Benefits of Becoming an Inclusive Club
Inclusive sporting environments are ones where everyone is made to feel welcome, regardless of their ability, background or personal attributes. These sporting environments are friendly and safe places that are free of harassment and discrimination.
The environment in which sport is held has a significant impact on a person's experience and could be the difference between someone choosing to become a regular participant or not. Therefore it is important that clubs and associations focus on creating welcoming and inclusive environments in order to attract and retain more people in their sport.
As a result of embracing and welcoming all people from the community, your Club can expect to realise the following benefits:
- Increased Club membership whether as players or social members
- Financial benefits gained as extra revenue is generated from new members and their families
- A greater awareness of your Club and its achievements in the community. Your local council, sponsors and government agencies all have an interest in encouraging people of all abilities and backgrounds to participate in gymnastics
- Extra Volunteers at your Club in a variety of capacities as a result of recruiting new players as well as their families and friends
- A welcoming Club environment in which no-one feels unwanted or discriminated against
- A family friendly atmosphere attracting new people to your Club
- Increased skills within your Club as a result of new memberships and new volunteers around the Club
- An ability to make a positive contribution to the overall health and well-being of the community
- Creates a positive image within community and assists with public relations
- Ensure everyone feels respected and valued, regardless of their ability, cultural background or religion
- Officials feel respected and are more likely to continue
- May assist with attracting sponsorship
We work hard to provide our clubs with the resources you need to be inclusive of everybody regardless of age, gender, ability or background. See our wide range of resources available for affiliate clubs below.
Inclusive Club App
Inclusive Club App provides clubs with a snap shot of how inclusive they are at any point in time. The app encompass 7 sections including:
- Participants and programs
- Attitudes and awareness
- Policies and procedures
- Local connections
- Marketing and communication
The app is available on Android and Apple devices. You can submit written content, upload photos, and much more.
1. Go to the "App Store" or "Play Store"
2. Search "Gymnastics Victoria"
3. Scroll until you see an app called "Inlcusion" with the Gymnastics Victoria logo.
4. Download the app (it's free!)
5. Become an Inclusive Leader Club!
The app will help you to easily complete the Guidelines that enable clubs to connect with local communities, and provide gymnastics opportunities in a welcoming and inclusive club environment. We provide ongoing support to compelte the guidelines and can connect you with others in your community to help your club become more inclusive.
If you have any questions, please call us on (03)92146020, or email email@example.com
||We have worked with hands on community solutions to create a guide for clubs to provide physically accessible and communication friendly environments. This guide gives clubs an understanding of best practice and legal standards around club accessibility. If you need further assistance or information in regards to inclusion and physical access around your club, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or on (03)9214 6020.
Clubs Guide to Good Access
Inclusive Awareness Workshop
||We currently offer a free inclusive awareness workshop for gymnastics coaching staff, administrators, committees, volunteers, and sporting organisations. Our inclusion awareness workshop focuses raising awareness around working with people from underrepresented groups (older adults, people with disability, newly arrived migrant and refugee communities and Aboriginal Australians). The workshop also teaches coaches how to modify activities to include all participants regardless of their background, age, gender and ability. This practical 2hr workshop is fun, interactive and run at your club at a time that works for you.
If you are interested in booking an inclusive awareness workshop, please fill out this form or contact us at email@example.com or on (03)92146020.
Working with gymnasts who have vision impairment
Getting the most out of our gymnasts form
||We have developed a template you can use at the club to make sure you are getting all the information necessary to delivery high quality programs to your participants. The form also supplies a platform for communicating with families or carers who have participants that require additional support.
Getting the most out of our gymnasts form
Inclusive Poster and Flyer Series
With the help of VicHealth, Gymnastics Victoria has created an inclusive poster series 'Gymnastics for Everybody'.
If you would like a free set of these posters, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or on (03) 9214 6020.
Gymnastics for Everybody DVD
Learn more about Inclusive Gymnastics by watching our Gymnastics for Everybody video. If you would like the full video on DVD please contact us on (03)92146020 or at email@example.com
The inaugural Inclusion Forum held by Gymnastics Victoria was an incredibly valuable session for all clubs and sport development professionals. If you would like a copy of some of the presentation slides, please click below.
Inclusion Forum Presentation Slides
Inclusive Case Studies
||We have partnered with Scope and EPIC Early Childhood Intervention Service to develop communication resources for clubs. The resources include a standard communication board, an editable communication board (for clubs to insert personalised images) and images that can be used during gymnastics classes. The communication aids help people who either cannot talk or have speech that is difficult to understand. These aids are commonly used for people with disability but can assist with any communication barrier, such as people who don't speak English.
Communication Board Example:
New gymnastics communication symbols now available - click here to view examples
Sample Communication Board 1
Easy Access for Communication Aids Fact Sheet
For editable versions or more information please contact Gymnastics Development Coordinator (Inclusion) Kerry Tavrou
We have constructed a plain language factsheet for use in clubs. It outlines the best way to communicate simply with your audience and reach a broader range of your community.
Plain Language Fact Sheet
Plain Language Example
Managing Inclusion in Gymnastics (MIG)
The MIG in an online course provided by Gymnastics Australia. It focuses on how we provide an inclusive experience for participants with a disability. Employing common sense, good gymnastics practice and new ideas can help to improve the experience of participants and ensure enjoyable and safe gymnastics for all.
The MIG can be accessed via https://sportsconnect.gymnastics.org.au/
GymAbility GimMix is a national resource for schools and clubs to assist in the inclusion of participants with disability in fun and safe gymnastics movement based programs.
GymAbility GymMix features:
- Over 350 activities to develop fundamental movement skills
- Over 100 group activities to encourage inclusion
- In-depth explanation of 50 key movement areas
- Ideas for coaching athletes with disability
- Sample lesson plan templates
- Participation certificates
You can purchase these resources through Gymnastics Australia by clicking here.
Play by the Rules
Other education resources available are online courses such as the Australian Sports Commission's free online training for Child Protection and Harassment and Discrimination. They are short, user-friendly and feature the latest interactive technology, including case studies, practical scenarios and a quiz. Updating points are available for those who complete these courses.
Vist Play By The Rules
Keep up to date with our inclusive e-newsletter 'Gymnastics for Everybody'
Our Gymnastics for Everybody e-newsletter includes stories about inclusive successes in our clubs, events to look forward to, and keeps all our you up to date with inclusive initiatives and opportunities.
To suscribe click here or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or on (03)92146020.