Thirteen sporting organisations came together to be inspired by Suburbs Rugby Club's Chairman Stefan Crooks on how he supported the club to substantially increased members and volunteers through a community outcomes plan.
Stefan Crooks is a member of the Sport + Community Hub collective. A number of rugby partners have been coming together to talk about how rugby clubs can lead health and wellbeing opportunities. The cluster included Auckland Rugby, Suburbs & Waitemata Rugby Clubs, Waitemata Rugby League, NZ Police, Waitakere College and Kelston Boys High School, NZ Rugby, TouchNZ, ACC and Sport Waitakere.
The group identified ways to become more of a community hub to not only enhance engagement and cater to families more, but to increase club membership and volunteer support. The group wanted to see;
-Clubs connected to community and community connected to clubs
-Clubs becoming like a community centre bringing together family and neighbourhoods
-Clubs creating a hub of different sports
Stefans story was a great example of how a rugby club can provide more opportunities for people to connect. Some examples are setting up a NZRL Community Playgroup and holding Zumba classes.