Club Forum Hailed A Success

Dedicated clubbies from around the state spent the weekend at an innovative forum where they discussed the future of Surf Life Saving and ways they could ensure their clubs are sustainable in the long term.

The forum was the first of its kind and followed a new format based on feedback from our members and was a great opportunity for country clubs to join their city counterparts and SLSNSW Board members to discuss a range of issues.

Delegates from as far north as Brunswick and as far south as Tathra were involved in the two-day event which featured workshops and guest speakers including Rugby League great Wayne Pearce who delivered a seminar on team work.

Some of the issues that were discussed included governance of surf clubs, how to make them sustainable in today’s challenging environment and what constitutes good leadership.

The volunteers who attended were enthusiastic about the process with many believing that an annual event such as this could help them strengthen their clubs into the future.

A common sentiment expressed by the participants was that they were looking forward to getting back to their clubs and sharing the knowledge gained during the networking sessions.

The comradery that the Surf Life Saving movement is renowned for was evident during the workshops with everyone attending prepared to share their knowledge and experiences openly with others.

NSW President Tony Haven who attended the forum said it was heartening to see how involved and engaged the younger members were during the event.

“I was approached by a number of our younger members during the weekend and what struck me most was how articulate they were and their willingness to be open about their vision for Surf Life Saving,” Mr Haven said.

“As both NSW president and a patrolling member I know how important it is for our younger members to be able to contribute and take ownership of new ideas.

“I believe the forum was a great success and I encourage all members to talk to their delegates and make use of the resources that came out of the workshops and presentations when they become available,” he concluded.

Video highlights of presentations from the forum can be viewed HERE

Photograph - Volunteers gather at the 2015 SLSNSW Members Forum

Mon 9 Nov 2015