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2023 

Categories

Community Awards

Grassroots Sport

Outstanding Community Service

Inclusiveness

Environmental Awareness

Individual Awards

Club Cook of the Year

Club Chef of the Year

Employee of the Year

Manager of the Year 

Volunteer of the Year

Operational Awards

Best Bar Environment

Best Dining - Café/Bistro

Best Function/Event Venue

Best Club Refurbishment

Best Gaming

Club of the Year Awards

Sporting Club of the Year

Club of the Year Small

Club of the Year Medium

Club of the Year Large

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Thank you to our nominees who chose to celebrate & acknowledge their Club & it's People

It's that time of year again when Clubs SA lifts the lid on the much anticipated 'Clubs & Community Awards'. These Awards are not only a fantastic representation of our Industry to the public and key decision makers, but they are an incredible way to acknowledge your own Club and the work it, and the people within it, do to support their Community.

 

We thank all the Clubs SA Members who chose to nominate in this year's process, taking the time to complete the simple nomination forms to acknowledge and celebrate your Club and/or Individuals.

With 18 Awards across 4 Categories to choose from, your Club will not only be recognised for the work it, and the individuals within it, have done for their Community, but it could also win your Club a cash injection to support this work!

COMMUNITY

5 categories representing the integral work of South Australian Clubs in their Communities.  Nominating your Club in one or more of these categories not only acknowledges the hard work your staff, volunteers and Members have put into these projects and activities, but it also supports the work of Clubs SA in promoting Licensed Clubs to the South Australian Community.

NOTE: Club of the Year - Large nominees must enter at least one of these Community categories along with 2 Operational Categories to qualify.

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Whatever sports your Club supports and plays, the Grassroots Sports Award will recognise a Club that unites everyone in a fun and safe environment of respect, inclusivity and excellence. It is the Club that goes above and beyond to provide great sporting opportunities for all grades, all abilities, all ages and all genders.

Grassroots sports encompasses junior all the way through to senior sports and particularly nonprofessional teams and focuses on the encouragement of a physically and mentally healthy lifestyle for their Members and the Community.

QUESTIONS YOU WILL BE ASKED;

  1. What Sport/s does your Club support?

  2. What was the aim of your Grassroots Sports program?

  3. How long ago did you start the program?

  4. Over the past 12 months, what type of support has your Club provided to this/these sports?

  5. Have you seen engagement and growth in the playing of grassroots sport as a result of your Club's support and promotion of the sport? 

  6. What have been the benefits of this support for your Club, the Sport and the Individuals that play it?

  7. Why should your Club win the ‘Grassroots Sport Award?

This 'Outstanding Community Service' category acknowledges Clubs who provide outstanding and ongoing support to people in their community. This Award aims to promote the vital role that Clubs play in supporting their Members and local Communities.

It takes into account the Club’s support for community groups including sport, social, welfare, youth, charities, schools and the disadvantaged and acknowledges both financial and in-kind support given.

QUESTIONS YOU WILL BE ASKED:

  1. What category best describes your Club?

    1. Sporting

    2. Community

    3. RSL

    4. Ethnic

    5. Other (please specify)

  2. Describe your Club and its role in the Community

  3. Over the past 12 months, what type of community support has your Club provided and to whom?

  4. What have been the benefits of this support for the Community?

  5. What have the benefits of this support been for the Club?

  6. Why should your Club win the ‘Outstanding Community Service’ Award?

The Inclusiveness Award recognises those Clubs who embrace diversity and the value of an inclusive Club environment for both individuals and the community. These Clubs show how they work hard to create a culture where people are respected, appreciated and feel included; making sure that the range of different views and voices in the Club are heard and valued and that they are able to effectively contribute to the Club’s fabric.

QUESTIONS YOU WILL BE ASKED:

  1. In what way does your Club demonstrate ‘Inclusiveness’?

  2. Which minority and/or disadvantaged groups/individuals does your Club support?

  3. What initiatives has your Club put in place to encourage participation by ‘new’ patrons?

  4. Have you seen engagement and growth at the Club as a result of this inclusiveness?

  5. Why should your Club win the ‘Inclusiveness’ Award?

The Environmental Awareness Award recognises the efforts and successes of Clubs who demonstrate a commitment to the protection of their natural environment, environmental best practices and environmental stewardship for its Members and Community.


