Joining a club or activity
Sport and physical activity are a great way to get fit and stay healthy, meet people and learn new skills.
By joining a local sports club or activity not only will you feel better about yourself, but you can gain a sense of belonging by being a part of a team or club.
Regardless of your age, culture, gender or ability, there is plenty on offer in Moreland.
- Many reasons to join a sport club or activity
Knowing why you want to get involved will help you to decide what to get involved in.
You may want to:
- to play at regional, state, national and international levels
- make friends - choose a team sport or an activity with other people, like a walking group
- lose weight - choose activities that are enjoyable for you so you keep it up, doing a variety of activities is a good idea
- develop skills - choose an activity that uses the skill you are keen to develop, martial arts is good for developing discipline and ball sports are good for developing hand-eye coordination, or
- compete at a high level - choose a sport that has an Olympic or Paralympic pathway or opportunities.
"I can’t imagine not being active now. I found it really hard to take the first step, but now I feel great, I’ve met heaps of people and life is much more enjoyable".
Brunswick West resident
Connecting with your community and your familyA fun club environment allows you and your family to connect with others in your local community. You will make new friends, develop new skills, confidence and be able to share your skills with others.
The benefits to your family and for your family life will include spending more quality time together and developing a shared interest which can be rewarding for all family members.
Many local sports clubs have a thriving social life.
The social benefits of being in a club come from structured activities and socials, such as evenings out and organised events. This aspect of being involved in a sports club is invaluable if you are new to the area and may not know many people in your local community.
Joining a sports club helps develop valuable life skills such as co-operation, discipline, respect and tolerance, and don’t forget teamwork.
- Questions to ask the sport club or activity provider
When approaching a sport or physical activity group, it is a good idea to prepare yourself to make sure you ask all the questions you need to find out if the activity will suit you.
Here are some questions you might like to ask:
- Are you an Active Moreland endorsed club or activity?
- Can I try the activity before I join or commit?
- Are there activities for specific groups: men, women, age groups, or people with a disability?
- At what time do activities happen: day, night, or weekends?
- Do you cater for beginners?
- Is there coaching available?
- What equipment and clothing is required?
- Can required equipment or clothing be borrowed?
- How much does it cost to participate or join?
- Are there student, pension or family discounts?
- What types of activities are offered?
- Are activities social or competitive?
- Are there accessible facilities: be sure to identify the access requirements you need such as toilets, door widths, tactile markings, friendly people to help?
- Is there childcare available?
- Can I volunteer with the club?
You can also come up with your own list of questions to help you work out if the activity will suit your needs.
- Providers can cater for a variety of needs
If you have specific needs, many clubs and activity providers are able to cater for your needs.
Some examples of how providers can include people are:
- clubs may have members who speak a variety of languages
- activities can be modified to include children
- programs may be run for specific groups – women or people with a disability
- activity levels can suit beginners through to experienced participants
- child care options may be provided, and
- equipment and uniforms may be available to loan.
Council works with sport and recreation providers through the Access for All Abilities program, the Active Women and Girls Strategy (DOC 4Mb) and the Allocation of Sporting Grounds and Pavilion Policy (DOC 90Kb).
These initiatives support clubs and other activity providers to include people with a disability and increase junior and female participation.
- Sports and activities on offer in Moreland
Find a sport or activity
There are clubs for AFL football, athletics, badminton, baseball, basketball, bocce, cricket, cycling, dancing, frisbee, gymnastics, hockey, lacrosse, lawn bowls, mallet sports (croquet), netball, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball.
Many of the clubs in Moreland use Council sport facilities and grounds.
If the first club you join does not suit you, don’t become discouraged, instead try another until you find one that matches you and your needs. If you are new to sport, it may take some time until you find what best suits you, but when you do, you will begin to realise exactly what it was that you had been missing.
Aquatic and leisure centres
You can also speak to a friendly staff member at an Active Moreland Aquatic and Leisure Centre, and they can help you find an activity that suits your needs.