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Bond Sport Management working with council to build local sports clubs

A pilot program will see Bond University Sports Management students working directly with local Gold Coast sporting clubs to help them grow and strengthen their businesses.

Following consultations between Bond and the Gold Coast City Council, students will work to assist clubs with the various governance and compliance demands set out in their leaseholder agreements.

Bond students and staff recently met with directors and members of the Mudgeeraba Bowls Club regarding future working arrangements.  This was facilitated by Gold Coast City Council which is tasked with the management of the facilities as well as land leases of local sports clubs on the coast.

Lisa Gowthorp, Assistant Professor of Sports Management, is looking forward to the arrangement. 

“This is an exciting initiative that provides opportunity for students to work with real sports organisations, gain invaluable practical experience and prepare documents that may be added to their own professional portfolios,” she said.

“The Mudgeeraba Bowls Club operates with volunteer staff and committee members.  Many are involved with the club through their love of the sport, but don’t have the time, skills or knowledge to work with the multifaceted requirements of this industry. 

“This can include governance documentation, marketing strategies, budgets or even social media.  Bond students will work with the club to develop good governance structures and systems in order to grow club membership, awareness and profitability.

“Industry experience is an essential component to the Sports Management program at Bond, as our key focus at the university is preparing students for real life after Bond.” 

Picture: Mudgeeraba Bowls Club Directors and Gold Coast City Council meet with Bond students Michael, Alexis and Tara, along with Bond staff Lisa Gowthorp and Glen Tunks.

For more information, please contact:
Nikki Kay
Faculty of Health Sciences & Medicine
Bond University
P:  +61 75595 2177  
E:   [email protected]

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