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GippSport Community Solutions is a community focused not for profit consulting service that is a department of GippSport, Gippsland’s Regional Sports Assembly. Our team has extensive experience working across all levels of the community sport sector and have hands-on experience working with sporting clubs across many of the different sporting codes.   We have collaborated with Gippsland based stakeholders including; local government and State Sporting Associations, local Leagues and Associations as well as the many types of land and facility managers. We understand why club volunteers need help, can build capacity and resilience to grow participation and achieve better sustainability.

While we have completed many projects in Gippsland and have an extensive network, we have also worked more broadly across Victoria and in other States.  We have a team of technical sub consultants that can support our planning with auditing, design and costing’s.  Our Feasibility and Business Case reports are developed to support funding applications and justify future investment.  Many of our projects have since been funded which is a testament to our industry experience and understanding of what is required.

We offer a full-service solution with diverse experience to help our clients to achieve:

  • Better financial sustainability and increased investment
  • Increased participation outcomes
  • Enhanced governance and decision making
  • Volunteer support and capacity building
  • Specific expertise in strategic planning
  • Well thought out facility proposals and recommendations

Who we are

Daniel Poynton

Executive Officer

Michelle Harris

Senior Sports Consultant

Damen Francis

Community Sport Planning Officer

The GippSport Team

Gippsland Regional Sport Assembly

Our GippSport connection

And what it means for you

GippSport is one of nine Regional Sports Assemblies that formulate Regional Sport Victoria (RSV). GippSport is an incorporated not-for-profit organisation which was established in 1992 to operate across all six local government areas of the Gippsland Region.  Our team is diverse and operates across all levels of the sport and active recreation sector.

Operating as part of the broader organisations means that our staff are well connected to all levels of government in Gippsland, we know and understand the local issues and opportunities and have a trusted reputation for partnering with all stakeholders to deliver sound outcomes.

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We are proud to partner with our technical advisors 2MH Consulting

We Know and Understand

GippSport Community Solutions will deliver:

Excellent and responsive communication with the Councils, key stakeholders and the broader community

Excellent value for money; we have low overhead costs and are experienced to deliver the project within the designated budget.

High quality outcomes that will bring about a successful, long term result for the community, organisational skills to meet project deadlines.

Quality community engagement practices to ensure the study is ‘owned’ by the client.

The skills to explain this project to the community to enable key stakeholders to determine priorities, while understanding the broader context.

A degree of flexibility to allow the project to develop while taking into consideration the changes that occur as issues unfold.

We know


At GippSport, we will work with our communities to increase the capacity and capabilities of grassroots sporting clubs, increase participation in sport, active recreation & play, and encourage healthy, inclusive and connected Gippsland communities.  We work in each of the six local government areas and our team has a well development network and understanding of the strategic work being undertaken across the region.  As a member of Regional Sport Victoria, we know and understand the issues being faced in Regional and Rural Victoria which are significant.


As a Senior Sports consultant of more than 15 years, Michelle understands all levels of sport.  Currently our team is developing the Gippsland participation and elite pathways project for Basketball Victoria and more recently has completed the development of a Strategic Plan for the Gippsland Soccer League and the growing Hockey in Baw Baw Strategy.

There is no project too small, we also visit small rural communities to plan for the development of their recreation reserve or look at ways to grow participation in their rural local clubs.

Community Development- Our work is not limited to sport, community engagement practices apply across all levels of planning work.  Often sport is central to the community but as evidenced in our town hall projects, community house strategic plans or landcare projects we understand that communities like to participate or recreate in different ways and our expertise can benefit those groups who need assistance to being technical and grant advice into a planning report.

Gender Equality

Michelle has been a leader in improving gender equality in sport since 2014 when she received recognition as a Victorian Women in Sport Award.  She has been instrumental in establishing the “Changing Gippsland’s Game Network” after completing a Gender equity study for the Gippsland Community Sport Sector. In 2018 with funding from the Office for Women in Sport and Recreation, GippSport established the “Gippsland Workforce Development Program”.  The women’s leadership program involved staff who work in the community sport sector from across Gippsland.  The overall aim of the project was to develop a more equitable sport & recreation setting by supporting local women to enhance their role as “Changemakers”.

