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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

Consulting Services

Strategic Planning

Strategic planning is a useful way to stay organised, focused, inspired, and committed to your organisation and its purpose. This process features important steps to identify whereyou are now, where you’re going next, and where you want to be in the future. By keeping the plan front of mind at all times, you’ll be able to make important choices to help your organisation succeed.

Policy Development and Training

Policies and procedures development is a key governance function. A committee must have appropriate policies and procedures in place to effectively manage risks associated with its core business activities. Organisations need to ensure there are adequate internal controls in place to ensure member protection and prevent financial mismanagement.

Feasibility Studies

Feasibility studies are designed to answer the question if a project or activity should go ahead.

Feasibility studies can help you and your committee prepare for and inform decision making. These reports also play an important role in securing external funding.

Our other Consulting Services

  • Business Plans
  • Workshops
  • Planning Advice
  • Master Plans
  • Consultation & Engagement
  • Sport Strategies
  • Workforce Development
  • Gender Equality Action Plan
  • Data Collection/ Analysis

Administration Services

Committee tasks

Members of the committee play a key role in shaping the future of the organisation. It’s an important job, so it is vital they apply their skills, experience and knowledge of the organisation when it comes to making decisions.

We can help time-poor committees by freeing them of unwanted tasks and providing access to tools to help make their roles more enjoyable and effective.

Basic administration support

Basic administration support may include preparing presentations for meetings, minute taking and promotional materials. They assist with the day-to-day running of your organisation by ensuring systems, procedures, and paperwork are in line with best practice.

Our other Administration Services

  • Book Keeping
  • Event Management
  • Minute taking
  • Competition Management
  • Employment Support
  • Committee tasks

Other Services

Marketing and Design

  • Flyers
  • Social Media Tools
  • Report Presentation
  • Logo Design
  • Promotional Video Editing
  • Re-Branding
  • Marketing advice

Mediation Services

We can offer mediation services to clubs and members of Gippsland sporting clubs.

A GippSport staff member (who holds a current national accreditation in mediation services) helps parties work out their own solutions, focusing on mutual interests and finding a mutual agreement.

Who we are

Daniel Poynton

Executive Officer

Michelle Harris

Senior Sports Consultant

Damen Francis

Community Sport Planning Officer

Elly Brown

Admin Trainee

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.

To find out more about GippSport go to:


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”.  This professionals network continues today.

We then develop a community women’s leadership program which provided women who are sports administrators at club, league & association levels across Gippsland, with development opportunities to assist them in their roles and strengthen the Gippsland sports administration network. Our community volunteers are vital in creating more diverse, inclusive community sport organisations 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 sports settings and in local government policy development.

Through the Gippy Girls Can Campaign which is a local amplification of VicHealth’s VicHealth “This Girls Can” campaign, we continue to explore new ways to support women and girls to be more active and connect as a group, please visit


Over three years our team worked on the Increasing Access to Sport project which researched and consulted the barriers to sport for 12-18 years old’s in the Latrobe Valley.  We then designed and tested a range of solutions to reduce these barriers with our stakeholders and community to make it easier for young people to find a sport opportunity for them.  This research has supported our other consulting work, informing our strategies and plans to best create inclusive sporting environments and marketing strategies.  Our work in the local media to help provide a youth voice and club tips was particularly effective.  We created a Hey Youth TV advert as part of this work.

Our Experience

Churchill Junior Football Club
Korumburra Golf Club
Moe United Soccer Club
Boolarra Pony Club
Loch Sport Bowls Club
Phillip Island Golf Club
Wonthaggi Neighbourhood Centre
Morwell Junior Football Club
Woodside Football Netball Club
Yallourn Yallourn North Football Netball Club
Hill End Football Netball Club
Warragul & District Basketball
West Sale Bowls Club
Inverloch Surf Lifesaving Club
Seaspray Surf Lifesaving Club
Lakes Entrance Netball Association
Bairnsdale Golf Club

Yarragon Football Netball Club
Trafalgar Golf Club
Nambrok Recreation Reserve
Gippsland Bulls Hockey Club
Gippsland Soccer League
Warragul United Soccer Club
Traralgon Imperials Cricket
Swan Reach Hockey Club
Wonthaggi & District Netball Association
West Gippsland Cricket Association
Maffra Golf Club
Morwell Golf Club
Paynesville Bowls Club
Phillip Island Basketball Association
Mandurah Country Club
Buchan Racing Club
Warragul Tennis Club

Yallourn Yallourn North Football Netball Club Season Planning workshop
Cardinia Sport Development Workshop series
Baw Baw Hockey Merger

Latrobe Youth Space Governance workshop
Regional Sport Victoria- Social Media Toolkit and training

South Gippsland Shire – Foster Stadium Business Case
Korumburra Bena FNC- Changeroom Redevelopment Business Case
Latrobe Valley Yacht Club Feasibility Study

Latrobe Valley Squash Feasibility Study
Leongatha South Progress Association Development Plan
Leongatha Netball Feasibility Study

San Remo Recreation Centre Master Plan
Stockyard Creek Urban Waterway Plan
Swifts Creek Recreation Reserve Master Plan
Stony Creek Recreation Reserve Master Plan
Flynn Recreation Reserve & Hall Master Plan

Jumbunna Hall Master Plan
Lowe Square (Howlong) Master Plan
Tarwin Lower Recreation Reserve Master Plan
Gormandale Recreation Reserve Master Plan

Gippsland Women’s Health Gender Equity in Community Sport Project
Koonwarra Recreation Reserve Landscape Plan
Korumburra Recreation Reserve- Business Case
Venus Bay Community Centre- Tarwin River Precinct Plan

Gippsland Basketball Participation & Elite Pathways Plan
Gippsland Bowls Region Logo Design
Traralgon Croquet Digital Design
Growing Hockey in Baw Baw Strategy

Latest News

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