More locals getting into sports: survey

Glenn CordingleyBroome Advertiser
As incentive to complete the survey, $500 of Sportspower vouchers were raffled at a recent CDO workshop, with Broome Boxing Club committee members Tom Ellies and Sam Baird the lucky winners.
Camera IconAs incentive to complete the survey, $500 of Sportspower vouchers were raffled at a recent CDO workshop, with Broome Boxing Club committee members Tom Ellies and Sam Baird the lucky winners. Credit: Simon Penn, Shire of Broome

Playing or being involved in sport in Broome is probably more popular than you think as new figures reveal an upward spiral of people wanting a slice of the action.

A Shire of Broome survey shows participation in club sport had increased by 10 per cent since 2015 and 20 per cent since 2009.

The report found there were now nine clubs with a membership of more than 300 people, up from five in 2015, and an estimated 5979 people involved in local clubs.

Youth membership has increased by 61 per cent since 2009.

The data was collated from the 43 clubs that completed the survey, with committee members asked a variety of questions related to the running of their clubs, ranging from participation trends to club challenges, and how much time was spent on planning and policy development.

The survey was aimed at determining how club development officer Mike Doyle could best assist local sporting organisations.

Mr Doyle said the results highlighted the significant impact local sporting clubs had in the community.

“The information we received indicates there were 87 major sporting events organised by our local volunteers during 2017,” he said.

“That’s an estimated 14,265 people involved at an average of 163 per event. This is a significant contribution to our community from a small group of people, particularly given these stats don’t include the regular weekly sport that is organised.”

Two club survey reports have been conducted since September 2009, and Mr Doyle said the challenges they faced remained consistent.

“Undoubtedly, the biggest challenge facing local clubs is the recruitment and retention of volunteers,” he said.

“While these results show we have a very healthy sporting community, the people who run our clubs need to be supported.

“If you are a parent or someone with some spare time, being part of a local sporting club is a very rewarding experience.”

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