The OCA has recently been successful in obtaining funding from the Office of Sports and Recreation for a STARCLUB officer. Many thanks to all of the clubs and communities that supplied letters of support for the position. The Starclub role has been in other country regions for 3-4 years however a position has not existed for the Outback regions not covered by a local council.

The OCA is partnering with the South Australian Office for Recreation and Sport on a new initiative, the STARCLUB Development Program. STARCLUB is a program aiming to support sporting clubs and entities with governance and successful management strategies. STARCLUB will provide benefits to your club including improved opportunities for grants, sponsorship and governance plus covering off on your legislative requirements.

We ask you as a club to register for STARCLUB and go through the 25 point checklist. Go to the website , watch the video and click on the icon at the bottom of the page “ Start/ Update your club development”. Just answer Yes / No / In Progress to the 25 questions as a starting point.

The STARCLUB Officer will then work with you on the areas marked ‘No’ and ‘In Progress’ in the future either face to face or when visiting communities or over the phone as support. Training can be provided in communities that may require this to achieve their goals. Assistance can also be provided with Office for Sports and Recreation grants together with a link to the Adelaide office.

Joining STARCLUB is not compulsory but it will also provide an advantage in applying for grants for the Office of Sports and Recreation together with sponsorships and grants from the Outback Communities Authority.

It will also assist us in achieving goals from the recently released Outback Sport and Recreation and Open Space Plan 2017-2021. The plan recently won an award at the Parks and Leisure Conference for best Strategy Plan.

If you are a Progress Association and believe you have a role to play in Sport and Recreation and your constitution indicates this, you can also register with STARCLUB.

Please contact Dave Thiele, STARCLUB Officer by email: or on 0428 318 573 once you have registered with STARCLUB or if you have any questions.

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