Cairns Hockey Association | Clubs
Cairns Hockey was established nearly 90 years ago to administer hockey in the Cairns region. It has grown into a vibrant hockey association with four (4) clubs participating in the annual, full field winter competition and other hockey initiatives ad competitions, as and when they arise. Details to the four are as follows.
Brothers Hockey Club
Brothers Hockey Club (BHC), a Cairns founding Club, prides itself on being the club that will include all children regardless of family circumstances that may prevent children from benefiting from participation in a team sport.
BHC have a strong focus on junior development, providing youngsters with the opportunity to be mentored and coached by experienced personnel, statically providing the best pathway into senior and representative teams. We welcome players of all ages and provide a fun, family friendly, social environment.
The club was formed in 1939 by the St Augustine’s Marist Brothers Old Boys and over time came to be known as ‘Brothers Hockey Club’. Since 1939 the club has grown and evolved, celebrating success on and off the field.
The club successfully shares its facilities and fields situated at Woree with a junior soccer club, the Southern Cross
Strikers and other diverse community groups.
Saints Hockey Club
Saints Hockey Club was Established nearly 50 years ago and is located within the Pezzutti Park precinct on the south side of Cairns. Saints has been providing the local community from every age-group, culture, and socio-economic background with the support, structure and facilities required to promote and participate in the sport of hockey. Saints Hockey Club prides itself on being a local club that has established and maintained a family/community based culture consisting of values, beliefs, and attitudes that supports and encourages participation in sport.
Saints Hockey Club and their members have enjoyed success at all levels within the local Cairns hockey competition, produced and fostered numerous Cairns, Queensland and Australian players and we are committed to player recruitment, retention and development offering a clubhouse, training fields and training facilities.
We may not be angels, but we are Saints.
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Souths Hockey Club
Souths Hockey Club Cairns is based in North Cairns at the Cairns Hockey Facility Rutherford Street Cairns North. This is another historic Cairns Hockey Club with a proud history of success, both on and off the field.
Established in 1960 as a ‘youthful’ club, determined to give younger players the chance to play at the senior (first grade) level, Souths has gone on to win at many levels, most recently taking out the Mens and Womens North Queensland Hockey League titles (held in Townsville, 2015). It is believed that was the first time a club has won both titles in the same year.
Souths Hockey Club has junior, secondary, senior and Masters teams
Stingers Hockey Club
Stingers Hockey Club Cairns is one of the newest clubs to join the Cairns Hockey Association competition. Formed in 2001 the Stingers Hockey Club, also known as the Trinity Stingers. Our club formed as an amalgamation of two traditional Cairns clubs, Cairns Wests and Ramblers. Our club encourages participation at all levels, we have players playing hockey from 5 years old to 70 years old plus. From our Prep aged juniors to competitive and social senior grades and a vibrant masters competition for both men and ladies.
Trinity Stingers welcome all new players to Cairns – we enjoy and encourage the family aspect of the sport of hockey and encourage anyone wishing to play with the “Social Club” to contact us via our website.
For more information on Cairns Hockey, please don’t hesitate to contact one of the clubs or the Cairns Hockey Association directly on (07) 4053 2308 or email@example.com
INFORMATION AND RESOURCES SUPPORTING CLUB DEVELOPMENT
ROLES WITHIN A CLUB
There are a substantial number of roles to be filled within a Hockey Club or Association. The majority of these roles are done on a voluntary basis by committed and passionate people who are proud to be involved in the sport of hockey at all levels.
Roles within a Management Committee
The most important roles within a local hockey club are linked to the leaders in the management committee.
Getting the Culture Right
Distractions are the main cause of why clubs tend not to meet their goals or fail to do what they aimed for. This leads to a sense of disappointment and frustration and many volunteers choose not to continue in these roles because there is an underlying sense of under-achieving.
Creating a positive culture means club committees should make the commitment to ‘getting things done’. Setting some basic statements might help and the following are some examples:
s are expected to fulfil their roles between meetings; the purpose of the meetings is to check on progress.
- Committee members are expected to fulfill their roles between meetings- the purpose of the meetings is to check on the progress.
- Committee members have full authority to take all necessary actions to fulfil their allocated responsibilities within their allotted budgets.
