Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Data Health Check Key to Tackling Club Challenges; Information Should Be Used to Plot Future Success

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Data Health Check Key to Tackling Club Challenges; Information Should Be Used to Plot Future Success

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AFTER enjoying some Easter eggs, you may be considering a health check. While you're at it, why not do a data health check at your club.

Every season, clubs conduct sign-ons or promotions to attract new players with the hope to increase members. However, what do you do with the information?

There is a definite link between club success and having well-organised and maintained data.

Many clubs comment on the challenges to spread the word, contact members easily, gain sponsors, hold successful fundraisers or collect payments. Having an effective and up-to-date database will ease these challenges. It is most likely a requirement of your club's constitution as well.

You can include members, subscription lists, social players, sponsors and so on. Make sure you back up the data.

What would happen if you lose the computer that stores the information?

While it is good that volunteers approach members, they can also spend a lot of time trying to speak with every member about attending the next sausage sizzle.

Having an easy method of contacting all members (including parents and past members) will enable these volunteers to better utilise their time for the club.

Tips to start your data health check now:

Are you able to find out in the click of a few buttons how many players have yet to pay their membership? How many fully paid-up members you have at your club?

Can you produce a contact list for sponsors of the club?

Do you have a breakdown of the ages of your club's members, their gender and their occupation and any emergency health issues they may have?

To see the rest of this list and get your data health check started, visit www.ipswichsportshouse.com.au.

Grant information session

HAVE you realised that you need a grant to help achieve some of your goals?

Ipswich Sports House is hosting a grant writing session on Tuesday, April 29, that will provide information on the grants available through the Community Benefit Funds Unit of the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation. …

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