Sport partnership network
The Auckland Sport Partnership Network is a way to bring people together to share their knowledge and experience about sport partnerships.
There are a range of forums, events, tours and newsletters that exist to increase sector knowledge.
Sports Partnership Conferenece
The Sportsville Network has been created by Sport New Zealand for sport and community groups to engage with and learn from the experiences of others.
The network is open to everyone, whether your're a club representative, regional sports organisation, national body, or regional sports trust.
The online network is only as strong as the people involved with it. To apply or for more information, see the Sport NZ website.
Sport Partnerships Conference
First held in 2012, the Sportville Conference saw presentations from people leading a range of great partnership initiatives across the country.
View the 2014 Sports Partnerships conference on YouTube.
2015 Sport Partnerships conference
The next Sport Partnerships Conference will be held on 30 July 2015 at the Papatoetoe Sports Centre.
Four guest speakers will be tackling legal, governance, partnership evolution and facility operations in reference to sport partnerships.
For more information about this event, visit Eventbrite.
In many instances sports groups don't know their neighbours as well as they could. A useful first step in understanding the needs of the group(s) located closest to you (and who you might want to work with) is to visit their current facilities.
You may find synergies that you never knew existed and should find out the following:
- what is their primary purpose
- what services do they offer
- what are their biggest challenges
- what are their biggest strengths
- and what are your future goals?
Further down the track you may want to take a look at other sport partnership faciities. If you do, make sure to meet the facility manager or a board member who can give you the background and context to what you're looking at. Find out what pitfalls you should avoid and what they would do differently if starting from scratch. This applies not only to the building itself, but also the process of getting to that stage.
Contact your regional sport trust for assistance in organising a local facility tour or visit to a good-practice sport partnership.