- All briefing papers will be read before the meeting, not at the meeting.
- Each committee member shares collective responsibility and ownership of agreed decisions, irrespective of their personal view or vote on the matter.
Planning is the key to the future success and viability of all hockey clubs no matter their level, activity or size.
- Utilise plans and resources that currently exist by tailoring them to your club’s needs. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel with a totally new plan
- Network with other sporting clubs in the area e.g. check to see if the cricket or netball club has a club plan
- Involve your local council in the planning process to gain assistance and build the relationship
Clubs need to plan for their long-term viability in order to sustain what they already have or to grow.
Planning helps to:
- Look at where the club has come from, where it is now, where it wants to go and how it is going to get there
- Identify the club’s main objectives
- Encourage members to get involved in club development
- Improve financial performance and use resources effectively
- Adjust to changes in the current environment that impact the club
- Ensure that resources (human, physical and financial) are used effectively
- Evaluate the club
- Bring order into the hectic business of running a hockey club
Without adequate planning, the committee frequently only deals with immediate problems and fails to consider future needs.
What is a club plan?
A club plan is a document that is designed to give the club direction in the short to medium term (2-4 years).
It takes into account the internal strengths and weaknesses, the external opportunities and threats, and details strategies to address or build on these.
In general a club plan incorporates:
- Vision and/or mission statement
- Core business areas of the organisation
- Goals/objectives related to these business areas for the period of the plan
- Strategies/tasks to be undertaken to achieve the goals/objectives
- Timelines for the completion of those strategies/tasks
- Resource implications, i.e. what will it cost in people and monetary terms?
- Performance indicators i.e. how will you know when the strategy/task is completed in line with expectations?
- Priorities for action i.e. what should be undertaken in year one, what in year two, what in year three, etc?
All the tasks that need to be achieved within the following 12 month period can be separated out of the club plan and placed into a separate document called an operational plan, i.e. those priorities for action over the next 12 months.
Preparing a club plan
Like many things there is no right or wrong way to prepare a club plan. They can vary from a few pages to a fully laid out document with images, charts and diagrams. They will reflect the size and scope of your club.
There are some basics that must be addressed. Ask yourself:
- Does the plan provide a clear basis for the direction of your club?
- If a new board or staff member picked it up could they easily use it to find out where the club is going in the next few years?
- Does the plan provide detail on how the objectives are going to be achieved, i.e. does it prioritise the strategies and tasks, include resource allocation and target setting?
- Has the development of the club plan involved consulting with your stakeholders? Remember your members and affiliates are also stakeholders
- Has your planning involved communicating with these stakeholders to give them some ownership of the club plan so they become willing partners in its implementation
- Has your planning been inclusive? Remember, all people – regardless of their background – should be welcomed at your club
Who should be involved in the planning process?
Try to involve as many people in the planning process as possible. The more people who are consulted in the development of the plan, the more it will reflect the true direction of your club.
If your members also feel the plan belongs to them they will be more comfortable in assisting with its implementation. Invite a group of people to a planning meeting to brainstorm the plan basics. This group should be representative of:
- Board/committee members
- Sport participants
- Paid staff
- Facilities operators
- Other stakeholders in your club/community
After your planning meeting, the draft plan should be circulated as widely as possible to your members for feedback to make sure that it reflects their needs.
When should you plan?
It is important to set aside time for your planning to ensure it receives the attention it requires. It is probably most economical to schedule your planning meeting with one of your sport’s regular gatherings. This could be:
- A general meeting
- A club tournament
- A social occasion
You will need to set aside a specific timeslot in your schedule (perhaps a day or half-day) for your planning meeting. The meeting should be long enough to develop the basic framework of the plan so the duration will depend on the size and complexity of your club.
Remember, the plan should be reviewed regularly to monitor your progress and make any necessary modifications. The planning meeting should be a regular feature of your club’s calendar.
RESPECTING AND RECOGNIZING VOLUNTEERS
Keeping Volunteers Enthusiastic
No matter what your position is on the committee, it’s vital you participate in enthusing and motivating your colleagues: it will help ensure the smooth running of the club, build trust and commitment and strengthen bonds between committee members to create a sense of camaraderie and kinship.
