Clublinks Management Pty Ltd (Clublinks) is delighted to announce a brand-new partnership with AFL Victoria to manage, promote and grow the increasingly popular AFL 9s initiative within metropolitan Melbourne and the Geelong region.

Held in venues across Melbourne, the AFL9s program is the AFL’s official social version of the game with players of all ages and abilities taking part in a modified version of Australia’s national sport.

In addition to the formal partnership with AFL Victoria, Clublinks will continue to expand its current relationship with Deakin University to offer students real-world experience and career opportunities through employment within the AFL 9s competition.

Clublinks’ General Manager, Anthony Edgar, is excited and proud to be working with such an illustrious sporting organisation such as AFL Victoria.

“Our team is thrilled to have this opportunity to be a driving force in expanding the AFL game to new audiences, encouraging everyone in the community to lead an active lifestyle and also the chance to offer our existing partners, in this case Deakin University, new opportunities to offer something special within the market.”

Andrew Crowley, Manager of Deakin University Sport and Recreation, said: “We started the partnership with AFL Victoria several years ago when Deakin University became the home for AFL 9s in Geelong. We are pleased to see the next phase in this development where our partner Clublinks is to deliver the AFL 9’s program across Melbourne. It also serves as a great opportunity for our students to gain hands on experience and employment opportunities with Clublinks.”

Clublinks will kick off the AFL 9s competitions in October 2018.

 

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.