Sports keen to get to­gether

Shar­ing re­sources should build com­mu­nity strength

Central Otago Mirror - - CENTRAL NEWS - By JESSICA MAD­DOCK

About 40 sports groups have ex­pressed in­ter­ested in an Up­per Clutha sports col­lec­tive, to share re­sources and skills. Called the Up­per Clutha Sports Com­mu­nity, the col­lec­tive is be­ing driven by Bron­wyn Co­ers and Diana Schikker to make de­liv­ery of the area’s vast ar­ray of sport­ing op­tions more ef­fec­tive and ef­fi­cient. They have held two fo­rums which were at­tended by a wide range of sports groups – from tram­polin­ists to kayak­ers, and crick­eters to rugby clubs. The fo­rums found most sports clubs had sim­i­lar needs, many of which could be met through bet­ter com­mu­ni­ca­tion and col­lab­o­ra­tion. Up­per Clutha sports providers faced spe­cific chal­lenges – in­clud­ing iso­la­tion, a small pool of vol­un­teers to call on, limited sports fa­cil­i­ties and a low, tran­sient pop­u­la­tion but a large num­ber of ac­tive res­i­dents. "Wanaka seems to at­tract peo­ple who want to get out and do things . . . it’s such a big play­ground, we want to do ev­ery­thing and that cre­ates is­sues . . . but it’s a good is­sue," Mrs Schikker said. Since the fo­rums they had iden­ti­fied five im­me­di­ate pro- jects in­clud­ing de­vel­op­ing an elec­tronic form of com­mu­ni­ca­tion where a cal­en­dar of train­ing times and fix­tures could be kept, train­ing vol­un­teers, coach de­vel­op­ment, a pro­ject to en­cour­age par­tic­i­pa­tion through pub­lic "have a go" days and cre­at­ing path­ways for ath­letes to fol­low to de­velop their skills. The group would also be for­malised so its lead­ers could act as spokes­peo­ple for all Up­per Clutha sports clubs and it could ap­ply for fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance from fund­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions. Mrs Co­ers said 10 or­gan­i­sa­tions had con­trib­uted to a seed­ing fund to get the projects off the ground. A third fo­rum would be held in com­ing weeks at which the sug­ges­tions for meet­ing clubs’ needs would be pre­sented and dis­cussed plus the gov­er­nance struc­ture of the group.

Photo: JESSICAMADDOCK 628222749

Sports to­gether: Wanaka women Bron­wyn Co­ers and Diana Schikker are in the process of set­ting up an Up­per Clutha Sports Com­mu­nity to share re­sources and skills.

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