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Welcome to Homeplate Newsletter #16

Softball Australia’s monthly newsletter designed to keep affiliates up-to-date with what’s happening in our sport around Australia.
This edition focuses on how clubs and associations can create a child safe culture and environment, 2016 Grants in Australia Survey, Holden Home Ground Advantage Program, Australian Sports Foundation’s Balls4All grants program, Homeplate Ladder, a Sport and Recreation Governance Scholarship opportunity and a case study on the Pirates Softball Club’s commitment to child Safety.

Child Protection

Creating an environment where children and young people feel safe is everyone’s responsibility. This can be a challenging aspect of running a club but is nonetheless pivotal to ensure the safety of all children involved within our sporting organisations. The Victorian Government introduced new Child Safe Standards on 1 January 2016, which will take effect on 1 January 2017 and apply to all clubs and associations in Victoria. These standards have been introduced to provide a framework to help organisations keep children safe from all forms of harm. Although the standards are only mandatory in Victoria, they are relevant to clubs and associations in all states and territories, as all clubs and associations have an obligation to create a safe environment for children.
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Grants in Australia Survey 2016
Grant seekers and grantees are invited to have their say on grant making and grant makers through the 2016 Grants in Australia Survey. The Survey is the biggest of its kind in Australia, and informs both the grant making sector and the work of Our Community and the AIGM.
Plus, two participants will win an Apple Watch!                     
Have your say here:
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In partnership with Spartan Sports, the Australian Sports Foundation  is giving away $1 million worth of product and equipment to sporting clubs!

If you need equipment for YOUR club, register now!!!

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Sport and Recreation Governance Scholarship

A fantastic opportunity exists with the Institute of Community Directors Australia offering scholarships towards the Diploma of Business (Governance) BSB50715 - Australia's only accredited qualification for not-for-profit governance.
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Homeplate Ladder – rewarding and recognising good governance
In July, Softball Australia launched its new Governance Recognition Program – “Homeplate Ladder” – to identify and recognise affiliates for the successful management and implementation of best practice governance.
Associations can achieve Homeplate status by:  
Click here for a complete outline of the program including how points are awarded, the amount of points required to achieve each category and a full list of benefits.
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Pirates Softball Club’s commitment to child safety
Pirates Softball Club WA Inc. prides itself on being member-focussed, encouraging good sportsmanlike behaviour, fair application of the club by-laws and offering a consultative approach to decision-making with the best interests of the club and the membership at its core.
A prime example of this is the club’s commitment to child protection and providing a child-safe environment and culture.
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Softball Australia wishes the Softball Community a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year!!! We look forward to communicating more exciting and informative news to you throughout 2017!!!

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