After a very successful first 18 months, the professional network received funding for a further two years to expand the leadership program to more women across Gippsland.

Phase Two of the program aims to provide women who are sports administrators at club, league & association level across Gippsland, with development opportunities to assist them in their roles and strengthen the Gippsland sports administration network.

The program aims to expand the skill sets of the community sport workforce with the support of the established paid workforce program. Working with community volunteers to create more diverse, inclusive community sport leagues & clubs that will encourage more women & girls to engage in club based programs.

Michelle has a clear focus in her strategic work to ensure that gender equality is promoted and targeted in community sport settings and in local government policy development.

As a lead for the Gippy Girls Can Campaign which is a local amplification of VicHealth’s VicHealth campaign, our consulting team is exploring the development of a Gippy Girls can Club as an innovative way to support women and girls to be more active and connect as a group.

To find out more information about Gippy Girls Can, visit

Our Experience

  • Churchill Junior Football Club Strategic Plan
  • Gormandale Recreation Reserve Strat Plan
  • Korumburra Golf Club Strategic Plan
  • Gippsland Women’s Health Gender Equity Project
  • South Gippsland Shire –Foster Stadium Business Case
  • Moe United Soccer Club Strategic Plan
  • City of Moreland Oval Auditing Research project in partnership with 2MH Consulting
  • San Remo Recreation Centre Master Plan
  • Boolarra Pony Club Strategic Plan
  • Loch Sport Bowls Club Strategic Plan
  • Phillip Island Golf Club Strategic Plan
  • Wonthaggi Neighbourhood Centre Strategic Plan
  • Morwell Junior Football Club Strategic Plan
  • Stockyard Creek Urban Waterway Plan
  • Churchill Cricket Club Strategic Plan
  • Woodside Football Netball Club Strategic Plan
  • Yallourn Yallourn North FNC Strategic Plan
  • Hill End Football Netball Club Strategic Plan
  • Warragul & District Basketball Strategic Plan
  • Growing Hockey in Baw Baw
  • Koonwarra Recreation Reserve Master Plan and the detailed Landscape Plan
  • West Sale Bowls Club Strategic Plan
  • Inverloch Surf Lifesaving Club Strategic Plan
  • Seaspray Surf Lifesaving Club Strategic Plan
  • Lakes Entrance Netball Association Strategic Plan
  • Korumburra Recreation Reserve- Multi Purpose Training Facility Business Case
  • Ted Summerton – Cricket Centre of Excellence Management Model
  • Tarwin River Precinct Plan
  • Swifts Creek Recreation Reserve Strategic Plan
  • Regional Sport Victoria – Social Media Toolkit
  • Bairnsdale Golf Club Strategic Plan
  • Yarragon Football Netball Club Strategic Plan
  • Stony Creek Recreation Reserve Master Plan
  • Trafalgar Golf Club Strategic Plan
  • Latrobe Valley Yacht Club Feasibility Study and Strategic Plan
  • Nambrok Recreation Reserve Strategic Plan
  • Korumburra Bena Football Netball Club- Changeroom Expansion Business Case
  • Gippsland Bulls Hockey Club Strategic Plan
  • Gippsland Soccer League Strategic Plan
  • Warragul United Soccer Club Strategic Plan
  • Traralgon Imperials Cricket Club Strategic Plan
  • Swan Reach Hockey Club Strategic Plan
  • Tarwin Lower Recreation Reserve Master Plan
  • Wonthaggi & District Netball Association
  • Flynn Hall & Recreation Reserve Strategic Plan
  • Jumbunna Hall Strategic Plan
  • Latrobe Valley Squash Feasibility Study and Strategic Plan
  • Cardinia Shire Council- Sports Development Workshop Series

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