Community Sports and Recreation
  • Last updated:
  • 09 Dec 2020

Council is committed to supporting community based sport and recreation organisations by providing easy to understand, useful tips and information to assist clubs with good governance models that can improve business practices.

See the Novel Coronavirus (COVID19) support for sport and recreation page for information regarding financial assistance, programs and updates. 

Club development / guidelines

Governance structures and club culture have a significant impact on the successful performance of sporting organisations. The Queensland Government Sport and Recreation Services website has information on:

  • running and promoting a club
  • increasing participation
  • grants and funding
  • rules, rights and legislation
  • better business practices
  • supporting volunteers
  • junior sport
  • drugs an sport
  • food for sport
  • education and training.

Club support resources

Most community sports clubs have tenure with council as they are located on council owned or controlled land. Tenure includes leases, licences to use and permits to use. These documents are contracts which illustrate the roles and responsibilities of clubs and council. More information is available in the Community Leaseholder Toolkit[656KB].

Club health check

The Australian Sports Commission offers an online self-assessment tool aimed at helping clubs examine how they are operating. The Club Health Check should take no more than 30 minutes to complete. It is a valuable tool to examine how your club is functioning, where you are doing well and what operations may need improving.

Club planning

Club planning is a critical part of good governance and serves as a compass for the direction of your club's future. Having a plan, or a series of plans, will assist in achieving goals. It will also help your club focus on a successful future.

The key components of planning include an understanding of the club's vision, mission, values and strategies.

For more information on club support and how to plan, please visit the Sport Australia website for more information.


Clubs on council owned or controlled land are required to pay for all water and sewerage costs under their tenure agreements. Council encourages clubs to:

  • install water saving devices at their venues
  • keep devices well maintained
  • be mindful of usage
  • and read and log water meters on a weekly basis to detect any leaks or unusual usage.

Unitywater billing consists of access charges based on meter size, water charges based on consumption (the amount of water going through the meter), and sewerage charges. Sewerage charges are based on a percentage of water consumed, determined by the type of venue and how water is deemed to be used. The percentage is called the 'Discharge Factor' , noted on the back page of the Unitywater account. To have this percentage reviewed to potentially gain savings, complete the Sewerage Usage Review form[679KB] and submit it via council's Sport Planning and Development Team at

Fact sheets

For information on topics including:

  • membership
  • fundraising
  • canteen
  • grants and
  • sponsorship

refer to the Sports Club Development and Support fact sheet[1228KB].

Position profiles for committees

Most volunteer turnover occurs at the end of the season or at the time of the annual general meeting. A succession plan is necessary to provide opportunities for potential leaders within organisations to be identified and developed in readiness to move up into leadership positions.

Examples of position profiles for committee members are available to help with these types of appointments:

Community training workshops

Community training workshops are available to help develop local sport and recreation clubs. For information on:

  • upcoming workshops
  • forums and
  • education programs

on the Sunshine Coast, visit the Queensland Government's Sport and Recreation Services website. 

Training has been developed in partnership with council. Training is available online and face to face.

Frequently asked questions

To assist with other enquiries that you may have, browse the following frequently asked questions.

Alternately download the frequently asked questions fact sheet[545KB].