If a Club has a focus on protecting and improving its local environment, by way of product choices and initiatives, and/or has processes in place relating to waste reduction, and/or a focus on educating their Members and Community in environmentally safe practices, the Club would be excellent candidates for this Environmental Awareness Award.

QUESTIONS YOU WILL BE ASKED;

  1. What was the aim of the Club’s envornmental awareness program?

  2. How long ago did you start this commitment?

  3. In what way does your Club demonstrate its commitment to the environment?

  4. How does your Club encourage and promote this environmental focus to its Members and the Community?

  5. What have been the benefits of this commitment?

  6. Why should your Club win the ‘Environmental Awareness’ Award?

The Health and Wellbeing Award recognises outstanding strategies and initiatives that promote and support the health and wellbeing of the Club’s staff, members and players at your Club. Your Club should be able to demonstrate its commitment to the health and wellbeing of the individuals it supports, showing how you make it a priority, and how you embed health and wellbeing into the Club’s plans, policies and processes.

The Club should also be able to demonstrate the impact its program has on the engagement and productivity of its staff and players as a result of this focus on Health & Wellbeing

QUESTIONS YOU WILL BE ASKED:

  1. What was the aim of the Club’s Health and Wellbeing Program?

  2. What initiatives does your Club implement to promote the health and wellbeing of staff, Members and players?

  3. What impact have these strategies had on the staff, Members and players?

  4. Explain what would happen if these strategies and initiatives were not in place.

  5. Why should your Club win the ‘Health and Wellbeing’ Award?

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INDIVIDUAL

Every Club has an individual, or several individuals, who go above and beyond to support their Club.  Whether an employee or volunteer, a Committee Member or Chef, these individuals are the life blood of not only your Club but the Industry at large.  Many of these people do not seek the limelight and go about their work with little fanfare.  As a Club, this is your opportunity to publicly recognise their efforts and value at your Club.

Individual Awards

The 'Cook/Apprentice for the Year' is an individual category and is for non-certified cooks or volunteer kitchen staff or those undergoing their training to become a qualified Chef through your Club.


The judging process for this category is conducted through a cooking challenge (date/venue TBA). Each participant will be given the same ingredients and time allocation to produce 2 dishes.


This Award aims to celebrate the diversity, talent and commitment of those Cooks (both paid and volunteer) and Apprentices who work in the ‘authentic’ Club environment, providing delicious meals to Members and Guests in a casual dining environment.

Nominations are to be completed by the Club Manager or delegate Committee Member.  Maximum 2 nominees per Club.

QUESTIONS YOU WILL BE ASKED:

  1. How long has your Cook/Apprentice worked at your Club?

  2. What attributes does your Cook/Apprentice possess that support their nomination for Cook of the Year?

  3. Why should your Club Cook/Apprentice win ‘Cook/Apprentice of the Year'?

The 'Chef for the Year' is an individual category and is for qualified Chef's and Sous Chefs.

The judging process for this category is conducted through 3 elements;

- A cooking challenge (date/venue TBA). Each participant will be given the same ingredients and time allocation to produce 2 dishes.

- A site visit to the nominated Chef's Club kitchen and observation of one service (date and time to be coordinated during judging period)

- Brief interview with nominated Chef by observing judge/s


Maximum 2 persons per Club can enter this category, however each nominee requires an individual nomination form.  Nominations are to be completed by the Club Manager or delegate Committee Member.  

QUESTIONS YOU WILL BE ASKED:

  1. How long has your Chef worked at your Club?

  2. What attributes does your Chef possess that support their nomination for Chef of the Year?

  3. In what way does your Chef demonstrate dedication and innovation towards serving the patrons at your Club?

  4. Why should your Club Chef win ‘Chef of the Year'?

The ‘Employee of the Year’ is an individual category for employees who demonstrate excellence in the workplace.  Nominees should be highly regarded in the workplace and promote a positive image of your Club to the Community.

Maximum 2 persons per Club can enter this category, however each must have a separate submission completed.  Employees must be nominated by a Senior Staff Member or Board/Committee Member and cannot nominate themselves.

Note: Clubs SA Board Members are not eligible for this Award.

QUESTIONS YOU WILL BE ASKED:

  1. How long has the employee been employed and involved at the Club?

  2. What qualities does the employee possess that support this nomination?

  3. In what way has the nominee demonstrated support, commitment and dedication to their Club?

  4. What contribution has the nominee provided the Club that is above and beyond their role?

  5. Why should the nominee win ‘Employee of the Year’?

The ‘Manager of the Year’ is an individual category for Managers who demonstrate excellence in the workplace.  Nominees should be highly regarded in their workplace and promote a positive image of your Club to the Community.  They should be able to demonstrate notable achievements over the previous 12 months that supports the success of their Club.

