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South Coast Little Athletics Centre Proudly a Recognised STARCLUB

8 December 2015

South Coast Little Athletics 
Pictured: South Coast Little Athletics Centre receiving their STARCLUB Recognition banner,  L-R Julie Brehin (Club President), Brenda Williams (committee), Jeremy Bell (Fleurieu/KI STARCLUB Field Officer), Beck Bertram (committee), and Faith Barrett (committee) 

South Coast Little Athletics Centre (SCLA) has been rewarded for its hard work both on and off the track by becoming the first sporting club on the Fleurieu Peninsula to officially gain the status of a “Recognised STARCLUB” through the Office for Recreation and Sport’s STARCLUB Club Development Program.

There are only a handful of clubs around South Australia that have achieved this so it is a massive achievement for the club and something to be commended.

Achieving STARCLUB ‘Recognition’ status indicates a club is providing an environment that parents, players and the wider community should feel confident in.

By going through the STARCLUB process and identifying and addressing any shortcomings against the specific STARCLUB criteria, these clubs have demonstrated they are well managed, use accredited coaches and officials, value their volunteers and provide a safe and welcoming environment.

“There is no doubt the club is a worthy recipient of this highest level of club management and it is testimony to the dedication of the clubs committee, volunteers, and participants.” Said Jeremy Bell the Fleurieu/Kangaroo Island STARCLUB Field Officer. 

“Having well run local sporting clubs is such an important asset for our local community. They provide wonderful opportunities for participation in sport, physical activity, and personal development, as well as providing social connections for young families.”

“Sport is a vehicle that contributes to the development of strong, connected communities and this is very evident at South Coast Little Athletics Centre every Friday night where there is strong support from parents and families.”

South Coast Little Athletics has experienced rapid growth in registrations over the past two years and now have a membership of 155 participants who enjoy a range of activities, athletic events and activities each week. Their program is so popular now that there is a waiting list for many of the age groups on offer.

Club President, Julie Brehin said a concerted effort was being made to ensure there are spaces available for those wanting to join.

“We have focussed our efforts on developing a strong volunteer base to help ensure we can cater for this rise in participation, and we have a fantastic age group leaders who contribute week in week out.” 

Through their affiliation with Little Athletics SA they have been able to meet much of the required STARCLUB documentation and criteria. The SCLAC have developed a Club Handbook for athletes parents/gaurdians and supporters, as well a clear strategic plan to help guide the future of the club and ensure its sustainability.

Earlier in the year the club met with local STARCLUB Field Officer Jeremy Bell to go through a STARCLUB consultation to share more about the club, its successes and challenges in meeting the STARCLUB criteria. 

Through this process the SCLA were also able to highlight all of the services and programs it offers, such as its youth leadership program and hardship subsidy made possible through their partnership with the Fleurieu Community Foundation..

The club has adopted a range of policies and procedures which help to make the running of the club as smooth as possible as well as ensure a safe, welcoming and friendly environments.

South Coast Little Athletics Centre has demonstrated itself to be a stand out when it comes to well run community clubs.

If you would like to find out how your club can benefit from being involved in the STARCLUB Program as well please contact Jeremy Bell on 0427 015 845 or email jbell@victor.sa.gov.au

The Southern Fleurieu/KI STARCLUB Field Officer program is proudly supported by the City of Victor Harbor, Alexandrina Council, the District Council of Yankalilla, Kangaroo Island Council and the SA Office for Recreation and Sport.