This will of course make being on the committee enjoyable and worthwhile and inspire members to sign up for another year, or coax their friends and family to also join.
Four key elements to enthusing your committee members are:
Empowering fellow committee members to actively contribute will build their motivation and enthusiasm for participating. Most volunteers join committees to use their skills or learn new ones, so make sure they get to do that:
- Ensure each committee member has a real role with expected goals and outcomes
- Ask members to report back at each meeting so they can demonstrate their achievements
- Form relevant sub-committees with appointed leaders and specific agendas so members can work directly on a project and feel like they have real input and impact. Encourage innovation, new ideas and flexibility
- If a committee member has a specific skill or profession that they’re not necessarily using on the committee, approach them for advice and help when it’s required. Defer to them as the expert in the area
- Don’t tell committee members how to do their job; provide advice and guidance, but let members find their own feet
- Trust committee members will do the tasks appointed to them; don’t micromanage them
- Listen to committee members when they speak up in meetings, respect their opinions and allow others to think differently
- Facilitate an atmosphere of openness and accountability; don’t confide in one or two committee members about matters that involve everyone
- If someone makes a mistake, work to resolve it and find the lessons to be learned; don’t blame, humiliate or remonstrate
- Provide a sense of support to other members; make them feel they can trust others to take on their role or do extra tasks when they’re absent
Most committees are rewarded at the end of the year for their hard work. But get the year off to a good start by rewarding committee members at the beginning and throughout the season:
- Make it easier to get to meetings: help figure out carpooling and childcare
- Provide biscuits and tea and coffee at meetings
- Arrange to do something social before or after the meeting such as a potluck dinner or drinks
- Continually congratulate and thank all committee members for their hard work, especially at general club meetings
- Recognise long-standing committee members – volunteers are always inspired when their co-workers receive praise for their commitment and hard work:
- Make them a life member
- Reward them with a plaque or medallion and present it at a club meeting
- Include a feature on the person in the club newsletter or website
- Be enthusiastic yourself: it’s catching
- Be a good role model; enthuse others through your own actions and commitment
- Adopt a positive, can-do attitude
- Give regular pep talks about the importance of the work the committee does. Talk about the satisfaction you get from your committee role and share examples of inspiring stories: the dedicated kid who now plays at elite level; the family whose lives have been turned around through club involvement; the little girl who’s built confidence and friends
- Try to see the lighter side of things, especially when they go wrong
Value and Recognise Your Volunteers
Volunteers’ motivation for continuing their involvement depends on their feeling of value and accomplishment. However, remember that some volunteers seek opportunities for public recognition and praise but others may feel uncomfortable under such circumstances.
Personally recognise their efforts, rather than just treating everyone in the same manner. It will mean more to the volunteer.
Recognise all volunteers but reward them based on the amount of effort their role requires. This way volunteers who have contributed significantly do not feel aggrieved when others who have contributed less receive the same reward.
Ways that clubs can recognise volunteers
- Special awards for volunteers: volunteer of the month and of the year – presented at monthly meetings and the AGM or presentation nights.
- Articles on individual volunteers published in the club newsletter
- Articles in the local paper
- Providing volunteers with identification badges, pins, caps and T-shirts
- Get volunteers to train other volunteers
- Get teams to write thank-you notes to every volunteer
- Nominate your volunteers for local, state and national awards
- Hold social events at the beginning and end of each season for all volunteers
- Name an event or a new facility/building after a volunteer
- Name a part of the ground after a volunteer
- Reimburse volunteers for all ‘out of pocket’ expenses
- Provide recognition certificates to every volunteer.
- Acknowledge volunteers at all club meetings
- Provide letters of reference to volunteers
- Send birthday cards to volunteers or get-well cards when they are sick
- Hold a lunch or breakfast to formally recognise the efforts of every volunteer
- Reduce club membership fees for volunteers, depending on their level of involvement
- Pay for any coach/umpire/administration courses, providing that in return, coaches, umpires and other volunteers make a commitment to the club
- Recognise long service to the club by awarding exceptional volunteers with life membership
- Provide thank-you letters from the executive committee