Heart.
It’s important that we get only 3-4 people from your club who are fully dedicated to the process. The attendees could consist of:
It is a $1000 per club to enrol in the webinar series, but occasionally a sponsor, such as our major sponsor, Bendigo Bank, will provide funds for your club to attend. In this case, it would be a nominal fee for your club to be involved.
Register your interest by filling in this form.
Every Community, Every Club, Everyone.
Become a Club with Heart over the course of 8 Webinars, where key people in your club will learn a new blueprint for the future of your club.