Since commencing the management of Deakin University’s Sport & Recreation services and establishing the DeakinACTIVE brand, Clublinks has achieved record membership levels, increased overall usage and improved student engagement across the Sport & Recreation division.

A key driver of these record figures has been the true partnering between Clublinks and Deakin University, and the implementation of highly deliberate partnerships with like-minded providers and innovators who share our vision and goals. These partnerships improve business efficiencies, generate a great customer experience and allow us to plan for future initiatives.

Some of the key achievements to date include:

  • Record fitness centre membership levels at the Waurn Ponds campus
  • 45% increase on fitness centre memberships at the Burwood campus
  • 80 new teams introduced to social sports competitions
  • Clublinks offering industry based learning opportunities to Deakin students

“Clublinks has worked closely with Deakin University on solutions that provide the best opportunities and outcomes for DeakinACTIVE. This is being achieved by integrating our partners within the business, not just using and treating them as traditional suppliers. Our results demonstrate how these are working seamlessly to achieve common goals.” says Tom Zappulla, General Manager of DeakinACTIVE.

Clublinks was honoured to present at the recent Parks & Leisure Association’s VIC/TAS State Conference & Awards of Excellence Dinner to outline the recent success of DeakinACTIVE.

 

 

At the recent Parks and Leisure Vic/Tas Conference held on May 1st, Clublinks was proud to sponsor the ‘Community Based Initiative of the Year’ award.

The award was won by the City of Ballarat, for their ‘Memory Atlas Social History Walking Tours’. The project is a documentary that records and shares the personal memories of Ballarat residents from key city locations, and offers a personal alternative to the usual historical observations.

“Being part of a community is extremely important to the Clublinks team, and we’re honoured to sponsor such a great award.” said Clublinks CEO Anthony Lawrence.

Photo: Mick Trembath (left) from the City of Ballarat, accepting the award from Clublinks’ CEO Anthony Lawrence.

Some of the best junior talent from the Sydney Golf Academy at Moore Park Golf recently featured in an article in the Wentworth Courier in Sydney.

The full article “Sydney Golf Academy talent could uncover the next Jordan Spieth” can be found here, but we’ve included a short section below:

THEY might be small, but chances are these kids can swing a golf club better than most punters hacking away on a Sunday morning.  Meet the kids from Sydney Golf Academy at Moore Park Golf, who can drive the ball hundreds of metres and sink putts like they’ve been doing it for decades.

The academy is seeing a growth in the popularity of golf among children, which could be attributed in part to young superstars like Jason Day and Jordan Spieth dominating the pro tour this year. Spieth is one of the big names playing in the Australian Open next week.

Future stars include the likes of Zane Weinberg, who at six has already won two junior tournaments and boasts a polished chipping game.  Or four-year-old Eliza Merhi, who is working on technique and can hit a ball more than 30m on the fly.

The youngsters are taught by Sydney Golf Academy pro Ollie Gebert, who described their talent level as “astronomical.”  “Our main objective is to grow the game from a grassroots level and find kids with a natural ability from a young age,” he said.  “When they have fun they get better. We use a three-level program and the kids move up by passing skills and earning badges. There is nothing too technical, we make it enjoyable and let their natural talent shine through.”

Full details of the Sydney Golf Academy junior coaching programs can be found here.

Photo details (from left): Ben Richards, 6, Jet Ostrer, 10, Eliza Merhi, 4, and Zane Weinberg, 6, in training at Moore Park Golf. Picture: John Appleyard.