Maximum 2 persons per Club can enter this category, however each must have a separate submission completed.  Managers must be nominated by a Senior Staff Member or Board/Committee Member and cannot nominate themselves.

Note: Clubs SA Board Members are not eligible for this Award.

QUESTIONS YOU WILL BE ASKED:

  1. How long has the Manager been employed and involved at the Club?

  2. What qualities does the Manager possess that supports this nominations?

  3. In what way has the nominee demonstrated support, commitment and dedication to their Club?

  4. What contribution has the nominee provided the Club that is above and beyond their role?

  5. Why should the nominee win ‘Manager of the Year’?

The ‘Volunteer of the Year’ is an individual category and is for Volunteers who have become an invaluable part of your Club.  The Nominee's involvement at the Club should create a fantastic environment and greatly contribute to the Club’s success.
 

Volunteers must be nominated by a Senior Staff Member or Board/Committee Member and cannot nominate themselves.


NOTE: Only one nominee for Volunteer of the Year permitted per Club.  Each nominated finalist will receive a free ticket to attend the Gala Dinner.

QUESTIONS YOU WILL BE ASKED:

  1. What roles/positions has the volunteer held at the Club and for how long?

  2. Does the volunteer have competing demands, eg works elsewhere?

  3. What qualities and characteristics does the Volunteer possess that support this nomination?

  4. What contribution has the Volunteer provided to the Club? Is this support measurable in any way?

  5. Why should the nominee win ‘Volunteer of the Year’?

OPERATIONAL

OPERATIONAL

There are a number of things that all Clubs SA Members have in common, the least of which is that each Club has a liquor licence and consequently, a hospitality operation tied to its facilities.  These five (5) Operational categories shine a spotlight on those Clubs excelling in the provision of these services to their Members and the Community.

Note: Club of the Year - Large nominees must enter at least 2 x Operational categories along with 1 x Community Category

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Operational Awards

The 'Best Bar Environment' category takes into account not only the bar operations and beverage selections, but also the level of customer service provided to guests, the overall environment of the bar area, the activities and facilities within the bar and the overall 'feel' when patrons visit.

QUESTIONS YOU WILL BE ASKED:

  1. What do you think are the best attributes of your bar area/s?

  2. How does your Club bar area/s acknowledge and cater for its Members?

  3. What range of beverages do you provide in your bar area/s?

  4. What facilities and services do you provide in your bar area/s?

  5. What makes your bar/s special and why should your Club win the ‘Best Bar Environment’ Award?

The ‘Best Function/Event Venue’ Award is for Clubs that provide function and event facilities to their Members and the wider Community.  Clubs with one or more dedicated function/event area are encouraged to nominate and highlight their outstanding event/function facilities and high standard of event hosting.

QUESTIONS YOU WILL BE ASKED:

  1. Please describe your function/event offering at your Club.

  2. What spaces and facilities do you offer for the use of functions and events?

  3. What Catering and Beverage packages are offered?

  4. What entertainment options do you offer? (including audio visual equipment)

  5. Why should your Club win ‘Best Function/Event Venue’?

The ‘Best Dining – Café/Bistro’ Award is for Clubs that provide dining facilities with casual café/bistro style service (eg. a casual dining experience such as ordering at the counter and collection of drinks from the bar)

This category requires judges to attend and enjoy the dining experience on offer at your Club and will they will take into account customer service, menu options, food quality and timing, dining area décor and accompanying beverage options available.

QUESTIONS YOU WILL BE ASKED:

  1. Please explain the Café/Bistro style dining experience at your Club, for example; Service, Specials, Variety, Fresh Produce, Members Pricing, Dietary accommodations

  2. Why should your Club win the ‘Best Dining - Cafe/Bistro’ Award?

The ‘Best Gaming’ Award is for Clubs that provide an enjoyable and safe gaming experience for Members and guests in an attractive environment suitable for its purpose.

