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Welcome to Homeplate Newsletter # 6
This edition looks at Finance Management, Sponsorship, Sporting Schools, Australia Cup and a success story on the Endeavour Wave Softball Club in NSW.
Finance Management
Clubs and associations often have to operate with limited financial resources; therefore it is essential that these funds are managed responsibly. The Homeplate website provides useful resources for clubs and associations wishing to take control and manage their finances responsibly, including; Financial Management Manual, Financial Forecast Template, sample operating budget and much more. You can find these resources under Financial Management on the Homeplate website, (but don’t forget to register first!). 
Benefits of Sponsorship
Sponsorship is one way clubs can reduce costs, achieve club goals and help keep prices affordable for its members. sportscommunity.com.au/  provides some advice for clubs wishing to seek sponsorship. Click here to read an article on “Why do clubs seek sponsors?"
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New funding for schools opening soon
A new round of funding is now available for schools through the Sporting Schools $100 million Australian Government initiative designed to help increase children’s participation in sport, and to connect children with community sport. Click here to find out how your club and association can get involved and benefit from this initiative.
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Don’t Forget! Australia Cup! 
Think you have the best softball team in Australia? Why not prove it at the 2016 Australia Cup, 13-15 May 2016 in Blacktown. The Australia Cup will be held over three days to determine the best teams in the 11 categories of softball. For more information and to register Click here
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Endeavour Wave Softball Club
The Endeavour Wave Softball Club were awarded Softball New South Wales 2015 ‘Club of the Year’ award. The club has dramatically improved their governance and financial management resulting in increased membership. This month’s success story looks at the initiatives and actions Endeavour Wave are taking to improve the running of the club. 
 
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