In the lead up to the Special General Meeting to discuss the merger of GLAC with UC Ginninderra Athletics Club, a series of posts will be posted discussing some of the key background thinking behind the proposal.
Investment in our Future
The merger of the club is not about the big end of town and the members of UCGAC. Ginninderra Athletics has been recognised as being innovative for many years and just not in athletics but right across sport in the ACT, especially when we were awarded the inaugural CBR Sport for Innovation.
The club has always prided itself on making the big calls and investing in our members, facilities and programs to become one of the best Athletics Club in Australia.
The introduction of Tiny Tots was revoluntary for GLAC. No other Little Athletics Centre in the ACT had made such a bold commitment to the future of the club and supported families in such a way. The club has partnered this year with ACT Playgroups to pilot the establishment of a sports playgroup with the hope that the model can be run by other sporting bodies in the years ahead.
The Tiny Tots innovation lead to the necessity of introducing Junior Coaches to support Tiny Tots and our mighty Tiger Cubs in the Under 6s to Under 8s. The majority of our Junior Coaches are members of UCGAC a number of whom are too old for Little Athletics. These older members of our club have been helping to encourage and include our youngest members for the past 4 years. The Junior Coach program has become the envy of clubs across the ACT.
This season the merged club will pilot a National Program from Little Athletics Australia with our Under 6 Boys and Girls. The focus will be skills development and Ginninderra Athletics will be one of 35 Centres across Australia participating. The program will be later rolled out to every LAA Centre in 2019-20 for Under 6s to Under 8s.
Each season Ginninderra Athletics invests $50k in its members. This money pays for coaching, equipment, facilities and development opportunties. The benefit of this has been immense with the club growing in participation numbers and delivering new services each season including our Inclusion Program in partnership with Subway Charnwood.
The Club actively seeks grants and sponsorship opportunities to further increase our investments. The partnerships with our Sponsors, the ACT Government and the University of Canberra have been vital to building a sustainable and dynamic club.
For over 40 years the sport and the club has lacked a connection to its future. With no other viable options or commitments to Ginninderra the future of the club is now in our hands. These investments are therefore made to help build our club and provide benefits to our members.
The reward for Ginninderra Athletics investing in its members is their commitment and participation with the club at all levels from grass roots, social to competitive athletics.
Merging GLAC with UCGAC will marry two sides of the same coin. Bridging the club’s youngest members with the very members who are the future Club Coaches, Committee Members and Volunteers that will drive Ginninderra Athletics now and into 2020 and beyond.