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August 4, 2020

SPORT contributes more than $18 million to the Wimmera Southern Mallee economy.

A Wimmera Development Association COVID-19 Community Sport Report identifies the financial and social benefits that sport brings to the community.

It also provides four recommendations for sporting club committees that aim to help clubs not only survive the effects of COVID-19; but to emerge stronger and better positioned for a sustainable and viable future. Key recommendations include the need for strategic planning, strong financial management, diversification and volunteer management.

The report shows most committees of management consist mostly of volunteers.

Wimmera Regional Sports Assembly, as part of its ongoing COVID-19 webinar series, has engaged subject matter experts to present on each of the four topics.

Former Wimmera Regional Sports Assembly board member and consultant Katherine Colbert will deliver the first presentation – focusing on strategic planning – on Monday, August 10 starting at 7pm.

Wimmera Development Association executive director Chris Sounness said strategic planning was crucial to the long-term success of sporting clubs.

“Having a member-endorsed strategic plan, with an articulated vision, ensures clubs are well situated to embrace new opportunities and funding streams while working in-line with the club’s overall purpose,” Mr Sounness said.

The webinars occur fortnightly; people can register via https://wrsa.org.au/covid-19/