E-learning aid to clubs

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Kim Buttfield has developed a Clubworks e-learning hub and initial series of three short video courses for sport club committee members.
Camera IconKim Buttfield has developed a Clubworks e-learning hub and initial series of three short video courses for sport club committee members.

The closure of sport and community activities throughout the Great Southern due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t stopped Albany-based sport and recreation consultant Kim Buttfield helping sporting clubs and volunteers.

Buttfield has developed a Clubworks e-learning hub and initial series of three short video courses for sport club committee members.

Clubworks has been two years in development and the timing of an online training hub for sport and recreation volunteers could not be better due to the global health crisis.

Bendigo Bank and Albany Chamber of Commerce and Industry have supported the establishment of Clubworks and developments of the video courses and offering clubs in Albany, Denmark and Mt Barker to register up to six committee members on the training courses until July 30 free of charge.

Buttfield said the idea had been around a while and she wanted to help clubs out in an alternative way.

“The realisation came a couple of years ago that sport volunteers like most of us are busy, time-challenged people and simply trying to do the best for our clubs, children and communities,” she said.

“Though people enjoyed the face-to-face contact of workshops and presentations, I felt we needed to be doing things a little differently in what has become increasingly a more complex and compliant sector.

“These short online video courses give club volunteers the basics, are convenient and will hopefully open some important conversations amongst club committee members about how to more effectively run their club.”

Local sporting icons and previous Mike Stidwell Medal winners have shared their advice on a bonus video series called Wise Words of Wisdom.

There is a lot of local flavour involved in the Clubworks e-learning hub and the three video courses with Albany videographer Julian Blogg, photographer Ken Matts and graphic designer Nicola Edwards combining with e-learning specialists Natalie Bramble and Glen Dunkley from iClick2Learn.

“This project has been a huge labour of love across the country and we are keen to roll out more short video courses based on the requests of sport volunteers,” Buttfield said.

“We think these may be the way of the future.

“We face uncertain times ahead, and the more we can support each other, the quicker we can get back to doing the things we love, being active and supporting the delivery of community sport.”

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