June 2017 Newsletter

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Executive Director’s Report

ASGA, on behalf of our members, will be making a submission to the Federal Government’s consultation into a new National Sports Plan for Australia.

As part of our submission to the 2017-18 Budget process, ASGA called for a National Sport and Physical Activity Plan, so members can be very pleased the Government has taken our concerns seriously. Many of the other ideas we presented in the Budget submission remain relevant, and will form the basis of the new submission.

Announced a couple of weeks ago, the Plan will be a long-term strategy for the whole of sport and will examine four key pillars of participation, performance, prevention through physical activity, and integrity.

ASGA members are encouraged to make your own submissions or, if you prefer, to contribute your ideas to the ASGA submission by contacting me directly. One of the options being considered is a national lottery, to be developed with the states, as a way of funding sports, similar to the UK model.

Consultation will also engage on major sporting events, sports infrastructure, sport governance and funding. The Commonwealth makes a significant contribution to Australian sport and the Plan will help to inform clear policy objectives across the entire sector. ASGA and our members have a very clear interest in promoting more sports participation for all Australians. We’ve played a vital role in influencing all political parties about these issues, and had a hand in convincing the government to enact the Sporting Schools program and the new AusPlay sports participation research.

We’ll use this opportunity to encourage the Government to adopt more participation-friendly policies with the new National Sports Plan.

Further details on the Plan, including options for submitting views, are available at www.sport.gov.au Contributions and ideas are due by 31 July 2017.



The Future of Retail with Erica Berchtold and Julie Stevanja

Last chance to register! Only limited spots left.

An event next Monday 19 June will see the head of Rebel and Amart Sports, Erica Berchtold, together with the founder and CEO of Stylerunner, Julie Stevanja, discuss the future of Australian sporting and active lifestyle retailing at an exciting event in Sydney.

The two-hour networking event will run from 5pm to 7pm and will play host to many of Australia’s leading sporting goods retailers, brands and distributors.

As the head of sports at the Super Retail Group, encompassing Rebel and Amart, as well as the President of ASGA, Erica is well placed to lead the discussion of how Australian retailing will meet the challenges of an industry facing serious international competition, from both traditional and online-only retailers.

“Brands and retailers are facing an exciting future in Australia – one that will be challenging to everyone but that will reward innovation and bold thinking. I’m looking forward to sharing the insights we’ve developed at both ASGA and at SRG with the wider industry,” Erica said.

With Stylerunner one of the leading online active wear retailers in Australia, Julie, who is also on the ASGA Board, will focus on exciting developments in the online space and how brands can set themselves apart in a growing but crowded market.

“We’re seeing a real shift in the purchasing power and retail decision-making of female consumers. Brands and retailers need to ensure they are offering a compelling product, innovative marketing, and an enticing retail experience,” Julie said.

The two will discuss the importance of the relationship between brands and retailers. They’ll look at how emerging brands can structure their operations to make the most impact with retailers and consumers.

ASGA Executive Director Shannon Walker will also be on hand to discuss how the industry association can assist members.

ASGA Networking EventThe future of sport and active wear retailing in Australia
Time:               5pm – 7pm
Cost:               Free 
RSVP:              shannon@asga.com.au or call 03 9320 2655  
Venue:            KPMG – Level 38, Tower 3, 300 Barangaroo Avenue, Sydney.
Date:                Monday 19 June 2017


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Businesses announce payments code

Large Australian businesses recently announced the Australian Supplier Payment Code, a voluntary, industry-led initiative that will ensure small business suppliers are paid within 30 days of issuing a correct invoice

In a media release, Business Council of Australia CEO, Jennifer Westacott, said “The launch of the Australian Supplier Payment Code begins a new age of cooperation and mutual respect between businesses big and small.”

“We know paying business suppliers promptly and on time is critical to supporting healthy cash flows and working capital, and ultimately supports a business’s viability and ability to expand.”

“Although average payment times have fallen across the economy, many small businesses still report that they are facing unsatisfactory delays in payment of up to 120 days.”

