How activism in sport can lead to a stronger team

This year, sport and activism have been brought together on a scale that is unlike anything many of us have ever seen before. But what can we learn from this moment when it comes to our community clubs? Actually, quite a lot.

Be a leader, not just a coach: How can coaches stay motivated?

First the bushfires, then the ongoing global pandemic and resulting stringent lockdowns – 2020 has not been ‘the year’ for Victorian sport and sport coaches. Sports club communities have been affected emotionally and economically.

Working shoulder to shoulder at the Storm

18 September 2020: Brian Phelan (BP) and Peter Robinson (Robbo) started working together at Melbourne Storm just over thirteen years ago. Melbourne Storm was in the process of setting up a player wellbeing program and figured the pair were just the right fit.

Tips to progress your sport club while in isolation

It is an unsettling time for sport clubs as we start to reimagine how our players will train and if they will play any competitive matches in 2020. It's also the perfect time to think about how our clubs might look when we start back up again.

Five ways to stay active during lock down

The lycra-powered energy of Aerobics Oz Style dominated our free-to-air TV’s in the 90’s. A couple of decades on and the craze of home workouts have come back with a vengeance, with brand new ‘motivators’ urging us to flex-and-stretch our way to fitness.

NRL’s ‘blokey culture’ targeted in Club Respect trial at 27 Victorian youth clubs

19 March 2019: For the NRL it's been a disastrous off season, with allegations of violence against women reaching crisis levels. North Queensland's Ben Barba received a lifetime ban after a video emerged of him allegedly assaulting his partner at a Townsville casino during the Australia Day weekend.

‘I’m no longer proud to say I love rugby league’: The NRL’s women problem is deep-seated

Marina Go was staggered when she realised the sheer volume of sex videos of rugby league players doing the rounds on social media. The former chairwoman of the Wests Tigers remembers how the moment came in a casual conversation last year with one of the club's coaches.

Australian sports clubs targeted to lead by example and effect social change

24 October 2018: Club Respect co-founders Mary Crooks AO (Victorian Women's Trust) and Paul Zappa spoke to Guardian Australia about our latest initiative Club Respect and how it will equip clubs to become places of respect and fair play.

Club Respect: A new kind of team

12 September 2018: Club Respect, a new website created by the Victorian Women’s Trust and NIRODAH, will help sporting clubs of all codes and levels hit the ground running when it comes to preventing violent or abusive behaviour.

Club Respect launching at AAMI Park!

5 September 2018: Club Respect is a practical website designed for sports clubs of all shapes and sizes to reduce violent and abusive behaviour. Whether you are a coach, a player, a spectator, club president or parent, Club Respect provides you with simple strategies to make a positive impact. Pass it on.