Tips for working with CaLD groups 

When comparing structured sports to social physical activity, participation rates by Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) people are relatively lower than people born in Australia.

There is great potential for sporting associations and clubs to expand their membership by encouraging people of diverse backgrounds to join and participate. This tip sheet outlines the benefits of becoming an inclusive club as well as practical strategies to assist you.

Handy tips when working with CaLD groups:

  • make it interesting and fun!
  • provide safe, friendly and accessible environments
  • mix physical and social activities
  • allow participants to help plan programs
  • include some female-only programs
  • group those of similar ages
  • build confidence by including some non-competitive activities
  • provide food and prizes to create a social atmosphere
  • create a relaxing environment through music and comfortable clothing
  • use simple and clear language
  • make it visual.

Tips for newly-arrived young people who want to join a sports club

Sport is an integral part of Australia's way of life. Sport provides a range of physical, mental and social benefits. It provides an opportunity to improve your health and fitness, meet new people and develop friendships.

For newly-arrived young people, participating in sport provides an opportunity to be a part of Australian society and to find a safe place to develop and strengthen your English skills.

For tip sheets available in Arabic, Dari, Dinka, English, Karen and Swahili, email Community Participation team.

Finding a club

State Sporting Associations (SSA) support local clubs through organising competitions, programs and events. Sports belonging to an SSA can provide you with information about clubs in your area.

If you can’t find what you are looking for through the SSA or the website, contact your local government and ask to speak to a club/recreation development officer. They are aware of all of the sporting grounds and clubs in the local area and will be able to give you contact numbers for clubs.

Joining a club

Once you have the details for a club in your area, phone them to find out some important information before you decide to join. You may want to ask:

  • Can I still play even if I have never played before?
  • Can I come and try a session before I decide if I want to join?
  • What time does training start and finish?
  • When are the training sessions?
  • Where is the training ground?
  • When and where are games played?
  • What equipment do I need to participate?
  • How much is does it cost to play?
  • What does the membership fee cover?
  • Are there extra costs for uniforms?
  • When are registration days?
Page reviewed 07 September 2022