“Trade between small, medium and large businesses is valued around $520 billion per year, so the whole country benefits when we work together more productively.”

Many of Australia’s largest and best-known companies have already signed the Code, which has also been welcomed by representatives of Australian small business.

Peter Strong, chief executive of the Council of Small Business Australia, which represents more than 350,000 small businesses, said: “We congratulate the Business Council on this initiative. The commitment to prompt payment is obvious and we have already seen key members of their council embrace improved payment processes.  

“The Business Council will now work with the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman and State-based Commissioners to regularly review the progress of the Code. We will also work with the Ombudsman to develop a small business register to make it easier to identify suppliers eligible for 30-day payment, and assist with collecting information for the Ombudsman’s forthcoming National Payment Transparency Register,” Ms Westacott said.



GS1 Australia Supply Chain Week 2017 – Retail Day

Sydney:           6 September

                               Melbourne:    13 September

Special $100 discount for ASGA members

Is inventory visibility top of mind in your organisation? Does your omni-channel strategy address this? Are you aware that average stock accuracy is only 70 per cent?

Customers want to know when they can expect their goods. You need to know where your inventory is, always. The GS1 systems provides the tools to deliver on that promise.

Join us at the GS1 Supply Chain Week 2017 Retail Day to get the answers you need to know. Do not miss the chance to hear from industry experts and influencers as they share their experiences across a wide range of topics such as accurate inventory visibility, RFID, online marketplaces, the future of Australian retail and how utilising global standards helps.

Knowledge exchange will also focus on global best practice case studies and the relevance of global marketplaces in enabling growth and diversification for Australian consumer and sporting goods companies.

Cost includes full day catering and networking drinks at the end of the day.

Simply enter the promo code SCW2017asga at registration to receive a $100 discount for entry.

Full event details and registration here

Date: Wednesday 6 September 2017
Time: 8:30am – 5pm
Venue: Doltone House Jones Bay Wharf, 26-32 Pirrama Road, Pyrmont NSW 2009
Date: Wednesday 13 September 2017
Time: 8:30am – 5pm
Venue: Sumac & Sketch, Central Pier, 161 Harbour Esplanade, Docklands VIC 3009


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WHO announces global plan to promote physical activity

The World Health Organisation has announced an action plan to promote physical activity around the world, in an effort to prevent non-communicable diseases like heart disease, cancer and diabetes.

As noted by a statement on the WHO website, physical inactivity is one of the leading behavioural risk factors for non-communicable diseases. Conversely, regular physical activity is associated with improved well-being, as well as enhanced social and mental health. However, inactivity is on the rise in many countries, and globally one in four adults, and four out of five adolescents, do not meet the global recommendations.

In 2013, a global voluntary target was set by the World Health Assembly to reduce physical inactivity by 10 per cent by 2025, but progress towards achieving this target has been slow. Although 86 per cent of countries have developed national action plans, which – in 71 per cent of countries — include operational plans for reducing physical inactivity, progress on implementation has been challenging.

The new global action plan will leverage the contributions of all relevant sectors, in particular, environment, education, health, sports and technology to accelerate progress in achieving the global voluntary targets set by the World Health Assembly.

The plan will provide policy options for Member States, international partners and WHO, and developed in close collaboration with all relevant stakeholders, taking into account current scientific knowledge, available evidence, a review of international experience, innovations, and data.

ASGA, through our membership of the World Federation of Sporting Goods Industry, will participate in the consultation process.


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National Football Conference at the National Sports Convention

The National Football Conference will focus on sharing insights, strategies and solutions to the big challenges facing local Football Clubs and Associations. The National Football Conference is being held at the Pullman Albert Park, Melbourne on 20th – 21st July as part of the National Sports Convention, with support from Football Federation Australia, Football Federation Victoria and Football NSW.