QUESTIONS YOU WILL BE ASKED:

  1. Please describe the Gaming experience at your Club?

  2. What is the mix of machines including age and games offered?

  3. What other elements of your gaming room supports your nomination of excellence in gaming (i.e Décor, cleanliness, provision of refreshments, loyalty systems and promotions)

  4. Describe your Clubs commitment to Responsible Gambling practices

  5. Why should the Club win the ‘Best Gaming’ Award?

This award acknowledges clubs that have made physical improvements, either internally or externally to their facilities for the betterment of their Members and Community.  The category takes into account the Club’s planning and funding processes, overall functionality and quality of the improvement and its benefit to it's Members and the Community.

 

To qualify for this award, the refurbishment must have been completed and in use by 31 March, 2023 and will consist of a written nomination & photographs.   STAND ALONE gaming room refurbishments will not be considered under the 'Best Club Refurbishment' Award, however will be considered under  the 'Best Gaming' Award.

QUESTIONS YOU WILL BE ASKED:

  1. What category best describes your Club?

    1. Sporting​

    2. Community

    3. RSL

    4. Ethnic

    5. Other

  2. Please provide a summary of the Refurbishment project including scope of works required (i.e. building demolition, council approvals, impacts on business etc)
  3. How did the Club fund the Refurbishment (i.e. funds raised, any special construction support from 3rd parties etc)
  4. Who were the key stakeholders in the project and what did they contribute?
  5. Were there any challenges that you had to overcome to reach the finished project?
  6. What positive impacts have you seen as a result of the Refurbishment at the Club?
  7. Why should your Club win the ‘Best Club Refurbishment’ Award?
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CLUB OF THE YEAR

The BIG  ones!  These categories look at each nominee and their operations and community support as a whole - identifying excellence in the overall offering of the Club, from Community Support to Hospitality service, to Governance and Compliance. 

Club of the Year Awards

The ‘Sporting Club of the Year’ is one of the Major Categories that acknowledges Clubs who provide outstanding and ongoing support to sport in their Community.  This Award aims to promote the vital role that Clubs play in the field of sport and their ongoing commitment to supporting a healthy Community.

QUESTIONS YOU WILL BE ASKED:

  1. What sport(s) does your Club support?

  2. Describe the teams involved

  3. What facilities, infrastructure, equipment and training does your Club provide?

  4. In what way/s does your Club encourage participation in sport?

  5. How do you involve the Community?

  6. Why should your Club win the ‘Sporting Club of the Year’?

The ‘Club of the Year – Small’ category is for Clubs who had less than $450,000 turnover in the 2021/22 Financial Year.  This category addresses the overall operations of your Club, including the services and amenities you provide to Members and the wider Community.

Please note your 2021/22 Financial Year Statement must be submitted as part of the nomination process for Club of the Year - Small.

QUESTIONS YOU WILL BE ASKED

  1. What processes and procedures does your Club have in place to oversee it's activities and operations (i.e. governance, committee/board involvement, reporting)

  2. What facilities and services does your Club offer its Members and guests? 

  3. How many Members does your Club have?

  4. Has there been any growth in attendance at the Club?

  5. In what way does your Club support its local and wider Community?  Include events and fundraisers if applicable.

  6. Please provide information on any special achievements/milestones your Club has celebrated over the past 12 months (i.e. events, refurbishments, anniversaries)

  7. Why should your Club win the ‘Club of the Year - Small’ Award?

The ‘Club of the Year – Medium’ category is for Clubs who had between $450,000 and $1,800,000 turnover in the 2021/22 Financial Year.  This category addresses the overall operations of your Club including the services and amenities you provide to Members and the wider Community.

Please note your Financial Year Statement must be submitted as part of the nomination process for Club of the Year - Medium.

QUESTIONS YOU WILL BE ASKED:

  1. What processes and procedures does your Club have in place to oversee it's activities and operations (i.e. governance, committee/board involvement, reporting)

  2. What facilities and services does your Club offer its Members and guests?  

  3. How many Members does your Club have?

  4. Has there been any growth in attendance at the Club?

  5. In what way does your Club support its local and wider Community?  Include events and fundraisers if applicable.

  6. Please provide information on any special achievements/milestones your Club has celebrated over the past 12 months (i.e. events, refurbishments, anniversaries)

  7. Why should your Club win the ‘Club of the Year - Medium’ Award?

The ‘Club of the Year – Large’ category is for Clubs who had over $1,800,000 turnover in the 2021/22 Financial Year and have entered (at least) 2 x Operational categories along with 1 x Community Category

The winner will be determined by the scores received in nominated categories. 

This form is to register your Clubs interest in being considered for the 2023 Club of the Year – Large category.  You must provide a copy of your 2021/22 financial statements to support this expression of interest.

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