Sports Allocations and Club Development

Sportsgrounds and facilities season allocations 

Yarra's sports grounds and pavilions are available for use by clubs based on a seasonal allocation process.

Licenses are strict and limited to give all park users the opportunity to enjoy these spaces and keep the grounds healthy, 

During allocated times, all other park users should keep off the ground while being used by clubs for training and competition.

If you are a club looking to register interest for a seasonal allocation contact [email protected].  

Club information required to register for sports ground allocation

  • Certificate of Currency
  • Club Annual Report
  • Club Financial Report
  • Club AGM minutes
  • Playing members post codes (from last year)
  • Proposed pavilion cleaning schedule
  • Proposed training schedule (by team and location)
  • Liquor license (if applicable)
  • Food Premises Registration (if applicable)
  • Other information as required within the Hirer Agreement

Criteria for seasonal allocations

This is the criteria used to allocate grounds to clubs.

Criteria for seasonal allocation  Weightings 
 1 Unblemished tenancy record over the preceding season/s.
 2 Record of past present and future financial viability. 20%
 3 Percentage of Yarra residents who are registered club members. 20%
 4 Degree to which club supports and encourages participation by juniors, women and people with disabilities within their sport. 20%
 5 Club's ability to optimise usage of facilities while keeping the facilities to a good standard. 5%
 6 Programs or policies that promote healthy lifestyles. 5%

Club Development

Yarra City Council is excited to introduce a free four-part series of club development workshops in 2023.

The workshops will focus on building up club volunteers and supporting clubs to meet the sports grounds seasonal allocation criteria. Held at Jack Dyer Pavilion at Citizens Park, these sessions cater specifically to Yarra’s community sports clubs. 

Workshop 1: 22 February 2023 - Child Safe Sport, Inclusion & Diversity and Fair Play Code

Hosted by Leisure Networks, this workshop was held on Wednesday 22 February. Download a copy of the presentation (PDF,1.7MB ).

Workshop 2: 14 June 2023 - Grant Writing and Participation Programming

Workshop 2 aims to provide clubs with information on writing grant applications and when they are available. Information will also be provided about current programs on offer from State Sporting Associations as well as current initiatives being delivered by Yarra clubs.

Register now

Workshop 3: July 2023 - Marketing and Promotion, Participant Recruitment

Throughout the year sporting clubs and organisations are often searching for ways to attract more members, volunteers, sponsors, committee members or spectators to their club. Explore ideas and methods for promoting your activities developed by industry experts Leisure Networks.

Registrations for Workshop 3 will open in June.

Workshop 4: September 2023 - Governance, Strategic and Financial Planning

As the year draws to a close, the final workshop is in place to support clubs building for the future. Develop a better understanding of the key roles within your club, and learn to be ambitious but also collaborative. Leisure Networks will provide guidance in developing strategic plans, aligning your finances to your future plans and exploring the role committee members can play.

Registrations for Workshop 4 will open in August.

Other workshops run by Yarra City Council

Volunteer Recruitment, Reward & Recognition

Date: Tuesday 16 May 2023
Time: 9.30 am to 12.30 pm
Venue: Bargoonga Nganjin, North Fitzroy Library

This free interactive workshop provides participants with strategies they can implement into their program.

Participants will use the National Standards for Volunteer Involvement to develop or improve an existing volunteer program so that they can successfully recruit, retain and recognise the important contribution volunteers make; leading to longer retention rates and a healthy workplace culture.

Brought to you by Yarra City Council, presented by Volunteering Victoria.

Register now

Let's Kick Climate Goals Event

Date: Monday 5 June 2023
Time: 6pm to 8pm
Venue: Swinburne Centre (Richmond Football Club), Punt Road, Richmond

Yarra City Council's Climate Emergency team and the Richmond Football Club are joining together for a conversation about climate solutions and sport!

At this event you will hear from athletes and sport organisations about their commitment to climate action, how they use their standing and connections in the community to kick climate goals, and how you can too!

Register now