With a key focus on growing the game, the conference has three streams focused on: People, Programs and Coaching; Facilities; and how to support clubs to become more sustainable. The speakers will be exploring the challenges being faced, providing insights and case studies on how they have addressed these challenges. Workshops and sessions include:

How to secure and utilise more facilities to meet growing demand

  • School sites that can offer much needed facilities to meet demand
  • Imaginative spaces and pocket parks to encourage casual participation in football
  • Strategically developing a plan for future investments to satisfy demand
  • Designs of facilities to encourage more females to participate
  • Adopting synthetic and hybrid surfaces to allow more play on each field

The importance of coaching for success

  • The role of the local coach in growing the game and developing players
  • Growing participation strategically by aligning a regional football association with an A-League Club and a commercial provider
  • Elite to local connections to grow the game – Melbourne City Story
  • Video analysis technology to identify improvements and skill development

Supporting clubs to be more sustainable

  • Utilising technology both on and off the field
  • Centres of Excellence
  • Grant funding for clubs from the Australia Sports Foundation

Please register on the National Sports Convention website.



Why people donate to sport

The Australian Sport Foundation recently released their Why do people give to sport? research report, which provides insights about key donor motivations, needs and expectations related to sports giving.

The research, together with future similar studies, will enrich the sporting sector’s knowledge about sport donors and provide the ‘why’ behind sports giving.

The research was conducted with sports club donors from all over the country in one-hour, in-depth, interviews by research firm Marketscape.

While sports clubs and organisations receive funding from a number of well-established sources, they are becoming increasingly dependent on fundraising through donations to achieve sustainable growth.

According to the Foundation, Australian sport is currently underfunded and needs more financial support to survive, particularly grassroots and local clubs. If done well, fundraising can be a great source of much needed funding for clubs. Increasingly, fundraising for sport is becoming part of funding for large and small projects.

The research asked the question, what is driving Australians to give to sport? Moreover, what can clubs do to increase donations for important projects?

The report identifies the key motivations behind sports giving, the critical elements of the donation experience, and opportunities for sports clubs and organisations to grow their donation revenue through meaningful engagement with their members.

The report suggests that, in order to be effective, fundraising efforts need to include a focus on the donor, their motivations, needs, emotions and expectations. It is critical that donors are part of the fundraising journey from the start and remain an integral part to the end.

People that donate to their club are committed to its future and expect to be part of the value

creation for the club. Finally, to encourage more donations, clubs need to offer an enjoyable and memorable club experience which delivers psychological rewards to donors and motivates them to donate again (or more).

You can obtain a copy of the report on the Foundation’s website.


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News from around Australia


New outdoor courts for Canberra basketballers

New South Wales

Life saving defibrillators for sports clubs

Northern Territory

Territory sporting officiators given a boost

New Netball Stadium = More Jobs and First-Class Facility

South Australia

Kangaroo Island Golf Resort Update


Promoting women leadership in sport

New swimming pool facility for Oatlands


Getting The Most Out Of Whittlesea’s School Facilities

Yarram Recreation Reserve Goes Solar

More Support For Aboriginal Kids To Kick Goals In Sport

New Office To Boost Gender Equality In Sport

Western Australia

From small things, big things grow

McGowan Government wastes no time on Mixed Martial Arts safety changes

Cockburn Aquatic and Recreation Centre opens



International News

In the latest edition of the WFSGI News Alert you’ll find articles about:

Fibre2fashion.com – Nike occupied number 2 spot for largerst apparel companies, ranking 249th on the Global 2000, up 12 notches from the year prior.
SportsPro Media – Under Armour has added IBF super featherweight champion Gervonta Davis, holding a professional record of 18-0,  to its stable of boxing athletes.
WWD – Froio served as Reebok’s brand director in Western Europe, which became the brand’s fastest-growing market and nearly doubled sales.
Cyclingindustry.news – The UK’s triathlon industry was worth £445 million in 2016, marking a stunning 57% growth since 2012, according to the Triathlon Industry Association’s annual study.
Retail Dive – With this insight, you’ll be in the know on the ever-changing retail landscape in 2017.
ISPO – The central finding : There is growth potential, but the end consumer needs to be the focus of the industry’s efforts if this potential is to be utilized.  
CSGA – A team of MIT researchers has designed a breathable workout suit with ventilating flaps that open and close in response to an athlete’s body heat and sweat.